With Sharli's first birthday coming up tomorrow I thought a fun way to catch up on some of the events of the last year would be to do a review of her whole first year.
(Just kidding, if you want to skip this one, you will only kinda break my heart. It is crazy long.)
***These pictures come from an assortment of cameras/devices so the quality is not always great, but they show what we were up to and that's what matters to me.
The first half of this month was spent in last minute preparation for our new arrival, and the last half was spent enjoying her and learning how to be a family of four.
Enjoying some one on one time with mom. There's not much of that any more, but we're not complaining.
this post I wrote about it all .
Erik was pretty excited to come to the hospital to pick us up and bring us home. He was pretty fascinated by this tiny little person.
Sharli grew like a weed this month.
the parts that weren't.
April held some new adventures for us. We caught some of Sharli's first smiles on camera.here.
Sometime around the second week of this month Ethan accepted an offer for a new job. We excitedly started packing things up. And we had to hurry, because we only had 2 weeks to get ourselves packed up and relocated in time for him to start work at the Glenwood Fish Hatchery.
headed for our new home. The kids settled in quickly and we are all quite happy with our new life.
We got serious about getting unpacked. Well sorta.
Sharli (and the rest of us) spent her first Independence Day in Lordsburg enjoying good food, great company, and an awesome fireworks show.
We got to spend lots of time outside enjoying our gorgeous new surroundings and even just our own front yard on nice summer evenings.
We went to see Cooney's Tomb and hike up Mineral Creek. What a spectacular place!
This month was full of adventure, but I didn't really get any pictures of it. A dear family friend passed away after a long and corageous battle with cancer, so Kett, Darrow, my kids, and I all piled into one car and drove up to Idaho for the funeral. We got to visit two sets of Great Grandparents, whom Sharli was meeting for the first time. We saw some extended family and dear old friends. While the reason for our going was a sad one, we still found lots of joy in the trip.
We also took a long weekend to go visit my family and go poke around Bisbee, AZ. This is always an interesting place to go, though we seemed to run out of things to do quicker than usual. Hmm...
By this point in our year, the Monsoon season was upon us in full force. There was water everywhere!Power House Trail to enjoy the beginnings of coolish fall weather.
Sharli mastered crawling and learned the joys of mobility. And cupboard doors.
We utilized the Christmas tree cutting program the Forest Service has and we cut our own tree. It was fun to watch Erik's eyes light up as the decorations went up.
This was Sharli's favorite expression around this time. She did this all the time! Especially when she was walking around, which she started doing just days before Christmas.
Erik got to be a wiseman in our church pageant, and a shepherd in the Glenwood community church pageant. He wasn't so sure about it all, but it was sure cute!
Kett and Cameron came to our house for Christmas and we had a marvelous time.
The new year brought with it some fun variety in weather. Sharli got to experience snow for the first time.
And then also in January, we had some lovely sunny days, which we enjoyed to the fullest by working in the yard together.
I don't have any pictures uploaded for this month yet, but we've pretty much been up to the same old things. Sharli decided to take on the challenge of making this year bigger and better, so to improve on last March's para-influenza she decided her birthday would be an awesome day to try out the full blown version of the flu. She is also walking like a pro, takes GREAT delight in tormenting her big brother, and is trying to say a few words/animal noises. She loves to read books (gooks as she says) and will follow you around with them all day just begging to climb in your lap and listen to a story. She LOVES the outdoors, especially if she can get away with eating some dirt or rocks. She is happy and full of life and so much fun to have around. I'm so grateful for the year we've had and can't wait for the next one!