Reflecting on 2019

I feel like every year since I met Jeff, I’ve been saying “this was the best year ever.” We’ve packed a ton into the few years we’ve known each other – marriage, buying our first house, having two beautiful baby boys – and it seems like things just keep getting better and better as we get older and our family grows. 2019 had its struggles, but for the most part, it has been a good year for us and we are extremely blessed.

This year, we found out we were pregnant after months of trying, became members of our church, celebrated our third wedding anniversary, took two great family vacations (one to Fairhope and one to Arkansas), celebrated Jack’s second birthday, and welcomed Henry to our family. We also started taking our health and nutrition more seriously, and despite me being pregnant for most of this calendar year, Jeff and I are both ending the year lighter and feeling better than we have in quite a while.

Here are some highlights from 2019:

Looking back at the picture from January 2018 makes me realize just how much Jack has grown this year. This toddler stage is so fun – we love how much his little personality has developed over the past year. This little guy is so smart and funny. He constantly makes us laugh and keeps us on our toes because he’s constantly getting into something.
Jeff and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary this year.
This is one of many pictures of Jeff and Jack having fun together this year. I’ve loved seeing them get closer this past year. Jack has definitely become Daddy’s boy and can’t wait for Jeff to get home at the end of the day.
We went to A Day Out with Thomas at the Heart of Dixie Railroad Museum in April. Jack absolutely loved riding the train.
Jack got tubes in April. This was us waiting for them to take him back into surgery. It was stressful for Jeff and me, but having the tubes put in has made such a huge difference in how often Jack has gotten sick this year.
Jack absolutely loved hunting for Easter eggs this year. I think we hid eggs in our living room and yard at least 20 times for him because he was constantly asking to go look for them.
Jack with my grandparents, shopping for a lawnmower. He loves Mamaw and Papaw and I’m so glad that he’s getting to spend time with them.
One of Jack’s favorite things at this age is playing with cars and trains. He loves the train set at my parents’ house and can’t wait to get it out as soon as he gets there.
We celebrated the beginning of summer with a weekend trip to Fairhope in May.
Jack and I made a Summer Bucket List so we could make the most of our time at home this summer while school was out. We also refinished our deck and did a quick makeover on it to make it a more enjoyable space to use for the summer.
We went to Lake Fort Smith in Arkansas with my parents in June and stopped in Hot Springs on our way there. Jeff and I loved exploring the city and want to go back when we can actually have time to go to one of the bath houses.
While we were in Arkansas, we took a day trip to Pawhuska, Oklahoma (the home of Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman). We visited her store and restaurant and took a lodge tour of the space where she films her cooking show. It was really cool to see it in person after watching her show for so many years.
In July, we found out that baby #2 was a boy!
We celebrated Jack’s second birthday with a dinosaur themed party.
When we had Jack’s 2 year photo shoot, we finally shared our little secret with friends and family. Everyone was excited to help us welcome Henry to our family in a few months.
Jack’s first day of the Terrific Twos class at daycare. He is starting to get harder and harder to photograph because he won’t be still!
Jack’s daycare teacher sent me this picture a few weeks after school started. We were all struggling (especially in the mornings because I had morning sickness for the whole 9 months that I was pregnant) and Jack was having a little separation anxiety when I would leave him at school. This is how he woke up from his nap that day (check out that hair) and his expression just summed up our whole month of trying to adjust back to work and school after having the summer off.
Jack wants to be just like Jeff – and that includes doing push-ups every night. 😍 I love watching them play together and it just melts my heart to see what a great daddy Jeff is.
We took Jack to the Tuscaloosa Barnyard and Pumpkin Patch in October. He loved feeding all the different animals.
Jack is finally old enough to go to All Fired Up and loves painting there. We made this pumpkin for Halloween this year and he had a blast painting it.
My mom and Jack carved a pumpkin together for Halloween.
Jack and I made this turkey to record some of the things he was thankful for during the month of November. When we were finished, his list included Mickey Mouse, Mamaw Tina, Pop Pop, Joe Joe (my brother), and baby dragon (his imaginary pet dragon that lives on our back deck).
Jack loves helping me decorate for Christmas this year – he especially loved helping me make our Christmas Bucket List banner of fun Christmas activities to complete as a way to count down to Christmas.
Henry was born on Sunday, November 24 at 2:16 p.m. He weighed 8 pounds and was 19.5 inches long.
Jack wasn’t to sure about Henry at first. We got him a book about being a big brother to try to ease the transition from being the only child to sharing our attention. He’s adjusted pretty well
My brother, Uncle “Joe Joe,” met Henry for the first time on Thanksgiving. We had a small celebration at home with my parents and brother since Henry was just a week old and we didn’t want to get him out or be around lots of people.
This view is my favorite. We enjoyed soaking up all the baby snuggles and I loved getting to get home with Jack and Henry for the entire Christmas season.
Jack got his very own train table for Christmas (along with about 100 other presents from family and friends). He loved Christmas this year and it was so fun.
My boys – I can’t wait to see what 2020 has in store for us!

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