Monday, January 13, 2014

Seven Posts in 2013

I posted seven times to this blog in 2013. Seven...times...

I truly contemplated printing the blog and shutting it down. It's just not going to get the kind of attention I'd like to give to it, but then I realized that things are going to get a whole heck of a lot busier starting in April and that I need to take any opportunity I can to try and document things as they are now.

So what if I only post seven times? That's still seven thoughts or pictures documented that wouldn't have otherwise been. So, in an effort to document 2013 the best (and I'll be honest...the easiest) way I could think of was to let my iPhone do the talking. I'm abysmal at taking pictures. I just never think to, but every now and then I'll snap a picture with my (very low quality) phone.

I don't usually make resolutions for the new year, but after reviewing these pictures, I think I'll try and make an effort to take more pictures, especially of more than just our little family. There are others around us while these pictures are being taken; family, friends, friends that are like family...and to not have a single picture (not even on my phone) of the people we spend our lives with...well that's just sad. Wish me luck on that!

So to see what we were up to in 2013, according to my iPhone, go to the next post.

Disclaimer: Collin would be sad if I failed to mention that 2013 was the year we took Bri to her first amusement park (Holiday World in Santa Clause, Indiana) and she rode her first roller coaster! And...she loved it! I don't have a picture of it. I'm positive Collin does, but since this isn't 2013 according to COLLIN'S iPhone, we'll have to make do without.

2013 According to My iPhone

It snowed and I wanted Bri to play in it so badly that I checked her out of daycare on my lunch break and frantically made calls to stay-at-home mom friends to find somewhere she could go to play in the snow. I mean, how often do children get that chance in Alabama? Luckily, Kristin Tice agreed to watch Bri and she and Josh made a snowman and had other snow adventures while Mommy went back to work.

We had the missionaries over for dinner and they played Princess Candyland with Bri, beginning her love of the  missionaries and the constant question, "When are the missionaries coming back over?"

Collin got me a Kindle for my 29th birthday and Bri immediately took it over as her own. She still uses it more than I do.

Bri perfected the art of lip gloss application.

Our friends, the Bewley's had a mystery dinner party at their house giving us an excuse to dress up and have a night without children. It was a LOT of fun. I prepared more for this night than I did for the proms I went to in high school.

The sweet Beehive class (12-13 year-olds at church) came by our house and "heart attacked" me with sweet notes.

We went to Gatlinburg. Friends (the Bewleys and Ograns) were there and I don't have any pictures of them. Sad.

I took Bri ice skating for the first time.

My friend, Rebecca, watched Bri so Collin and I could snow tube together. It was so fun!

We went on A LOT of Sunday afternoon walks around the neighborhood.

We took Bri to see a movie in the theater for the first time; Monsters Inc at the dollar movies and it was 3D.

We enjoyed the benefits of technology while apart.


Easter program and egg hunt at church.

Easter Sunday at Gran Gran and Happy's house.

I lost weight and fit back into my wedding dress!

Celebrating Mother's Day with all the Jones cousins at Gran Gran and Happy's house.

Squirrels chewed through the shingles on our roof. Who knew squirrels could cause that much damage?

Bri enjoyed cake after her end of the year program at her daycare. And they gave all the children shirts with their own picture on it. I thought it was pretty funny!

Collin and I escaped to Cedar Point in Ohio for some amusement park fun without Bri and had an elephant ear for the first time. I prefer funnel cakes.

Collin doing what he does at amusement parks: admiring that fine piece of craftsmanship behind him.

Bri became OBSESSED with weddings and being a bride. And she just couldn't understand why she couldn't marry Collin.

The obsession continued. My sister Heather let Bri play with the veil from her wedding and it made Bri's day.

Bri got really into tea parties.

I took a moment to capture Bri's beauty while just hanging outside of Target one Friday afternoon.

I realized Collin knows me better than I thought.

We were invited to the lake with our friends the Moons.

Bri spent a few days with Nanny and Nanny's granddaughter, Gracie, while I was at girls camp.


We stopped by the park on the way home from daycare...A LOT.

Bri's obsession with technology grew.

We met my new nephew, Reed Lagrone.

And spent seven whole days in Destin with my entire family. It was perfection, except that Mary and Andy and their two youngest couldn't make it.


Bri spent a lot of time playing in RoRo's kiddy pool.

We transitioned Bri from a toddler bed into a full-size!

And we stopped off at the park on our way home....again.

We got a membership to a pool and spent most of our Saturdays there. Bri called it "the membership pool". 

Collin turned 31! And because we didn't want to burn our house down with that many candles, Bri picked out a Hello Kitty candle for him. What a lucky Daddy!

We found out we are expecting baby #2! And I started wearing maternity clothes right away. I actually thougth I was showing when I took this picture.

The company I work for had an employee appreciation day at the Birmingham Zoo. Collin and I had to take turns riding the carousel with Bri. We're becoming wimpy in our old age.

We (I) carved a pumpkin.

Bri went as Repunzel for Halloween.

Oops...got ahead of myself. We gave Bri a birthday party at a local indoor pool. I was really impressed with the music and activities. Great way to turn 4!

Bri's daycare had a fall festival and Bri told me she rode a pony. I didn't believe her because...reawlly? A pony? I thought maybe they'd had a wooden horse or she'd been playing make-believe, but then her teacher, Ms. Tammy, sent me this picture and sure enough...a pony!

Ms. Tammy has quickly become my favorite teacher of Bri's. She sent me a bunch of pictures and I've just loved seeing what Bri's up to while we're apart.


We found out we're having another girl! Here is Bri eating the pink "reveal" cake we bought.

Here I am again thinking I'm showing so much! Well in hindsight...notsomuch. I was 22 weeks.

Bri hid behind her hair at her daycare's Christmas program. She does not like being on stage, but at least she didn't cry this time!

Bri got her haircut for the first time.


And she got to meet Santa at our church's Christmas program.

We took a last minute trip to Chattanooga just the three of us right after Christmas. Bri wanted to do this jump thing at the mall. She hated it.

Bri recreated a picture drawn by Sonny, Collin's dad. It's of our house and I was pretty impressed. Maybe she'll get some artistic talent from him because she sure won't be getting any from me!

Collin and I celebrated New Year's Eve with our friends, the Ograns, and I couldn't resist getting a belly shot. I was 25 weeks. Also, Bri spent the night with Collin's mom, RoRo. It was fun to have a child-free night out.