Sure, there were challenging days and hours and seasons, some sicknesses and surgeries and stress, but nothing compares to the pure joy of being a mother to my sweet girl. I will remember 2015 for all of the firsts: first trip to the beach, first food, first words, first birthday. I will remember 2015 as the first year since 2008 that I never once had to wonder whether we would ever be parents. It was magnificent.
2015 won't go down as the year I blogged a lot- check it out, my lowest number of blogs EVER (not including the year I started the blog). But that's okay. It won't go down as the year I got into fantastic shape or got rich or finally wrote a book (hahaha). But it was a year where I devoted every single day to loving my husband and my daughter and working hard at my job and serving as much as I could at my church and reading a lot of good books, and I'm proud of what I did.
Thanks for being so kickass, 2015. Can't wait to see what the next year brings.
As for how we celebrated this turning of the calendar...well, it's been pretty elaborate. Or not.
Millie and I celebrated NYE by dressing in coordinating outfits (totally her idea) to run our errands. She thought the Target dressing room was both magical and hilarious. Obviously because she wasn't the one trying on clothes and being forced to view herself at terrible angles...blarrrgh.
|This is so fun, Mommy! I look cute from every direction!|
|What is this madness? Everywhere I look, THERE I AM!!!!!|
|Hmmm...maybe a little more salt.|
|I just needed to see all of my options at once so that I knew I'd pick the right book (and puzzle).|
We have been adopted by a chicken, apparently.
|Hey lady, less pictures, more stale Cheerios, okay?|
|CHICKENNNNNN!!!!!! Hey, CHICKENNNNN!!!! COME TO ME!!!!|
So I don't know. Maybe we have a new member of the family. Matt's researching chicken coops and making a list of supplies to buy, so I'm leaning towards thinking that if she's still back there tomorrow (she's very free ranging, you know.), maybe we'll make her a little home. Buy her some feed. Make our little animal-loving Nuggie a very happy girl.
Besides the chicken, Millie found another great love: chocolate fondue.
|I want to eat this forever and for always, Mommy.|
(Also, I feel like the CEO of Oxyclean should write me a personal thank you note. As much as I buy of that stuff...they must have had a nice Christmas.)
Anyway. The end of 2015 and beginning of 2016 were pretty fantastic. And to wrap things up...just in case you missed this on Instagram...you better check out Millie's attempt at smiling on command. It's pretty much the greatest thing I've ever seen.
Just ignore my obnoxious cackling. I can't help it.
Happy 2016- I hope you find yourself smiling just like Millie an awful lot this year!