1/4 of the Sunday Photos from 2010. We have grown and changed this year, haven't we?
And a Sunday photo from today...
And my newest neice, Jade, almost three months old now.
We blessed baby Jade today and had a wonderful time with family. We sat in Miriam's kitchen, all the women, talking about the most interesting subjects. I looked around at all of us. Adults. We were kids together and now we are grown with opinions of our own that are all so different. I thought of my girls all grown and what they'll take from our life together. The things they will remember...
These are photos from our hotel stay over New Year's Eve. The top one is the evening, and the bottom one is the morning after.
We decided to make it a tradition to stay in a downtown hotel and have a New Year's party with the girls every New Year's Eve. Oh, and let me tell ya, it was a party! There were some super fun times and some super hard times.
The first thing that rushes to my memory is holding Tada and sitting around a tiny reading table playing cards with the girls. We played Go Fish while Jake was out getting pizza. Tada tried to use all of her fingers and toes to sabotage the game while Lillie kept stealing Ruby's cards and throwing them up in the air like precipitation. All the while, really, I tried to keep it light (while totally getting frustrated) and happy while Grace and Ruby fell apart. After all, winning is everything! In the end, their attention spans are short anyway, so they didn't mind that the cards were strewn everywhere.
Also, the sleep was horrible.
But the highlight? We drank sparkling juice and toasted to the new year. "To love, to life, to sisters, to family" I think they were. We had a high floor view of the street below where some downtown celebrations took place. They set the fireworks to go off on the roof directly below us, in our perfect line of sight. At the stroke of midnight and as Lillie slept, the whole downtown corridor lit up like the fourth of July (a cold one!). Tiny bonfires, which were the exploding fireworks, boomed below us while the actual show rippled in the air in above. I'll never forget how Jake held Grace and Ruby in his arms on the balcony, sillhouettes against the bright sky. I held Tada inside and sighed with happiness and closure.
This is our family. We're a tiny little one... with tiny little hopes and dreams. And I'm so happy to be part of us.