2013 In Review

The year of 2013 was another big one for us!  A lot happened this year - this is a quick recap!


-Rang in the New Year up with Gwen for a feeding!  Her first holiday.

-We started out our first year as a family of four!

-I wrote about Gwendolyn's birth story.

-We took Gwen's newborn photos.

-I picked my word for the year.

-We went to a rodeo/stock show together - our first real outing as a family of four!

-I held a star-themed baby shower for my sister.

-I started avoiding dairy because Gwen seemed to be allergic to it.

-Gwen turned one month old.


-Derek started traveling and I started watching the Bachelor/Bachelorette (I know, I know).

-Wyatt turned two!

-We celebrated Valentine's Day.

-Gwen started smiling!

-Started potty training Wyatt, then I got overwhelmed and quit again.

-We had a tractor birthday party for Wyatt!

-Gwen turned two months old.


-We took Gwen to visit the paramedics who helped deliver her.

-Gwen started sleeping through the night!

-I made up a coffee syrup recipe.

-My nephew was born!

-I went back to work (one day a week).

-We celebrated Easter!

-Gwen turned three months old.


-Gwen laughed for the first time on April Fool's Day!

-Derek and I went to see "Sense and Sensibility: The Musical".

-Derek got me an iPad!

-I got the spring cleaning bug.

-Gwendolyn and I got really sick for the first time since she was born.

-I started a 30x30 challenge.

-Gwen turned four months old.


-I cleaned out all the closets in our house.

-We moved Gwen's room upstairs.

-We celebrated Mother's Day

-Gwen started rolling both ways and sitting up by herself, and we started feeding her solid foods.

-Gwen turned five months old.


-I finished re-decorating our bedroom, the office, and Gwen's new room.

-I wrote about how Wyatt started talking so much more and other fun things about my boy!

-Wyatt started singing songs with us.

-My friend Ashley and I went to a pottery shop.

-We made vacation plans.

-Gwen started sucking her thumb.

-Derek's brother and sister-in-law came to visit!

-Gwen seemed to grow out of her milk sensitivity.

-Gwen turned six months old.

-We took Gwen's six month pictures.


-We celebrated the 4th of July

-We went on our first family camping vacation to the Grand Canyon.

 -Derek and I celebrated our 5th anniversary!

 -We went to a Hawaiian-themed family reunion.

-Gwen started inch-worm crawling.

-We took the kids swimming a few times.

-Kind of started potty training Wyatt again.

-Gwendolyn turned seven months old.

-I got pregnant, but didn't know it yet!


-I wrote an update on the many books I read the first half of 2013 - 32 books!

-We took our five year anniversary pictures (which I will post one of these days!).

-After growing my hair out for almost two years, I finally cut it!  And it felt good.

-I found out on August 10th that I was pregnant!  Biggest surprise and best news of the year!

-I apparently had a hard time writing much of anything except book reviews for the rest of the month.

-We visited a peach festival and went to a hot springs, and I invented a peach salsa recipe!

-We went to our county fair and rodeo.

-I felt slightly nauseous throughout the month.

-Gwendolyn turned eight months old.


-We enjoyed a campfire at my parent's house.

-We started preschool at home with Wyatt.

-Derek started traveling again.

-We started going to MOPS again.

-I wrote about cute stuff Wyatt was doing.

-We had our first ultrasound, and baby looked great!

-We told our families about Baby #3!

-I started my blogging tips series.

-Finally got serious about potty training Wyatt!

-Gwen started crawling on her hands and knees and pulling to her feet.

-Gwen turned nine months old.

-I invented a lemon fudge recipe.

-We got a minivan.


-I finally told everyone that we were having another baby!   Posted the full story here.

-We did a bunch of fun stuff - went to the zoo with friends, took Wyatt to his first movie in the theater, and went to a corn maze!

-Discouraging stuff happened, which I still can't go into.  Maybe soon.

-Gwen started walking around furniture.

-Gwen said her first real word - "hi", and decided she was done with baby foods - only finger foods from now on.

-Gwen turned ten months old.


-16 and 18 weeks pregnant. 

-I sent out our gender reveal party invitations.

-I did a wine (*no wine for me) and painting class with some friends!

-We took Wyatt to the Christmas ornament store, and he started talking about Christmas stuff all the 

-It snowed a lot.

-I did a new wall display in Gwen's room (those white flowers would just not stick).

-Gwendolyn turned eleven months old.

-Celebrated Thanksgiving (Gwen's first!), went to a Christmas parade, decorated for Christmas, and turned 20 weeks pregnant!


-Had our 20 week ultrasound and found out we are having a baby BOY!

-Sent out invitations to Gwen's first birthday party.

-Turned 22 and 24 weeks pregnant.

-Celebrated Christmas (Gwen's first!)!

-Celebrated Derek and Gwen's birthday!

-Celebrated the New Year!

This past year has been so full of blessings, and looking back I realize just how great a year it has been!  The Lord has given us so much, and I'm so thankful.  Can't wait to see what will happen in 2014!

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Caroline @ In Due Time said...

What a wonderful year!!!

Lauren said...

what an amazing year for your precious family! 2014 I'm sure will be amazing as well!

Kenzie Ashcraft said...

Such a great year for you all! :)

Kate Craig said...

looking back at this I realized I love that your kids are just a little older than mine. Your posts about potty training and life with two kids were really encouraging to me! No current plans for a third over here, though :)

Melanie said...

Happy New year to you all! You definitely had an exciting year! We hope to see the grand canyon someday!

Inspired said...

What a great recap! 32 books in the first half of the year. HOW do you do it?!

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