2012 was a mixed bag for the Katolin family. Right before the New Year last year, Dennis left for deployment to Afghanistan and 7 months out of the 12 we spent apart.
But it's strange. That time was tough. We missed him. But when I think back on the year, it's almost like we skipped over that seven months. Looking back and the year, I remember him being around and all the fun family times we had together. Don't get me wrong...sometimes on something as simple as a walk together to get the mail, I remember what it was like on the same walk with Dennis gone. There was a missing and a sadness (and some exhaustion) that persisted, knowing the other half of me was out of reach. And during those moments I stop with gratitude, thankful that those days are over and our family is together again.
So looking back at 2012, there are a lot of great memories. I remember Elyse's first day of preschool and the stories she excitedly told me on the car ride home. I remember Madelyn dressed up like Belle at every possible chance and her dancing with her Beast (Dennis) in the living room. I remember the middle of the night when Dennis came home from Afghanistan and the great friends who came with me to take pictures. I remember the moment I saw a super faint second pink line on the pregnancy test and whet to show Dennis who was working on the car. I remember the awesome trip Dennis and I took to Colorado.
I'm thankful for pictures and videos, and as I go through 2012's collection, I'm thankful for the ability to record these moments. Because in all honesty, I can remember the big events, but the little everyday moments escape my thoughts until I sit to look at the pictures. I can't remember how Maddy's little voice sounded a year ago but I'm thankful for the 30 second video from my phone of her singing Slippery Fish so I can hear it again.
As we move into 2013, I'm excited about what the new year has to bring. We'll be adding a new member to the family. I can't wait to see Sam's little face in person and learn about the person he is. I don't think I've mentioned it here before, but the Marine Corps will most likely be moving us across the country again...back to Quantico, Virginia. We're excited about that and the new adventures it will bring. I'm excited about all the moments we'll be able to share together.
I'm not one for new year's resolutions (my only resolution for this year is to wear earrings on a regular basis). But I do want to focus on the right stuff. On being grateful. On living in the moment. On loving the moments and the people in my life. And I do want to keep taking pictures, because it's a lens through which I can appreciate these moments.
Here are some of my favorite moments, from the past year.
Thursday, December 27, 2012
To prepare for Christmas cards, we headed out to the beach for some family pictures. Unfortunately, we picked a super gray and foggy day so we didn't quite get the "at the beach" feel we were going for, but I'm still happy with the results. (Although the fog wasn't as abad as last year when my friend and awesome photographer Sharon took these amazing pictures!)
I'm thankful for some editing software that lightened some of these up. Thought the grandparents would want to see the ones that didn't make it on the Christmas card.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
We had the big ultrasound of Neptune the other day...as soon as the ultrasound tech put the wand on my tummy, she told us, "It's a BOY!"
Our gut feelings all along were right. We're really excited to add this little guy to our family. The girls are excited too...they wanted a little brother. In fact the day before, Elyse started a "We want a boy" chant with Maddy in the car. I'm not sure how they would have reacted with "girl" news.
Wondering about the name? We're pretty set on Sam for the first name (Samuel officially). The middle name is still under debate.
It's hard to believe we're almost halfway done with this pregnancy. Unti April, here are some pictures our our little man.