I’ve spent the past few days jotting down notes of things I remember from this past year. 2012 was a beautiful one for our family; one filled with blessing upon blessing. Here is a month by month review:
:: We moved into our new house the week before Christmas so we spent this month getting adjusted. We kept our backdoors open most days and enjoyed the expanse of our yard and the golf course
:: I turned 29!
:: Joe got me horse back riding lessons for my birthday and I also had my favorite annual birthday shopping trip w my MIL – she’s the best shopper.
:: Joe and I celebrated Valentine’s Day with a steak dinner on our back porch. I hung Christmas lights for the occasion. (They are still there.)
:: My long time friend & mentor, Cyndi, visited and spoke at Discovery Church MOPS
:: We found out we were pregnant!! The line on the pregnancy test was so faint I almost discarded it, thinking it was negative.
:: Both our parents were out of town & we were bursting to tell them the news so we made a video of Miles saying, “Baby in mommy tummy!”
:: We started potty training with Miles.
:: We celebrated Easter! Miles looked for eggs in our back yard and loved his Easter basket.
:: We moved Miles to a big boy bed.
:: Joe celebrated his 28th birthday! His parents and I were going to surprise him with a trip to NYC but my friend Lindsey spilled the beans over dinner a week early. (She was devestated – Joe was elated & especially glad he wasn’t surprised since he likes to plan and prep. It’s in his nature.)
:: Joe and I went to NYC for the first time ever!! Joe’s parents joined the adventure and graciously gifted us the trip, including tickets to Newsies! Other high lights from the trip included the double decker bus ride, visiting with our friend Jon Tyson, and a carriage ride through Central Park.
:: At the end of the month, we took our annual Loveless family vacation to Blue Ridge, GA for the 3rd straight year. Highlights from this year included catching lightning bugs, eating delicious Thai chicken curry soup from a restaurant in downtown Blue Ridge and taking turns on GDaddys kyacks. Also, Joe, Jon & David each ate a worm. Yuck.
:: We found out we were having a boy! To make a memory of it & tell our parents, we filled a box with blue balloons and took pics as we released them in our back yard.
:: We celebrated Miles 3rd birthday with a Toy Story themed party at our house! My brother Sean & his family were in town, making it a momentous occasion.
:: We spent a week in St. Petersburg with my family, including my brothers – Mike & his fiance, Amy, and Sean, his wife, Sarah and their 1 yr old, Eli. Highlights from the trip include swimming in the pool everyday and grilling on the charcoal grill (the smell of childhood), hanging on a sandbar at the beach, and getting a kid free dinner with my siblings at a fantastic restaurant.
:: We decided the baby’s name would be Owen Chandler. I blogged about it here.
:: My mom threw me a baby shower for Owen:)
:: My blood work came back with super low iron and B12 levels, making this month a rough one for being pregnant. I was very tired of pregnancy at this point but it’s all worth it.
:: We welcomed Owen Chandler on October 30, 2012 weighing in at a whopping 9 lbs 8oz!! I cried the second I saw him, overwhelmed with thankfulness for his little life.
:: We celebrated Halloween while in the hospital. Miles was a rocket ship for Halloween & we passed out spider suckers to all our nurses.
:: Joe made our hospital stay memorable by renting old movies on the iPad while we cuddled our new boy.
:: We brought Owen home from the hospital on Nov 2nd!
:: We were gifted cooked meals from so many people for almost 3 weeks!! A highlight was my sister-in-law, Rebecca, coming over to prepare 3 gourmet meals from scratch. She even brought champagne!
:: My Grandma Belmonte (who is 84 yrs old!) came to town and we celebrated Thanksgiving with her at my mom’s house.
:: On Thanksgiving day, we continued a 6 year tradition where we go to my in-laws house in the morning, eat McDonald’s biscuit breakfast, drink cups and cups of coffee, cook food, and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
:: The rest of Joe’s family joined us for dinner and the Cowboys game later that evening.
:: The following day, we decked the halls for Christmas!
:: We started a new family tradition and welcomed The Wise Guys to stay with us until Christmas (more on this later).
:: My dad came to stay with us for a week and we were blessed to borrow a raised blowup bed so he’d have a place to sleep! My dad’s visit included a homemade stew by yours truly, introducing him to 4Rivers, breakfast at Winter Garden Farmers Market with my brother & Amy, dinner with Joe’s parents, and a home cooked dinner at Mikey’s new apartment.
:: Joe worked hard putting together the Christmas Eve services for Discovery Church. He wrote and performed a spoken word piece (Rise & Shine, it’s Christmas Morning!) and did a video shot at our house that included a styrofoam snowball fight:)
:: We celebrated Christmas Eve at my mom’s by baking cookies, watching movies, playing cards, and opening presents!
:: Christmas morning was a hit with the 3 yr old! We had a scrumptious breakfast of Apple Fritter French Toast with bacon and then headed over to Joe’s parents for a perfect Christmas Day. Highlights from Christmas Day include: 3 3yr olds who were better behaved than last year, Gavin fainting when he received a Nook from Marmi & GDaddy, and India & Taylor performing using Indi’s new guitar.
Thankful for all this year held and excited for this coming year! Happy New Year, all!!
Catie, Joe, Miles, & Owen