Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Out with the old ...

Some favorite moments from 2008. There are so many to choose from ...

Ella J joined our family in January 2008, so she's just one week shy of her first birthday. This photo of her sleeping is from when she was only weeks old.

Dylan is half-way through is first year of real, stay-all-day school. This picture of him sitting on a fence is from our annual camping trip with friends from church. We took a short hike - the first time he's had to do all the walking and none of the riding. Ella J got to ride in the backpack this year!

Our Christmas visit with the Barnet kids. I was their nanny/chauffer/grocery-getter/etc. from 2001 until April of 2008, so it mostly feels like they're family, too. Becca is almost 22, a senior at the Rhode Island School of Art & Design (RISD), Will is 19 and a freshman at Brown, and John is almost 17 and a junior in high school. With them are Ella J & Dylan.

Mike with his Clemson flag at Lake Tahoe this summer. He was so lucky to be able to do some traveling & sight-seeing while he was participating in the Maynard Institute's Journalism Fellowship in Reno, NV over the summer. I love that he had to pick and choose what to pack and the Clemson flag was never once in danger of being removed from the list of "must-haves"!

It's been a great year for our family - not without it's struggles or moments we wish we could take back - but mostly a good year. We'll kick-off 2009 with Ella J's 1st birthday ... and see what's in store for the rest of the year!

Happy New Year!