Tuesday, December 31, 2013


As 2013 comes to a close, and as my 2014 resolution to blog more begins, I thought I'd whip together a "what you missed" post to wrap up our year in about thirty or so photos.  Kind of like how TV shows give you five minutes of last season's highlights before jumping into a new season each fall.  "...and that's what you missed on Glee."

Who watches that show, anyway?!   Not me.  Ever.  I'm (ahem) 28, ya know.  

So back to 2013.  Let's just jump right in, shall we?  

(I had intended for this to go chronologically, but apparently blogger has other ideas)

I announced my pregnancy to my family via this photo. Apparently I felt more pregnant than I looked.  Nobody got it.
We spent many warm weekends at the condo in St. George
Rob and I celebrated our 10th anniversary.  He surprised me with a trip to Vegas and California.  
Seth was born - and we took this Benjamin Button of a baby picture.  Whose old man baby is that anyway?!  
Rob wrestled with his children on a nightly basis.  Usually just in time to rile them up before bed. 

We learned that Claire was destined for stardom:

We sobbed as we left our first little home. 

Rob turned 33, and I botched his cake

We celebrated halloween with a skeleton, a witch, Merida and Ariel
Madelyn was baptized
We took this photo.  
We blessed our little Sethy Boy
We said a swift goodbye to Rob's parents
We carved awesome pumpkins
Ella Bell turned five.  Jude made her a bow - which she proudly wore to school.
Claire Bear turned 17 2

Rob reached a big milestone with his business
Juders turned 6

We painted Easter eggs (with monkeys?)
Jude killed at LEAST sixteen acres of rainforest with all of his creating
The hole in the mouth happened.  
Bowser ate four of Yoshi's five limbs, and we finally had to get rid of them (yes...somebody actually bought 1/3 of a lizard)
Miss Maddie turned 8
We blew the neighborhood away with our amazing fireworks display.  (ARE THOSE SNAKES COMING OUT OF THE GROUND?!) 

We sent three incredibly tired looking kids to school (Ella - preschool, Jude - 1st Grade, Maddie 3rd Grade)
I turned 28(ish) and cried while trying to blow out my candles.  Thanks, hormones. 
Rob read to Maddie's class, and we learned about beef jerky.
My brother and his wife came to visit us from Chicago
We utilized our zoo membership (and actually saw real animals as well as lego animals)
Ella grew her hair out

Then chopped it

....we spent two weeks in Chicago with my family and forgot our camera.

All in all, I'd say 2013 was a pretty darn good year.  It had its ups and downs, but we've definitely been blessed.  We are happy, healthy alive, and ready to embark on all of the joys that 2014 will bring to our family.  

Wishing you all a wonderful 2014...


Mary Wilde said...

Seriously, I wasn't going to give you a hard time about not blogging, but we've missed SO MUCH. I guess I shouldn't complain since I got to see you for real! And I never watch Glee either. ;)

Mom said...

Incredible year for an incredible family. Love you guys! Thanks for sharing...and forgetting your camera.

Wilson Family said...

I havent checked any blogs (including my own) in about 6 months! So this 2013 post was awesome. :) Love the recap. Seth is just adorable!

Team O'Connor said...

Melissa, you are still adorable and hilarious! I can't believe you have 5 children and are so hot! Take care and Happy 2014.