Do you try to do New Year's resolutions? I gave them up a long time ago... about the time I became a mom, actually. Motherhood hit me like an 18-wheeler and I still haven't recovered. Being a mom is hard for me. I don't seem to carry the "Motherhood Is A Breeze" gene. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE being a mom and I LOVE my kids. But each day I wake up, I have to give myself a little pep talk to get going. There's work involved.

I remember the year we adopted Carver, I think my new resolution was to "not kill anyone." That was a rough year. Carver had colic and I spent most of my waking and sleeping hours bouncing him in my arms. I recall holding him--as a brand new mom--and trying to sing lullabies to him. I didn't know any lullabies. At that point in my life I was a huge Pixies fan and I didn't think Frank Black songs were the way to go with an 8 week old infant who needed to settle down. Why don't they put "Top 10 Lullabies to Practice" in baby information books?

So since then, I start each new year the same way. Survive. That being said, I love to look back. Here are some of my favorite photos from 2009.
The giant hamster ball.
A lot of what Lily and Zinabu do together. Play with stuffed animals and giggle.
Lily seeing Buddy for the first time.
Any photo of my 3 kids together is precious!
Awaiting the renovation of the house.
Just... so... them.
Burying their sister in the sand.
Carver and the New Moon crown. We like to wear it when we listen to the soundtrack.
Zinabu and his friend, Frehiwot. She is also from Ethiopia and they are in the same kindergarten class. The coolest thing ever. She likes to chase him.
If I recall, he was trying to have a conversation with me. He cracks me up.
Jump rope contest!
Lily creating. She does it all the time. I walk into a room and often find her like this. I look at this picture and it just sums up who she is.


jayme said...

See, it's posts like this that just make me love you and your whole family so much more!

Thanks once again for your honesty. I'd agree that motherhood is hard (and often thankless) work. But looking at these pictures of your amazing kiddos just reinforces the fact that you're an incredible mom.

I always make fun new years resolutions. This year: learn Spanish (so that next time I'm in a Spanish speaking country, I'm not so shell-shocked...)

Happy New Year!

Stacy said...

i love you all more too. 2010. gotta find a way to hang with cathy and her family. gotta.

jayme said...

Can we talk about some kind of meet in the middle thing so that we can all hang out together. I'm serious.

Kari said...

I love, love, love this post. Thanks for sharing so honestly the struggles and the beauty of being a mom. Yeah, it sucks somedays, but the photos of your beautiful kiddos is the reminder of all of the good that comes too.

Have a great 2010~