Pat and I actually found out we were pregnant just a few days before last year's party. We had decided to try to wait three months to tell anyone, first to be sure everything was okay, but mostly just to give ourselves time to adjust and have answers to the inevitable questions. Here's the thing: Pat and I are terrible liars, which pretty much equates to being terrible secret-keepers, too.
Patrick was soooo overprotective. He hovered over me the ENTIRE party, asking me every fifteen minutes if I would like some more water. When someone offered me a Dr. Pepper, he practically jumped over himself so he could make eye contact with me and remind me why I shouldn't have one. As if I could forget! Side note: yes, we did know that it's perfectly okay to have a moderate level of caffeine. Unfortunately, as I
For starters, we brought so much stuff that if we had added one more toy or apparatus, we would have needed to rent a trailer. I should have taken a picture of the Explorer loaded down. Ridiculous!
Also, I actually brought something that I baked this year! By myself! Without the help of Betty Crocker (confession: we were always too cheap for Betty Crocker. It would have been Great Value or nothing!) I'll post later this week about my new favorite chocolate cookies.
Finally, I took pictures! Before Madison came along, I never understood all the fuss about taking pictures all of the time; I figured you could enjoy the moment more if there wasn't a camera in your face. As a matter of fact, I stole that first picture of me and Pat from my sister-in-law's facebook page. Thanks, Becky! Now, I get panicky when I think I'm going to miss that Kodak (or Olympus, as the case may be) moment.
Now that I've bored you to tears, let me make up for it by sharing some pictures of Madison and friends.
|Enjoying some quality time with Grandma!|
|I always knew she was a rock star!|
|Madison's sweet cousin, Hannah|
|This picture made me look twice. She's held securely, I promise!|
|Lila is Madison's ten month old cousin. She was so much fun to watch on Saturday! And isn't she beautiful?|
|The look on her face: "What is Grandma doing on that old tire?"|
|My best picture of Grandma with the kiddos. Becky, Christie, I hope you got one where everyone is looking up?|
|Ditto with Grandpa. Notice that Madison found a new chew toy.|
|This was way too much excitement for one day!|
|Ha ha ha ha...Matt: "What do I do with my hands?"|
|Madison's favorite new trick: "Hoo-ing" like an owl. I love it!|
What has changed for you in the last year? Do you have a new baby, house, spouse, or job? (hopefully not in that order :P )