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Favorite {11} photos of 2011

Having a baby changes everything. Even though Cora was my third (and final?) baby, she still rocked all of 2011. All in all, 2011 was a good, good year. Our new house, Matt's excellent job, our healthy kids, and a brand new baby. I am pretty sure it doesn't get any better than that.
2011 Favorite

2011 brought many, many baby bump pictures. These two are my favorite- simply because lottle (my lovely double chin) can't be seen:

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And this one:

Favorite 2011

One of the best parts of having a baby is in the anticipation. So much potential all wrapped up in a tiny baby. Will she be born today? Who will she look like? How much will she weigh? Will everything be okay? It all comes down to this:

2011 Favorite

Favorite 2011

Favorite 2011

(photos by Jana Tigchelaar)

Sigh. Looking at those pictures makes me want to do it all over again. If having a baby hurts, then you're doing it wrong. (I kid, I kid.) Her birthday, my birthday, OUR birthday was so much fun. I'll never, ever forget the day any of my babies were born.

Moving on.  I love, love, love the newborn stage of life. Blink and you'll miss it. 

Favorite 2011

In July, Simon turned eight years old. How is this possible? Who is that handsome, crooked teeth, cute kiddo? The one who is just dying to make us laugh? The one who tells poop jokes like they are going out of style? He's my boy, that's who.

Favorite 2011

Not to be out-done, this hilarious kid turned 4 years old. Bennett is nothing but sweetness and silliness in a small package. He is rain boots and an always backward shirt that probably doesn't match. He is dirty ears and stolen chocolate covered cheeks.

Favorite 2011

Cora's first half of life was dominated by pink and big bows. I make no apologies for this. EVERY PRESENT DESERVES A BOW and she was absolutely, without a doubt, the best present ever.

Favorite 2011

There are more pictures on my computer. Many more pictures that sum up 2011 but instead I leave you with this. Our last family picture of 2011:

Family pictures

Be good to us, 2012. I am not sure anything can top 2011, but I am willing to give it a go. 

Linked up at You Capture today. Holla!


( 10 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 4th, 2012 05:24 am (UTC)
omg can i just say that i have never, ever, in my whole life, seen a birth picture that is freaking fabulous as that one-matt's face, omfg, i just love it-and your big smile-should show this picture to expectant mamas instead of the scary agonizing baby show crap they got their heads full of!

i still remind you that mairi is open to bethrothals and is fond of poopy jokes herself. when are we having a playdate? the end.
Jan. 4th, 2012 02:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, I am down with bethrothals. Simon asked to take a hip-hop dance class recently. Imagine the dancing at their wedding!
Jan. 4th, 2012 02:16 pm (UTC)
Ahhh! So cute...you guys are the sweetest family. My favorite has to be the one from just before Cora was born, in the delivery room. haha
Ruthie Covert
Jan. 5th, 2012 05:04 pm (UTC)
What a beautiful time in your life you have captured! Your family is gorgeous.
Jan. 5th, 2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
beautiful photos! love them all!
Jan. 6th, 2012 01:16 am (UTC)
What a fabulous post! I loved every picture and your whole story!
Jan. 6th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
Your birth picture is amazing! It makes the whole birth experience less scary... Thank you! Your children are beautiful!
Jan. 7th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Sommer J
What a touching photo round-up! Thank your for sharing, all of the shots are beautiful.
Jan. 9th, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC)
Your photos are infectious and beautiful! I LOVE them! I'm going to be featuring on of them on my blog today!

Jan. 10th, 2012 10:06 pm (UTC)
Fabulous photos - I hope 2012 brings you and your family as much happiness as 2011 did!
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