Looking back on the year in pictures, I am again reminded of how fortunate I am as a mother and a wife. I took 1500 fewer personal photos in 2016, but I can still see how much my baby has changed. His chubby round baby face has thinned out, and he's become a imaginative, active little boy.
Our family life now has a third voice. It's sometimes a much louder, dictator style voice and sometimes a sweet, lovable two year old voice. He's gone from a baby to a toddler with his own likes, dislikes and opinions.
We explored nature, playgrounds, animals, sports, trucks, farms, zoos, and riding bikes this year. Watching him with the rest of the family has been nothing short of amazing. Holidays like Easter, Halloween and Christmas were all newish to him, but met with enthusiasm and learning.
Where he once didn't care about his clothes, he now has his own ideas. Star Wars socks MUST be on his feet at all times, but only the Stormtrooper socks. Darth Vader are only acceptable if the Stormtroopers are dirty.
Thomas the Train is his newest "favorite thing ever" and also the first toy he's ever had that never leaves his hands. When he goes to bed, we read his Super Hero rules, so that we always remember to "Be Extraordinary."
These are just some of the things I want to remember forever about 2016. But without the pictures - will I?
I didn't photograph every moment; some were better spent being in them. Some I wish I had captured, but am glad I was more of a part of them than last year.
With the exception of the occasional toddler tantrum, all of the moments were loved - whether photographed or not.
Here's to new adventures with #LucasP and more love in 2017.