This post is one of my favorite ones to write each year. It gives me a chance to look back at how much our family has changed and grown in just twelve short months, and, this year; those months seemed shorter than ever. Time really does seem to enter warp speed the older you get.
If there is anything that I can say about 2023, it is that it was our year for hosting friends and family. It seems like each month offered opportunities for us to spend time with those that we love, and, for that, I am incredibly grateful.
As always, the post is extremely picture-heavy, so I apologize for that in advance.
We kicked off the New Year with a fondue party with Erin and the foster child that she and Kristi were housing (Kristi was in Florida, visiting her mom, I believe). This alone shows how much can change in a year, as Erin and Kristi are now living abroad. Crazy.
Queen B made the first of what would be many, many trips home this year. We celebrated her birthday with a surprise party that our Katie girl organized. It's not easy to surprise Queen B, so we felt quite satisfied with our accomplishment.
I found myself with some free time on my hands this month and thought that I would spend it catching up on the kids' scrapbooks. I think I managed to catch Queen B's up to her senior year in high school. It's still a work in progress. It didn't help that I was constantly interrupted by my fur babies, who demand almost more attention than my humans.
I hosted Easter brunch, but not before Mom and I decorated a batch of cut sugar cookies, requested by the Man-Cub.
The first weekend in June, I had a yard sale and the most exciting thing I can say about that is that the Man-Cub chose that day to tell Hugh and me that he intended to propose to Shanti in October/November, when they were planning to vacation in the Dominican. To say we were excited would be an understatement. It also meant keeping the secret for five months. Torture!
In June, Hugh also graduated from the Fire Academy...
Hugh, Erin, Kristi, Tom, Sean, and I went on our annual 4th of July camping trip. While we were there, we did a retro photo shoot of the girls with their beloved vintage camper. Photo shoot with Tink was on the Colorado Bucket List.