For New Years Eve, Liza stayed with Cookie, Pop Pop, and Pratt. She and Pratt had so much fun. We went to El Dorado to eat dinner with some friends. Friends that we made in 2012. One of them being my doctor who delivered Liza. She and I clicked from the beginning and have become close friends. Tyler and her husband are so much alike its scary. My precious friend Corrie was there too, and her wonderful husband. Corrie and I also met this year and I feel like she's been my best friend for years. It was special to get to spend New Years with her. She is the strongest person I know and is fighting the hardest battle I have ever witnessed, but she's winning. She is so inspiring and makes me want to be a better person. 2013 is going to be her year, I just know it. 2012 sure wasn't easy for her, but she has fought every single step of the way.
Since it is a new year I have been doing a lot of thinking about what I want for this year and I've tried to narrow it down. I want to have more patience, with Liza, Tyler, my school kids, just everyone. I also want to slow down. (if you know me well this is very hard) The first year of Liza's life flew by and I regret not slowing down and taking more in. I let small day to day things get in the way. I have to stop. Before I know it she will be starting school and I will wonder where our time went. My mom brought me a box of my old things that she found and when I opned the box I found a book that my parents gave me when I was 12. Inside my dad wrote a note and in that note he said "You have blessed our lives more than you will ever know and until you have a child of your own you will never know the love we have for you." I fell apart reading this because he is so right. I knew they loved me, but until I had Liza I couldn't imagine the love they feel for Hannah and I. A year ago today I was learning how to take care of a new baby. I was so scared and anxious. I did a lot of crying and praying, and we made it. We made it a year with a healthy, happy baby girl. We made mistakes here and there, but we succeeded. "We" being the key word. I couldn't have done it alone. Tyler is more than I could've ever asked for. He knows just when to step in or when to walk away. Our days haven't always been easy. Looking back the first 2 years of our marraige was so easy, but like he said last Friday night "our life has so much more meaning now." My friend Corrie said something one day that will stick me forever. We were discussing how children change everything and she said "When I had my first baby I told myself, I will always support my husband in any decision he makes when it comes to my children, because after all I chose him to be their father. I could've chosen anyone, but he's the one I chose, so therefore I will always support him" What a HUGE statement, but so so so true. See, isnt' she wonderful...Yep.
Here are a few pics from the holidays. As soon as I get the birthday pictures back I will post them. Happy New Year my friends. Let's be patient and take the time to enjoy the ones we love.
Christmas night at Cookie's
She loves her chase me kitty
P loves his new car... Max- not so sure
Opening gifts at Grandmothers
Birthday morning...sweet baby
P and Liza hanging at the party
So much I could say about this picture
Preview of the party
Our sweet birthday girl...Happy Birthday Liza Kate