The summer of 2012 has certainly been one to remember! In no particular order, here are 13 Things to Never Forget:
1. June 18--the birth of Aiden Thomas. Our sweet, perfect little boy, evening the odds in our family, bringing the boys' total up to match the girls'. He certainly put me through the ringer while he was still inside me--inspiring migraines, varicose veins, and bedrest--before arriving and weighing in at 9 pounds 1 ounce. Big siblings Bryn, Shay, and Liam were incredibly excited for him to arrive and have doted on him ever since Day 1.
12. In other family news, my stepsister Lindsay departed to spend a full year working as a nanny for a family in New Zealand. I am incredibly jealous of all the breathtaking views and exciting adventures that she's getting to experience! I love reading her blog to hear about all that she's doing.
13. Library programs. (The librarian in me just couldn't leave this off the list!) The kids and I spent the majority of our summer "playing" at the library. Bryn, Shay, and Liam all enjoyed the weekly story hour, and Bryn participated in an American Girl club and some other special events as well. All 3 of the kids were incredibly determined to earn all 6 prizes offered in the summer reading program, and we diligently marked off their reading logs every day. In the end, they succeeded, finishing the highest challenge offered. Way to go, my little bookworms!