Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Goodbye and Good Riddance, 2013...don't let the door hit you on the way out

Man, 2013 was a doozy for us. I don't think we've ever been SO glad to see a year end and move on with hopeful expectation toward a new one. 

But at least we ended it with style...

We had Christmas celebrations galore...
including getting to see Santa not once, but twice - when he came to our neighborhood!
Bodie had his Christmas pageant at school - he did so well. He stood up there, so proud and excited for almost the entire thing. 
I may have shed a tear or two out of such pride for my sweet boy. Or, who knows, perhaps they were tears of gratitude that he wasn't screaming his head off for me the entire time, which is how I had expected it to go down. But whatevs. Let's just call them tears of pride. 

Popo Alan and Grandma Jan came to help for Dusk's surgery - and to spend some time with us! The kids had a blast with them. 
And we got to see Popo Bill and Gigi for a Cal Poly vs LMU basketball game
and a quick dinner 2 weeks later!
(yep, I'd say that about sums up life with Bodie!)

Apparently, Sierra just plain grew up in the past month...
(I'm still trying to figure out who this grown up girl is!!!)

She also got to make homemade taffy with Dusk (a wonderful childhood memory of his!)
We had a wonderful visit from our dear friends the Fullers.

And started the year in style with our close friends the Hunts, with a visit to the Santa Monica Pier to celebrate New Year's Day!
1/2 a heart and loving riding roller coasters - take that, HLHS!!!

As we usher out the craptastic year that 2013 was and enter 2014 with hopeful anticipation, we covet your prayers that the next year brings more peace, more healing, less hospital time and slower days for our family - and for yours. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from our family to yours!



  1. Hi! Great pictures! Praying for a great 2014 for the Bennetts!


    Mister George in Annapolis, MD

  2. Amy!!! The 4 of you are TOO gorgeous!! Inside and out. much love to you!!!