Friday, January 3, 2014

Farewell 2013

2013 What a year....

2013 was one of the best yet hardest years of my entire life! In April 2013 we welcome our 2nd daughter Julianna Faith Alcala "baby Jewel" into our family. She has been our family's greatest gift of all this past year. Julianna is our angel baby and she is such a blessing to us all. There is nothing I love more than being a mother, although the job is not always easy. I officially joined the "2 under 2 club" this past year. It is never an easy job mothering 2 little ones but it is especially trying learning to mother 2 babies under 2 years old. Double the diapers, double the crying but never the less double the joy! This past year I have mastered how to change around oh...20 diapers a day, I nurse one baby 7 times a day and feed the other 3 meals and 3 snacks a day, so I am feeding babies around 13 times a day! When one sleeps through the night the other doesn't so I would say the longest span of sleep I have had this past year is maybe 5 hours. I am pooped, peed and spit up on daily and it is a rare miracle if my hair is washed and my teeth are brushed lol But you know what...I wouldn't trade it for the world (seriously). The past few months have definitely been one, if not THE hardest season I have ever experienced in my life but it has also been full of some of the absolute BEST moments in my life as well. 2013 was a hard year but a very rewarding year. I have had to step back from some ministry roles in my church and I have had to put a pause on shopping & coffee dates with my girlfriends due to trying to get a grasp on being a mother to two little ones. But through it all the Lord has continually reminded me that this is just one "season" of my life and it is a season that I will never get back. So everyday I try to enjoy the season even if most days are full of chaos, messes, whining, & even crying from us all. My days are also full of snuggles, hugs, imaginary play & wet gummy kisses on my face. When I think back on the past 12 months I cant help but smile & well even laugh. It has been a amazingly wonderful & crazy year!

James 4:14 "Your life is but a vapor, here today & gone tomorrow"

Here are some snap shots of the past 12 months...

Julianna's Baby Shower 

Maternity Photos at 8 months pregnant 

A quick trip to Los Angeles for our friends wedding at 36 weeks pregnant lol

April 22nd 2013 Julianna Faith Alcala was born

Our Angel baby 

Our new family of 4 May 2014

Josselyn Grace Alcala turned 2 years old on August 26th 

Mommy & Daddy took a quick trip to Los Vegas to celebrate our friends oli company success

October 2013 at the Flower mound Pumpkin Patch

Halloween 2013

November 2013 at the Dallas Arboretum

Thanksgiving in New York City

Our sweet friend Emily Moore (Emily Moore Photography) took our Christmas card photos  

We had a wonderful Christmas season with our precious girls

Farewell 2013 & Hello 2014

The best is yet to come...

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