Dear Trent & Tyson,
Holy moly, what a year! Your dad proved to be a real-life hero, we had our first family vacation, Trent started kindergarten, and about a thousand things in between.
I should start by warning that you that this is your 3rd book like this, and the first time that I ran out of space. I was forced to push all of Christmas into just a few pages, which was a terrible time for me. You each had a school program, had a fantastic program at Sunday School, then Christmas with both families all before Santa even came. So when you wonder what types of things get kicked out when Mom has too many pictures, I can promise you that I take way too many pictures of the two of you sleeping. (Swoon!)
We don’t have a perfect life. Sometimes you guys don’t listen the best and sometimes I yell for no reason. There’s spills, running late, brothers fighting, and either mom or dad being crabby from not getting enough sleep at work (and sometimes both of us at the same time). But part of what I hope these books show you is how many wonderful times we have together, even though they aren’t all perfect. Even on the most mundane of days, I will catch a picture of you two being so sweet together or remember how blessed we are to have each other.
Trent, you amaze me with your kindness, bravery, and smarts. Transitioning to kindergarten was nothing for you because of all those things. You’re such a great kid, and you’re also so funny. Your smile lights up the lives of so many and your willingness to give hugs to those you care about can change someone’s entire day. I love to watch you grow!
Tyson, I call you my stinker but I say it with love. There is no one on this earth with the charisma and personality of you, and while it is sometimes hard to get a picture without a goofy smile, you are so lovable! I’m soaking up these last days of having you home before you join brother at grade school, and while sometimes that means you get drug all over the place, it also means a lot of time with just the two of us that we’ve never really had before. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings!
We are so blessed to look back at an entire year of health (I think Tyson only had 2 ER visits!), growth, happiness, and love. Daddy and I are thankful every day for our perfect family of 4, even through the not-so-perfect moments that make us normal. I can’t imagine a year being more memorable than 2017 was for our family, but I look forward to finding out with you!
I love you forever and ever, and evermore,