Thursday, December 31, 2009

Year In Review

It was a year of change.

A year of tears.

A year of fun.

*We sold our 2nd house and moved to The Midwest.

*Jack learned to ski.

*Carter joined Junior Great Books at school.

*Our middle child was potty trained.

*We drove cross country and lived to tell about it. And, laugh about it.

*I traveled to Texas 5 times in 6 months. The kids, 3 times. Blake, 3 as well.

*Carter received his First Holy Communion.

*We saw the Grand Canyon.

*Lainey met Mickey Mouse for the 1st time. Jack for the 2nd. Carter for the 3rd.

*We said goodbye to a Grandfather.

*Our extended family grew.

*Carter surfed the La Jolla shores and snorkeled in the cove.

*I joined Team Caroline and watched my amazing sister fight and pull through like she never has before.

*I learned to pray like I never have before.

*I ate my first In-N-Out burger. Yeah. It's worth mentioning.

I'd like to look back on 2009 and picture this...

Or this. Would you look at that? We almost look like a normal family there!

But, instead, I'll likely recall all of this...

And, of course, THIS.

It's all good, blogger peeps. We're a typically loud, someone's-always-crying, predictably chaotic mess of a family, but we own it.

Here's to a crazy 2010!


merrilee said...

Casey, I love this post! You have me laughing and crying all at once. I am sure your year will be filled with wonderful adventures, laughs, and much travel. Here's to a great 2010, sweet friend!

Dee Stephens said...

Love the pictures! Especially Frank the Tank!
Happy New Year!

Cate O'Malley said...

Sounds like an awesome year - can't wait to see what 2010 brings!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

Casey, as usual you have me laughing at your post and feeling for you in other pictures.

Have a Happy New Year blogger friend!

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} said...

What a great year!!!! Happy new Year!!!

Allyson and Dave said...

Your family is the perfect family is so many ways!! You all are just adorable!!

Heather said...

my favorite post ever. love your precious family! what's cool is that I've been following your blog for a year now and I remember all of those pics.

Kim said...

Great recap! Your posts are so fun to read. Did I mention last time that I relaly like your new layout? I do. Happy 2010!

Tammy said...

love. it!

SASS said...

Oh goodness. So many gems in this bunch of photos.
How does Lainey's mouth even open that wide?? Love her tutu suit with a mask.
That one of Jack in the white tee. OMG. No words.
And the Chief's outfit day--Carter's fist. I'm rolling.

My all-time fav? "Good morning, reality".

Love you guys!
Happy 2010!!

5 Boys And Me said...

What a great post and great pictures! Honestly, it wouldn't be a great year without some tears, some fighting and some craziness!!

Shannon said...

The way that you embrace the chaos is inspiring. I've spent years trying to control it and think maybe acceptance should be the next strategy.

Cute family. Awesome mama. Great blogger. Love you and your blog, Case!

Tammy said...

Happy New Year! What great moments and awesome pictures. Great post.

Thyme at Home said...

Hey! Just found your blog from your comment on my post on Savvy Mom Saves... You make me feel good because I feel like I can completely relate with your 2009 end of year post... Thanks for sharing and being honest!

FROGGITY! said...

man, i love this post!

what a year!! i wish you brightest blessings in 2010...

and may i mention that lainey is going to be one tough chick ... those pics are PRICELESS!!! so cute.

Monica said...

Bless you and your darling family in 2010 and always!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, We love and Miss you !

Love Pa and Mae Mae

Sara said...

Happy New Year, you crazy Starnes! Love that I've "met" you, Casey and absolutely adore your precious family. Cheers to a wonderful 2010! Can't wait to see what it brings. xoxo

Merry Mack said...

What a great post! I love all the pictures. Merry 2010 to you and your sweet family!

Momma to the A's said...

I read this yesterday while at the hospital and it made me laugh out loud! Love it! I really needed that as well! It looks like you had some GREAT times in 2009 :)! Here's to many more of those wonderful moments & memories in 2010!

So glad I found you! You are a true gem!!

starnes family said...

Thanks, everyone! Sass, you have such a remarkable memory. Can't believe you recall "Good morning, reality."

And, the pic of Jack in his white T is my all time favorite. He's so JACK in it. Love that punk.

Happy New Year peeps!

Live.Love.Eat said...

That beach picture is AWESOME!!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rebekah Williams said...

Keep owning it, girlfriend.

You made me laugh BIG with this post.

So true, so real. Scary real! We fight and claw and scream and cry daily (hourly) in this house, too.

I like loud. Nothin' wrong with that.

Melissa ♥ Spoiled Mommy said...

Your family sounds so much like mine! We are loud and crazy too!
Love the pictures...the last one is priceless.

Shannie said...

Just dropping by the "farm" to send you some love. (I'm trying...) I absolutely adore your pics. Priceless!!!! You always have good ones! Here's to 2010, my friend!!!!

Coco said...

Great post!!!!!

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