Tuesday, December 30, 2008

*** 2008 Year In Review ***

Only a couple of more days before 2009 is here. I cant believe the holidays are already over!!

Here are some of our highlights from the past year.


We started 2008 on a very sick note. Gavin spent some time in the ER and was diagnosed with pneumonia. He missed 2 weeks of school, karate, and Tball. It probably took a good month or so before he was back to his normal self. On the 23rd we celebrated Ken's 34th birthday.


Gavin celebrated 100 days of school by making a project out of 100 Skittles. It was fun for both of to make!

Gavin also had his last Tball game of the season and awards ceremony which he was so proud about.

Katelyn tested her limits this month with getting into everything she possibly could to make a mess in the house!!


March 3rd Ken and I celebrated our 7 year wedding anniversary. :)

Gavin started his season of basketball and was on the Nuggets.

Katelyn officially moved out of her high chair and into a big girl booster chair.

We celebrated Easter at the end of the month and went to our church's Easter Egg Hunt at a local park.

The kids also took their annual mystery trip with my inlaws to Dinosaur World


We started out April with Gavin being on Spring Break from school. We stayed at a cute little hotel on the beach for a couple of days. Gavin and Katelyn had so much fun playing at the beach.

We also took the kids to the zoo while we were on Spring Break. Gavin rode a camel and a horse. Katelyn had the time of her life in the bird exhibit where she and I fed some of the colorful birds.

On the 23rd we were very proud of Gavin when he got his Orange Belt in Karate.


May brought the end of the basketball season for Gavin. He had a wonderful time playing and was once of the strongest players on the team.

We also went to Adventure Island for the first time this season. Katelyn LOVED the water and tried to keep up with the big kids as much as possible. She did NOT like the water shoes I bought her and kept trying to take them off all day.
On the 27th Gavin had the best night ever when we took him to his first Rays game. We had great seats right on the 3rd base line. We were all very surprised when a foul ball came our way and Ken caught it!! The night got even more special when the game was over and we were able to walk out on the baseball field!!


Gavin's last day of kindergarten was on the 4th. He was excited that he was officially a 1st grader!

We also spent alot of time in pools, slip n slide, and sprinklers to deal with the heat of summer. Katelyn loves anytime she has in the water and Gavin finally mastered swimming.

On the 20th I celebrated my 34th birthday! Woo hoo :)


Katelyn finally got her very first Big Girl Haircut from Uncle Johnnie. She was such a good girl and sat nicely the whole time.

Love you John!

We also celebrated Gavin's 6th birthday in July. We had friends and family over to have fun in the water slide that we rented. Gavin told me it was his best birthday ever!

We also took our family vacation this month to St Augustine. We all loved it and cant wait to go back!


The first week of August we spent at VBS. Katelyn spent her week in the nursery and did very well for the most part! I volunteered to be a group leader and had a blast with the kids in my group - including Gavin!

The 19th was Gavin's first day of 1st Grade. He was so excited. The excitement quickly faded when he found out there was no play time and lots more work. It took him about a month to get used to his new work schedule!!

Katelyn also stared school in August. She goes 2 days a week for 3 hours at a time. She was not very happy about going for a couple of weeks but now LOVES going and cries the days I don't take her!

On the 25th we celebrated Katelyn's 2nd birthday. We had our friends and family over for a Dora themed party. She enjoyed opening her presents and playing with all the kids!!

Gavin started back in choir this month. He has practices on Wednesday evenings before Karate.

And on the 14th Gavin attended his very first Bucs game with Ken!! We also have season tickets to the USF Bulls so quite a bit of Saturdays were spent at football games!


The first weekend of October we spent at Disney to go to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. The weather was great the whole time we were there and the kids had a great time in the hotel pool. We had a wonderful time at Disney. Katelyn loved all the rides and even walked most of the park like a big girl!

And of course Halloween. Gavin was the Hulk this year and Katelyn was a Ladybug. We went to the Trunk or Treat at our church and then a couple of houses in our neighborhood.

We were also so very proud of Gavin at the end of the month when he got his Green Belt in Karate! He moved up to the next class level where the kids start to spar!

We went to Busch Gardens at the beginning of the month and celebrated Danyelle's 14th birthday at the end of the month.

December flew by! I was able to go on one of Gavin's field trips this month. His class walked over to the ALF by his school to sing Christmas songs. Very cute little show they put on.

I was also able to spend some time with Katelyn at her school too. I volunteered to help with Christmas party. I spent the whole morning with her. She loved that I was there and showed me around the classroom and to all her friends.

Christmas Eve we watched Gavin sing in the Christmas Eve service at church and then went to my dad's to celebrate the holiday with him.

We had a wonderful Christmas morning at home opening presents. We are all very blessed to have each other. We had lunch at my MIL and then dessert at my moms.

So there you have it. 2008 in a nutshell!

Happy New Year to everyone! Stay safe and talk to you in 2009


Anonymous said...

I saw not one picture of me in all of those photos. What's up wit' that?

Alexismommy said...

Such a cute blog Melissa! Love you guys!

Diana - FreeStyleMama said...

Great job! I enjoyed looking back at your year. Maybe I will do this!

Wendy said...

Awesome review of 2008:) I can't wait to do mine!! I can't believe how big the kids have gotten in just one year.

On The Verge said...

What a great post! Happy New Year!!!!

mystique said...

Wonderful reminiscing!!!

Cheers to the new year!!!Have a blessed 2009!!!

Mystique ^_^

Staci said...

What a wonderful way to remember the year. So many great photos to capture all the new experiences and milestones of the year.

Hope the new year is great!