12.31.2012

TWO THOUSAND TWELVE


brandon and i talked it over and we've decided that 2012 was one of our best yet. 2012 has been straight up bliss. 

every year  like to choose a focus for the year. in 2010, the year we were finally able to conceive, i chose creation. last year, it was finding beauty. this year i think i'd like to work on being more mindful. 

for christmas i put together a book of all our favorite photographs from the year for us and both sets of grandparents. as i flipped through our copy on christmas day, i was struck by how great life is. it really is a pretty snazzy life we got. we're lucky to have it.

cheers to us, friends.

a few of my favorite photos from 2012 after the jump. 

  
 





i hereby declare 2012 officially closed! 

previous years-in-review 


62 comments :

  1. Love it. Love your blog and red pants and your way of writing and his red beard and the adorable Huck. Happy New Year to you all from Australia.

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  2. I share the same sentiments... Here's hoping 2013 is better and we are stronger in every way!

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  3. What a beautiful array of pictures! I am an over picture sharer-too;)

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  4. Oh my gosh I cannot get over Huck's faces! He is hilarious! Love all these photos!

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  5. Aww, thank your for this. What a great way to send off 2012 :)

    I also will be focusing on mindfulness this year.

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  6. Happy New Year! All the best for 2013 and thank you so much for writing, I love your blog x

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  7. I love you. Is that ok to say? Please don't ever stop blogging. There are a few blogs that I read (yours included) that when I read them, I remember all over again how beautiful life really is. Thank you Nat.

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  8. I've read your blog for so long, and honestly, I love you more and more. Our lives are very different, but I admire you and respect you so much, as a woman and a mother. You are amazing, at lease to me. Please always know that. Also....Huck is the cutest ever, fo reals. Kisses! And a happy new year!

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  9. No, THANK YOU! Thanks for the joy you bring to me every day. I follow so many blogs but I love none like yours. You deserve all good things that come your way. And I hope there is a new little bebe coming your way in 2013 (and one for me too!)

    Happy New Year Holbrooks.

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  10. I love pictures. Better than pie - a slice of time, full of flavor and texture. Your blog's beautiful. Happy New Year and may it be fulfilling and prosperous.

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  11. Happy new year Holbrook family, may 2013 see you amazed in excitement and blessing x

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  12. These photos are beautiful! Wishing you all the best for 2013! X

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  13. Happy new years! What beautiful photos! Huck has grown so much this past year!

    Theresa
    http://bomamma.blogspot.com

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  14. Okay, woman, could you BE more stylish and fabulous?! Stop it right now!

    Heh heh.

    Happy New Year! Aaaaaall the very best to you, Brandon and Huck, with much health, love and joy. And cute clothes and pretty hair (well, MORE of the same, really).

    You guys rock the casbah!

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  15. Happy new year to you and your beautiful family! Cheers to 2013!

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  16. great pictures! huck has some seriously adorable facial expressions. and i love the idea of making a theme for every year. i've always hated resolutions, but this seems like such a perfect idea. i am off to think of what my theme for 2013 will be.

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  17. Happiest of New Year's to you and your lovely family! Thank you for allowing me this voyueristic view of your life and your mind. Especially when you talk about your struggles as I share some of them too. All the best for 2013 and beyond.

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  18. what a lovely new year's post. happy new year's to you and your cute fam!

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  19. Just...the best! Crazy how I can tear up looking at photos of a family I have never met but love so very much. Your blog has been a space of joy and thoughtfulness for me this year. I check it at the end of every week for a little (Huck sized really) dose of love, honesty, and silly faces. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  20. "but more than that, i hope that whatever left you short in 2012 is what propels you to your greatest heights in the year to come." profoundness. right back at you, m'dear. i think i may just print this out and post it in my cubicle. thanks.

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  21. Like like like like like like!!!!!

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  22. happy 2013 natalie! i hope it bring so many wonderful things to your beautiful family.

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  23. Happy New Year! 2012 was so good, thanks for sharing yours with all of us. Wish you the best and more in 2013! :)

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  24. Oh gosh, you guys are so cute!! Happy 2013 to my favorite ever blogger!

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  25. Happy 2013 to you and yours Natalie! I love how candid your blog is. Thank you for sharing.

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  26. I was very happy to discover your blog this year! A lot of what you write is almost like reading my own thoughts made clear :) you have a gift for writing! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  27. I was very happy to discover your blog this year! A lot of what you write is almost like reading my own thoughts made clear :) you have a gift for writing! Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  28. Happy new year! What great photos! I think I will add to my three new year's resolutions with one to take more {and better!} photos of my family. I'm hoping the Christmas present of a new lens for my camera from my husband will help!

    http://thislittlemum.blogspot.co.uk/

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  29. What a wonderful year you've had. And a great idea to give the photo books! Happiest new year!
    Xoxo

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  30. Thank you for allowing us to share in your life, I find inspiration from your little family everyday!

    Happiest of New Years, Holbrooks! May 2013 be all you hope and more!

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  31. happy new year, friendalie! i cannot believe how much sweet huck has grown, just since your first disney trip of the year! see you at disney in 2013?! :)

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  32. Can I just say, I really like your blog and your little family. You have just the right blend of humility and self-deprecating humor/realization of one's own silliness that keeps me coming back. Blogs are such a weird thing...so fickle and narcissistic but also can be quite powerful. Yours is really one of the good ones. I used to follow a hundred or more bloggers on my feed, but now I've wittled it down to just a few gems, yours included. Happy New Year to you and your family :)

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  33. beautiful pictures!! looks like you guys had such a fun year!

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  34. thank you! and happy happy happy 2013. i always smile when i read your words and take in your pics. looking forward to another year of smiles.

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  35. i love your one goal for the year, it's something i'm focusing on as well! cheers to the new year!

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  36. "i hope that whatever left you short in 2012 is what propels you to your greatest heights in the year to come." such a great sentiment. thanks, natalie. best to you and yours in 2013. xx

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  37. hope 2 0 1 3 is the best year yet ! how can it not be ? !

    molly

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  38. Happy New Year! Love your blog and your outlook on life. And seriously. Huck's faces in all of those photos are amazing. Thanks for sharing!

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  39. "thank your"... oh i love that movie. and thanks for reminding me of how much i love that movie. happy 2013 to you and your sweet family!

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  40. Love your blog and love your little family! You will always continue to be blessed when you are constantly and consciously counting your blessings - it's amazing how wonderful life is - even though we go through some very dark times:)) AND, I promise you, as your babe gets older, every year is just as incredible as the previous one. Every age I'm always saying " No, THIS is my favorite" (my babies range from 7-14 now). Love it all! Thanks for writing a great blog and allowing me a peek into a reminder of life past with little ones!

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  41. My goodness your kid makes the best faces! do you just happen to have the best photo timing ever or is he just always making awesome faces?

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  42. Your blog (and instagram) make me happy. Thank you for sharing. Happy New Year!

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  43. what a great little recap. your family is precious. wishing you all the best in 2013.

    i also have a little question, that H belt buckle... where from? it'll be my new initial... and I would love it!

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  44. i hope 2013 is everything you hope it shall be.

    and this is totally unrelated but when i went into labour i was at home and you've got mail came on and it made me think of you and huck and i thought if i have a relationship like natalie has with huck i will be one lucky mummy.

    oh and of course i watched the whole film and then went to the hospital because who wouldn't? labour schmabour--nothing gets in the way of tom and meg ;)

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  45. Love a good year in review! Huck's many faces crack me up

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  46. Huck is seriously the cutest little kid ever. And is it weird that I really like your hair in the pic of you in front of that mansiony house? I think you said to please excuse it for lack of washing or something along those lines, but I think it needs to excuses at all.

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  47. Your photos are so precious, every one of them. Please never learn restraint! :)

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  48. oh,thank you! thank you for sharing 2012 with us. Looking through your photos, I remember the same time of year as I read it the first time. In the summer, I read your blog with the humid, sweet air flowing in the open window next to our computer. In the winter, by the sparkling tree. It's such fun to see the seasons of life through and somehow with you. Wishing you and your sweet family all of the love, peace and fun you can dream of!

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  49. oh my gosh! huck has changed so much! love the one with the popsicle stick!!!!!! happy 2013 to you guys!

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  50. Seriously, Huck has got to be the cutest baby in town! He always has the best facial expressions. I just love it!!!
    xo TJ

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  51. to my favorite of all blogs,
    cheers to 2013! (sans booze for you mormon folk~)

    xo the egg out west.

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  52. Beautiful blog and beautiful family! May 2013 bring you as much happiness at 2012!

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  53. beautiful photos! i can't decide which one is my favorite.

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  54. i wouldn't be able to narrow down either! beautiful pictures natalie, as usual. c;

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  55. All I can say is "love you too!" Your blog and your little guy always bring a smile to my face. Your exploring spirit is inspiring.

    PS How did I miss those You've Got Mail photos? GENIUS.

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  56. happy, happy new year! and we/I am so thankful for your blog- here's to a great 2013!Cheers!
    ~Deirdre

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  57. Hi there I've just discovered your blog. I think you're a great writer. Greetings from Melbourne, Australia and happy new year. I've got a 1 & 3 year old so can relate to this time in your life. I think it is wonderful you are so proud of your important job as a mum. I work part time as do most of my friends, but the only (public) conversation seems to be some phony stay at home mum v working (full time) mum. It's all so tiresome. Blogs like yours which rejoice in this important job make me a more confident and proud mum. Best wishes for 2013. p.s. love the clothes.

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  58. These photos are so lovely, they feel so warm and happy and you can just feel the love you have for each other! Happy New Year :)

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  59. Natalie! I've just recently started reading your blog and have just made it through your archives til now! I love how you write....you are so funny, I love all your funny everyday stories. But also your beautiful honesty. Henry is growing up to be such a beautiful child. Happy New Year to you and your boys x

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  60. Awesome post. Your pictures are all incredible! Happy 2013.
    Tash (1brokegirl-tash.blogspot.com)

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  61. Great post and pictures as usual! Your blog is one of my favorites Natalie, you and your fam are beautiful!

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  62. I've do what I call a "grand goal" each year instead of resolutions. It's very similar to how you do a focus.:) Happy 2013 to you and yours! That kid of yours....totes adoreable.

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