12.31.2013

THE YEAR IN PHOTOS


yeah it's one of these posts.

so first of all, i am really ready for this year to be over, if i may say. 2013 has stretched us like crazy. at times it's bent us over the knee for a real solid beating. merciless, 2013. i've been looking forward to december 31 since sometime in june. but 2013 has also been exquisitely beautiful. we are stronger, better, and kinder for it, and ready to throw ourselves into 2014 with everything we've got. we are taking you DOWN, 2014!

every december i go through the millions of photos we've taken during the year, back up our five hundred external hard drives, and print off the very best to go in a few photo albums for us and the grandparents. every year this involves artistically breathtaking renditions of all the four letter words i know (you'd be impressed), and every year once it's all in, i sit there completely taken aback at all of it, and i always feel so overwhelmed with emotion at all of the blessings and beauty in our lives. this life of ours is beautiful. we have a sweet little family, and friends we love as fiercely as family, and crap. i am so proud of our little holbrook trio. 2013 threw us some curveballs, but i can genuinely say i think we knocked 'em out of the park.

a few of our favorite photos from this humdinger of a year below.

△ JANUARY △


△ FEBRUARY △


△ MARCH △


△ APRIL △


△ MAY △


△ JUNE △


△ JULY △


△ AUGUST △


△ SEPTEMBER △


△ OCTOBER △


△ NOVEMBER △


△ DECEMBER △

pirate photos via mark weinberg.
valentines and christmas photos via isabelle selby.

whew!
I HEREBY DECLARE 2013 OFFICIALLY CLOSED.
you are MINE, 2014!

29 comments :

  1. These are all so lovely! I particularly love the second photo in August. You look breathtakingly beautiful! I hope 2014 is your best year yet! Love, Melissa

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  2. wow- these are just beautiful! what a lovely glance at your year. Hope 2014 is a little sweeter to you, Happy New Year x

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  3. oh for gracious' sake! the one of huck on brandon's shoulders while he checks his phone is priceless! i want (need) to recreate that with my henry at home :) best to 2014!!! xoxo

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  4. At the risk of sounding like a total freak show, thank you for sharing your life with us. This blog blesses me with every update. I hope we are able to show you at least part of that blessing. Your family is so lovely and your heart blows me away. Thanks for sharing with us. There are days when it means more than you know.

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    1. I totally second everything Catherine said. Thanks Natalie for being a friend to people you don't even know. Updates on your corner of cyberspace are like rays of sunshine in my day!

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  5. It may have been a tough year for you, but boy do your photos make it look idyllic. Huck's knees just made my day 100% better, even if that's a weird thing to say. Wishing you so much joy for 2014.

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  6. Hey Natalie Jean! I just came across your blog and LOVE it, for SO Many reasons! Your blog and photos are totally filled with LIFE! Happy 2014 to You and Your Loved Ones! I'll be following you through!

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  7. What a great year! Blogs are such a great way to document life. Hope you have a lovely 2014!

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

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  8. My brain is exploding from how gorgeous these photographs these are! That photo of Huck and your husband under umbrellas! My heart! Love. Have a great year!

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  10. those eyebrows. oh man, those are the best eyebrows i've ever laid eyes on.
    teach us your glorious eyebrow ways, natalie holbrook

    also, happy 2014!

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  11. LOVE THIS. Happy New Year!

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  12. 2013 was gnarly. HAPPY 2014! *confetti*

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  13. Looks like a good year; I love all your photos. To 2014!!

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  14. What a lovely, lovely collection of photos.

    Best wishes for your new year.

    jacobcphelps.blogspot.com

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  15. THE cutest! happy new year, holbrooks!! xoxoxo

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  16. I agree - 2013 sucked ass. 14 is ours babe!

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  17. I think you should finally get your tattoo in 2014! Make the permanent commitment :).

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  18. Oh man, so many amazing photos! x

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  19. very cool - great capture! (note to self: take more photos of my everyday life! Im inspired)
    have a great year ahead!

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  20. happy new year! i hope this year brings all the desires of your heart! you inspire me to take more photos. i will strive for this next year. :)

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  21. I love these, and all of our little cameos. So blessed to meet you this year. let's make this last foreva. ;) lol

    xo

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  22. thank you for sharing your life with us! reading your words and watching your little family grow is one of the reasons i cannot wait to have my own family. your strength and example is an inspiration to me. wishing you a happy new year!

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  23. You really seem like one of the world's greatest mothers. I hope you ended your year by patting yourself on the back. Thank you for so candidly, fearlessly sharing with us. Happy 2014!

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  24. loved this! mostly i loved how many faces that huck made that he gets from his dad. too funny! happy new year!

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  25. One word - gorgeous! Can't wait to hear more about your book as I love your writing, xx

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