Throwback Thursday: One Year Ago

One year ago this week, our lives in Missoula were completely boxed up and we were eating off paper plates just days before Ford and I boarded a plane for Virginia and the MM began the grueling drive with the moving van.

The MM's parents drove over from Lander, WY for a last visit and to help us pack.  We celebrated the MM's birthday with the traditional lasagna supper, but last year it was a Stouffers.

Circa 2011. Note how young and well-rested he looks before babies arrived on the scene.

I'm making up for that this year, though! There's an almost 100% homemade lasagna bolognese (I did not make the pasta myself!) in the freezer waiting for a Monday night celebration, again with his parents, who are arriving this weekend.  What fun!

A year ago, Eleanor was just a glimmer in our eyes and Ford was still a chubby little guy:

We briefly settled into our rental:

said goodbye to Chopper:

and only briefly let Ford play with an extension cord before we unpacked his actual, child-appropriate play things:

It has been a wonderful first year in Staunton making new friends and seeing more of old ones, settling in to our house and exploring our new home in the Shenandoah Valley.  Something tells me that the coming year will go even faster than the previous one. Eleanor is already two months old and Ford just had an admissions "interview" at a proper Montessori school for the fall.

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