As the end of 2012 approaches, I'm preparing for 2013. Among my tasks was copying photos to an external hard drive. As I cleaned up the files, deleting photos saved in multiple locations, I got sidetracked looking at the pictures.
Brandon has grown so much in the last year: taller by several inches, a voice that's gone from boy to man and other physical characteristics of a 12 year old about to be a teenager. The change has been so dramatic that I decided to share photos taken annually at or around Christmas.
Brandon was born in early January 2000, and Sophia was born 34 months later in November 2002.
This last photo was taken at Dawn's and Bob's September wedding and illustrates so well how Brandon, still 12, is changing from a boy to a young man. Sophia is losing the little girl look and becoming a very attractive preteen. Still, there are those fleeting moments when both reject the requirements of approaching adulthood and fall back to playful ways.