I think we all get in those ruts from time to time, but I am encouraged to see that it looks like you are coming out of it already!
The last few of Brandon (in the argyle sweater) are AWESOME! He looks too grown up though - tell him I said he needs to stop that now. ;)
Seriously, you have always had an amazing eye, especially for portrait work. I look forward to seeing all you can do w/ your new toy!
Even though you had some rough patches you have grown, as long as you spend time with the camera you will continue to grow as a photographer. I think some of your later shots in the year are absolutely fantastic.