Saturday, December 31, 2011

Reflecting on 2011

What a year.
In short, this was a year of milestones as well as many tests of emotional and mental strength for my family.
Good and bad…here are some notable notes from each month of the rollercoaster ride that was 2011.

In January
I started my new job.
I love it. It’s perfect for me, and it has brought me a lot of peace that I’m finally where I believe I belong in my career. There is rarely a dull moment where I work.
In February
My daughter participated in her first school musical, 101 Dalmatians.
She was a dalmatian puppy. She was adorable!
In March
My son went to his very first Sabres game!
And he even got a game-played puck as a souvenir from one of the officials.
In April
I got to meet our brand new little nephew for the very first time.
I love babies. I just don’t want anymore of my own.
In May
My Dad’s leg pain began, leading to seven long weeks of unexplained agony until he finally had emergency bypasses after complete blockages were discovered from his groin to his ankle.
On January 19th, he will have the same surgery on his left leg so that he doesn’t lose it.
He was within one or two days of needing the first one fully amputated.
In June, my baby girl turned 11…AND graduated from Elementary School. Time has flown too, too fast.
In July
The kids and I went to the beach (a rare event for us).And I had a birthday…no photographic proof necessary :)

In August
On our trip to Darien Lake (which was on our sixth wedding anniversary Red heart)
our little guy went on the “big” swings for the very first time. Couldn’t get our daughter to go on it, though. She’s so very cautious about things. Part of me hopes she grows out of that someday, but another part of me hopes she holds onto that characteristic with both hands.

In September
My little girl - my baby girl - who it feels was born just the other day - started Middle School.
This is the only picture I got of her that day, unlike past years on the first day of school.
She was not in a picture-taking mood…and I was a total mess all day long.
Of course, she did just fine.
In October
I discovered the Sock Bun curls trick via Pinterest…seriously, life-changing ;)
Unfortunately, since I got my hair trimmed in November, it’s not so easy to do anymore.
WARNING: Layers, even long layers, make it very hard to do a sock bun.
I so wish I would’ve known that ahead of time.
Sock Bun Sock Bun Curls
In November
Well, in November nothing really all that notable happened.
We just enjoyed the warm fall weather we were treated with this year.
In December
My baby boy turned 8.
And I had yet another realization that I am getting old…
2011 was definitely all jumbled up with good and bad…but then, most years are that way I guess. 
It’s amazing how much life can change, and has changed, in just one year.
I can’t even begin to imagine how 2012 is going to turn out.
And no, I don’t think they Mayans are right - might as well get that out in the open now.
To begin the year, my Dad will face his other leg surgery in three weeks…
The results of that surgery will in many ways set the tone for the rest of the year for us all.
If things go well (which I expect they will), my Dad can get on with his life once he’s home and begin enjoying the retirement that has pretty much been forced upon him by this medical situation.
That’s what we’re all hoping for.
We will just have to wait and see and hope for the best.

From my family to yours…
Here’s hoping it’s the best yet for us all.

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