Congrats! If you’re reading this it means you’ve survived 2011 and you’re ready to take 2012 by the horns:) And because I’m not terribly creative – let’s start give one last ‘adieu’ to 2011 by remembering some of it’s finer moments…
We rescued another homeless pup. He was tiny and precious and silly and now he is GIANT and precious and silly. Going from this (Jan. 2011 – 9 lb.)
to this (November, 2011 ~79 lb.)
…in mere months. Impressive, no? We named him after another big event… Our college friends out in CA had a beautiful baby boy! We found out they were pregnant the same day we decide to rescue this great dane mix, and since they’re such dear friends we thought the name Wally would be just perfect. So while they welcomed Weston Wallace to the world, we watched our own Wally explode into the gentle (although at times wild) giant he is today.
I student taught – and fell in love with 30 children. Then they ripped my heart out when I had to leave them. I think they still have it – wonder if they’re even aware?
Yet another darling friend moved away. Because obv. that’s the cool thing to do (ahem – Traci & Wendy). So what was a girl to do than pack up with another BFF and help the sweet thing assemble her IKEA furniture. Also – IKEA! And Kmitch – don’t get the idea that this is my accepting your leaving – I haven’t, and I never will. Same goes for the rest of you!
We played in Lake Placid and skiid Whiteface. The one part of winter worth loving, beautiful blankets of fluffy pristine snow to be played in, a snuggly fireplace, all surrounded by family. You cannot beat that.
I survived my graduate portfolio and exhibition (think thesis and defense). And I thought my undergrad senior paper was rough – aye! On the bright side, it really helped me articulate who I am as an educator and gain confidence in my calling.
I gradumacated! I know right?! Here’s the sign to prove it;) Made some amazing lifelong friends during my time at Nazareth (3 of whom are pregnant and cute beyond possible articulation), and even got to walk on the same day as my cousin and childhood friend – congrats Em!!
We saw Joshie in concert (again – I saw the crooner live for the first time back in high school – thanks Amanda!). He was both hilarious and ethereal and oh, that voice! Bravo, Mr. Groban, bravo! We also saw Wicked, the Lion King, and the Blue Man Group. All fabulous! SO good.
We went to the Dominican Republic. We ate and drank our faces off and spent way too much time in the sun. We danced, and laughed and were just the two of us. And it was rockin’. Who wants to pay for us to go back again this year;)?
We said goodbye to Jared’s childhood dog. Zoey the springer spaniel, the sweet whiner who will always have a special place in our hearts. We miss you pretty girl!
Our house became home. Yeah, it took a while. But we’ve finally settled in and done lots of the projects we were itching to do. From the totally redone kitchen, to the super duper improved sofas, to the new mason jar chandelier and delightful teal window boxes (and piano!) – I’m afraid this little cape cod now SCREAMS our names:)
We visited DC and met up with two college loves. We frolicked around the city and the suburbs and had an overall splendid time. Again with the awesome tour guides and snuggle buddies:)
I finally started to conquer my anxieties. And it has made all the difference. I see the whole world in a new way and am beginning to appreciate all that God has so lavishly blessed me with. Yes, it took some deep introspect, some painful realizations, and even (gasp) some ‘crazy pills’ but to say it was worth it would be a vast understatement. And along those lines…
I read two INCREDIBLE new books that I simply can’t keep to myself! The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and Life’s Missing Instruction Manual : The Guidebook You Should Have Been Given at Birth by Joe Vitale. If you only get around to reading 2 books this year – it should probably be these:)
We were spoiled by many more Oyin visits. And it was glorious. SO the way life should be lived – with incredible pals popping in and living up the summer with you a couple of times a month. Downright dreamy.
Lots of dear friends got married. Their weddings were heartbreakingly beautiful and there was some serious getting down on the dance floors during their receptions. Cheers and happily ever after to you Ken and Meg, Chris and Steph, and Briant and Joanna.
We spent a week at the lake. Sunshine, tubing and waterskiing (conquering the slolam!) til we literally killed the boat, family and innumerable games of every fashion. Glow stick motion artwork, campfires, henna tattoos, and heart to hearts with my bro into the wee wee hours of the night (or morning?)
Gram and Grandpa kept us on our toes. So many hospital trips and confused doctors. Still no real answers but they’re home now – and that is good:)
We adventured in Saratoga Springs. There was wonky water to be drank, adorable shops to pop into and delightful food. A cop scare, a picnic and oh the sunshine! Carolyn and Tyler – let’s meet up more often!
My cousin had beautiful twin boys. And they stole everyone’s heart. Now all I ever want to make are perfect tiny onesies because everything is adorable when it’s on a onesie. Babies are too much for me – cuteness just takes over and I stop making sense. The end.
We opened an Etsy shoppe and I attended my first craft show! And get this, stuff has actually SOLD! Cray cray. There hasn’t been much time as of late to keep up with stocking the shoppe but it doesn’t mean I don’t still get silly amounts of joy from the endeavor.
A darling friend got my butt in gear. And now she’s moving far, far away – leaving me workoutbuddyless. So unfair right? I’m miserable to work out with too, always complaining and evading, how am I ever going to get someone to hold me accountable again? Seriously Traci, don’t you think my health is reason enough to forego a killer job opportunity in sunny Florida?
We rocked NYC – twice. What a place! What people! What good times and wonderful food. Best of all? A bro to escort through all the chaos and help us get an insider’s take.
The couple that met (read: were set up) at our wedding 3 1/2 years ago (my dashing cousin and our lovely ORU friend – who happened to be Jer’s sister wing RA way back during Freshman year) GOT ENGAGED – in Spain, because they’re cool like that. They’re gonna get married you guys!! You know what that means? Friends for life. Double dates FOREVER. Best plan EVER!
I got a job! I feel as though I’ve broken through the glass ceiling by snagging one of the rare long term substitute positions in upstate NY (as opposed to plentiful per diem positions). I’m over the moon about settling in to make a difference in my kiddos lives and the glorious constancy of my own classroom. (Yes, I’m fully aware of the messes, the pulled out hair, the tears and the incomprehensible swarms of germies that go along with this new endeavor – and yes, I’m oddly over the moon about those aspects too.) I finally feel like all my hard work (turns out masters’ degrees are incredibly difficult to obtain and cost a fortune) is coming to fruition and I just can’t wait to pour my heart into my new class.
Wally got hit by a car. Putting that in bold seems unfair so let me just say and he is miraculously a-ok. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that God even cares for our doofy clumsy dogs. Good thing too! Because the dent in the car tells another story!
We attended lots of fabulous parties. Getting together with friends and family – whether its 2 of you or 20 – is the best. And we’re wildy blessed to get to do both quite frequently. Love you all!
There was so many more day to day details that, despite there minuteness shaped our year and lives. We’re who we are today because of the love and support of our friends and family and God’s ever-abundant grace. And as we head into the long string of tomorrows before us in 2012 – I pray I’ll keep this in mind and keep an attitude of optimistic gratitude through all the ups and downs. I’m so, so, so very blessed.