Monday, December 31, 2012

Reflections on 2012

Wow! I can't believe 2012 is over. It seems like just yesterday we were on the beach in Florida for Spring vacation! 2012 has been a great year for our family, and we are anxiously looking forward to 2013. Here's a overview of 2012...
January and February were unusually warm for us. There was little to no snow, which was quite disappointing to lil man.
March! March brought 60-70degree days, sunshine, and lots of being outside! I can't ever remember a birthday in my life that we were able to sit outside and grill out for my day. At the end of March, we headed south for our first vacation of the year. Florida was sunny, warm, and wonderful!
April was beautiful and brought about a new found love for being outdoors. We spent evenings outside playing until it was too dark to see each other.
May brought the end of Carson's first year of Pre-K. He learned to write his name, count to 30, idenitify shapes and colors, and so much more! Daddy and mommy both got to be chaperone's on the end of the year Zoo Field Trip. It was a wonderful day, with lots of smiles and even more memories made.
June was a big month for me. I stayed up for 36 hours in the name of cancer research and fundraising, helped organize our annual town "Celebration", and for the first time in years, broke out the sewing machine to make Carson a costume for the "Little Mr. Firecracker" contest.
In July, Carson had his first camping trip! We camped out with my parents for my nephews 4th Birthday. It was fun (even if it did rain 90% of the time!).  The next weekend was Carson's 4th Birthday Party! This year he got to have a party with his friends from school. It was so fun! I had a great time making the pirate decorations and making his cupcakes and cake for the first time.
Carson also went with mommy, meme, and papa to his first Cubs game at Wrigley field! It was such a fun day and I was so happy I could be there to enjoy it with him. I was sad that daddy had to work and wasn't able to join us for the occasion.

In the middle of September the hubs and I went to my first Nascar race. It was quite an experience and I'm sad I wont get to go again this year. At the end of September, we attened my 10th class reunion. It was a fun afternoon with friends. I laughed too much, and took way too many pictures! Also in September, I had a very proud wife moment....My husband competed in, and finished under his goal time, his first triathlon!  I had to fight back tears when he finished the race that day. The best part of the day was my husband's 74 year old grandfather getting there just in time to see him finish. It was a great day for all of us!
October brought about new beginnings and another family vacation.  We traveled to Orlando again and had a wonderful time. We went to Cocoa Beach, Universal Studios, and saw a space rocket launch!  A few days before we left on vacation we got big news....Carson is going to be a big brother next year!  The weekend after we got back from Florida was also a new beginning for Carson. He had his first hockey practice! I never thought I'd be a hockey mom, but I actually have grown to like it.

November and December have been filled with our usual holiday hustle and bustle, but have been fairly low key otherwise.  Lots of doctor appointments, lots of shopping, and lots of hockey practices! 
2012 has been a great year, and I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for us!

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