Needless to say this "holiday" doesn't excite me! So Lee is going out for a little bit later on with my brother and I offered to babysit all the munchkins (my mom came down with a flu bug today and she was the original sitter). Looking forward to them all in bed while I relax on the couch! And maybe I'll shout Happy New Year tomorrow....you know, at a decent hour with a full night's rest...like a normal person :-P
Still, it *is* fun to think about the year gone by and get excited for the year to come! I'd say overall 2011 was a great year for our family! New baby, new house, health and happiness....what more can I ask for?!
So here's my official year end recap--enjoy!
January 2011 started off with a very pregnant Shawna....anxiously awaiting Brielle's arrival!
|I do not miss that belly one bit!|
|(Click to enlarge all these collages)|
By March we were getting into the swing of things with 2 kids under age 2! I also bought my first ever sewing machine--yay!
April was very exciting! Raya's first time dying easter eggs, her first solo egg hunt, her first haircut (I was her beauty stylist), and the start of wedding season (and matching dresses :-)
May was the start of warm weather and playing outside, Raya's first time being a flower girl, a vacation to visit our friend Bryn, and Raya's 2nd birthday!
With June came lots of sunshine! Brielle started eating solids and Baby Bop became a member of our family :-P
July 4th was exciting this year, as Raya was old enough for sparklers! We also visited the river museum and my trusty camera broke and died (but not before taking some really weirdly tinted photos!)
August was my favorite photography month--Brielle was at the perfect age for being a great model, and looking back through my pictures that month I had so many great ones I couldn't narrow them down! :-)
In September we went to Illinois for Lee's big family reunion---and we got to see Lee's brother and wife from Ohio, which is always exciting!
In October we packed up our boxes (and babies!) and MOVED! This was a very exciting month. We also had lots of pumpkin patch and Halloween fun.
November was our first (and only!) snowfall of the year. Raya almost died choking on a peanut butter sandwich. We celebrated Brielle's first Thanksgiving.
December was filled with travel! We visited our new nephew/cousin in Ohio for the first time, we visited friends in Illinois, and we attend many Christmas parties! Santa was good to Raya, and Brielle made it through her first Christmas! (even if she was under the weather)
So goodbye 2011--thanks for the memories! (and for baby Brielle hehe :-) ....and hello 2012! I can only hope that this year will be as awesome as the last.
And what is the New Year without a couple New Year's resolutions? lol. My goal is to keep them for at least 1 week ;-P I decided to make one housekeeping related one and a parenting related one.
1) I will (try to) do one load of laundry every day --that includes folding and putting away! Laundry is my most hated chore and I'm always behind.
2) I will turn off the TV for one hour every day and just play with the girls! I'm someone who likes the "noise" of the TV on in the background and even though we're often playing and not paying attention to the TV I think Raya is becoming reliant on it being on in the background too. She throws a fit if I turn off her shows, even if she isn't watching. We both need to learn to not have it on from time to time!
What are *your* new year's resolutions?
See you all next year!