Posted by on Dec 31, 2012 in new years blog post, new years eve, new years with a toddler, ringing in 2013 | 0 comments

The really cool thing about blogging (or journaling, if you’re into more of a private thing, which clearly I’m not) is that after you’ve been doing it for a while, you can look back and read how you felt at this exact moment last year. (If you’re curious, here are my reflections from 2010 and 2011).

I have mixed emotions about 2012. It has been both a pivotal year and a year of limbo for our family. We made a huge decision mid-year and then spent most of the rest of the year trying to make that choice a reality.

But sometimes life is that way, isn’t it? Sometimes a year is jam-packed with all the joy it could possibly hold, sometimes a year is marked with struggle, and sometimes a year is a transition from one phase of your life to another.

That’s not to say we didn’t have fun. After all, we are ridiculously fun people. So yes, there was a surprise 30th birthday and a girls’ hiking trip to Utah and a boys bachelor party trip to Florida.

And many other awesome moments … all of which I want to recap here. But I am 30 old and tired and must keep it brief. So here are our 2012 highlights:

The Biggest Play Date of All Time
I have an amazing group of mom friends in Phoenix. We try to get together several times a year but it’s rare that we’re all able to make it to any one get-together. Someone is usually missing — except on this day last February. Everyone (including ALL the kiddos) came. Right at the end, as diaper bags were being packed up and hugs were being passed around (and meltdowns were kicking off), we suddenly realized that we had to have a group picture.
Yep, that’s my kid in the very center, wondering what everyone is fussing about.
I’m so glad we did it. And we’ve got a repeat performance (plus two new babes!) planned for January.
Ryan got Godparents!
We’re a little slow on the uptake around here. We finally got around to baptizing Ryan at 20 months old. Before we baptized him, we officially asked our friends Kelly and Mike to be his godparents. Really, they’d been his godparents from the moment he was born. They were the first people (besides me, Mike and the medical staff) to meet him. They have showered him with love (and gifts) his entire life. They’re the only people who have legal permission from us to check him out of daycare (if that’s not trust, I don’t know what is). Most importantly, every time our doorbell rings, Ryan’s face lights up and he yells out “KeyyeMike!?!”
Speaking of godparents!
One of my dearest friends became a mom for the second time. Mike and I were honored (times a million) to be named as Parker’s godparents. (Car Car, what a FANTASTIC excuse to spoil you. Uncle Mike says I would have spoiled you – and your sister, who we adore – regardless, but I love having a special reason for it. Watch for tons of toy dinosaurs in your future. Your “cousin” loves them.)
Brand new Parker. (Aren’t baby socks the best?)
A lunch date with the growing boy.
2012: The Travel Year From Hell. 

We traveled a lot this year. Three cross-country flights (Ohio; Ocean City, Maryland; Pennsylvania), and two road trips (both to Prescott). That’s a lot of flying and road-tripping. While I wouldn’t take any of those trips back, most of the travel itself was miserable. There was the entire weekend we spent in Prescott chained to our hotel room. That was fun. And the toddler whining on the flight to Ocean City? EPIC. EPIIIIIIC.

The move

I’ve talked about it before and I’ll talk about it over and over until this whole thing is done. But I’ve never shared the video we took when we told Mike’s parents that we were planning to move back East. (Mike’s sister and brother-in-law, who you can hear in the video, already knew our plans).
I’ve probably watched it 50 times. I channel that excitement every time we get frustrated with job searching or feel burdened with move logistics.

So yeah. 2012? Pretty big for us. But 2013? Going to be even bigger.


P.S. New year = new location and new look for Phase Three of Life! I made the great, big, awesome move from Blogger to WordPress. (HUGE thanks to Media Bug Unlimited for designing my new header and to Booyah Creative for making sure everything made it safely from Point A to Point B.)

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