I might be alone in this but I love end of the year retrospectives. BEST DRESSED! BEST MOMENT! BEST HAIR! I'm cheesy like that. I'm that person who loses track of time reading old blog posts because I want to remember the past.
As another year comes to a close, I can't help but think way back to January and how many things in our lives change in an instant. Obviously, the biggest moment of this year for me is being pregnant. Wanna know a secret? I'm still in disbelief. When you tell yourself for so long that it just isn't going to happen and you have mentally prepared yourself for a life without children, it can come as quite a shock when those plans change!
But to me, the biggest changes that happen over a year are the small things that occur on a random evening or weekend. Here are some of my favorites:
*Seeing my dad learn how to walk again, just months after his stroke. He is hoping to have his drivers license back by the end of this year. Fingers crossed!
*Hitting a double during one of several softball seasons. A double! That was a big deal to me!
*Spending a few hours in Wine Country with my husband and enjoying a wine tasting WITH my husband, who doesn't drink wine. First time for everything!
*The conversation we had in February regarding our plans to try IVF. That conversation gave me a renewed hope and removed so much anxiety and sadness regarding our childless situation. I was able to live life in such a positive way after we made that decision. It was truly a blessing that my husband decided to paint that bedroom and embrace a topic we both had avoided for months.
*Taking a road trip to a new destination! We drove 3.5 hours to the Mendocino Coast in June for our anniversary. The drive was long and very boring until we hit the ocean and then I was in love! Despite a growing head cold, we had a great time soaking up the view from our ocean view room and falling in love with the charm of a small coastal city.
*After years and years of wanting to do it, I finally completed our wedding album. I don't look at it enough and need to make a point to sit down and remind myself of that day more often.
*We had the best 4th of July this year. Yes, it was horribly hot (108 was the high) but both of our families spent time at our house in the evening. We had dinner and sat outside (dumb) and enjoying watching water fights, games of catch and blowing up fireworks. It was such a great reminder of what is important in our lives-family!
*This year was a slow year on the old blog. I wrote just 66 posts compared to 150 in 2011. A lot of that radio silence in August and September was due to keeping my mouth shut about the pregnancy. I didn't have a lot else to write about during that time since my life seemed to be consumed with exhaustion and barfing. I've been on a bit of a roll the past few weeks, blogging some thoughts and fun projects we've been working on. In fact, between October and this second week in December, I have 15 posts published-that is more than July, August and September combined! I hope to keep things going and finding inspiration in both my life, this pregnancy and the outside world.