Monday, December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012!

It’s hard to believe the last day of 2012 is here!  How did that happen so fast?!?  Yes, I am definitely getting older…

Here are our Top 5 Family Happenings of 2012!  (Here are the Top 5 for 2011)
  • Basement. If you have been reading for awhile, you already know that we have been spending a significant amount of time (and money!) working on our basement. You can read about basement happenings here.
2012-12-08 Mantel
  • Piano Lessons. Anthony began taking piano lessons last summer and it’s been really fun to see the progress he has made. He has been playing Jingle Bells and O Christmas Tree – I love it!
Here he is last summer – can you tell he is excited?!?
He LOVED his first piano lesson!
  • Kayaks. We made a pretty quick decision this summer to buy kayaks and enjoyed using them into the fall.  We are ready for spring to return so we can take them out again!
2012-08-11 CRL (3)
  • T-Ball. Anthony played his first official season of T-Ball – two games per week all summer! It was fun to watch the soon-to-be 1st graders play ball. As a bonus, we met some great friends through T-Ball!
He was really running!
2012-07-20 (15)

2012 Goal Update

On the first day of 2012, I posted about our family's hopes and dreams for 2012.  Here they are, with an update on what we have accomplished.
  • Adopt a baby! We have now been waiting to adopt #2 for nearly 3 years – this is longer than the average wait time at our adoption agency, so we are really hoping to be chosen soon. We are ready! If you know of a potential situation, please let me know.
  • Make changes to my work schedule to allow for more family time. Starting July 1st, I began working half-time. It’s been so great to have more time at home for our family!
  • Start working on finishing the basement. As you saw above, we have definitely been working on the basement! Our new estimated completion date is the end of April. Think we will make it? 
  • Hubby has a goal to run a half marathon. Hubby ran a half-marathon in May and is now signed up for a FULL MARATHON in June! Craziness!
He looks pretty good for just running 13.1 miles in extremely hot weather!
  • Eat less, exercise more! Honestly, I have been stepping up on my exercise all year and made a small effort to eat less.  I have been getting more serious about this over the last few weeks though. We have definitely been eating more healthy at home, as well as many more meals at home. (It’s amazing what working part-time can do to your ability to put hot meals on the table!)
  • Learn how to use our new Canon 60D! This is another work in progress, but I can say that I am definitely making progress! I still have a TON to learn about our camera, but I have been playing more and more with Photoshop. It helps that I have a friend from work who has started a “Photoshop Club”!

All in all, it’s been a great year and we are looking forward to 2013!

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