December 31, 2011

Looking Back on 2011

I started 2011 very, very pregnant.



A decided to join us on January 17 - just one day before his due date. He totally changed my life, in the best way possible.


I still can't believe how quickly he stole my heart...and how he continues to do so every day.

This year has been a whirlwind of firsts. From birth to running in less than a year. One of my favorite "firsts" was his first smile...


His first trip to a winery (and first St. Patrick's day!)


All of the sudden he was sitting, then crawling, walking, running...what's next?


I should mention that it was also a very exciting year for me in terms of visiting National Parks. I went to Channel Islands, Mt. Rainier and Yosemite. It pays off to know lots of cool people in the National Park service!


We finally got to experience SoCal sports...A got to go to his first Major league baseball game...I'm sure grandpa hopes there are many more in his future.


We started exploring the world around us more that A is here. He loves plants, so botanic gardens, parks and hiking were things we tried to do this year...


The lost art of just playing re-entered my life. This year I had to learn to NOT be productive (in the traditional sense). That just playing with my little guy is both fun and productive. He is awesome at playing. I have much to learn from him.


This year I go to take swimming lessons again, and watch how much A enjoys the water. I have a feeling there will be a lot of swimming in my future....


I loved the opportunity to start our own family traditions, taking the best from our families and making some of our own!



I can't believe how much life has changed. I look forward to all the new and even more exciting changes that are ours to experience in 2012. Though I can't imagine what can top 2011!

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