2011 was a big year for our family.
I lost all my baby weight and ran my first 5k race. I found out I was pregnant with my third child, and subsequently gained back most of my baby weight.
Nathanael was very sick at the beginning of the year, and we
determined that dairy was a contributing factor. Only now, almost a
year after the initial illness, is he back on regular dairy products,
and that on a limited basis.
My children gained two new cousins in just one months time, one of who spent a while in the NICU with some superintensive life-saving interventions. The Lord has blessed him (and us) greatly, and his is a healthy, thriving boy. My aunt, who works with his hospital and the NICU tells me babies with his complications don't normally do as well as he has. A miracle baby, indeed!
My neighbor, Dennis,
started off the year well, and passed away in August. It has been a big change for us, and E and N both still speak of him, and want to see him. It's still hard to explain it. We went on a big
family vacation to Arizona, probably the last one in a while. It was a great trip, but hard to enjoy when a loved one has passed away.
We birthed our third child at home, and around that same time, we decided it was time to move from rural Missouri to Chicagoland. We've had a lot to think about and talk about in just a few short months.
I've been preparing for 2012:
I bought new running shoes - Asics GT - 2170. I hope they prove to be great shoes - I'm going to run them into the ground! I really wanted to break out in a run today on my treadmill, but considering that I haven't even walked for more than 10 minutes straight in more than 3 months, I thought it wiser to just keep it slow for now. Running will come soon enough!
I bought the Motivated Moms planner so I can tackle my house, keep it clean regularly, and maybe keep it that way. It is printed and ready to go. Perhaps I lucked out that the first day of 2012 is a slow day, chore wise.
I'm sorting things for the big move. Keep, Recycle, Rehome, Trash. We've lived here for 9 years (with a brief stint living in another house.) So many things I have, that I don't use! I'm looking for houses, and we're plotting our course for the next few months.
Bring it on, 2012. I'm going to eat you alive!