Wednesday, January 4, 2012

looking back and thinking ahead....

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wow...so totally un-planned but it's been a really long time since i've even logged into my blogger account, read my gmail, or looked at my twitter feed.  I checked in a few nights ago for the first time and quickly realized that it seems like alot of my bloggy friends took the holidays off too...i hope my absence didn't come off as neglect because it surely wasn't that...i just needed some time to soak it all in.  Christmas is by far my favorite holiday and spending it with my family...completely uninterrupted by the world around us is a priority for me.  With that being said, we had a wonderful christmas...spent some quality time together as a family, watched addie enjoy christmas a little more this year, reflected on the wonderful year 2011 was, and got knee-deep in on kitchen remodel planning (more on that later).  That being said...I wanted to share some of the highlights of the year...


1.  Addie's first full year - I can't even begin to describe how much she's changed this year...she's grown by leaps and bounds, made new friends, started MDO and Little Gym, started to grow a little hair, talks to the dogs, enjoys books, loves bath time, developed quite the little personality and can be quite fiesty at times (wonder where she gets that from...ahem).  We've been so lucky to share this year with her...there are moments when I can't help but stare at her and thank god for being so lucky to be her momma.

2. My soul sister welcomed a baby boy into the world on none other than my birthday.  I can't wait to snuggle him up and only wish they lived closer!!!


3. Our trips to South Carolina and the Outer Banks - We've never been big travelers as a family so taking 2 trips in one year as a family is kind of a big deal around here.  And I'm so glad we did....I soaked in every minute of each trip...there is nothing like time away for a fresh perspective and a renewed spirit.


4. I joined the blogging world - Always said I never would but now I can't imagine not doing it.  The people I've met (well you know, virtually) and the support that everyone has offered me has been nothing short of amazing.  I love reading about what everyone else has going on and sharing in their special moments of joy and happiness.  I've learned SO much and can't wait to share another year of my life with you guys as you share yours.  And I promise...to those that did blog over the holidays, I'm going to catch up...it just might take me awhile...my work schedule is about to get SUPER crazy for a couple months.

As I head into 2012...I have no idea what this year has in store for me and my family.  I have hopes and dreams...some too personal to share but here are a few:

* Another wonderful year as a family of three...may we all stay healthy and continue to grow and love each other more and more every day.

* The completion of some very exciting and long overdue projects around our home.  I'll share the details later but to say I'm excited would be a drastic understatement.

* Sticking to our budget and financial plan.

* More time with family and balancing my life with work.  I did a much better job with this in 2011 and really hope to continue to improve upon this in 2012...I need to remember to leave work at the office and cherish each and every minute spent with my family.

I hope you and yours enjoyed the holiday season and spent it with those that matter most...

J

12 comments:

Tami said...

I'm so glad to see this post. I was just thinking about you earlier today and planned on emailing you to see how you were doing! I'm so glad you were able to soak in some family time at Christmas but I will say I have definitely missed you! Addie looks like such a little sweetheart and I can tell for sure that she is growing like a weed!

Mrs. Mama said...

I loved everything about this post. I especially loved the fact that you joined the blogging world! Here's to 2012!

Samantha said...

So glad that you're back!! Hope you had an amazing holiday! It really has been an amazing year, and I can't wait to read all about the next one!

xoxo

Aishlea and Brandon said...

2011 was an amazing year- hope 2012 is even better! :)

Paige said...

I admire you for turing it all "off" and enjoying family time. Go girl! Happy 2012!

♫ Drazil ♪ said...

I took a holiday break too. Welcome back.

Natalie said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the break...and can't believe that pic with Addie...she is getting some hair! I think 2012 is going to be an amazing year!

Joeylee said...

Welcome back I've missed reading your posts. Glad you were able to take some quiet time with your family. Addie is getting so big, she is adorable!

wallacefamilyblog said...

looks like 2011 was a great year and hopefully 2012 will be even better!

Happiness Is... said...

I definitely stepped away from the internet for most of the holidays - time goes by too quickly as it is! Happy New Year!

Kelli Kegley said...

Oh, look at that sweet girl! I'm so glad y'all had a good Christmas and you were able to get some good family time in. I've missed reading your posts, but it always SO nice to take that break, too! Hope y'all have a good rest of the week and wonderful weekend!

Beach Bum & Baby said...

Loved this post J!!! :) Y'all had such a great year and I have a feeling 2012 will be super exciting and fun for y'all too!! I'm so glad you have joined the blogging world! :)

Happy New Year!!!!