~my thoughts about life~

Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 in Review

I heard someone say that she "names the year" each year.  Hers was The Year of Yes.  I thought about it and determined that I don't want to name my year.  First of all, I don't think there was one ongoing theme for the year.  If there was, it would probably be The Year of Yelling as I did quite a bit of that.  But who wants to remember their year by such a horrible name?  We'll just leave it nameless and do a recap of All Things 2011.

We had snow, warm feet, and sneak attacks by action figures.  I also spent a bit of time trying to figure out my odd neighbor.

I did a lot of cooking and baking.  I guess that's what happens when you get stuck in the house during the winter months.  (Let's hope it doesn't happen again this year!)  Some notable things I made were cinnamon rolls, broccoli cheese soup, and chicken tortilla soup.  I just love comfort food!  We also booked a train vacation that later ended up becoming a nightmare!  Valentine's Day was celebrated with homemade chocolates and a gift that was not very well received!

I tried some new things.  I made homemade sourdough bread, which was a lot of fun while it lasted.  I haven't made any in a while and I really need to get back to it!  I planted tomato seeds, which yielded a fabulous garden in the summer.

I went on vacation and organized a sting op around my mailbox.  I enjoyed the spring flowers as they blossomed.

I celebrated 15 years of marriage with a trip to Las Vegas and had bad photos taken.  I also coordinated a Mother-Daughter Banquet for nearly 200 guests.

I had a birthday and remembered my younger days.  In my younger days, there was no such thing as texting.  I planted a garden and cleaned out my basement.  I travelled to Niagara Falls and made some poor parenting decisions that had traumatic results.

I discovered where I'm from, made S'Mores cupcakes, and saw a girl nearly take her life.

Potato Stories were discussed; cell phone pics were aired.  I did a lot of venting that you surely don't want to read again.  I must have been pretty grouchy in August.

Our big train trip was nearly cancelled but was redeemed with only a few glitches.  The school called 911 for my daughter, I made my own salsa, and ran a 10K.

We painted a room during our Staycation and I discovered how much I love homemade tortillas.  I also began my new time-consuming hobby of couponing.

I wrote a letter to my 18-year old self, began a new sourdough starter, and made pies.

I got really busy in December.  I had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit but finally found time to take my family's Christmas photos.  I also found time to bake up a storm and poke fun at Christmas Carols.

OK, maybe I will name the year...The Year of Busy! 


Kristy said...

That is a busy year!! I *have* to know-- what IS up with your neighbor?! Did the year lead to more craziness? That is strange!!

Kimberly said...

I hopped over here to tell you about a game, but first . . .

Have you ever read the book, "The Christmas Train," by David Baldacci? It's really good. Made me want to take a train vacation someday.

Okay, back to the game. We just got the board game Blokus and have loved it! We play with our 7 and 9 year old girls and don't have to help them at all. Thought your family would enjoy it. :)

The Lovely One said...

Hee hee hee.. the year of yelling... I thought that was my year!