After starting the year off with a horrific bout of sickness brought in by one of the daycare kiddos, things weren't looking as amazing as I had hoped. The beginning of the year was a blur of illness after illness, and trudging along just trying to survive. But things started to turn around in March, which is when I finally started to feel like Lucas and I had formed a bond after a long, long struggle throughout his first year. We still had rough patches, but this was most certainly our year of coming together. It was a year of love, and happiness, and adventures.
This was also the year that Lucas learned to walk, which meant fun like never before. Summer usually isn't my favorite season, but this summer blew all other summers out of the water because Lucas and I got to do so much together. We went to the zoo, took trips to the beach, visited California, played at tons of parks, explored the city, went on hikes, tried out swimming, and so much more. Plus we had amazing some amazing weather from April through September so it was a long, well-enjoyed season for us. Some of my favorite memories of all time came this spring/summer while we were outside playing the days away.
|enjoying the sunshine in Bodega Bay|
|playing in the sand at Lake Tahoe|
|walking at San Rafael Park with Daddy|
|throwing rocks into the Truckee River|
|picking tomatoes in the garden, even the green ones|
|splashing in the pool with cousin Jocelyn|
|watching the Great Reno Balloon Races|
Another great memory from this summer was going to Las Vegas with Rob on our first vacation alone since Lucas was born. Though there aren't any pictures (we were too busy enjoying ourselves to bust out a camera) it was definitely a highlight of the year. We didn't drink much or gamble at all, but the freedom to window shop and sip margaritas on the strip or lay by the pool and take afternoon naps was luxurious in ways we could never imagine before becoming parents. And the food, my god, the food! We spent a decadent amount on food, and I personally believe it was worth every overpriced penny. I ate steak at literally every single meal, and regret nothing. It was magical.
Then of course, summer came to close with a bang when in early September I found out this little person was growing in my belly.
|And a girl, A GIRL, I can still hardly believe it.|
|Before the haircut|
|After the haircut|
|An amazing day at Apple Hill|
|The cutest sock monkey you ever did see|
|Leaves! Oh my goodness, the LEAVES!|
I also sort of loved the Presidential elections this fall. I was far more involved than I was in the 2008 elections, and I engaged in some really thoughtful dialogue with many of my peers. I took this election very seriously and was surprised to find myself undecided rather late in the game. It was an exciting political season whether you liked it or not. And though I'm glad it's over (because it was taking up way too many of my Hulu commercials), a part of me misses it. It was an exciting race.
Our year wound down with a quiet Thanksgiving at the ranch, an awesome little birthday party for Lucas (with amazing December weather to boot!) and a nice Christmas at home with family.
And even though this year is ending with me losing my job, I'm really excited for what the next year has to offer. I'm choosing to see my unemployment as an opportunity for me to find something better for me and my family. I'm giving myself time to pause, to reevaluate, to breathe. Bring on the New Year.