I've always loved those year in reviews that all the television newtworks do. Doug laughs at me but I watch them all. I get all wrapped up in who is going to be the Time person of the year. I really care about the Barabare Walters 10 most fascinating people. (Wait, was that on last night? I guess I don't care that much.)
I've never done a year in review post before. I've watched other people do them, and well, for some reason, never do it myself. This year, I'm jumping on the train. 2011 was a tough, tough year, and not a year I'd like to repeat. Doug lost a job. I lost friends, am still at the same job, yet to make the move I desperately want to make. And let's not discuss all the EXTREME WEATHER events DC had. But we are here, at the end, of the year, happy, healthy, and complete.
January-Michael got his green belt in "Little Dragons," and but more importantly, I finally joined Facebook.
February-We decided to have Michael evaluated again, I'm still coveting these shoes, I struggled with friendships, and Michael decided, on his own, that he was ready for "Kid Tigers."
March-Michael's evaluation came back the same as the one the year before, nothing, he turned 6, and by some shear luck, we celebrated at Disney Social Media Moms. That weekend is my favorite memory of 2011.
May-I had an essay published in a book and I found strength in Kindergarten soccer (which is my favorite post I wrote all year).
June-I bought a car, by myself. We survived Kindergarten. This may not seem like a big deal, but trust me, it was touch and go there. I'm still waiting for my pony.
July-Doug turned 40. And lost his job.
August-I had a mini nervous breakdown, which I never would have survived with out this space and you all, (I'M NOT KIDDING), and then, Doug got a job. (Which he hated.) Oh, and we had an earthquake.
September-We had our 10 year anniversary, we got invaded by ants, and I still REALLY WANT THESE SHOES. Oh, and we had a hurricane.
October-I made peace with letting go and Doug found a new job, which he loves.
November-I struggled with where to go from here, ran my first 5k, redid my dinning room, and Michael made phenomenal progress in reading.
December-I ran my second 5k and found a picture of me I don't hate.
I'm going into 2012 with hope. I'm naming 2012 the year of change.