Monday, January 02, 2012

2011 in review

I tend to have a pretty selective memory, which can be a good or bad, so as far as I can tell 2011 was a pretty amazing year.

As I read back through a few of my posts from 2011 it appears that I also thought 2010 was a great year, as well. Quite a streak I have going!

January 2011 brought many home improvements, the start to my commitment to becoming fit, and major stress over our schooling options for the 2011-2012 school year.

February 2011 brought more of the same in terms of school stress. I started school tours that month and found the school we *hoped* Eloise would get in to. Man, if I had known then what I know now I could have saved myself an ulcer or two in the stress of waiting. We didn't find out until the first week of JUNE that she got in! We also were reaching an incredibly difficult spot with Iris that would take us on quite a journey for help and answers (side note: we are still on that journey, but life isn't anywhere near as rough right now as it was a year ago).

In March 2011 I discovered that I really could eat gluten after having stayed away from it for a year. That was, uh, interesting. I solo parented while Matt was away for an eleven day work trip. I jumped in to creating more solid routines for the girls in order to help lend some order to our days.

April 2011 was all about the parenting class that Matt and I took. I wrote a re-cap for each week, the first being right here (I wrote a re-cap for every week, all of the classes were in April and May). We learned quite a bit in the class, mostly that the issues we have weren't able to be solved in a weekly parenting class. Ha! I also started learning quite a bit about why all of my exercising and eating well wasn't paying off in terms of losing weight. In April we had our world shaken quite a bit by a neighbor girl whom we loved and trusted stealing something that belonged to our girls.

May 2011 ended with a Maui vacation. It seems like we slogged through a lot that month to get to that point, though. In May we pulled Iris out of school, we continued to work hard with the new skills from parenting class and we also had some fun enjoying the beautiful spring weather.

Here are my Maui posts, in order: ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE.

In June 2011 Iris turned seven. I started burning out on Iris's therapy.

In July 2011 the girls and I spent basically the whole month in Michigan.

In August 2011 Eloise turned five. She also tried rock climbing for the first time, joined a soccer team and had her last day of preschool. It was a busy month for her! We had fun comparing our zoo trip to the previous time we had visited the same zoo.

September 2011. Oh, my. Eloise started Kindergarten and Iris started home school. I started a new blog specifically about our schooling adventures.

In October 2011 we got drop-kicked from the homeschooling group we were in. Ouch. I accidentally started running. The girls and I went apple picking. It was Halloween.

In November 2011 we had to say goodbye to Iris's hamster, Cheddar. I kicked up my running and hit a personal running record of 5.6 miles. I also ended up injured.

And that brings us to December 2011. My family joined me for a 5K I ran. I ran my first ever 10K. We had a wonderful, amazing Christmas break.

Happy New Year! I am still working on my resolution (or resolutions perhaps? It might be a 2012 bucket list, of sorts) and should solidify those before too long. We are all jumping right back in to school tomorrow and will look forward to mid-winter break next month!

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