I'm not one for deep and thought-provoking blogs- I prefer these conversations in person- but with the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011, like so many people, I'm reflective.
This past year was a doozie. I can't think of another word that so accurately describes it. I loved it: so much happened, both good and bad, and I have hopefully grown and matured through it. Blah blah blah, it was busy, to say the least! Let's see if I can highlight some of it..
-January- began the New Year on the right foot: in PA with Jesse's family. We went to Philly and saw the Liberty Bell and stuff there (I didn't lick The Bell though [shout out to the tv show How I Met Your Mother]). Found out at the end of the month that I was pregnant *bombshell explosion sound effect* and began training for a half marathon.
-March- my 23rd birthday month!! I don't remember March..I think I slept through most of it. My identical twin, Emily, came to visit..and I think Joel and Kimmy did also?
-April- buuuuuuuuuusy month! Easter in Findlay, half marathon in St. Louis, visit to Michigan to help Matt and Erin move from an apartment to their first home. Also, began working at the Y for some fun and a little extra money.
-July- took a deep breath and relaxed for a few weeks. Had a fun 4th of July celebration with our good friends, Jen and Chris.
-November- the year is winding down, and we went to Toledo, OH for the wedding of Nikki and Rick Brennan, which I was in, 6 weeks after I had Lily. I somehow fit into my bridesmaid dress and was ecstatic, although not so much about leaving my little girl with my parents for a full day. Lily met two of her great-grandparents, and spent some quality time with my family. I somehow being away from her survived without tears, but just barely. Thanksgiving with Hildebrand's, who volunteered to babysit their grandbaby for a few hours while Jesse and I went on a date to see a movie.
It was a great year, for sure. Upon reflection, I can honestly say Jesse and I are continuing to live by our motto of "go big or go home." whether that's good or not, I'm not really sure. I'm really looking forward to seeing what 2011 will have in store for us. As of right now, the only plans we have consist of a trip to Nashville, TN at the end of April for my half marathon, and a trip to Montana in early June for a week-ish. I'm looking forward to watching Lily continue to develop.
Off topic- but New Years was a blast. As usual. We were missing some family members this year, which was a bummer, but we (quietly, because of a sleeping baby) brought in the New Year just the same. I actually almost missed it because some of us were playing a pretty intense game of Ticket to Ride and didn't know what time it was. I guess the year would have ended whether I was paying attention or not..but I had fun :) Jesse got to play lots of computer games with his cousins while I went out shopping with Nikki and two aunts.
That's about it! Welcome 2011!