Monday, December 31, 2012

12 photos for 2012

if you've been following me for a while, you know i did this in 2010 and 2011. it's one of my favorite posts to write! 


we started off the year with a trip to duluth meet my good friend dani's new bundle of joy, gino! it was a fun weekend of baby snuggles, shopping, and hanging out. can't believe gino turns 1 tomorrow! 


we were able to escape the cold minnesota winter for a lovely florida vacation, once again. it was azalea's first plane trip. we had lots of fun soaking up the sun with my parents and introducing our girl to the ocean. can't wait to go back down again this winter!


in (what felt like) the blink of an eye, azalea turned 1. we had a party with friends and family, and azalea enjoyed her first bites of cake. 


i got the opportunity to travel to vancouver for a conference for work, so we turned it into a mini vacation for thatcher and me. it is one of the most beautiful places i've ever been. i would love to go back someday and spend more time there. azalea had a fun few days at her grandparents'. we also celebrated easter in april. 


it was a big spring for travel for us. in may, we took a trip to ny and nj. my dad's whole family lives in nj and many of them hadn't met azalea yet. the days exploring nyc with my little family are among my favorite memories with azalea so far. azalea was also baptized on mother's day. 


june is always a really busy month for us. thatcher turned the big 3-0. we celebrated 5 years of marriage. and we had father's day in there too.


i was sick on my 28th birthday, which was a bummer, but i made up for it with a fun trip to my best friend's family's cabin a couple days later. it was such a difference from taking 3 month old azalea last year. i also got a promotion at work.


in august, azalea and i took a trip up to brainerd for a roomie weekend. it was so good to catch up with my girls! august was also our annual trip to the mn state fair (a summer favorite of mine!) 


september was the second mn blogger get together, at the paint pub! i can't even tell you how happy it makes me that my little internet hobby led me to this awesome group of girls. azalea also turned 18 months in september. hard to believe she will be 2 in just 3 months! 


we got a little crazy and took a road trip to colorado with azalea. i was so glad that azalea was able to meet her great grandparents. azalea wore my pumpkin costume for halloween! we were thrown the major curveball of my dad's cancer diagnosis


i considered this azalea's "first" thanksgiving since thatcher was really sick last year and we didn't end up celebrating. we went to my parents' and thatchers' parents and it was a fun, calorie-filled day :)


my favorite month of the year! we had a great month filled with pretty snow, baking, shopping, christmas moving watching, and celebrating with family

despite some serious downs this year, i'm so very grateful for everything i have in my life, especially the love of my friends and family that makes every day worth living. i hope you have a safe and happy new year! 


~Dawn~ said...

I have never done a year end re-cap, but I'm going to try to put one together in the next couple weeks.

Looks like you had a fabulous year - lots of traveling and spending time with family!! :))

Happy 2013!!

Carolyn R said...

Looks like you had a great year!! :)

ajs {of MN} said...

great recap, Azalea grew SO fast!!! i just love that photo of her in Jan!

Becca at One Girl said...

I love seeing the changes in Azalea from January to December - I love her long curly locks! Here's to a great 2013!

JJ said...

Azaela looks pretty excited to have left the cold MN winter.

what a fun looking 2012.

Happy 2013!

Lisa said...

What a wonderful grouping of memories from 2012! It is amazing how much Azalea has changed since the beginning of lasy year. Happy 2013 to you, and I hope this year brings great things for you guys, and especially I am praying it brings much great health for your Dad!!


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