We had our 2nd snow in less than a month and this one kept us shut in the house for several days.
Aubrey turned 2! Her birthday also brought the bad news that she had her first ear infection.
Aubrey's birthday party at Discovery Place Kids
I bought my 17-50mm lens which is a great lens for using in the house.
We had quite a warm spell this month and spent a great deal of time outside which gave me a lot of opportunities to use my new 100 mm lens.
A little bit of family time with Aubrey, Todd, and Aunt Traci
Todd's dad has his 2nd heart attack this month.
Todd got his iPad and Aubrey was instantly hooked
Aubrey got her first tricycle
We transitioned Aubrey to the toddler bed
Aubrey was pretty uncooperative for her Easter pictures, but I did get this cute picture.
Easter egg hunt at Gma and Grandpa's house
I ran my first 5k pushing Aubrey for the whole race
We got our positive pregnancy test on April 26th.
We had our first ultrasound which gave us a due date of January 7, 2012
We shared our news with family by Aubrey wearing this shirt
We celebrated the return of super warm weather by busting out the water table
We were able to drop Aubrey to part-time at daycare and my mom started watching her 2 days a week.
Todd found out he was accepted to graduate school and took 2 extra classes at CPCC
More outside time
Father's Day breakfast at Bojangles.
Independence Day celebration in Mooresville
Drugged up baby before her tube surgery
Her first time gathering eggs at Todd's aunt and uncle's farm
Had the big ultrasound and discovered we are having a boy!
Todd officially started graduate school this month
We officially pulled Aubrey out of daycare at the end of the month
Aubrey and I attended our first Matthews Alive festival
I got my new Canon 7D camera and fell in love at first click (this was the first picture I took with it)
Family beach trip where Todd and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary
We made the decision for me to stay home with Aubrey so we had more time to things like picnic outside
Aubrey made the transition to a big girl twin bed and loved it
Aubrey at the Carolina Renaissance Festival
The aftermath of Todd's car accident that totaled his poor truck
Visiting the Hodge's Pumpkin Patch
Our little Minnie Mouse dressed up for Halloween
Playing in the leaves at Todd's aunt and uncle's farm
Posing on Thanksgiving Day
Picking out the Christmas tree
And putting the star on top
Making Christmas cookies
Our family Christmas card
Checking out her Santa loot
Christmas Day family picture
2011 New Year's Resolutions
**Finish a 4-mile race: Sadly, this did not happen. I didn't start training hard enough in time and wasn't ready.
**52-week blog: Check. It was a struggle at times to make sure I did at least 1 entry every week, but I made it happen. I'm not sure if I can make it happen next year with a newborn in tow, but I like having some accountability in making sure our lives are documented.
**20 new recipes: Check. I really branched out in cooking this year and added a ton of new recipes to our family cookbook. We've found several of our new favorites because of this resolution.
**Read 12 new books: So close, but failed. I read 11 books. I lost a lot of motivation to read after I got pregnant, but I did read more than last year so I am proud of that.
**Redo loft and guest room: Check. The loft was cleaned and rearranged and the guest room is now ready for Mason. We also finished the master bath so our house is mostly finished. We have a few projects for next year but those are not a necessity to be completed, so we are happy with what we've got for now.
**Clean closets by March: I know this one did not happen by March because we just finished the closet in Mason's room in mid-December. But, all the closets upstairs were cleaned and that is a good feeling.
**Clean/organize garage by June: I think this one was finished in July. Sadly, it already needs to be cleaned and organized again following all the cleaning we did upstairs.
**Frame/hang pictures: Big, fat fail. I've got a ton of pictures I want to print, including a canvas of Aubrey, but I am going to wait until after Mason is born and order a bunch of pictures together.
**Learn Lightroom 3: Sort-of check. I did learn more about the program this year, but I think I learned I like Photoshop more. I will continue to use it because the noise reduction is much better in LR, but for the most part I'll use Photoshop. Especially since I forked out the money to upgrade to full-blown Photoshop from Photoshop Elements.
**Composition: Again, a soft-of check. I did keep composition rules in my mind while I was taking pictures, but I wasn't a stickler for them.
**Buy 85mm lens: I ditched this resolution in favor of buying a 100mm macro lens. It had a learning curve attached to it, but it is such a great lens. Not my most used lens, but it is great when I do use it.
**Purchase wide-angle lens: Check. My first lens purchase of the year was a 17-50mm lens. This let me experiment on the wider angle side of things and is perfect for using in my house. I'm not sure I need anything much wider than this, but that could change as I explore new types of photography.
I really hope everyone has a happy and safe New Year's Eve and a great 2012!