Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Goodbye 2012... Can We Do It Again?

Let me make myself clear. I have no regrets whatsoever in 2012. I loved 2012. It was a great year full of great times and I would love to live them all over again. I was pregnant for about 70% of the year. I loved being pregnant. I can only hope that all my pregnancies are that enjoyable. We went to California and had an amazing trip. Everyday was filled with new adventures. I graduated college. I can't tell you how much I miss school already. It's one of those situations where people tell you to enjoy it and live in the moment but all you can see is the end. I definitely lived in the moment but it feels like it went too fast. We welcomed James into our lives. Being a mother is one of the most emotionally and sometimes physically difficult experiences I've ever had so far but it's true about being the most gratifying and best accomplishment a woman can do. Dan and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary. 2 years seems like nothing to some people but these past 2 years have been the best of my life and I can only imagine how great the years to come will be. Then comes the holidays. I love the holiday season and this year it seems like it came and went in a blink of an eye. We spent Thanksgiving in Utah with my Dad, aunts and uncles and grandparents. It was great. I love being able to spend time with family and we for sure got to spend time with a lot of family. Sadly, we don't have pictures of that week but my cousin, who by the way is a great photographer, took some photos for our Christmas card.

As you can tell, James lasted about 5 minutes before wanting to end. After Thanksgiving, we came back to Rexburg so Dan could finish the semester. We are so blessed that Dan did well on his finals and passed all his classes. I'm so proud of him and what he has done. He had a really, really tough load this last semester and barely made it out in one piece. After the crazy semester, we headed up northwest to Washington for Christmas break. It was 3 weeks of bliss. We played many games, had many shopping trips, bowling, ice skating (which I really enjoyed) and all this was mixed in with, of course, our awesome friend sickness. It's pretty much inevitable to not get sick with as many people we had in a close space. That aside we had many laughs and many memories made. I can't tell you how blessed I am to have married into such an amazing family. We already miss being able to see everyone. There were many pictures that were taken but I forgot to get them from my mother-in-law.  
So now we're back in freezing temperatures (it's 36 degrees right now and we consider that warm for us) and back to the school schedule. I have to say I miss vacation because vacation meant Dan was home to hangout with and to help with James. He is such a daddy's boy it's not even funny. He's growing so much and it's crazy to think in 8 months he'll be a year old. I only have 8 month left of a baby. Besides that sad realization, 2013 will be filled with again many changes. We say.... bring it on!!!
He loves his Bumbo

1st plane ride

Dad's last 1st day of school
Grandpa Ashton's Christmas present

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