First, a month-by-month:
January: Paisley turned 3, Dan's brother got married, I talked about trying to conceive and we started our house hunt
February: Outrageous Kid Parties and the spoiled brats who have them graced our television screen (and recaps graced my blog) and we had a contract on our first home, as well as a moving date.
At this point I took a break to reread my OKP recaps because they are just that funny. Go read them. I'll wait.
Okay, we're back. Moving on
March: We closed and moved into the house and did a quick remodel of the kitchen. We also used a Groupon deal on some new pictures as a (very) belated anniversary session.
April: My sister got married and I made the cupcakes for her wedding. We also hit the one-year mark of trying to conceive
May: We began infertility testing, but I didn't blog about it since we didn't get results until June. For the most part, May was just about little decorating projects and meal plans.
June: We got his and hers results on our infertility testing and I said good-bye to my 20's with a fabulous 30th birthday party thrown by my awesome friend, Mrs. ESPN
July: We met with the infertility specialist and learned that maybe things weren't as hopeless as we feared. Somewhere over the next 4 months, though, we got additional testing and information I haven't shared here and we decided that we weren't as open to assisted reproductive technologies as we thought when we weighed all the risks and costs. I also did a (no) cafeteria challenge and saved myself about $150.
August: Clover turned 2, our gallery wall got a new coat of paint, I discovered Pinterest, and threw my dear friend Rachel a bridal shower. I also poured my infertile little heart out with a letter to my friends.
September: More Pinterest projects, and I got pissed.
October: I was in my best friend's wedding, and we celebrated our 2-year anniversary. I met Brie and Temerity Jane (and the fabulous Penny, of course). We went trick-or-treating with our friend's kids. I also started therapy to help me with the emotions related to our infertility
November: I bullied a sucker into letting me steal her lunch bag, ate a bunch of turkey, and was thankful. We hosted our first Thanksgiving with my parents, in-laws, and two of Dan's aunts. I also got a Kindle from my sweetie-pie husband.
December: It was a busy month. I got a fierce new hair color ("blackity brown"), hosted a jewelry party, and turned my cubicle wall into a giant advent calendar, none of which I blogged about. I did, however show you my tree skirt. We hosted Christmas here at the house with my parents, in-laws, and my sister and her husband in attendance. I've been off all week and haven't really done a darn thing but pin ideas for my craft room.
And now, a look back on what did and didn't get accomplished in 2011 (the latter should certaintly improve my mood)...
1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before? We bought a house. That's pretty significant. I also got big (for me) into crafting, which may or may not count as a first since I fell in love with baking as a craft in 2009.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? Ha, nope. Still on BP meds, and still haven't lost weight. Awesome. The focus on 2012 for me is about shedding all sorts of things, though, and I'm hoping that finding my happy again also means finding myself lighter and healthier. I'm not looking at that failure as a true failure. Call it an excuse if you will, but I had bigger emotional fish to fry than losing weight, quite honestly.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Nope, but once again, some wonderful blog friends did, and there will be more in 2012.
4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes. We lost my uncle in April
5. What countries did you visit? I didn't travel outside the U.S. this year
6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011? Emotional peace and a craft room
7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? March 9 and 11 - closing and move-in day, respectively. April 11 - the one-year mark. June 28 - my 30th birthday. June 29 - Dan's test result day.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Buying the house and getting rid of the horrid green paint job in the master bathroom
9. What was your biggest failure? Must I state the obvious?
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? I suppose you could say that.
11. What was the best thing you bought? Aside from the house, the new appliances
12. Where did most of your money go? The house
13. What did you get really excited about? Starting a family. Now I'm looking forward to have a custom craft room
14. What song will always remind you of 2011? Anything by our friends, Poz and InfeKt
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? sadder, though I'm getting closer to finding my happiness
– thinner or fatter? the same
– richer or poorer? poorer
16. What do you wish you’d done more of? Traveling
17. What do you wish you’d done less of? Crying
18. How did you spend Christmas? We hosted. We had a tasty brunch and then a delicious roast beef dinner.
19. What was your favorite TV program? Pretty much anything on Food Network, and Outrageous Kid Parties, of course
20. What were your favorite books of the year? The Hunger Games trilogy
21. What was your favorite music from this year? I am loving the new Korn and Chevelle
22. What were your favorite films of the year? We didn't see many movies, so it's not too hard to pick. I really liked The Help. Oh, and Bridesmaids. Duh.
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 30, and my friend Mrs. ESPN threw me a party
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? A baby
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010? I don't change much really. I'm a jeans girl and I pair them with whatever is comfy. This is the year I added headbands, though
26. What kept you sane? My husband. My dear, sweet, incredible husband.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011 Always be kinder than you have to be, you never know what struggle someone is facing.
See last year's wrap-up here