We buy a new home.
We're still reveling in the joy of our new home.
We celebrate our first date 5 years ago on Valentine's Day. (Yeah, I know, what kind of loser goes on a first date on Valentine's?)
We receive a $12,000 tax return (Thank you, federal tax credit!)
We pay off $8000 in student loans.
I write on this blog for what turns out to be the last time for the year. I'm a pathetic blogger.
Ivy starts to walk and say her first real words. (First one after Mama and Dada: bunny)
Ivy turns one.
I get an iPad for Mother's Day/early birthday (And yes, it has changed my life and I love it. Only downside: Ivy now thinks it's hers.)
My grandma celebrates her 100th birthday in style, with BYU football players making an appearance because she's their biggest fan. (Coolest grandma in the world, right? Don't even get me started on her awesomeness.)
Jared gets an iPhone 4 for his Father's Day/early birthday (Yes, we're geeky.)
Jared gets pneumonia.
We take a trip to Bear Lake with my brothers and sisters.
We go to an awesome Paul McCartney concert.
I turn 25. We eat sushi.
My younger siblings, Matt (15) and Jen (17), get a new home with my sister Stephanie. (It's complicated; if you want the details, email me.)
My 35-year-old brother Daniel is last seen by family members. (And is still missing now. We're working with the police trying to find him.)
We go to Snowbird during Oktoberfest. We eat the best German chocolate cake ever and run into the sweet people who adopted our old cat.
I start to sew for the first time since high school and realize I'm not so bad at it.
Ivy becomes obsessed with Sesame Street.
We play. We explore.
We take advantage of the last of the semi-warm weather.
I quit breastfeeding and feel surprisingly sad about it at first.
We have a close call and barely avoid a terrible car accident. Two people were killed and another woman was critically injured (You've got to read her story. It's amazing.)
Jared turns 32.
We decide to start trying for baby number two.
My sister Michelle gives birth to her fourth beautiful daughter.
We celebrate our 4 year anniversary. We eat sushi again.
I spend most of the month upholstering in my spare time.
We have a great Christmas.
New Year's Eve is pretty fun too.
I went the entire year without a car while Jared's at work. My great little truck died and we donated it to Cars for Veterans. Having only one car can be a pain, but it's a great money saver. I just hope it doesn't last too much longer . . .
I grew herbs on our little balcony. Better than nothing, but having a garden is the one thing I miss about our old apartment.
I cooked more than any previous year. I made several new things I'd never dared to do before, like whole chickens, beef braciole, and pickled bok choy.
I learned the true meaning of entertainment while watching Ivy play.
I experienced heartbreak by seeing that the family I grew up in is a long distant memory and that things will never be the same, or even close.
I prayed a thousand times that I won't die before my children are grown, like my mother did.
I felt joy in knowing that the family I'm creating is solid, loving, and happy. So happy.
Now bring on 2011.