Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy new year

Happy 2012, my friends! 

The past year was chock full of wonderful events and arrivals, the highlight of which was of course sweet Charlie. Mary Clare fully embraced her role as big sister, and she continues to physically embrace her little brother every chance she gets. Chip and I celebrated five years of marriage in November, and December 27 marked Buddy's sixth year on Botanical.

In 2012, I'm looking forward to falling more in love with all the members of TB. Charlie becomes more engaging with every passing day, and Mary Clare amazes me with her increasing awareness and knowledge of the world around her. Chip continues to make me laugh—it could be the post-beard mustache, though. And while we certainly do our share of driving one another insane, gosh darn it if I don't love him. As for Buddy, well, how can you not love a Lab that puts up with everything we've thrown his way? 

As far as resolutions go, I'm hoping to improve my skills in some areas, namely baking and photography. While baking might not really jibe with my need to shed some poundage, I've decided that it's time to embrace the science that is baking. I shall no longer fear the pie crust. And as far photography, I am determined to get off of the auto setting in 2012. I'd also like to try my hand at learning some new things. My parents gave me a fancy-schmancy sewing machine for Christmas. While it intimidates me far more than the aperture priority setting on the Nikon, I will learn how to sew. Something. Or at least put tucks in the kiddos' pants. Baby steps on the Baby Lock, if you will. 

Here's to a wonderful 2012!

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