Saturday, January 1, 2011

2010 Highlights

I know that everyone says it, but the years are just flying by. I can't believe that 2010 is over and 2011 has begun. I wanted to take a moment (and a million pictures) to remember some of the highlights of the year. We live such a blessed life and we are so thankful to God for our home and family.

Highlight #10: The WATER!
Parker loved the water this summer and he is already dying for the pool to open again. We spent so much time at the Forest Hills swimming pool. The baby pool was his favorite. He could sit and play with his water toys all day.

We also spent some "redneck" time this summer in the front yard with the water hose. He LOVED "watering the plants." He often watered the dog, me, and the house, but hey, it was hot and I was ok with it!
The splash pad was also lots of fun. We had fun meeting friends and playing in the water. (Notice Callan in the back.)

Highlight #9:
Going to the beach with my parents
My parents were SUPER sweet to work out a last minute beach trip to Gulf Shores this summer. It was during the DREADED 10 day wait.. You have to wait 10 days after the embryo transfer to find out if you are pregnant... Those 10 days can be dreadfully long so my parents invited us to pack up and head to the beach! We had tons of fun!

Highlight #8:
Chad, Parker, and I also got to head to the beach this summer. Chad had to work 3 days this summer in Destin so he begged me to come with him... I was reluctant but gave in ....
I was THRILLED!! This girl LOVES a beach trip. I was pumped to find out that we could go. Poor Chad had to work but Parker and I had fun. I ended up with a stomach bug while we were there but we still had a good time.

Highlight #7:
We were thrilled to head to Vegas to witness a beautiful wedding. Chad's brother, Kevin, got married!! He and Elizabeth are the sweetest couple! We loved getting to see the sights and experiencing all Vegas has to offer.. We'd love to go again!

Highlight #6:
Parker started preschool.
Not sure if this is a highlight because it means my baby is growing up! :)
He goes to Early Arts 2 days a week and he loves school. He has made so many friends but he has really developed a close bond with "Edburd." They are so sweet together!

Highlight #5:
Parker turned 2!
His birthday party was at the jumpy house, or as most would call it, Monkey N Around. Parker loves that place and had a blast at his party. We stuck with family and had a wonderful turn out. He is one lucky kid to be so loved by everyone.

Highlight #4:
A 2 year old at Christmas is so much fun! He was thrilled to see what Santa brought him Christmas morning. It already makes me excited about next year.... He got so many toys but his favorite would be the train that he can ride on the tracks. (I'll post pics of that later.) The snow made it extra specials, although Parker wasn't too thrilled with all of the clothes that I made his wear.. Poor kid.. We really don't own the proper snow gear...

Highlight #3:
Chad FINALLY became an Alabama season ticket holder... I do believe that I actually saw tears in his eyes when the tickets arrived in the mail. I will also use this time to brag on my hubby.. He finished the year as the #1 sales rep for his area.. which is 8,
yep, I said it,
8 states..
He rocks!

Highlight #2
We did our embryo transfer on August 3rd and we found out 10 days later that we were pregnant!!!!
We were so surprised and excited... We just couldn't believe how "easy" it was...

However, it changed...I was one day shy of 11 weeks when Dr. allen told me the dreaded news... My sweet miracle baby no longer had a heart beat... We were blindsided.. Not expecting this at all, but who does? Even in sadness, this is a highlight because we received so much LOVE and support from our friends and family...

Highlight #1:
I completed a half marathon...
Well, not really...
I always wanted to run a half marathon by 30... December 18th I realized that I only had 2 days left so me and my trusty Garmin headed out for a lovely run...
Ok, who am I kidding?? I was really hard and there was nothing lovely about it...
But I DID IT!!! Emily Mann and I plan to make it official in February when we run the Mercedes Half Marathon in Birmingham...

And the one highlight that is above all others!!!
I got to be a STAY AT HOME MOMMY in 2010!! This is something that I have always envisioned for my life... Being a working mom is very difficult and if you have never worked outside of the home, you just don't understand... I consider myself lucky to be able to stay home and focus on my family. I know that this life is not for everyone and I will not stay home forever.. But right now, my life is exactly how I want it to be!!! What a blessing!

I am so thankful to God for blessing me with an amazing husband, child, and family. 2010 was amazing and I can't wait to see what is in store for 2011.. My 2011 goals will be posted soon!


Stephanie Trapp said...

What a fun year full of sweet blessings! I hope 2011 is just the same for you & your family! Happy New Year!

Ashley said...

I love the pics of the Forest Hills pool and sledding down the big hills at Forest Hills School. I have the best memories of those fun times we shared as kids now you get to relive all those moments with your sweet Parker. You are a blessing! I was so blessed to have the sweetest childhood best friend in you! I miss you and think of you so often! I hope that 2011 is just as precious as 2010. Much love!!

Julie Greenhaw said...

Ashley, didn't we have the best time? I will always think of you when I drive over the dip by your old house. Remember that big bush by your driveway that we would play in?? Such fun times!!!

Ashley said...

Great higlights of the year! I hope you, Chad and Parker have a great 2011!

Julie Young said...

Loved reading your blog! You guys were busy last year!

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