With being gone all of last week, my two big post ideas have been put on hold. Those would be the "Year in Review" and "Happy New Year!" posts. So here we are with the "2010 Year in Review": *reaches for the 2010 calendar to make sure nothing is missed*
January: Not a whole lot went on in January. It was our last month before Daddy came home from Afghanistan and it was very cold in AK, so we didn't go out much! We had a few doctor's appointments, but that was about it!
February: HOMECOMING MONTH!!!! Definitely the highlight of our year! We also attended our second set of Kindermusik classes. We started feeding Munchkin "solids" and her favorite is sweet potato! We went to a few Alaska Aces hockey games, where I'm apparently bad luck. (They're doing fabulously this year, by the way, which I think proves my point!) and also went to Fur Rondevous. Mark ran with the reindeer (crazy crazy man!), we watched some local figure skaters, and saw the ice sculpture contest!
March: We saw the Ceremonial Start of the Iditarod Race--which is pretty darn cool--in Downtown Anchorage. We didn't brave the frigid temperature to go to the official start the next day since it was further away. Munchkin turned 6 months old in March, we thought time was flying then! Another hockey game or two (I do have to say I miss that about Alaska!) and my adorable nephew turned 2--we attended his party via Skype!
April: Here's where our year starts to get a little crazy. This is the month we start gearing up for our move to Louisiana. Housing inspections, trailer drop offs, packing, post-deployment appointments for Daddy....you name it, we did it. Munchkin also started crawling! We survived though!
May: Loading trailer, final house cleaning, final inspections, and turning in of the keys to the first house of our Army life. All within the first week! On my very first Mother's Day, sweet Munchkin and I flew--first class!--from Anchorage to Dallas, while Daddy and Lightning left that night in our car. My youngest cousin graduated from high school this May as well and Munchkin and I got to go to her graduation party! Munchkin's crawling skills really took off as she chased MG and Granddaddy's cats all over their house. She also got her first two teeth within two days of each other! Daddy showed up about 14 days after he started his trip..which isn't too bad!
June: Hello, Fort Polk, Louisiana! Where are the complimentary straws for drinking the air? We started the journey of getting a house here. We only had to live in temporary housing for a month! We also went to a family reunion for my family that I hadn't been to since I was about 2, so that was great fun! Munchkin fell off the bed the first day we got our temporary house and got a HORRIBLE black eye, but thankfully there was no major damage. She also started cruising the furniture. June also brought my birthday, Daddy's first Father's Day, and a few other family birthdays.
July: Happy 4th! We went home, and Daddy got to drive MG's Red Hot (Her red convertible New Beetle) in the 4th of July parade for the Grand Marshals. 3 generations of Eagle Scouts led the parade this year! We bought Munchkin her first pair of shoes while we were in Texas too! When we got back to Louisiana, we got a call letting us know they had a house available. We saw it as soon as we could and signed the paperwork! We got our household goods delivered and unpacked like crazy people! Daddy got some leave to unpack and set everything up, and during that, MG, Auntie Em, Bebe, & Mamu came for a visit!
August: Happy Birthday Daddy! Daddy also went to a school at the beginning of the month that has paid off well in the past couple months. We started going to PWOC and Kindermusik this month too!
September: Happy Anniversary to us! We celebrated our 4th anniversary (even though Daddy was in a rotation on the actual day) this year. Happy 1st Birthday Munchkin!!! What an eventful weekend that was. Munchkin was born on her Granddaddy's birthday, so we headed home for the big day. I went to get my hair cut, and Daddy comes in telling me they've called him back for some training purpose. He has to leave the next morning (Birthday day!). Such is Army life. We had Munchkin's party, complete with cake mini-disaster, and Granddaddy's party that night. Granddaddy drove me and Munchkin home that Monday. We found out that Daddy really didn't have to miss Munchkin's birthday and thankfully we no longer have to deal with that particular chain of command anymore! Munchkin got tooth #3 on her birthday and tooth #4 on MG's birthday a couple weeks later.
October: Not a whole lot happened in October. A couple fall fests on post, a very very disappointing pumpkin patch, and a fun day at the good pumpkin patch. Our big thing in October was Halloween. We won Daddy's troop's costume contest as the Flintstone family--costumes made by me! (You can go back and read all of that craziness!) Right before Halloween, tooth #5 made it's appearance and tooth #6 wasn't too far behind!
November: Again, November was a pretty standard month. Daddy was gone for most of it so it was just me and Munchkin. I started (and quit) Couch to 5K, but I started (and stuck with!) Curves! We stayed home and had a small Thanksgiving, which was when Munchkin decided that she was ready to WALK! She'd been cruising for months and had to make sure she knew she could walk across those open spaces flawlessly before she would do it! She also got tooth #7 and #8!!
December: We watched Daddy jump out of an airplane this month and finished our Kindermusik class. We discovered that Munchkin is allergic to peanuts and got her an EpiPen, Jr. to carry with us. Grandpa & Co came to visit us for a weekend too! We got pictures with Santa (Munchkin is afraid of him this year) and saw the Post Christmas tree light up. Christmas was a crazy week. We surprised Grandpa & Co on Christmas Eve and then Auntie Em's house on Christmas Day. We had a great week and rang in 2011 at Auntie Em's house playing games! Munchkin got tooth #9 and #10 this month too!!
So that's our year in review. I'm sure I've left things out, but that's what the point of this blog is for...as long as I keep it updated, that is! We're excited for what 2011 will bring for our family!