Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Goodbye 2012!!

I can't believe it's already New Year's Eve 2012!! We all survived the Mayan Apocalypse, which seemed to be the big "thing" this year. As far as our family goes, this yep ear has been pretty tame. No move, no new baby, no new pet...but it was a great year with lots of cool stuff.

Munchkin is potty trained (except for nights, but I'm not pushing it and we're ok with it. Another perk of our cloth diapers--she's not using anything that wouldn't be used by Lil Man!) She's also amazing us with her learning. She's so smart and picks up stuff so easily. She counts to 15, is working on 20, sings her ABCs, recognizes letters--upper and lower case, and letter sounds. I found a homeschool store that we're going to have to go check out, so we'll see who we end up with from there! She also started dance classes this fall and is IN.LOVE! I love seeing her get so excited for dance every week! This year will bring her first recital!

Lil Man has grown SO much this year. Obviously, babies grow a ton in their first year, but it still amazes me! He's almost walking and we're getting him his first haircut soon. (Pretty much the first chance we have that the place is open) He's talking well too. Mama, Dada, hi, bye, and other nonsense babbles. He eats like a crazy fiend and is still nursing well (1/2 way to our goal of 2 years!). He goes bananas for bananas. At the commissary, we have to be careful when we get them--if he sees us get them or them in the cart, he does his excited dance and then cries when he doesn't get one! Chicken is another of his favorites. He really doesn't not like anything we've given him! He and Munchkin play so well together, I love that they get along so well and obviously love each other.

Mark's been rocking along in his cushy job, which will come to an end this spring and had quite a few adventures from it. He got to go to Hawaii and cold weather training. Thankfully there isn't a deployment looming over us.

As for me, my year seemed to be most marked by losing weight. From my pre-pregnancy weight to now, I've lost 55lbs. Not too shabby! Especially considering that it's come off with pretty much only exercise. I try to make healthy food choices, but I don't do nearly as well as I should! And, the kicker, it's staying off!! It's been a huge adjustment getting used to my new body--and hopefully it continues to change! I have about 10 more pounds to lose to reach my goal.

Lightning is becoming a grumpy old man dog, but since he turned 7 this year--officially making him a "senior" dog--I guess he's earned it. He's still an amazing dog and we frequently forget that he's as old as he is, only remembering when he gets hurt from doing little things. His knees have given him trouble for a few years and it's something we'll deal with forever. We're hoping to have him around for quite a long time still!

So there's our 2012 in a nutshell (at least what I could remember as I'm going along!). I'm excited for what 2013 has in store for us!!!

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