Today is the last day of 2012 and I am astonished by all that has happened over the last year. How about we take a little trip down memory lane?
Early this year I found out I was pregnant. Kylee Harper let me know early on that she was running the show with terrible morning -all day!- sickness and debilitating exhaustion. We began to call her a fire-cracker since the first kick because she never seemed to slow down. As much as I tried to deny it, I knew she would be a girl before the anatomy scan and what a girly-girl she has turned out to be. She is delicate and sensitive and has the exact opposite interests of her brother in almost every way. She looks like her daddy but is so much a mommy’s girl. She is beautiful and happy and such a good baby that I couldn’t have wished for better.
On Feburary 29th I got an email from Kyle while he was at work with the subject being “Decide within 15 minutes”. He was asking me my opinion on his next duty station, Alabama or Hawaii. I look back on this a laugh a bit, is that really a question? Do I want to live just ‘somewhere’ or so I want to live in paradise? It really wasn’t much of a question to me. Of course I would pick Hawaii. Great weather all year, beach potential within 1/2 hour no matter where you are and an adventure on someone else’s dime; I’m in! We arrived on the island just after Thanksgiving and it has been pretty good so far. We are still in a hotel, so cabin fever has infected Reece and I, but the beach therapy helps and luckily for us, it is just steps away. I already miss our family more than I thought possible but distance is only physical, we are still very much there for each other.
Late last year I met and became friends with someone but it was this year that we became really close and now I can never see us not being friends. Nicole was my neighbor in DC and over the last year we were there for one another through some really awesome times and some awful times as well. She helped me more that I could ever thank her for with Reece while Kylee kicked my ass during pregnancy. She was an ear when I was having a bad day, a partner in mischief, helping hand when I was lacking, a sister in shopping, the voice of reason when I would start to go over the crazy-cliff, and an all-around great person that I am lucky to have met. I hope to get her pale-ass out here soon because I miss my girlfriend!
I started this blog in early May, too! This is meant to be my outlet, my sanity and my drive. I want to write so bad but I find it hard to set aside time every day to write so I created a commitment. The last few months I have been lacking on that commitment but when we get into a house and things settle down, I will be back to frequent updates.
There are a handful of things that happened this year that are not happy and fun but I will not focus on those. I have cried my allotted tears and pulled out more hair than probably should have. There were days I didn’t get off the couch and opportunities squandered because of a mood. I cannot say I have been proud of myself every moment over this last year but I know that I am proud of who I am at the end of 2012.
We tend to look back on a day like today and remember the good times and the bad. I have done this. I am now ready for what 2013 has to offer me. A good friend told me to never wish time away and I have taken that advice to heart. You will never hear me say, “I can’t wait for this” or “I look forward to that”. I really try to live in the moment, no matter how amazing or crappy it may be.
So here is to the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013. Let us close this chapter and remember it, not dwell in it. Learn from past mistakes as to not make them again but not be afraid make new mistakes in the future. It is an adventure so don’t let it all go by; join in. Life, 1st edition.