Every year, my friend Linda (aka Sundry) does this great year-end wrap-up post. Every year she also invites everyone to play along and every year I forget to do it. Not this year!

(I probably should have done this on the 31st or something, but Sunday was the first day we were home other than to eat/sleep/clean up, so there you go.)

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?

Liked winter! Seriously. Those of you have been around for awhile know that winter has always been a very “down” season for me and that the undercurrent of melancholy starts in the fall because WINTER IS COMING. (DUN DUN DUNNNNN) I still felt a little “off” this fall, but the excitement about taking up skiing as a family carried me through. I wrote about our first two days of lessons last week, and the week just got better. Oh, you guys. I get teary with pride as I remember watching my three follow their instructor all the way down the ski hill. Twice. And then we did a run together as a family after their last lesson on Friday and they blew me away. They’re such great little skiers and they are so excited about it.

The last run of the day was our first ever ski run as a family! We picked the kids up after their last lesson and did the Whipsaw. (Even Matthew's long arms weren't long enough for a self-portrait of the five of us.)

I hit send before a caption! I turned the camera around in the hopes I could use Diptic, but alas, the photos didn't fit right.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I’ve never been one to make resolutions, but please don’t take that as a knock if you do so. I just find that they don’t work for me. I try to be a good wife and Mom, a good friend, a good worker, etc. I love big and I back it up with actions. I try to keep learning and growing because the day that I stop that is the day life stops being fun.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

A few friends here in town did, which means that I have had opportunity to use my mad Monica-esque baby swooshing technique.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Nope. *Knocks on wood and prays that holds true for this year too*

5. What countries did you visit?

The good old U.S. of A! We went to Disneyland in January, we went to Portland/Cannon Beach in July, and I went to San Diego for BlogHer in August.

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?

Peace about my job situation.

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Emily’s first day of school and her first lost tooth (My BAYBEE), various moments from our two family trips we took because they were so great, the firmly-implanted memory of my three little ducklings following their ski instructor while doing S turns down the hill.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I ran a 10K! I plan to do more this year, as well.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Not keeping in touch with friends enough. I must remedy that.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Nope. Though my knees are yelling at me about all of the skiing I did last week.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My iPad. Seriously – I use it all the time for so many different things.

12. Where did most of your money go?

Mortgage, groceries, vacations.

13. What did you get really excited about?

Skiing (obviously), running the 10K, my three trips (I have a travel bug).

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?

There are a couple of NEEDTOBREATHE songs that carried me through.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

– happier or sadder? Happier.
– thinner or fatter? Thinner (see last week’s post).
– richer or poorer? Richer, financially, thanks to freelance work of mine and some unexpected lumber work for Matthew.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Spent time with girlfriends.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Picking myself (and my body) apart.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

Christmas morning was presents and service, the afternoon/evening was the big turkey dinner at our house with grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

Community, Modern Family, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson (Matthew and I both have a crush on him)

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

The Forgotten Garden, The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Gargoyle, Room. (Room haunts me, months later.)

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

NEEDTOBREATHE. I have all four of their albums on constant repeat. They were the last concert we went to, and we’ll be headed to Vancouver this coming March to see them again. They RULE. \m/

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Bridesmaids, Transformers 3 (shut up)

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Went out for dinner with our three closest friends (couples) and had a nice dinner. I turned 36 and will be 37 in 18 days, for those of you who want to shower me with presents. (Kidding. Maybe.)

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Being able to work from home.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?

I don’t know? Though I do love dresses and can’t stop buying them. I bought four (FOUR) while in San Diego and bought that red one last week. It’s a weakness.

26. What kept you sane?

Matthew and the kids, friends who can listen when need be and can also make you laugh hysterically, a great church family, you guys.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.

Listen to your gut – it’s always right. Don’t just dream, do. Forgiveness isn’t about the other person, it’s about freeing yourself from the hurt’s hold on you. Take time to sit with your kids and just talk to them – you’ll be surprised what you learn.

Happy New Year, friends!

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  1. Hannah January 2, 2012 2:36 am edit

    Great post! I’m going to copy your questions for my 2011 recap post, which hasn’t been done yet! :-)

    Happy 2012 to you! xx

  2. Kami January 2, 2012 9:35 am edit

    Happy New Year!

    Wishing you peace and happines for 2012!

  3. gorillabuns January 2, 2012 12:21 pm edit

    Happy New Year to you!!

  4. Nenette January 2, 2012 12:28 pm edit

    Very nice recap, my dear! I wish you all the best for a healthy and happy 2012. xo

  5. alfred lives here January 2, 2012 9:08 pm edit

    What a fun and fabulous post! Love the idea, enjoyed reading your answers, and may steal all your questions. So glad I found your blog!


  6. heidikins January 3, 2012 10:48 am edit

    I’m so glad you found something you love about the winter! It’s such a long time to be miserable otherwise.

    Happy 2012! Hope it’s amazing!

  7. Mrs. Wilson January 3, 2012 11:58 am edit

    #9 and #16 are the same for me. And I love #27. :)

  8. sizzle January 3, 2012 3:28 pm edit

    Here’s to a great 2012!

  9. Nicole January 4, 2012 12:42 am edit

    Have you read The Alchemist? I just started it but so far it’s pretty addictive. Also if you are looking for a sushi date in March let me know. I don’t know what your timeframe is but I live in Vancouver…

  10. Rhi January 4, 2012 4:12 pm edit

    Room also haunts me! I wonder about the characters often, AS IF THEY ARE ACTUALLY REAL.

    Also, I very much enjoyed your skiing pictures. Can’t wait to get Henry on skis. :-)

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