Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 in Photos

2011 In Review

2010/2011 marked our first winter in the Midwest & January did not disappoint in the snow department! VERY unlike this January with our mild temps and not a drop of snow.

We started out the year pet-sitting for our friends & I fell in love with Witten

We had a good snowfall & were able to go driving around that afternoon and snap some lovely pictures:

I tried my hand at jet black hair:

In early February, we traveled to Lincoln, NE for the first time & ate at a {glorified} Cajun restaurant called Buzzard Billy's. We explored the Haymarket & eventually made our way back home. 

In late February, I was flown back to our previous base in Biloxi, MS as a witness in a court martial. It was absolutely beautiful down there & a nice week-long respite from the cold & snow! 

In March, we traveled home to northwest Louisiana for the first time. It was fun seeing parts of Missouri and Arkansas that we've never seen. 

In April, we started getting out of the house again & playing tourist in Omaha. We walked the Pedestrian Bridge for the first time. 

In May, a few events were significant. I saw my first 3-D movie EVER! (Thor)

Got my hair chopped off & highlighted & LOVED IT!!!

Experienced my 1st REAL Midwest hail storm

And celebrated my dear husband's 36th birthday

In June, we celebrated our 7th Wedding Anniversary. We celebrated both early & late, but didn't do anything that day. June held the annual Scleroderma walk that we participated in with friends. 

And we spent a week in the Rocky Mountains with my parents, who met us there. 

In July, we again played tourist in our own area by taking a day-trip drive on Independence Day. We just opened up the map & made a huge square. We had a lovely day! And I had so much fun taking pictures.

I had an amazing 33rd Birthday. My husband always knows just how to make my birthday's extra special and this year was no exception. 

August was essentially devoted to work. It's our busiest month & we had a few events. One event in particular was exciting. My husband came out to the county fair on the last night. We were going to ride a couple rides, eat some food, etc. But were surprised by a freak storm. The power went out, they made us huddle in buildings. It sounded as if a tornado were coming through, but it was just incredibly high winds. 

In the Fall, we focused on enjoying life. Taking in the sunsets, fire pit fires in the backyard, smores, spending time together, etc...

My husband had ankle surgery & spent a few weeks on crutches

Then it got COLD

And we had our first snow!

We took our 2nd trip of the year to Louisiana, for Thanksgiving.

Took a little tour of where we got married almost 8 years ago

I fell in love with Louisiana all over again...

The two biggest events in November were the trip home, but also adopting a second dog! We added Abby to our family.

After we got home from our trip, it was more or less December! Time to decorate, time for the Christian Military Wives Winter Tea (an annual event here), Christmas parties, SNOW!, good food, crafts, and family time! 

And that about wraps up 2011. We did ABSOLUTELY NOTHING for New Year's Eve & the lovely part is that we are soooo okay with that! :)

wishing you all a 

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