I am VERY excited about 2011. A brand new year. A fresh start with renewed motivation.
This past year has been a whirlwind to say the least. Over the past few days, I’ve been reflecting back on 2010 and everything that happened. By far, the hardest year of my life. The hardest year in my family’s lives. Looking back on 2010 for the rest of my life, I know it will always be known as “the year Dad passed”…however, I also know that some great things happened this year and some awesome memories were made. I started looking back through pictures reminiscing on the good things and thought I’d scrapbook in one post a recap of the year. I am thankful for the blessings of 2010. Even through the tragedy and darkness, the Lord provided rays of sunshine to give us hope and make us smile. A little over a month before my Dad died he sent me this email. I re-read his emails often and have shared some on this blog. But this one, although short & simple, means so much to me and I think of it often…
2010 was definitely hard, but I WILL keep smiling! I have so much to be thankful for. And even though 2011 will no doubt bring its own set of hardships, I know that THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME! The joy that only comes from the Lord is my strength.
I’m hoping to jam pack a bunch of new memories for the Dixon clan in 2011 and live life to the fullest. Cheers to making each day count!
2010 Recap Through Pictures
Ryan & I celebrated 7 years of marriage & went to Shreveport for a little getaway.
I hosted a Recipe Exchange party at our house.
It snowed! The girls got to build their first snowman.
Went to the Extreme Home Makeover Kickoff here in East Texas!
Some friends gave us a jogging stroller and have used it non-stop ever since.
Got to see Singing in the Rain at TJC – Ryan ran sound for the show.
As you know…late summer, Ryan & I set a goal to complete 3 half marathons in 3 consecutive months. Not sure why we decided to do this other than the fact that we wanted to run in these 3 specific half marathons for certain reasons…and they just so happened to be in 3 consecutive months!
October – Tyler Rose Half
November – Manchester Half
December- White Rock Half
It really was so much fun and honestly easier than I expected! All three races were so different, each provided a unique and neat experience. I can’t believe I’m even going to say this…but the thought of running a full marathon doesn’t scare me quite as bad as it did earlier this year. What??!!! Plus, having seen a couple of friends accomplish this feat has spurred me on even more.
We still have not committed to one yet, but are still researching. Both Ryan & I want to complete a full. We were looking at doing the Austin marathon in February, but decided that was too soon, too hilly, and too cold to complete 26.2. So, we will register for the half instead…which I’m super excited about. Sounds like a blast of a race w/tons of bands and swag! Plus, we have some friends doing it as well, so we’ll make a fun weekend out of it. Good to have a couple of months until our next race…nice little break!
We ordered each other running shoes for Christmas. Romantic, right? That’s the way we roll. Found a buy one, get one half off special & ordered them online! Even better. They haven’t arrived yet, but they should within the next few days and I’m pumped to try them out. We both got the Saucony Grid Raiders…here are mine:
So if you have any advice on which marathons are the best ones to do or ones we should definitely avoid..especially for the first one, let us know! The latest issue of Runner’s World has a whole section called “Marathon Guide” in it with a list of suggested first time marathons…I’m thinking Disney or D.C. would be fun options!
Our two precious punkins are just developing, learning, and growing up so fast…it feels like if I blink too fast, they will be teenagers way too soon!
Addi is four going on thirty. She talks non-stop. I mean like all the time. Seriously. She is so curious and is going through the “why?” phase. She needs explanation on just about everything. You can tell her brain is going 90 to nothing and she is soaking up so much right now. Quite the little thinker that one. She’s also very sweet and tender-hearted. She plays well with her friends, it’s neat to watch how considerate she is. Playing with her sister? Well, that’s a different story. Her & Kam fight pretty much every day several times a day. But that’s normal, right? Addi got her first “report card” at school last week and is doing very well…”proficient” in almost every category. Smarty pants! She’s almost half way through her year of preschool. I tear up just thinking about her going to that big, ginormous building of a place called Kindergarden next year! Don’t know if this momma is ready for all that.
Kamryn is not even 3 yet, which we often forget. She is just a little bit shorter than Addi, but already has surpassed her in shoe size. No doubt, she will be tall like her Daddy. She has quite the personality. Very funny and independent. And brave! When we go play at playgrounds, she heads straight to the tallest, largest slide! She likes to wear the same purple dress-up dress every day and always asks to dance with Daddy. Her favorite word is “because” and she tries to use it in every sentence she says. She is fully potty trained now…well, sort of. She still wears a pull-up at night and we are working hard at trying to eliminate that altogether. She loves chewing gum – it has become a good form of bribery for us. She is still very shy when she meets someone new and it takes a while for her to warm up to them.
It has been such a joy to be home with them and having more time with them. I am LOVING it. I thank God everyday for the blessing of my new job. I’ll leave you with a few pics from the last several weeks.
Fun fact for you: there are a total of 11,351 pics in my iPhoto library. WHOA NELLY FURTADO (as Addi would say)!