A Year in Review

This was a year of change for us. Hard, painful, exciting, beautiful growth. Four seasons have passed, three children have grown and a year’s worth of life was lived. This little corner of the web has been a bit of a refuge for me. Scrolling through old posts last night I realized it got a little depressing around here for a time. As we processed the move, I found myself stuck in the contemplative ponderings of change. And so many of you stuck it out as I processed.

Thank you.

I know I’ve already said that, but I need to say it again. I don’t like to get too serious around here. I don’t know why – I guess my ultimate hope is to make you all smile. Life is fun and there is so much joy to be had.

But sometimes life is also hard. Winter settles in and you have to search a bit more for the beauty in the frosty darkness.  A dear friend told me during this more difficult time of transition that she could always tell when things weren’t quite right. “Your writing takes a completely different tone,” said said. “It’s still beautiful, but I just know that your heart is aching a bit more than usual.”

But inevitably winter must thaw and joy breaks through once more. We’re walking toward spring and it’s balmy and sweet. And funny.

So without further ado, I give you 2011 in review:

In January, I laughed until I cried and I beseeched my male readership to please, for the love of all things holy explain to me the obssession with Star Trek. (Best I could tell, Star Trek is to men what Twilight is to women…)

In Feburary, I threw one heck of a pink princess party and lived to tell the tale.

In March I gave you the first sneak peek into my novel (which I will finish in 2012 – hold me to that, internets!).  Oh, and my dorky husband and I made a movie about how hot minivans actually are.

In April my first grader and I debated Creationism and the Big Bang theory. Later Tia and I discussed whether or not she would be able to do handstands in heaven while Landon swore up one side and down the other he saw a kangaroo on the side of the road. My kids are so delightfully weird.

In May I did NOT feel bad about Bin Laden’s death, and I mercilessly mocked my husband’s shoulder shaking dance moves. Oh yeah…and I lost my cool pants. Or maybe I never had them?

In June I gave you all a cavity with the sweetest pictures of childhood ever published.  I also traveled to Montreal and spent the day on a movie set where I interviewed Christine Baransky, died laughing at my husband’s reasoning for why the kids should not touch a bird’s nest and I dug down deep and got more personal than I’ve ever done before.

In July Jennifer Aniston did my hair, we announced our impending move to Florida and my posts got a bit contemplative.

In August people disrespected my smokin’ hot minivan and it was suggested I add ghost flames down the side. I also announced our intention to homeschool and I went to Hollywood and took a million pictures of myself at a movie premiere.

In September I explained why I would not be raising a bimbo of a daughter, then we all rejoiced as she made the most beautiful decision. We also found ourselves finally settling into a home after three months of living like nomads.

In October we worked with our son on toughening up and learning to play with the big boys. Then I humbled myself and admitted to my tendency toward acting like a true blonde.

In November I cried a freakin’ river for a second time, then my daughter and I were scarred for life when we walked in on a man in an airplane bathroom with his pants around his ankles. And I officially coined the phrase “Air Butt.” I also wrote this post, which is another one of my favorites.

Which brings us to December. I found out my eyes have betrayed me this month, I contemplated the value of a man when Albert Pujols left the Cardinals for the Angels, I admitted my aversion to Math (maybe I’m allergic to numbers…) and I died my hair pink.

It’s been quite a year and I couldn’t be more excited to head into 2012. I have big dreams, several goals and a lot of confidence. I think it’s the hair that’s given me a little boost. I hope you’ll join me as we jump into the new year. Perhaps we could all take a lesson from my youngest and leap with reckless abandon and unabashed joy.

Who’s with me? What are you looking forward to and hoping to accomplish this year?


  1. Thanks for letting me read along as you journeyed through 2011! I have really enjoyed it!

    • Thank you for walking alongside me, Karen and for becoming an online mentor. I can’t begin to explain how much that has meant to me. 🙂 Happy New Year!

  2. Well Kelly,

    I have only arrived for the pink hair escapades but I look forward to what happens in 2012/ Here is to looking towards a great new year getting smarter and wiser….and hotter….as we go. Minivans work that way for us dudes too!

    • Minivans have a magic voodoo power don’t they? It’s too bad they’re so scorned. 🙂

      Good to have you here, Rodney. I need some minivan dudes!

  3. Happy New Year friend! Hope 2012 continues to bless you and your beautiful family!

  4. I not only love Star Trek, but I have attended a convention. True story. Lee is gonna have a field day with this one, I just know it…

    But to satisfy your curiosity, I have no idea why men like the show so much and I never developed a taste for the original series. It was The Next Generation that hooked me and what I loved was how each episode was a real, gut level look at some social issue we face today and either we have no answer or we think we do but we haven’t actually seen the consequences to know if it’s the right answer. For example, in one show they landed on a planet where men were the subservient gender. In another, the punishment for any and every crime was the death penalty. They lived in an absolute utopia but at what cost? And my favorite was one where a scientist from another planet came aboard to test his theory using some star that exploded or something about every ten years. When the experiment failed he was wrecked because he was 60 and in his society at that age each person committed suicide in an effort to alleviate society of the burden of dealing with an aged population. As a Christian I disagreed with the agenda the writers seemed to be pushing on the majority of the episodes, but it was thought-provoking nonetheless. Also, I was often told I looked just like Ensign Ro. 🙂

    • Jenni…I don’t have words. You’ve rendered me speechless. That doesn’t happen often, you know.

      Well done. Well. Done.

      You are my favorite new friend. 🙂

  5. I have so enjoyed reading through your journey of 2011. Looking forward to virtually spending another year with you!

    • Thanks, Amy, for coming along for the ride and for your support along the way. Seriously…thank you. Happy New Year!