There are thousands (literally) of pictures that could represent the past twelve months. They have little to do with lighting or composition, and everything to do with the memories they provoke.
Here are just. a. few...
When Kyle was on an away rotation, Courtney, Julie and I went hiking and I just had to bring my new lens. In other words, I sacrificed my body for that lens many times that day. We healed wounds with thai food and an entire carton of ice cream. No joke. It was one of those, "I'm so thankful for girlfriends," kind of nights. I'm not sure what I would have done without all of them while Kyle traveled so much for school.
When Kyle, Kelly and I attempted to camp, an experience that many keep reminding us of, but I'd rather soon forget.
Kelly and I yelled at GG for not looking both ways before crossing the road..then forgave her because we were "celebrating her birthday"
Speaking of surprises,
I think we outdid ourselves when we decided to jump on a plane with Maizy and fly to Indianapolis. All in order to help Kelly move into her new apartment. I so wish we had a picture of their faces when they saw us walk up.
We celebrated our one year anniversary in a less than stellar hotel and got stuck in an amusement park where it poured rain- but it didn't matter one bit because we were just so happy to have a mini-getaway.
Visitors, and more visitors!
We continued the tradition of cheering on Pat at the annual Jefferson Cup Race !
When my mom and stepfather came to visit, it brought back way too many memories of my mother screaming, "RUN LIKE THE WIND!!!" during every soccer game throughout my entire life. I could see her little 5'2 frame jumping up and down as we ran the C'ville 10 Miler.
In April, when I wanted to surprise Kyle with a dog for his birthday, but I couldn't find one. Endless internet searching resulted in a desire to throw in the hotel. Once I told Kyle of my plan (aka I finally said, "yes," to getting a dog), he was so excited! A road trip to North Carolina, a errr..quaint hotel later, we brought home Maizy,
She was only 8 lbs, and smelly as can be. I'll never forget the color of that bath water- it was the first thing on the agenda once we arrived home. That night, we toasted with our neighbors to our newest family member.
She has fit right in.
Oh how hard the summer proved to be, having to say goodbye to close friends who were moving away!
Celebrating my 26th birthday over coconut rice and sushi, talking about how unknown future is for us, and how much it doesn't matter, as long as we do it hand in hand
Road trip to Cincinnati to see Ben and Lynn tie the knot,
We reduced it this year and only ventured back 5 times. You'd think I'd be used to that 12 hour drive.
This past summer was miserable. Honestly, I was not made for 100 degree weather. We waved away summer, Fridays after Five and then said hello! to Baby Royer!
When I got the call that our niece was born, I was waiting in the car for Kyle to arrive for a dinner date, and I couldn't stop laughing and crying. Mostly laughing because I couldn't stop crying. I took this picture so that Hannah could see, one day, how joyful I was for her life. I found it on my phone the other day, and started laughing. It's ridiculous how much I love that sweet pea.
When I met her for the first time we had, what I like to call, "a moment." AKA I sobbed and held her, prayed over her and fell so in love with this little life.
Two weeks later, our friends would give birth to their first child, Naelle (more to come next week ;). Four weeks after that, three friends would give birth in three consecutive days (you'll be introduced to them in some upcoming posts). 2010 and 2011 were definitely the years for babies!!!
We spent every Saturday in the Fall with the "Michigan Crew" in Charlottesville, cheering on our Wolverines
Michigan game Thanksgiving week!
Not me, of course. But the other person in our household. This venison had to come from somewhere...
and that somewhere looked something like this:
Our kitchen. (Marriage is all about compromise, right? ;)
Kyle got 4 deer this year, and you better believe each one was processed in our kitchen. We now also have a deep freezer. If you'd like some venison, let me know :) I think it's my husband greatest joy in life to give away his venison.
2011 was our first Thanksgiving with baby Hannah,
The weeks following Thanksgiving of 2011 proved to be completely exhausting and chaotic.
Kyle completed 9 interviews in four weeks, and I met him some places along the way.
Christmas and New Year's will get their own posts in the upcoming days. Rightfully so, as we spent the past 12 days in Michigan.
Here's a preview.
There isn't enough time or storage to write about all of our life and give you photographs to reflect it, but I will say this: It's been fun.
2011 had many ups and downs, and yet as always, God has been so so faithful to us. I can't begin to explain how many prayers have been answered, not only in our own lives but in our friends and families as well. I expect 2012 to knock our socks off, just as ever year prior has.