That or Valentine's Day.
It's a toss up for sure.
But this year was perfect.
We actually made it past midnight.
With good friends, good food, sleeping babes, and Game of Things.
Things got wild and crazy, I tell you.
And now, I'm sitting here enjoying my last two days off before I head back to the ol' grind.
I'm in serious denial.
And am praying for a snow day.
But for now, I'll enjoy reflecting on the past year.
It's amazing how much has changed.
I say that every year.
But this year was extraordinary.
I smile as I think that last year at this time, we were keeping a special little secret.
And were still trying to wrap our heads around that secret.
It was the surprise of a lifetime.
One that took the arrival of a baby to make it actually soak in.
What a year.
So excited to take a look at the best year yet.
Technically, I found out I was pregnant on December 29th. I very randomly bought a pregnancy test based on a "feeling". Telling Gabe was one of the funniest yet intimate moments I've ever experienced. Neither of us saw that one coming. And then we went to a New Year's Eve party two days later. Being surrounded by good friends and champagne toasts made it quite difficult to keep our newly-found secret.
Flew to Chicago to celebrate my best friend's bachelorette party. Participated in a pole-dancing class while 12 weeks pregnant. Revealed to my bestie that she was a soon-to-be-auntie. Enough excitement in one trip to make me feel my very first kick from the little bean inside me.
The beginning of my *many* trips to Kansas City whilst pregnant. The drive from Wichita to KC never gets easier. And it's much worse while pregnant. But anything to spend some quality time with my college pals.
A big month. Headed to Nashville to celebrate my bestie's wedding. Kicked things off with Boots and BBQ, a stunning rehearsal dinner, and the wedding of the century. Then we headed home to a gender reveal thrown by *awesome* friends. Gabe and I were sure we were having a boy. Decked out in blue and mustaches...only to find out we were having a little miss.
I finally started sporting a baby bump. Made another trip to KC. Attended my first shower thrown by my *amazing* teammates at school.
Back to KC I went for another shower. The pregnancy "morning sickness" started to subside...at 7 months pregnant. Just in time for our Babymoon to Aruba with our most favorite couple ever!
July was...busy. Had two more showers. With some fellow pregnant pals. One of whom has been a dear friend since fourth grade. Knowing other preggos makes things a lot more fun. And hormonal. Then, I traveled to KC. (Seeing a trend here?) This time for a superbly wonderful wedding. Followed by my 10 year high school reunion. Talk about making a gal feel old.
My favorite month of 2012. Went back to school. For 3 whole days. Then, we welcomed sweet Miss Beans into the world. And our lives were forever changed.
We settled in and adjusted quickly and quite nicely to our new little addition to the fam. Being a family a 5 was better than we imagined.
Baby's first K-State game. And Halloween. Complete with a *hopefully continued* tradition of a homemade costume and visiting mommy's classroom.
Baby's first Thanksgiving at the farm. Lots of food and family. Lots of fun.
Baby's first Christmas. Couldn't have asked for a better end to a wonderful year.
Happy New Year.