I don’t often write about personal things on this blog, and I have decided it’s time I changed that. After all, it IS my blog, and I have decided I’m going to write more about any damn thing I want, instead of things I think others might want to read about. I love to take pictures to commemorate the small but wonderful moments in life with family and friends, and I have decided to include those more as well. To kick off this new little “decision,” I have decided to post my highlights of 2011 in pictures. All pictures belong to me unless stated otherwise. Enjoy!
My friend Troy made these beautiful luminaries for New Years and I got some pretty decent pics of them with my hokey little camera!
The hubby and I had a super fun fondue party for Valentine’s Day with a few close friends!
In March, I performed a wedding for a couple from North Dakota. Hubby and I had a fantastic time!
GOTTA have the Jameson!!!!!
In April, me, my hubby, and my son participated in the Fraser Walk for Autism at the Mall of America. My nephew, Luca has Autism and we wanted to show our support for an organization that has helped many, many children with Autism and families of children with Autism. You can learn more about Fraser here: http://www.fraser.org/. It was really well done and a lot of fun! I plan to participate again this year!
My hubby and I attended a Toga themed party. It was a blast!
I also performed a wedding for two friends on May Day in Duluth, MN. It was cold, but beautiful!
Also in May was Easter. Time with family!
My son and my niece
May was a SUPER busy month! I went to a “Facebook Mom’s Night Out” with a bunch of friends from high school I hadn’t seen in forever! It was an absolute blast!
Me and my friend, Amy. Even though she’s giving me bunny ears, I still like this pic, LOL!
In June, I took my son to the Twin Cities Pride Parade for the first time. I very firmly believe in equal rights for everyone. EVERYONE. I wanted to pass some of this on to my son in a fun, yet educational way. He had a blast!
In July, we went to Cumberland, WI to have a family reunion on my dad’s side of the family. It was wonderful to see so much of our family all in one place and the weather was perfect!
Hubby shucking corn. 🙂
My youngest sister Angie and her boyfriend, Tom.
My middle sister, Jennie with her best friend, Vanessa.
My son, about to take a whack at the pinata!
Dad, Mom, me, and my sisters
Of course, it’s not July without celebrating the 4th! We went Downtown, Stillwater to watch the fireworks!
Unfortunately, the laptop I purchased in April of 2011 ended up with a failed hard disk in the middle of September. Consequently, I lost all photos from August 2011, photos of a wedding I performed for a friend from high school, and photos of my son’s birthday. I was sad to lose them. 😦
Procrastination paid off a little in September because I didn’t upload a lot of the pics from that month right away, so they were not lost with the others from the failed hard disk fiasco. Hubby and I took our kiddo to the Renaissance Festival as we do every year and we had a blast!
In September, I caught a fun moment with three of my friends at a going away party for one of them. I love these ladies!
Me and my friend Emily
Last but not least, in September I also had the honor of being personal attendant for a wedding for a wonderful couple!
In October, me, hubby and kiddo went to my aunt’s retirement party. It was nice to see family, as it always is, and it was the last time I got to see my Uncle Sal alive and kicking. I will forever cherish that.
My great aunts!
I love October… it’s the month I married my husband and there’s also Halloween! My favorite holiday!
My favorite boys carving pumpkins!
My gruesome zombie kid!
The Red Queen and Mad Hatter!
Me and my sisters
November really didn’t have many events, but I did manage to take quite a few random photos with friends and family.
Our fur babies, Lily and Asher
Hubby and Lily
Love my purple streaks!
Ready for a night out!
December flew by faster than I could keep up with, which is what usually happens. First thing I got pics of was a Christmas celebration for my dad’s side of the family.
My dad, his brother, and two sisters
Me and my cousin Frankie who is like a brother to me
And of course, there were a lot more Christmas celebrations, and a lot more pics!
We had Hot Dagos for Christmas with my Dad’s super awesome sauce!
My mom’s Bruschetta
Mom and Dad in the kitchen
The tree at my parents’ house
My dad’s sauce! YUM!
Lily loves to curl up on Hubby’s jacket 🙂
Some nice family pics 🙂
Christmas at my sister in law’s house
This past year has been a very good one for me. Lots of changes, lots of tough decisions. One thing I didn’t portray in pictures is my biggest decision of the year; to go back to school after twenty years. It has turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made!!!!! I am very happy with the way things are at present and am looking forward to seeing what 2012 will hold for me, my family, and my friends. I wish you all a safe and happy New Year! May 2012 bring everyone extraordinarily wonderful adventures!