"Living on Earth is expensive....but it does include a free trip around the sun."
2011's trip around the sun was really good. In fact, it was pretty darn amazing.
January brought us a big, fun heap of unexpected snow, pretty mountain hikes, and treasured weekends at the river.
In February, we celebrated the most lovely Valentine's Day as a family of three, danced the night away on a few occasions, we visited the farm, and we took a culinary road trip to Tennessee.
March brought the first glorious taste of spring sunshine, a ball of a date night, Hudson's first trip to the circus, and a late-night quest for the Super Moon.
April showers brought an early arrival of pretty flowers, Will and I "burned the floor", Hudson and I journeyed to Oz, and our state (Alabama) tragically suffered from the largest tornado outbreak ever recorded.
May was a time of renewal with green grass and summer temperatures and lots of fun. We went on a Mississippi Mother's Day getaway, took a relaxing stay-cation, enjoyed Hudson's first trip to the zoo, celebrated Memorial Day by the pool, and I ran into John Paul White from the Civil Wars.
In June we went to a Hot Air Balloon Festival, enjoyed a Polo Match that Will coordinated to help the victims of the April tornado tragedy, danced downtown at a party on the plaza, went to the fair, watched parades, and did lots of other summertime things.
July found us at the beach, where we celebrated our 6th Wedding Anniversary, visited another zoo, rode a camel, had fun on the Fourth, and made lots of new memories. We also enjoyed our town's annual blues festival, took a Tennessee day trip, saw the Civil Wars in concert, and did lots of swimming.
We kicked off August with a very special celebration for Hudson who turned two! We explored neighboring cities, started Hudson's first swim lessons, and saw a small-town parade.
In September, we had weekend fun in Nashville with good eats and a ride on Thomas the Train. Hudson and I went to a Native American Festival, welcomed the first crisp night of Fall with warm lattes downtown.
In October, Hudson saw his first concert, The Beach Boys. We watched the leaves turn, went to another fair, enjoyed Oktoberfest, saw football games, went to the Renaissance Faire, visited the pumpkin patch, took Hudson trick or treating, and listened to banjo music in Billy Reid's flagship store.
November was probably the worst month on record, since my camera was stolen a few days before Thanksgiving. But there was lots of good stuff, too. We played in the leaves, took a very cold trip to the beach, visited a lighthouse, and ate lots of turkey and ham.
In December, I got a new camera! We saw our first little snow and lots and lots of sparkly lights. We wore tacky sweaters, visited Santa's Village, and enjoyed everything about Christmas.
Can't wait to see what 2012 brings.
Now I shall leave you with the most adorable video I've ever seen.....
Have a safe and happy New Year, friends!!