It’s that time of year again! Every Friday in December, I will be linking up for the 2012 Review Extravaganza with these lovely ladies: Emmy-Emmy Mom; Lourie-CA Girl; MiMi-Living in France; Nicole-Life's a Beach; Mrs. Match-Date Girl Diaries; Janette-Johanson Journey.
So…here we go!!
I kicked off 2012 by sharing my holiday recap, filled with many great times with family & friends…Including making a gingerbread house with these two cuties… I love those “cheese” faces!!
I then followed that up by sharing a list of things that I hoped to see happen in the New Year. (They were apparently very lofty goals, because I don’t know that ANY of them happened…except maybe Ashton Kutcher got rid of his facial hair? Can someone please confirm? lol)
From there on in, things got rather quiet on the blog for the rest of January and into February, as my life was turned upside down when my dad’s surgery on January 10th didn’t go as planned, and he spent the next month in ICU.
My dad passed away on February 8th, just three days before my brother’s wedding. I can’t begin to put into words what a rollercoaster of a week that was. All I can say is that I’m so very grateful to be surrounded by wonderful friends and family, who were there with us to celebrate Luke & Amanda’s wedding day, and then to celebrate my father’s life. They all made a very difficult time a little easier to get through.
I shared the eulogy my mom wrote in my Tribute to Dad post.
I was deeply touched by the comments and emails I received from my blog friends during this time. Thank you all for being there for me! It really made me appreciate this blogging community even more than I already did. I love you all! xo
In the weeks that followed, I decided to take comfort in food – and I particularly craved Montana’s!
I also took comfort in Adam Levine (and together with my mom, we became big fans of The Voice!)
Moving in to March, I had the opportunity to host my book club group, and I took inspiration from Pinterest in creating a line-up of snacks to share with everyone.
I also shared a funny story from my brother’s wedding day, which had me splitting the ass of my bridesmaid’s dress after trying to kick him on the dance floor. (Thank God the lining of the dress didn’t rip!!)
On March 10th, our little town took the opportunity to toast one of our finest ladies, Mrs. Mae McCann, with an event that also raised money to go towards a much-needed new community centre. In listening to all the speeches that evening, I decided I had a few things I wanted to say to Mae myself. So I wrote her a letter, and shared it here on my blog.
I closed out the month of March by writing a review of The Hunger Games movie, which I so enjoyed!
So there we have it – the first installment of the 2012 Review Extravaganza, in the books!
Looking forward to recapping April, May, and June next Friday :)
Before I sign off…Don’t miss out on your chance to enter my eos giveaway!
Five lucky winners will be chosen at random on Monday, and each winner will receive two Alice in Wonderland-inspired eos spheres. Don’t miss out! All you have to do is visit the giveaway post and tell me how much you love me (or eos.)
Go! Do it!!
Happy Friday, everyone :)