Well, I don't do new year's resolutions, but I do new endeavors. So I'm going to make a go at this. I have been so encouraged and inspired by so many of my friends, and complete strangers who let me into their lives through their blogs that I decided to share a little about my life and family in the coming year. Now, those of you who know me know I don't do computers... or smart phones... or pretty much anything that is more complicated than my solar powered calculator, but with a new year comes a chance to learn new things. So here goes, my first post, a little year in review. Some of the best that 2011 had to offer for the Barkalows.
Our Spring break trip to Destin with our good friends, or as the kids refer to each other "the cousins" (although there is no blood relation) was without a doubt one of the best vacations ever.
And since Zadie loves animals pretty much more than anyone I've ever met. Here are a few shots of her enjoying one last zoo trip with Mommy before Rosie joined the family. Montgomery has an amazing zoo and I feel so lucky to live close to it again; we get to go several times each month!
And of course, the high point of 2011, the birth of our sweet Rosie.
Rosie's arrival was followed by an amazingly busy summer. Andy went to Canada (perhaps I can post those pictures soon) and Dave's brother Chris got married. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the rehearsal.
Okay, skip ahead to Andy and Zadie's birthday party. I hardly remember it because I had spent the two previous nights in the ER with a double ear infection and I still couldn't hear and could barely move. They tell me it was lots of fun, though. I don't have very many decent pictures as a result.
And here's my favorite day of the year, the first day of school! I can't believe Andy looks so big! He has started at a new school this year called Holy Cross Episcopal school and he LOVED it! What a gift it has been to have him look forward to school each day. Amazing.
I'm skipping Halloween, since I'm not sure if anyone is still reading, and this next one is way better. Here are a few of my favorite shots from Rosie's baptism. So many of our out of town family and friends were able to be here for Rosie's big day and it was beautiful. Rosie was the first of our children who Dave was able to baptize (now that he's an 'Elder in full connection' woot woot!)
Believe it or not, I'm even going to skip the Christmas pictures (although they're cute and you may see them soon. I must say that the absolute best part of 2011 has been getting to watch Andy and Zadie grow to love their new sister. Zadie took some time to warm up, as is typical with Zadie, but she has become one of Rosie's favorite people and she loves to show off her baby sister. I hope they'll always know what a gift they are to each other. And I pray they will grow to be great friends.
Okay, so that was our highlight reel for 2011. I have to leave you with just a few more of my favorite pictures. Mostly of Rosie because the other two won't be still for me to take their pictures any more.