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The Bloggers’ Ball

Monday, December 31, 2012

It’s been years since I’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve. For the last few years I’ve been awake at midnight, but it’s meant very little to me as it passed. This year will not be any different! However, if there was a ball I was attending tonight, and there is a fantasy ball being hosted by two of the bloggers (Rachel and Jessica) that I read, here is what I wish I could wear:

x And here are my answers to the questions!

What was the best part of 2012?

I’ve been trying to decide how to answer this all day and I can’t seem to settle on the best part of 2012! It might have been our Disney World trip in January, it might have been the summer. Maybe it was October and November with all of our trips. Or maybe it was just all the fun times we had together as a family!

What was your favorite song/book/movie of 2012?

Song – Home by Phillip Phillips.

Book – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Movie – the only one I saw in the theater was Les Miserables, and the only other one I watched was The Hunger Games – loved them both.


What was your biggest accomplishment of 2012?

Training for and running the 1/2 Marathon. A year ago I couldn’t even run for one minute, much less one mile. Even though I didn’t run 13.1 miles without stopping, I still came a long way to be able to complete the 1/2 Marathon in 3 hours! (The clock time in the photo below is not our correct finish time due to the staggered start!)


What are you looking forward to most in 2013?

I actually don’t know. We don’t have any huge plans made yet. I certainly hope we’ll get to take another awesome family trip to Disney World!

What are your New Year's Resolutions?

My goal this year is to complete the 35 things to do in my 35th year list that I made in honor of my birthday. So no New Year’s resolutions!

See you next year! :)

Highlights of Our Year




We took an amazing trip to Florida – to Disney World and Tampa and back to Disney World, culminating with a family birthday party for my father-in-law.



Gabbie had her Chag Siddur (party where she received her first prayer book), which Aunt Jodi came in for.



I took Gabbie and Zachary to see Disney on Ice. We had beautiful spring weather. We celebrated Purim.



I ran my first 5K. Gabbie turned 7. We traveled to NJ for Passover and spent time with friends and family, as well as at the beach and in NYC. We also went geocaching for the first time. I started getting into organizing.



Gabbie had her dance recital. Grandma and Grandpa visited. I ran my 2nd 5K. Gabbie had her end of 1st grade performance. Zachary celebrated his birthday at pre-K and had his pre-K graduation. Dave turned 34. We celebrated Shavuos.



We took a trip to San Antonio to go to Sea World, stopping in Oklahoma as well. Zachary turned 5. I ran my first 10K. I got into doing crafty type projects and got back into blogging regularly. The kids went to camp.



The kids were in camp. We celebrated the 4th of July. We had Zachary’s birthday party. I ran another 5K. Gabbie was in a Mary Poppins show. I worked on decorating projects around the house.



My aunt and uncle visited. Dave’s sister and 3 of our nephews visited. We went to the exotic animal farm. Simon turned 2. The kids went back to school. [More]



School days continued. We celebrated Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. We went to the pumpkin patch. [More]



We celebrated the end of Sukkot. We enjoyed the fall. Dave and I ran a lot. We went to Atlanta for my brother’s wedding. [More]



Dave and I went to Disney for the 1/2 marathon and my birthday. We all went to NJ / NY for Thanksgiving. [More]



We went geocaching. We celebrated Hanukkah. Dave and I celebrated our 12th anniversary. [More]

8 states visited (KS, MO, FL, NJ, NY, OK, TX, GA…and FL, NJ, and NY again!)
366.2 miles walked / jogged / ran
10 holidays celebrated
5 birthdays celebrated

Countless animals visited and fed, playdates attended, friends and family members hugged and loved, lessons learned, lessons taught, games played, crafts completed, messes cleaned.

366 days loving life.

Thank you for following along with our adventures. Happy 2013!