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December 31, 2011

Looking Ahead to the New Year

Our girls turn three in less than a week. While I breathe deeply and try to digest that coming milestone, I’m also looking forward to the year ahead.

This past year has truly been an awesome one, as I’ve (mostly dry-eyed) witnessed our babies turn into little girls. I inscribed the girls’ ornaments this year “a year of first adventures”, and it’s such a true sentiment. This year we definitely branched out, even leaving the city limits on a number of occasions! :)

We took our first mini-vacation as a family of four. We made our first of several trips to the zoo. The girls mastered their tricycles. And we’ve gotten a lot more “adventurous” with our day-to-day, as well, more often leaving our stroller in the trunk, and having ditched the notion of high chairs in restaurants months ago.

And in response to the question, “What’s your biggest accomplishment this year?” posed on Facebook yesterday, I quickly answered “Potty-training twins!

I know there will be many more “big kid” changes in the year ahead of us. And while I know some of them will be bittersweet, I’m excited to see what’s in store.

A year from now, my girlies will have long since adjusted to their big kid beds, and (I hope!) most of our baby-proofing will be behind us. They’ll be on a break from a preschool program, and I hope we’ll have enrolled them in some type of extracurricular activity, like gymnastics, or swimming, or music, or dance. And I’m certain we’ll have so many more adventures on which to reflect.

I hope that my then almost-four-year olds will be taller and stronger and faster and more well-travelled…but I hope there are other things that will be just the same.

I hope they’ll have the same zest for life, love, and learning. I hope they still squeal with delight. I hope that their eyes still twinkle at the sight of a four-legged friend. I hope that even as they grow, they’ll continue to find comfort in snuggles with Mommy and Daddy.

And I know, no matter how big they are, they’ll always be my tiny baby girls.

May your 2012 be filled with many continued blessings! Happy New Year to you and yours!


yettie said...

I remember your potty-scapades posts with a lot of fondness (and all the shenanigans - one day I'll get the spelling right). Happy new year Mandy

Julia said...

This made me tear up. I've realized, this past year, that SO much happens in a year. Even when they're sleeping through the night :)

Happy New Year, friend!

Miss Megan said...

They really did branch out this year - wow! So much can change in one short year can't it? Keep savoring every second!
Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2012!

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Amazing to see the growth over the course of a year. I love how you keep track.

Happy new year!

Rebecca said...

This is great...I'm sure they'll maintain their zest for life. Look at who their Mom is!

Jeremi said...

i can get lost in your blog but i have lesson plans to finish up so i have to keep this short -- three is SO much fun, you have so many amazing adventures ahead of you (i'm feeling a little melancholy right now), i can't believe how fast the past 5 1/2 years have flown by .... keep soaking in those little moments and the big ones : )

Unknown said...

What a great reflection and hope for the coming year!!

I forgot to add to my own goals for 2012....potty training Adam! Or better yet - maybe we should inform him that is HIS resolution! ha!

Deanna said...

I'm catching up from the holiday, and I just had to say I LOVE this post as well! Sweet thoughts for the New Year. : )