Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 In Review

2011 brought us many memories!  Kennedy's arrival into our family was by far the best part.  Our year had its ups and downs and a flood of emotions, but through it all we came out stronger than ever. 

We kicked off the year with a celebration for Kennedy, before she even arrived!

The anticipation of Kennedy's arrival brought about much excitement!

 By far, the most wonderful thing was Kennedy's arrival.  With her arrival came a lot of emotions - joy, happiness, fear, and an overall sense of unknown.

Bringing her home from the NICU was also one of the high points of the year!

We had many beach vacations!  This one was before Kennedy's heart surgery.

Kennedy had open heart surgery, and she rocked it.  It was by far the scariest and hardest day of our lives, but in a matter of days, she was back to herself.

As we always planned, we took lots of vacations.  Some of them even involved fake grass.  One of Kennedy's favorites.

We started many traditions.  One being our annual trip to Hilton Head.  It's hard to believe that next year when we go we'll be going as a family of four!  

We celebrated Kennedy's first Halloween, and she was the cutest pink elephant around!

We did a lot of partying.  Kennedy likes parties.

We have so many happy memories as a family of three! 

We shared our favorite Christmas traditions with Kennedy!

We started new traditions that will live on for years to come!  One of them, baking cookies on Christmas Eve.

And our little princess was in her glory celebrating her first Christmas!

We are so thankful for our wonderful family and friends who have provided so much love and support through the year.  I'm also so thankful for the new friends that I've made, both locally and online.  I'm looking forward to the start of a new year with more memories and the addition of another child to our family!  Let's just hope that 2012 also brings a little less stress. 


  1. I've been wanting to tell you that my three year old, William is going for surgery on his kidney in a couple of months. The thought of it scares me, but I know he needs it (he got really sick in October because his right kidney refluxes). When I get scared, I think of Kennedy and her open heart surgery, which was by far more serious. But even more so, I think of you and how brave you had to be for her and I know I can do it too. I know we've never met, but I'm so happy I found your blog. I love reading about Kennedy and I love how positive and joyful you are. Happy New Year and all the best in 2012!

  2. Good luck Cristin! I will keep William (and you) in my prayers. It is hard, especially the wait! But you will totally get through it, and come out even stronger!