I hope you have all had a fabulous 2012! I wanted to share 7 of my personal favorite things about this year before we wrap it up. It’s been what feels like the fastest year EVER and I can hardly believe it’s almost over!
1. Visiting the Marion E. Wade Center in Wheaton, IL with my family.
It was pretty amazing to see some of the C.S. Lewis, Tolkien and other literary items on display here! It was a great way to start the year.
2. Screen printing class at Polka Press!
I set my trusty Gocco aside and learned some traditional screen printing basics. This was SO MUCH FUN!! I learned a lot, got covered in ink and created a bunch of great prints! I’m excited to make many more now that I finally have the knowledge and supplies to go forward with this. Yay!
3. A family vacation!
In 2011, we were so busy that we didn’t make time for any proper family vacation. One of my 2012 goals was to take at least a week away from everything and spend some quality time together. We chose to go to Door County and had such a nice, relaxing time!!
4. Birthdays at Rossi’s
We discovered that Rossi’s pizza opened a vintage arcade just in time to plan our daughter’s 6th birthday there. Guess what? It was so awesome that our son wanted his 8th birthday party there, too. We were back again for our nephew’s celebration a couple of months later. Our family has become their biggest fans. Burgertime, Pinball, amazing pizza…I don’t know if it gets better!
5. Finding a magical forest in our backyard
One day in the summer my kids and I were walking to the park and stumbled upon a spot we had never noticed before. Through the bunny wonderland and across the wooded paths, we found a beautifully constructed tree fort guarded by a gnome. It even had little tree stump chairs. Everything about this little wooded area was just perfect. We went back many times the rest of the summer and can’t wait to visit again next year!
6. Dane County Farmer’s Market
I loved vending at the market so much this year! We met so many awesome people and were fortunate to sell lots of our handmade goodies. Yes, the weather was unpredictable as always and getting up at the crack of dawn gets old, but it was just a really great season. I think part of the enjoyment is that the market is something that my kids seem to sincerely look forward to now that they are a bit older. It feels more like special family time than it has in previous years. I cannot wait for April!!
7. The Hobbit
We were looking forward to the movie all year long. We had planned to go opening night but it just didn’t work out. When we finally saw it a few days ago, it was worth the wait! Chad was particularly picky with some of the additions to the book, but overall it was a really fun movie. I should also mention that we got each other Hobbity Christmas gifts! I got him this awesome shirt, and he ordered an amazing middle earth map skirt. So much Hobbit love!
Enjoy your last days of 2012 and try to take a few moments to reflect on the happy moments!
Wishing you a wonderful 2013! Happy New Year!