Well, before I can officially start blogging about the new year, I need some closure on 2011. I print our blog each year as my digital scrapbook full of memories. I LOVE looking back and reading about where we were and where we are now. So, let’s remember 2011 and celebrate the JOY it brought us!
January started out with us being the parents of a ONE year-old! We thought she was so big then. Just look at her now!
In February we found out that baby number two was officially a GIRL and we even decided on her name. Finley Grace Smith. Cori was already practicing her big sister skills with her baby dolls.
March brought David and I FIVE YEARS of marriage! Wow! We left Cori Belle (age 14 months) with her grandparents for the first time and went away for a few days to celebrate. We headed to Savannah, Georgia and it was such a wonderful trip! Looking at this picture makes me want to go back there!! That lunch we had at the Wilkes House was the best lunch EVER!! YUM!
In April, Cori met her cousin Taylor for the first time. Taylor and Aunt Rebecca came down for a little Spring Break visit from the cold Northern Tundra. So glad we could share that Florida sunshine with them!
In May, Dave ran his first marathon! We traveled to Chattanooga Tennessee for a marathon in the mountains. He did awesome and is already looking for another one to do soon. Did I mention he also wants to do a triathlon this year too?!
In June Cori celebrated 18 months of life and our family headed to the beach for the annual Smith family beach vacation. I look forward to this week ALL year long and am so thankful that we have started this annual tradition. I really do think family vacations are so important!
Yikes, what a belly!!!
July 1st brought us a precious newborn baby girl named Finley Grace. What joy she brings us!
Cori also graduated from her ISR swim lessons at the end of July. She was such a great swimmer over the summer! Hopefully with a refresher course next summer, she will be good to go!
August is always birthday month as I turned 28 and Dave turned 29 this year. I had another delicious meal at The Melting Pot and Dave was in for a SURPRISE when I decided to throw him a Gator themed surprise party this year.
In September we really tried to get into a Tot School routine, but with a new baby in the house, we just weren’t as consistent as I hoped we’d be. This is one of my new year resolutions!!
October brought some Halloween fun and the girls dressed up as Cats. I made their costumes and we had such a fun time Trunk or Treating.
In November David and I were invited to attend the Noche de Gala for the Sebastian Ferraro Foundation. It was an honor to be there and such a wonderful evening!
December ended with our firstborn turning TWO and all the Smith cousins together for the holidays!
Another year came and went. I just can’t believe how fast the time goes. It definitely feels like it goes faster once you have children. As we close out the year and head into a new one, one piece of scripture comes to mind…
“May you run with endurance the race God has set before you.”
Happy New Year!