We’ve had a ridiculously awesome year.
It’s certainly easy to see things that way when I look back on it now. 2012 in pictures just screams amazing…
Filled with fun, and adventure, and joy.
Since, no one takes photos of the unhappy moments. Those you don’t need photos to recall, because they’re the ones that are burned into your brain. The ones that, no matter how much you would love your suddenly-elephant-esque mind to let loose, they just won’t go.
It’s the beauty that fades. The first steps, the first words, the first dances and first kisses. Those are the ones you can’t quite seem to bring back all the way when you want to.
You can’t recall the colors or the sounds or the smells in the room on your wedding day. You can remember that he was late, and that it rained, and that you may have barfed a little while you stood at the doors waiting for your cue to enter. You remember the wine you dribbled on your dress, and the way your brother-in-law stepped on your toe, and that cougar cousin that always winds up drunk and crying at these things because she hit on someone’s husband.
And, sure you can remember that you were happy. So friggin happpy. It’s just the details of those happy moments that tend to get fuzzy around the edges; leaving you with bits and pieces and just enough tidbits to know it was awesome.
But, the photos, we get to keep the photos.
Here are some of my favorite blog photos from 2012…
It wasn’t taken in 2012, clearly, because that is me and my mama, but it was discovered in 2012 when I lost my grandmother and we went through her old photos.
This is the lemonade stand that set it off for #3. He finished out the summer $50 richer and, come spring will be the fine owner of one brand new baby tree for our yard.
Shortly following the creation of his lemonade stand, he took it on the road to Brooklyn to visit our friends, Little Duck Organics. The city is forever changed courtesy of my little business man.
This remains the one and only craft project that I have done in life and been proud of. The Lego table I created continues to entertain my children, save my feet from wayward Legos, wow my friends, and bring traffic to my blog on a daily basis. I am forever grateful that I didn’t screw it up. Added bonus: I did the bench cushion with my own hands too!
#3 celebrated his 4th birthday with a traditional photo-shoot like every other year. Difference is, this year it wound him up on Buzzfeed as one of the coolest kids on the planet. Or something.
We visited the city of Pittsburgh for the first time ever. The Dudes had fun when we weren’t at the hospital getting gremlins flushed from #2’s eyes after he opened them underwater in the hotel hot tub. Gag bacteria.
I donned a wetsuit and went swimming with dolphins for the first (and likely last) time in my life. It was the least sexy moment of my existence despite the fact that this dolphin seriously wanted to make out with me. In exchange for fish of course.
I became a football mom. It’s not more awesome than being a soccer mom, a basketball mom, or a swim mom, it’s just way more time consuming. WAY.
I learned that race car drivers are hotness everything you need to know about NASCAR and became a life long fan. Seriously, I even watched it at home. On my own TV. With my curtains pulled of course. My neighbors can’t know. Would knock my street cred down to zero.
We finally got a for real family photo taken. The only person missing is Dumb Dog and, since she’s not a person no matter how much she’d like to think she is, I’m actually okay with her absence. I let her smell our butts when we go home so it’s like she was there.
Yeah, 2012 was an awesome year; I have photographic evidence!
*Today’s post was brought to you by surviving the apocalypse, 2013, and Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.