I tend to enjoy the more low-key New Year celebrations. One of my favorite New Year's Eve memories was in 2008, when I was pregnant with Lydia. Robin and I had arrived into Austin from our midwest Christmas travels earlier that evening, and we had no plans. Instead of going out, we spent a cozy night in watching DVDs of favorite TV shows and nibbling on fancy cheese and fruit. We toasted the last year we would be a family of two.
This year while discussing our New Year's plans, we decided to make a night in a pregnant New Year's tradition. Tonight we will nibble on yummy snacks, watch old TV, and toast our last New Year's as a family of three and think back to highlights of 2012.
January: I confronted my demons and celebrated my 30th birthday in Chicago with a weekend away. We also (finally) sold our house in Austin, and Robin was offered his position at Coen+Partners.
February: Robin turned 30 and approached the milestone with a much more positive attitude than I did.
March: Lydia turned 3 and celebrated with family and friends at Michelangelo's Masterpizzas. I was particularly proud of our "conecakes." I also began classes working toward my Minnesota licensure requirements.
May: Robin and his dad completed the first of six homes designed and built in Madison.
July: We traveled to Boston for our very first family vacation. We all loved the city and enjoyed the time spent as a family.
October: We moved to our new place of residence in the East Harriet neighborhood of Minneapolis. We relish the family-friendly, more central neighborhood, and our new character-filled home. Lydia went trick-or-treating dressed in a Mom-made peacock costume. I spent a wonderful "roommate weekend" with dear friends.