2012 Review Extravaganza-Week 1

Locke: I heard you have lost your wedding ring.
Sun: Yes. I have been looking for it everywhere.
Locke: You know, I have once lost something valuable to me. Luckily, I found it later.
Sun: How?
Locke: By finding it the way everything gets found.
Sun: (Staring at Locke)
Locke: I stopped looking. -Lost

It’s the kickoff to the Review Extravaganza! Link up your posts so we can look back on the beginning of this year. Make sure you grab the button (just copy the code beneath the box) for your post.  Don’t forget to visit my wonderful co-hosts (just click on their names) Lourie-CA Girl; MiMi-Living in France; Nicole-Life’s a Beach; Emmy Mommy; Janette-Johanson Journey.
For a reminder of the rules and all of the fabulous prizes, go HERE. This week we are reviewing January, February and March.

I have to say, reviewing this year is very difficult for me, as I’m sure many of you know. But mixed in with the sorrow, there has been so much to be thankful for. It’s been a year of both ultimate sadness, and uplifting joy, and a roller coaster of emotions I didn’t think were possible to happen all within the span of one year.


January was full of home improvement projects to our new home. We updated the lighting and the master bathroom.

We also went on an amazing overnight trip to Tahoe’s Squaw Valley

and Geeky and I got lost in the woods on a hike.

We announced to you, my lovely readers, that we were expecting our first baby, Roo.


We shared the news of Roo with our friends.

I made a huge To Do List for 2012, and I’m happy to say I actually crossed quite a few items off of it! We celebrated Match’s 28th birthday and then he lost his wedding ring on Valentine’s Day. I participated in my first blog swap and scored big time with really cool gifties.

I celebrated my 12 week milestone, and we painted the nursery tree.
I also battled with spotting and pelvic rest.


We had a wonderful visit with my family in Ashland. It was the one time everyone got to see my bump with Roo, and I will always cherish those memories.

Match passed out and scared the bejeesus out of me. I made some progress on the to do list, including updating the downstairs half bath and painting the kitchen hinges.
I reached 16 weeks, and was dealing with a very overactive bladder.

Overall January-March were some of the happier times this year, and I will cherish those blissful moments of innocence, before our world fell out from under us. What happened to you in the first part of the year? Catch me up! And don’t forget to link up next week with April, May and June recaps.

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    Its hard to read these happy notes knowing what lay ahead for you just months after, but I have to believe that in sharing there is healing.


    Did he ever find his wedding ring? Maybe I missed that somewhere….


    btw, your captcha phrase doesn’t like me at all 🙂


    I agree with Stacie, this must be hard for you to look back on, remembering the happiness & excitement you were feeling in the early part of 2012, knowing now what lies ahead… but you know that silver lining is ahead, too. xo

    Connie Weiss

    Your husband’s bump is adorable!


    You definitely got on the roller coaster this last year. As low as the ride goes, at least it rises again.


    Oh as I read this a lump just raised in my throat as I know what is coming up next.. it truly was quite the year for you. I am glad right now it is ending on a positive good note. And your nursery tree is so so beautiful. Thank you so much for hosting with me this year, it means a lot.


    It has certainly been a very rocky year for you both… with many ups and downs. But through it all you have had each other to lean back on for support and you are so very much stronger for it.

    Sending so many positive thoughts your way, little one. XOXO

    Kenzie S

    It sounds like you had a very busy first three months! That is so exciting about your pregnancy, and I adore those shirts you guys had. I totally wish that I had done more cute things like that during my pregnancy 😀 Love all your renovations – I can’t wait until we can buy a house!

    Janette @ www.thejohansonjourney.com

    Gosh, around this time is when you and I started to chat frequently- you guys look so cute and happy together. Great recap and love all the pictures!!

    Jessica McCoy

    I’m a new follower from the Review Extravaganza. Love your review. I’m sorry for the sadness y’all have experienced this year. So happy to hear about your new little piglet. Praying for y’all!

    jen @ grown in southern ground

    love those t-shirts! my recap is at https://growninsouthernground.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/2012-review-extravaganza-first-quarter-recap/

    also, check out this post and let me know which charity i should donate to this month… i will donate $1 for your comment! http://growninsouthernground.wordpress.com/2012/12/01/comments-for-a-cause-2/

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