Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2011 Year in Review

Well, we had quite a year. Our first full year as parents, surviving returning to the workplace after being on maternity leave for 3 months, and lots of other fun that we had.

Here is a quick recap in mostly photos, and a few notes.


January:




We had a lot of snow, a lot of it. 


Avery and I made a trip to MN to see family. 



My mom came down for a long weekend, right before I went back to work in Feb.


February:


My first day back at work. That was emotional. 

My brother Mike and his daughter Livia came down for a visit. 


Valentine's Day!




March: This blog was founded. 


The weather turned nice and we took to the outdoors for some fresh air. 

Tony celebrated the opening weekend of March Madness with his guys
{shockingly, there is no photo evidence}


We went to MN to see family.




and celebrate Grandma and Grandpa Olbrich


Tony's cousin Amy had a baby shower and we got to spend some time with the ladies. 



We held our annual Peek-A-Boo weekend. 



April:



Mom came down and we visited the Jasper Winery. 


We celebrated the Royal Wedding of Will and Kate with hats and cake.




We started to do some more landscaping around the house. Well, Tony did. 


Tony started his softball league. 




MAY: 


We celebrated Mother's Day.


and our niece's 7th, 3rd, and 2nd birthdays!


I went to Galena IL with my mom and some cousins to celebrate her 50th Birthday!




I got a new camera for an anniversary/birthday gift. 


Had family photo's taken




and spent time around the pool for Memorial Day. 






JUNE:


I turned 30. 


Went out to dinner with some friends. 



We went on vacation to NYC and Boston.













and celebrated some friends wedding. 
Here is the ISU crew, almost 10 years later, and still great friends. 



JULY:


spent the 4th of July around the pool. 


and some time on my parents farm. 



We also went to Adventureland. 




AUGUST:



Avery attended her first baseball game. 




and the Iowa State Fair. 

We also went to Milwaukee with friends and hung out with Bernie Brewer.

He even let us go down his slide. 


SEPTEMBER:



We took Avery to her first Iowa State Football game. She had a lot of fun.



I also attended a tailgate with the most interesting man in the world...


Avery discovered how to climb into her toybox, and cheer on the Brewers all at the same time. 


Books quickly became her favorite "toy"


OCTOBER:


We visited the Apple Orchard.


Deer invaded our backyard and set up camp for several weeks at night. 


A quick reminder of how much changed in the last year. 


and Avery visited me at work to trick or treat. 



Avery wishes Tony a happy birthday by getting all the tupperware out. 


NOVEMBER:


Avery turned 1!


Iowa State beat #2 ranked OK State in 2OT.
{we had free tickets and didn't go...}


We started to see the resemblance of Avery and me at a young age.


We celebrate Thanksgiving and are grateful for our little toddler. 



DECEMBER:


A pipe burst and our kitchen flooded.


and we had to replace all the hardwood in the house.



We finally got our holiday decorations up about a week before Christmas. 


We spent some time in MN with family and Santa!



and in Iowa with more family. 





My mom also came down for a few days around New Year's Eve and started to teach Avery how to sew. 



In other news, I also quit my job at the beginning of December. After some consideration, I started to look for a new position a few months ago that would offer better hours and benefits. I found a great job as design coordinator for a builder and developer in Des Moines. I started after the first of the year, after taking some time off around the holidays to travel and spend some time home with Avery and visiting family. So far, so good....











































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