What Made Me Happy in 2012?
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This year was a great year for our family.  Our relationships with one another soared, we gained new friendships, and we tried new things.  Overall our year was full of great moments and lots of love.   I made this video to document all that happened in 2012 that was worth being grateful for.

But there is more....

Our trip to the midwest.  From Detroit to Milwaukee we saw so many amazing parts of the midwest, drank great beer, visited breweries, and ate incredible food.  We visited towns I never thought I would see like Traverse City, MI and Munster, IN, we drank beers with locals, and drove more countless miles across four states.  It was a fantastic trip and it will be hard to top it.

Zombie Dust became a favorite beer.  I first tried it at Hunahpu Day and have been hooked since.  We bought a case while we were at Three Floyd's in October but that dwindled fast.  I wish I could have it all the time but I wouldn't appreciate it as much if I could.

Dinners with family & friends.  Over the last year Chris & I became really close to my brother.  I have always been close to my brother but this year something changed.  The beginning to middle part of the year was spent sharing meals and beers with my brother and his wife as well as his brother-in-law and his girlfriend.  Unfortunately now that my brother is going through a divorce we do not see his wife or her family as often but I am still grateful for the time we had and what we will have in the future.

McClure's pickles in my Bloody Mary's.  After being introduced to McClure's while we were in Detroit I have craved them daily and offered them to any friend who stops by our house.  They are spicy and addictive... Thank you Fab.com for offering them up on deals every so often.  And thank you Jessi for keeping me aware of when they do.

For a short amount of time Draw Something made me very happy... But I got bored fast and moved on... but I miss it... I had some pretty wicked skills, no?

Big sister Jade.  She is loving, caring, helpful, and admired by her brother and sister.  She is such a good big sister.

I have mastered my guac recipe.  I am proud of it.. Its so damn good..

We threw a successful crawfish boil in May.  The crawfish were fresh, our friends had a blast, and I hope to do it again in 2013.

Biking.  Since Chris healed from his accident a year ago we have biked a lot.  Yesterday we took the girls on a four mile ride to the park.  Biking was such a big part of our 2012 year that I know it will be even more important in 2013.

Jade Ana.  She grew up so much this year.  She had her first crush, she developed great friendships, and became very independent.  In 2013 she will celebrate her 10th birthday.  She hopes to see snow in 2013.

Brooklyn Ava.  My girly girl gave up on pink & princesses and fell in love with black, biking, and video games.  She is still strong willed and difficult at times but still has strongest personality of all three kids.

Cameron.  His happy face, his silly comments, his snuggling... Everything.  He turns three years old this weekend and is so excited about a day celebrating him.  He is the sweetest little boy and I love him so much.

Chris.  Without being too sappy I just want to say that I really love this man.  Through everything he is there for me and I am there for him.  I love him, I love his family, and I love the way we have combined our lives in a way that seems so indestructible.  He has been my friend for sixteen years; half of my life.  I couldn't imagine a better partner or friend.


30 Photos
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Photo a Day...
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A photo a day based on the list below... 


Started on September 23, 2010


 


Day One


Your Facebook Profile Picture.

 

 


 

 

 




 


Day Two


A Photo of Yourself A Year Ago.

 





Day Three
A picture that makes you happy.





Day Four

A photo of the last place you went on holiday.




Day Five
A Photo of You





1. your Facebook profile photo
2. a photo of yourself a year ago
3. a photo that makes you happy
4. a photo of the last place you went on holiday
5. a photo of you
6. a photo that makes you laugh
7. a photo of someone you love
8. a photo of your favorite band/musician
9. a photo of your family
10. a photo of you as a baby
11. a photo of your favorite film(s)
12. a photo of you
13. a photo of your best friend(s)
14. a photo of one of your favorite family members
15. a photo of you and someone you love
16. a photo of you at the last party you went to
17. a drunk photo of you
18. a photo of one of your classes
19. a photo of you on a school trip
20. a photo of something you enjoy doing
21. a photo of you standing up
22. a photo of your town
23. a photo of your friend as a baby
24. a photo of you that your hair looks nice in
25. a photo of a night you loved
26. a photo of your favorite weekend
27. a photo of last summer
28. a photo of what you ate today
29. a photo of someone you find attractive
30. a photo of you when you were happy

A Photo A Day... Day One.
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Started on September 23, 2010

Day One

Your Facebook Profile Picture.

 

Day Two

A Photo of Yourself A Year Ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. your Facebook profile photo
2. a photo of yourself a year ago
3. a photo that makes you happy
4. a photo of the last place you went on holiday
5. a photo of you
6. a photo that makes you laugh
7. a photo of someone you love
8. a photo of your favorite band/musician
9. a photo of your family
10. a photo of you as a baby
11. a photo of your favorite film(s)
12. a photo of you
13. a photo of your best friend(s)
14. a photo of one of your favorite family members
15. a photo of you and someone you love
16. a photo of you at the last party you went to
17. a drunk photo of you
18. a photo of one of your classes
19. a photo of you on a school trip
20. a photo of something you enjoy doing
21. a photo of you standing up
22. a photo of your town
23. a photo of your friend as a baby
24. a photo of you that your hair looks nice in
25. a photo of a night you loved
26. a photo of your favorite weekend
27. a photo of last summer
28. a photo of what you ate today
29. a photo of someone you find attractive
30. a photo of you when you were happy


this is why i must breath....
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My life is a mess. I know this. I am a mess. I want to break away from the horrible way that I was raised. My narcissistic Mother can only think of herself right now. Everything is about her. My Sister called to inform her of Monsters arrest yesterday.. This morning I get a call from her and she says to me, "I don't know what you are trying to prove by putting him in jail? Its like you two want revenge.." How about justice, Mom? How about we aren't trying to prove anything.. How about we want the man that abused us to suffer... How about you stop thinking about your fucking self and realize that this world doesn't revolve around you.. Honestly.. this has nothing to do with her... and I am sick of everything being about her... She also told me that Monster can't get visitors... Why the fuck would she go visit him?
What the fuck is wrong with her......


I can't stand the very thought of her right now.
I hope I am a better parent than she is.....

I can't wrap my head around her behavior.
The detective didn't want us telling our Mother about this before his arrest but we decided to talk to her anyway and let her know what had happened to us. Maybe she would understand and knowing her, she would have been angry if we didn't tell her ahead of time.. so we did...
The detective wasn't happy about that.. Its over now.
He is in jail.
And this is happening.


The sooner she fucking accepts it, the better.

I just don't believe I have a Mother. I don't.
I have birth parents.. and neither of them deserve to be called that.

Brooklyn In The House!!!
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Brooklyn Ava's Here.



She arrived October 12 @ 9:31 a.m.
She weighed 6lbs 7oz & was 20 inches long.
She shares her birthday with my cousin Jessica.

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I will catch up with my friends list eventually. Thanks for all your well wishes.

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