December 31, 2012

Goodbye 2012...

Goodbye 2012...Hello to a new year and new resolutions. I've been really good at failing to keep my resolutions the last few years. But this year will be different...right? At least I won't be planning a wedding in 4.5 months again ;)

Hubby and I - aren't we cute?! ;)

Dustin and I made a hard decision together this fall, that I will not be returning to school. Not this year anyway. I'm so excited for my opportunity to become a stay-at-home wife and try my best to keep the house clean and organized (after it gets to that state for the first time! Ha!). On top of that, I feel that this is the perfect time in my life to learn how to sit and reflect on my days and learn how to best share it with you, my lovely reader! I really enjoyed my NaMoCroMo journey back in 2011 and getting into a swing of daily blogging. It was a challenge like no other!

In addition to my plans for blogging, I am getting myself back into the swing of designing crochet patterns! I feel like I've been successful recently with the launch of my Pleiades Shawl in October and releasing my first free pattern just last week. 

I'm very fortunate to live just a mile and a half up the road from my LYS here in Janesville (aka Dragonfly Yarn Shop). Making friends with the shop owner was #1 on my list, and it's so nice to attend the Thursday afternoon open knitting time! I'm also planning on joining the Janesville Knitting Guild despite the fact I crochet more than knit :) I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that there is a SnB group that meets regularly in town. I don't think I'll be lacking for yarn-loving friends anytime soon!

On the home front, I fell behind in my great plans for our apartment. Maybe going through my first trimester of pregnancy brought this on? Yes, you read that right! I am so pleased to share with you that Dustin and I are expecting a little bundle of joy in about 6-1/2 months! I'm so eager to begin crocheting little sweaters and booties galore...but I've been making myself wait until our only (planned) ultrasound to find out if we are expecting a little girl or a little boy. Dustin is positive it's a boy. I haven't had any mommy-intuition as to what it is...other than dreaming once that it was a boy. I guess we will find out soon though! Just to go off on a little rabbit trail, I've really be thinking about having a fun little gender reveal party when the time comes to find out what we're having. It's just a thought though...nothing is definite :)

Where was I? Oh yeah. Now that I'm almost out of my first trimester (12 weeks now!) I've noticed that my energy levels are almost back to their pre-pregnancy levels. It's so nice to be able to mostly make it through the days now. Especially since our apartment needs attention! Going to school full time was really rough sometimes this fall. There were a lot of days I didn't know how I would make it until it was time to go home...but I did it! And pulled off a 3.875 GPA while I was at it. Not bad, if you ask me.

Me and my sweet baby siblings - Joel and Annalie

So, this is just a bit to get you back up to speed on where I am in my life! I hope everyone has a ton of fun celebrating the new year tonight! I myself will be celebrating with my family...and also celebrating my awesome little brother Joel's 9th birthday! He is such a cutie...I remember very well spending the night at the hospital with him and my mom 9 years ago. Where does time go?

Happy New Year!

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