Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Years Eve. Blah.....

Historically for me, New Years Eve has been the one holiday celebration I enjoy the least. Okay, that's not true. It just plain sucks. Year after year.

Eric shares my sentiment on this, which is why he'd rather work. Year after year. Apparently, seeing stroke cases in the E.R. is much more appealing than seeing nut cases make fools of themselves at some lame party. I don't blame him.

There is one thing I do look forward to on New Years Eve, and that's sitting down at my computer and composing the final blog post of the year, reflecting on all that our family has accomplished over the past 365 days. For me, there's no better way to ring in a brand new year. And it's probably the only way you can get me to stay awake until midnight. So here it goes.

The Edgar Family Highlights of 2011:

1. Our first full year in Oklahoma brought record-breaking snowfall, violent tornados, and the hottest summer on record. Not to mention the 5.6 magnitude earthquake that bolted us out of a dead sleep last month, the largest quake to hit the state. Ever.

Here's to hoping 2012 has Mother Nature picking on someone her own size. But if not, you can bet the Edgar family is already armed with snow shovels and bags of rock salt just in case.

2. We welcomed our first pet into the family--an 8-week-old yellow lab pup we named Josie. Thanks to her, our new home has been broken in quite nicely. The gnawed-on baseboards and crown moulding really give it a nice touch, a little bit of character which was lacking in its otherwise pristine state. Not quite what I had in mind when I signed on for a family pet, but hey, it is what it is. She certainly has her flaws, but don't we all! She makes up for it when she looks at us with those big brown eyes, or throws the kids into hysterics by licking them from head to toe. She's a keeper, this one.

Here's to surviving puppyhood! May the new year bring our family more dog-filled memories. And new baseboards.



3. This was the year Wyatt discovered the iPad. And Angry Birds. Enough said.

4. This was a big year for Eric the Outdoorsman. He bagged his first deer, as well as an antelope and wild hog. And do you know what is most awesome? For the very first time in our 8 years of marriage, we will have dead animals adorning the walls of our house (granted, we're only talking about a few mutually agreed-upon walls, but still). Every girls dream, let me tell you. He also spent an entire week fishing in Alaska and brought home over 65 lbs of fresh salmon and halibut, which now reside in our freezer alongside the plethora of other wild game. It's a shame that 98% of my recipes call for chicken. Fancy that.

Here's to a willingness to try new things in 2012. Anyone care to join us for an antelope burger?

5. This year I've experienced for the first time what life is like as a stay-at-home-mom with both kids in school full time. Many people asked me what I planned to do with my time. My response was always the same. "Whatever the heck I want. Maybe for the first time in 6 years, I will actually be able to complete a project--or just a simple thought--from start to finish in one sitting!" Others predicted I would get bored, but I never feared that would happen. I generally have no problems finding something to do. And as much as I have fully intended to sit around and eat bonbons at least a few times since school started in August, I've managed to keep myself busier than I could have ever imagined. While I still can't seem to fit in the time to read my favorite books, update my blog, or keep my house clean, I always make time for fitness. I run a lot. I recently finished the Tulsa Run (9.3 miles) and would really like to run at least one destination half marathon a year, starting in 2012. I also discovered Pilates this year, and it may just be my new obsession. Needless to say, I'm thoroughly enjoying having a bit of free time during the day to focus on myself again. Being without my kids during the day also affords me the opportunity to miss them, which I had never experienced before. It makes our time together in the evenings and weekends much more meaningful. I love that!

Here's to living a healthy lifestyle in 2012 and finding some time to pamper ourselves.

6. Avery has grown leaps and bounds in 2011. Since she was 3 months old, she has suffered from severe stranger anxiety. In fact, this time last year her teachers were very much concerned about her confidence level, and her ability to relate to her peers. But there was something about her fourth birthday that flipped a switch in her. She is now incredibly confident and makes friends easily. I love watching her smile when she talks about her friends, and listening to her giggle uncontrollably at the mention of her favorite boy in class.

Here's to another worry-free year filled with happiness, laughter, and friendship. Food for the soul!

7. I was really hoping I would be able to share 10 highlights, but it is now after midnight and officially past my bedtime. And I take my beauty sleep seriously! But before I sign off, I just want to share one final highlight of the year, and one that means so much to me. I was very ambivalent, to say the least, about moving back to my hometown. When I moved away 16 years ago, I never looked back and never wanted to. So making the decision to raise my kids in the same community has been quite an adjustment for me. But I have to say, there are some pretty amazing people who live in small town america whom I've had the privilege to meet and get to know over the past year and now I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. I never imagined I'd love it as much as I do and I'm so glad my children will get to experience life in a small town with such a strong sense of community. I'm so grateful for the old friends I've reconnected with and the new friendships just starting to blossom. You all have truly made us feel at home.

Here's to hoping and believing the blessings of 2012 are as abundant as 2011.




My Wine Personality:
For the most part I’m a chardonnay, as I consider myself to exhibit a somewhat sunny and mellow disposition (most of the time), but because I find a tremendous amount of joy out of showering my two kids with hugs and kisses, I also possess the subtle sweetness often found in a riesling. But don’t be fooled. I love a great outdoor adventure and am willing to try anything once. This occasional display of boldness is thought to match that of a cabernet, whereas my appreciation for nature suggests that I have an earthy component to my personality—very characteristic of a merlot. (more)


“Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, 1771