Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 In Review

What an incredible, life-changing year this has been for our family! One I will always look back on as one of the best of my life!  So much excellence packed in. Here are a few of the highlights…

Either nothing really eventful happened or I just don’t remember.  January feels like such a long time ago!

We enjoyed the snow! Unfortunately, I ended up in a ditch on the way to work for the first time ever. Thus began my phobia of driving in the snow lol!
Joshua and I had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. He surprised my by taking me to Spa Essencia at the Langley Inn for a hot stone massage followed by a fancy dinner at my favorite restaurant. It was an epic date night.

We marvel at Benjamin’s development on a daily basis, however, one of the most noteworthy things to happen in March was the beginning of Ben’s joke telling. Not only is it hilarious to watch him crack up at his own jokes, I love seeing him use his imagination! The knock knock jokes he comes up with are priceless!

We took the kiddos to see the tulips! Benjer had a great time tromping around and Elli got to spend some time with Luci and Wyatt. It was such a treat to have all the kids together!

Also this month, Ben’s vocabulary took off! He started saying all kinds of new words- and big ones to boot! My favorite? “Bubbles”

May is a special month for Joshua and I. May means Sasquatch! It was my first time to go and it was amazing. We had such a good time and made some lifelong friends including Levi- who flew out from San Francisco to perform our wedding for us. Although we missed Benjamin something awful (it was the longest we’d ever been apart- 5 whole days!!) we got to talk to him every day and we made some great memories. Ben made some memories of his own at Great Wolf Lodge with his cousins, his Mimi and Auntie. 

We celebrated my 28th birthday! In contrast to my “Stache-tacular Mustache-Themed birthday party from last year (which I thoroughly enjoyed!), this year I wanted to celebrate “Pushing 30” with a quiet family dinner. Momma made my favorite (her homemade spaghetti!) and we followed up with ice cream cake and dominos. Of course, to ensure that I was completely satisfied with my birthday celebration, Joshua (in true Joshua style) surprised me with tickets to see one of our favorite bands, The Mountain Goats! We had an excellent time going to the show together- it was one of the most memorable shows I’ve ever been to.

 In July we had the great joy of spending some time with my extended family. The first time we had all been together since the early 90’s! It was so wonderful to spend some time with the family I miss so much! Seeing our children play together brought back so many memories of the wonderful times I had during my childhood.

The biggest event to take place this year happened in July. We eloped! It was a perfect ceremony- it was so “us” It was such a special day. I still smile every time I think of it. Smiling right now. Like a winner. Betcha wish you could see my cheese grin.

In August we headed out to Colonial Creek for the first annual Farnworth Family Camping trip! Benjamin had an excellent time hiking, playing in the water, roasting marshmallows, generally running amok… Uncle Bibby (the honorary Farnworth) joined us and we had such a fun time together as a family. I was pleasantly surprised at how great Ben slept during the trip. It was such a relaxing time and a great way to “recharge our batteries”.  I can’t wait to plan the trip for 2012!

In addition to taking a weekend+ to go camping, we also both took a week of off work for a “staycation”. We did some work around the house and just enjoyed having some time to spend together. Joshua is always planning these amazing getaways- and I enjoy every single one- but it was also nice to just get some time to be at home.

September brings about another Farnworth Family tradition- Bumbershoot! Once again joined by Uncle Bibby we headed to Seattle to enjoy a few days of music and a ton of artwork. Although we were a little disappointed in the line up this year, we got some really great pieces at Flatstock and Josh got to catch up with his friend John of The Lonely Forest. We let Benjer hang out with his Mimi this time- deciding he was still a little too young to have fun. This coming year I am so excited to bring him along! While he did miss out on Bumbershoot, he did get to attend his first concert in September. At the suggestion of his Auntie, we went to see Caspar Babypants at the Freeland Library. He loved it! I loved watching Ben dance and have a good time. Every moment I look at that guy, I feel so blessed to be his Mommy.

October is a big birthday month in our family. October 3rd is my dad’s, Grandma DD’s and Joshua’s birthday. Joshua had been talking about wanting a kitty ever since I’ve known him so for his birthday we welcomed Charlie Sheen into our home (“Winning!”).  It was an adjustment for our Marley-girl but now they’re pals and we can’t imagine our family without the little furniture-ruining turd nugget. We couldn’t just stop at the cat, of course. We also headed out to one of our favorite spots, Rock Box for a night of karaoke with friends to celebrate the birth of my squishy.

I crossed another item off of my bucket list when I went to see Frank Turner with Matt and Jenna. It was such a great show. Of course, I got another epic T-shirt to add to my ever growing awesome-bands-we’ve-seen-live-shirts-that-I-wear-around-the-house collection.

Halloween is my favorite holiday. Every year Josh and I have so much fun coming up with our family costume. We have to enjoy while we can- pretty soon Benjer will be choosing his own costumes! This year Ben was Officer Awesome and Mommy & Daddy had matching jailbird outfits. We skipped trick or treating this year (Ben had a cold so we wanted to keep in inside) and instead went to the CES Carnival. Daddy & Benjer had fun handing out candy at home Halloween night and I enjoyed listening to the descriptions of the ghouls and goblins who came to haunt our doorstep from my cozy spot on the couch.

My husband is so full of awesome, every time he plans an event I always think he’ll never be able to outdo himself. I am consistently proven wrong. In November he planned a “Mystery Date” which included a shopping trip, dinner, a trip to the casino, a romantic night in a penthouse suite with a private hot tub, breakfast at what is now one of my favorite restaurants and a spa day for me and Mom. The reason for this lavish getaway? Just ‘cause. Seriously. Aside from all the amazing things he does for me, I feel like the luckiest gal in the world. Joshua is constantly showing Ben and me how much he loves us not just with words but with his actions. I am so thankful for him.


Last year for Ben’s first birthday we had a family party at home. Everyone was sick off and on and we wanted to stay home and enjoy him. Since we didn’t have a big party last year, I may have gone a little overboard this year. We let Benjamin choose what kind of party he wanted and he chose Yo Gabba Gabba. Mimi and Granddaddy were gracious enough to let us use their basement for the event. We had a candy bar, coloring station, way too much food and all kinds of fun decorations. Friends and family came to celebrate our little one turning two. We all had a great time and Benjamin got so many great gifts we had to clean out his room to make space!

We also hosted our first Tacky Christmas Sweater party this year. We had so much fun making our sweaters and spending time with friends.  I had a lot of fun decorating the house for this. Tacky on purpose?! Heck yes! It’s really hard to screw that one up. 

 Christmas was amazing. Everyone was spoiled. I got something I've been especially wanting- more on that later!

As 2011 comes to a close, I can’t imagine what 2012 has in store. I feel so blessed and undeserving of the life I have now. The last couple of years have brought about some wonderful, life-changing events. I thank God every day for the consistent happiness. Not every day (much less everything) is perfect, but I am happier than I have ever been and the best part is- I get to feel like this every day! 

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