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Dear 2011,

December 30, 2011


Erin Schrader

I do not know what one word I would choose to best describe you.
If there is an emotion to be felt, I felt it during the past year.
You had your highest of highs and your lowest of lows.
2011, you sure had your fair share of surprises.
Big, great, grand, wonderful surprises.
And then surprises that I wanted to punch in the face.

Looking back, I should have realized that when I woke up on January 1, 2011 with a pounding headache, things were going to be a little rocky for the year.
Remind me to never again mix {multiple} martinis with {multiple} glasses of champagne.
I’m still trying to figure out who in the world I thought I was that evening.

Regardless, there are several memories and events that I would like to reflect on that happened this past year.

Life was not documented.
This blog didn’t start until February.
This one little event might make February the best month of the year.
And on the day after I started my blog, it snowed.
A lot.
Enough to close my work down for a day.
Second reason February deserves to be called the best month of the year.

Oh one last thing that happened in February that is worth documenting…

My niece learned how to pick her nose.

So proud of that nugget.

That same nose pickin’ niece turned one..
And I managed to step barefoot on this sucker, causing it to go through my heel.
Yeah, that pretty much sucked.

March, I’m counting on you to treat me much better in 2012.

Okay, so April may top February.
It was this month that my husband surprised me with a getaway to Pensacola Beach, FL.

I must say, that had to be one of our best vacations.
It was simple, relaxing, and oh so fun.
I will never forget that trip.
Husband–if you are reading, I am totally down with surprise vacations at any given time.
Say…like next month?!

One last thing-I also ran a 5k in April with these boys.
In the freezing, pouring, rain sleet that is.

If you think for a moment I added this just to make myself feel better, you are totally right.
Just think, one day I can look back and think
“Wow…you once really did do more than lay on the couch for hours on end”

Okay, so yeah..May rocked as well.
It was not only one of my friends Bachelorette parties in Chicago…
May was also the month of my first annual “Clothes Drive” I held.
Talk about one the highest “highs” I’ve ever had.

Love, Love, Love.

Two Words: CMA FEST.
Four additional words: Take me back now.

Oh July, how I love you.
On the 17th, this homegirl turned 25.

To get my mind off of getting older, I spent time at the lake pretending to be a teenager.
I also produced a child this month

Well, I didn’t really produce a child…but I did buy my new camera.
Basically the same thing.
While I was off buying cameras, my husband found himself a new love too.
It’s name was Harley.
And now we are both in love.
Crap, one last thing…It was July that we learned we will have yet another niece.
{Come and get here already baby….}

July, you may return at anytime.
Please and Thank You.

This month is when things went a little haywire in my world.
What started out as a beautiful month…
Turned not so beautiful when my daddio had some health complications.
This was the start of our what seemed like never ending hospital visits.

In the midst of my father “bouncing” back, my family departed on a little trip to Mackinaw Island.
Talk about beauty.

It was also the month that my beautiful little {2nd} niece was born.
And also the month that we had to say goodbye to my precious grandmother.
I learned so much from that woman in the last few days of her life.
Miss you so much grandma.
Thankfully, October started out a little more exciting by celebrating our 5 year anniversary.
To celebrate we set sail on Royal Caribbean’s Allure Of The Seas.

Thank you October for putting a little more pep in my step.
You were exactly what I needed.


Yeah, that pretty much sums it up.

And here we are.

Another Christmas season under our belt and 10 pounds hanging over my belt.
Speaking of Resolutions…..
All in all 2011, I wouldn’t trade you for the world.
As you can tell, I created many memories that will be cherished for as long as I shall live.
Cheers to 2012 not starting out waking up feeling like crap.
Unless I think I’m bigger than the world again….
In which case, I am an idiot.

Bring it 2012.
 I’m ready for ya.

Happy New Year.

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