I went to bed last night realizing there were only 2 days remaining of 2011. James and I then did a quick review of our year....wow. I feel like the first 6 months went by so quickly. What a year.
The last couple weeks of our year have been wonderful. I wanted to share a few photos of some goings on and of course a peek at my new niece.
I love that our family is so family oriented. A lot of what we do revolves around being with family, making memories, laughing, eating and just sharing good times. I really do love my family and feel so blessed to be in the same city as them. I am looking forward to more time with them in 2012.
Mid-November, my aunt arranged a tamale making day. We've done this with other family in the past, maybe once or twice, but I hope this becomes an annual tradition. My aunt did a lot of the prep work- making the meat, researching recipes and techniques and making all the masa the day of. I was quite impressed. I admit I only helped roll maybe 6 tamales but when you're the designated photographer, it's hard to do both. It was a great day with wonderful memories and tasty results.
Our Christmas Eve celebration typically involves a small family gathering and yummy food. This year we kept things simple because we expected my sister to go into labor at any time.
Christmas Eve is also my mom's birthday so we always include a little party or something for her. My sister made these amazing cannoli for dessert and as her 'cake'. So good.
There is always time for a friendly game of darts among the brother-in-laws.
Our Christmas day was different to say the least. My sister and her husband (as well as all of us) got a wonderful gift - Maria Ruth! She was born at 8:29am on Christmas morning. I think her daddy was pretty excited to have a Christmas baby. James and I were at the hospital from about 4am until 10:00 or so. I didn't want to miss a thing and I had to be there to take her first photos. I can't get enough of her and being around her makes me so excited for our little man to arrive in a few months. They are going to be best buds.
2011 was wonderful and full of blessings. I can't thank the Lord enough for all he has done for us. I am full of anticipation for 2012 and what it holds.
Happy New Years to all my clients, friends and family. You all share a part in our story and I truly value our relationships. May 2012 be a blessed year for you all.