WOW!! Is it just me, or has 2011 flown by?! Goodness gracious me, I feel like it was just a few weeks ago that we were watching An American in Paris and paused it to watch The Ball drop.
2011 has been a mixture of good and bad, and I can safely say that it was mostly good! Here are a few highlights of my year…
- January – The Ice Storm – how could I forget it?! We were at a funeral in Mississippi when it hit and came home right in the middle of it. We visited my grandparents and, on the 15th, got to see Beauty and the Beast at the Fox Theater in Atlanta! Whoa… what a good musical. I absolutely loved it!
- February – I attended TeenPact for the first time, and boy, was it an experience! I got to spend time in the Georgia State Capitol, interview lobbyists, and talk with a lot of my friends! Yes, there was a lot of homework before the four-day class (including writing a bill and analysing a bill that was pending at the time), but I had a great time!
- March – My younger brother turned eleven, a friend got married, and I went to a one-day conference called Passion for Jesus, which was very good. I also started a house-cleaning job with Arwen, which has proved to be a very well-paying but tiring job! : )
- April – A good friend had a birthday and we visited them, which was a blast! Arwen and I also played in our 2nd Spring Concert with the Reinhardt University Orchestra. (Please don’t ask what we played… I can’t remember.) April also ushered in a loooong journey to yard perfection as we prepared for Arwen’s graduation in June.
- May – My adorable little brother turned two! He’s getting cuter every day! My sister turned thirteen, which is a big birthday for us. We celebrated with a tea party and a lot of her good friends.
- June – Party of the Century!! (Oh, and Arwen’s graduation…) We also had our annual Camp GrandmaHoney with our grandparents and cousins on my dad’s side. It was so much fun, and something I look forward to every year.
- July – My mom and dad celebrated their birthdays and had a getaway vacation at St. Simons. Also, my aunt and cousin came to babysit us while they went away again later in the month.
- August – We visited North Carolina twice, having an awesome time with friends on both trips. A friend got married (one of the reasons for our visiting NC) and a few good friends celebrated birthdays (another reason to visit NC). I also got my permit… look out, world!! : )
- September – We had our late summer vacation at Laguna Beach and enjoyed time with friends there! Also, Arwen celebrated her 18th birthday and we had some friends over. Courageous came out, too, which we saw and loved.
- October – A very full month, looking at my calender! Some friends from NC came and we went to the Passion for Jesus Retreat at a camp nearby and learned a lot. I also found out I had hypothyroidism and was sick for a good two and a half weeks. : P We also participated with a conference that our church was hosting, and Arwen and I helped lead worship for it. (We still haven’t stopped practicing with the ‘Worship Team,’ I joke, because now we’re regularly leading worship on Sundays!) We also went over to some friends’ house every Sunday after church to prepare for the same conference and found time to play football or Ultimate nearly every week… good times. : )
- November – Compared to October, November was pretty bleak and boring. It gave me some time to catch up on most of my school I’d missed in October. A friend, who is eleven days older than me, celebrated her birthday and I tried to call her but forgot. : D
- December – We had our 3rd round of Reinhardt Christmas Concerts – four in three days – and had a blast. (My favorite song is still ‘Celtic Christmas,’ even though they’ve played it every year!) I turned seventeen… and still haven’t gotten over it. It seems so old! (Half of thirty-four – yikes!) I played piano and violin at Belk for the first time, which was great but nerve-wracking! I also finished my third short story and it turned out a lot better than I expected (and a lot longer)! CHRISTMAS!!! So much fun, and I had a good time visiting family members I see once a year.
Wow, that was a lot. I’ve truly been blessed this year! Can’t wait for next year!