Our ski trip to Vail in February...the first time we've hit the slopes in a few years! We had a great time away with our friends, Dan and Sara...and enjoyed some great powder, while breaking no bones.
Potty training another child...two down, two to go. 2009 may be my year to kick diapers to the curb.
Watching L learn to eat...seeing her take her first official bites, learning to take in whole meals, and watching her eat her first bite of birthday cake!
Seeing our big girl, G, enter the world of kindergarten...and love it.
Being able to sit at the pool and know that our children were in control of themselves in the water (for the most part).
Reading the entire Twilight series. It is soooooo good, it makes my best of 2008, for sure. Yes, I know I am 32 years old...I can't help it.
Our 6-day getaway to Cabo San Lucas with our friends, Nick and Becky. The perfect calm before the holiday storm!
Staying at the same hotel that Heidi and Spencer stayed at when they got married in Cabo, on "The Hills". And being asked to attend one of the "Party Monsters" Cabo parties being thrown as part of the E! TV reality show. Since I am a HUGE fan of pop culture/reality TV, you can imagine these made my year. Maybe my life.
Our annual trip to Hilton Head Island with the Wagganers and the Canatseys...six adults and 8 kids living under one roof for a week. This is always one of the most fun and amazing weeks I have all year!!
Our first annual scavenger hunt...24 of our friends agreed to let us take them on a wild goose chase throughout St. Louis. We learned our friends are a lot smarter than we give them credit for and we vow that 2009's challenge will be much harder. If you passed this up last year, you're going to want to get in on it!!!!
Tacky Christmas...see my previous post here.
Running my first half marathon...let me back up a second. Running any sort of distance at all. Actually running outside and not giving up after 5 minutes. Training religiously for 5 months and then running my first actual half marathon in Hurricane Ike.
Cleaning my basement and finding NO dead bodies, large spiders, overdue library books or moldy food of any sort.
Celebrating Frizzle's first birthday...our resident garden toad has lived in our home for over a year now.
Seeing my four-year-old twins catch the bus to school every morning...which is SOOOO helpful for me, but also the highlight of their day. It's a win-win for everyone involved.
Having five mornings a week to get stuff done, with just one child in tow. No more dragging four unhappy children through the aisles of the grocery store or taking 20 minutes to get everyone's coat and shoes on before we can run a five minute errand.
Watching my friend Becky get a really cool tattoo on her ankle...and knowing that she trusted me to keep her conscious when she thought she was going to pass out (which she didn't). And then celebrating at Fast Eddies, which always tops my favorites, because you can order the entire menu for $12.
Heading back to good ol' DePauw for my 10-year college reunion...staying at Alpha Phi with my best college friends, eating a GCB and cheese fries (still sooooo good), existing on 4 hours of sleep and throwing back $1 beer pitchers. That's right, $1 pitchers...such a heaven does exist.
My first float trip since I've lived in St. Louis. It's taken me TEN years to plop myself in a tube on one of the many moving bodies of water surrounding our state.
Having our wide-plank hardwood floors installed....while we were out of town. The carpet, also known as our gigantic rag/burp cloth/bundle of germs was replaced with a better looking and cleaner alternative. Amen.
Did I mention that Libby started eating?
Discovering the world of facebook and blogging...now officially known as the biggest time suckers in my life. Aside from my children, that is.
Discovering a few new restaurants this year. Revival. Sub-Zero. Amigos. Japonais in Chicago...HIGHLY recommend it, if you're in the Windy City. I'm pretty sure it's the best meal I've had in my entire life.
Spending time with family and friends who mean the world to us...Mike and I are people persons, so we really would die without you. We need you. Don't ever leave us, we'd be very bored and unhappy.
Falling even more in love with these beautiful little people--who test us, push us, amaze us, humble us and teach us daily. I may complain a little. I may hate fishing things out of my toilet. But I LOVE them. No matter how many times I find crayon on the walls, or have to calm temper tantrums...I am unconditionally, head-over-heels, in LOVE with them and all their wonderfulness (and naughty-ness) in 2008...can't wait to see what's in store in the year to come. Bring it, 2009.