Saturday, December 31, 2011

Christmas 2011

Christmas was, once again, wonderful. Ryan's absence could be felt by everyone but we were BLESSED to be able to Skype with Ryan on Christmas Eve and on Christmas morning. It's amazing how far technology has come since my dad was in the Vietnam War.

Inner Athlete

Aside from running the 1/2 Marathon in May, and then running a 5k in December, I also decided to join an adult recreational volleyball league with my friend from work, Esmeralda. I was scared to death but she assured me it would be fun and that even though she also didn't know how to play she loved it.

She was right. I LOVED it. I was nervous before every game but the rush is a blast! It kind of makes me sad that I hated sports as a kid. Had I actually tried to play volleyball or run track, I might have made the team! Better late than never though!
I also joined Esmeralda in co-coaching her daughter's YMCA team and loved that just as much. Our girls are great and loved the team so much they want us to coach them again come April. Can't wait, I already miss not seeing the girls twice a week. Oh, and we took home the championship....that doesn't hurt either.

New Edition

On August 24th I became a Great Aunt when Marcus and his girlfriend, Valerie, became parents to Jayden Anthony Turney. He's a huge bundle of joy and everyone is in love with him! He's such a sweet baby and we can't imagine life without him!


After Ryan's graduation from AIT, he was sent to Ft. Lewis, Washington. We found out shortly thereafter that his unit was being deployed to Afghanistan sometime in November. He came home for his "block leave" right before October and we had an early family Thanksgiving with him. I drove home every weekend in November except for one, and I was thoroughly exhausted. But I wouldn't have had it any other way. Getting to spend time with Ryan was precious and being there when he PROPOSED to his girlfriend was priceless!

It was REALLY hard to send him off but Ryan wasn't worried or nervous so that put our minds at ease.