2011 in review.

I’ve been toying with the idea of this post for a while now, a sort of pictorial year in review and just now got the courage to write it.  So I’ve decided to post it (even though we’re half-way through January and the time for that sort of thing is past.)  Just bear with me gentle reader.

2011 was a big year for our family.  There were life changing events:  my sister adopted a son and my father passed away.  It was also a year of small but important things: we took some trips, the kids grew and learned, and we all gained some new skills.

2011 was the hardest year of my life.  I’m still not completely healed from losing my father, nor do I ever think I will in this life.  However, 2011 taught me some of the most valuable lessons I have ever learned.

So despite all it’s heartaches (or perhaps because of them) I never want to forget what happened in 2011.


The ice storm of the decade left everything frozen and cold while my youngest did her best to keep up entertained while we were homebound.  We also rejoiced with my sister and brother-in-law when they brought home a marvelously plump and beautiful one year old boy from Ethiopia.


I start getting my craft on as the kids and I learned some origami.


The kids and I took a trip to Florida to visit my parents, the daffodils started to bloom, and I created the world’s worst birthday cake for my oldest daughter.


My Dad was in the hospital for a week and our hopes began to fade fast.  But we celebrated Easter with a better appreciation of a life beyond this one.  The spring flowers reminded us there is a time and season for everything


Brought about our family’s annual camping trip to Clifty Falls State Park.  It was also when my youngest turned four year old.  Not to mention this is when our strawberries went crazy.  In a delicious sort of way.


My father passed away on June 13th.  Being there when he died was the most spiritual experience I have ever had.

This is one of the last pictures I took of my Dad.


July was all about swimming, popsicles, and healing.  With approximately two million tomatoes thrown in for good measure.


August brought a trampoline to our house, a trip to the State Fair, the start of school, and lots and lots of canning.


In September we made crafts, delicious jam, and Iowa Hawk-eye birthday cakes in canning jars.  Because my son, despite spending his entire life in Utah or Indiana, loves him some Iowa Hawk-eyes.  And I love canning jars.  We also visited the zoo with our cousins.


October saw the return of sweaters and many pumpkins.  And let’s not forget Halloween.


We celebrated Thanksgiving by having a family trip to Chicago where we crammed as many activities in three days as humanly possible.  That was also when I was within touching distance of great pieces of art.


December was for presents, Florida beaches, and banding with family to survive our first Christmas holiday without my father.

And that’s 2011.  It’s amazing to me that a year can seem so long and yet be summed up so quickly.  It’s one of those mysteries of the universe.

As is this little girl.

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8 Responses to 2011 in review.

  1. You inspire me! Maybe I’ll actually get around to doing a blog post about 2011 since I did not get Christmas letters out.

  2. Let’s discuss the fact that you started a blog AND took Pinterest by storm.

    P.S. Where’s the oldest’s birthday cake of doom?

  3. This is a fantastic recap. I wish I remembered exactly what month I discovered Bunkers Down, but I know that it was after your father passed away. I’m so very sorry for that. If you can discern a person’s spirit by looking at their picture, then your father looks like an incredibly gentle and insightful man. I’m sure he was, given that he fathered you — and you, Ami, are an incredibly insightful woman.

    I love this post. If I’m ambitions, perhaps I will do this. Next year.

    P.S. I wanted to see the birthday cake of doom, too.

  4. LB says:

    You are an amazing daughter-in-law. Could not ask for better. Will take photography lessons from you as soon as I am able. Bless you and your family, and for sharing your talents.

  5. Pingback: 2012 in photos. | bunkers down.

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