I must admit that the last part of the year was pretty rough on me from just about every aspect of my life. While it has definitely sucked at times, I know things could've been far worse, especially as I think about what others have faced this year. I'll go ahead and count my blessings instead of count the things that weren't given to me.
Thankfully, the past few weeks have been uneventful and peaceful. Ahhh. Much of that is attributed to the fact that I've had several days off (and I only had to go into work once over the holidays).
So now I get to focus on 2012 and what a great (even numbered) year is sure to bring! I've got a new position at work and I couldn't be more excited. My official title is going to be Quality Implementation Manager. I'm still transitioning out of my old role...yes, that transition has been going on far longer than I would like. I'm hopeful that by mid-January, I'll be fully engaged in my new role and really making a difference. Fingers crossed!
In Spring 2012 I have a fun vacation planned with my sisters, niece & nephew and I can't wait! Cristian will start kindergarten in the fall and we thought it would be fun to do something special with him so we are!
Of course, I'm signed up for a handful of races already: Houston Half Marathon, Hot Chocolate 15k, The Woodlands Half-Marathon and the Hy-Vee 5i50 Championship. As I've said before, there will be other races on my calendar and I'll be finalizing all of that soon with the help of my wonderful coach, Ana.
I've got some projects around the house I would love to tackle this year since I will likely not be training for any triathlon longer than an Oly. :) Don't worry, I'll talk more about that in my RESOLUTIONS edition which will likely come out on New Years Day.
I'll go ahead and close this blog up with some pictures. Enjoy and if I don't talk to you before 2012......HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
I became an Auntie again! Welcome Avery Elizabeth!
Keith became a Papa to little Addison Irene Buttenob!
...and finished my 1st Ironman!
|And baby makes 3!|
Post race celebrating with Avery Elizabeth, a future triathlete for sure!
I got to "coach" Emily this year and watch her compete in her first 3 races!
Watch out Woodlands Marathon!
My "baby" sisters. Time sure does fly!
Ahh, I finally finished a race in Galveston!
And a PR to boot! Goodbye, Galveston!
Hello, Hy-Vee 5i50 Championship!
Steffie becomes a Mommy in 2011. :)
Keith & Luke race in their 1st Half-Ironman as part of a relay team!
First time Aunties, Hannah & Caitlin!
Future BFF's. Avery & Addie checking each other out at Papa Chalfant's.
Keith's baby, Heather, also became a new Mommy in 2011.
Mom,Stef & Avery at Santa's Wonderland.
Doug & Mom at Santa's Wonderland. He waited all year to visit! LOL!
Uncle Kevin doesn't let us take many pics but here he is with his niece!
Oh brothers! Christmas morning is never dull with my family!
Another great year with my honey. :)
Cristian has grown so much in 2011! Future heartbreaker!!
And of course, let's not forget Leia & Sophie.