This past weekend I celebrated the new year with my tiny little patients. New Years was my holiday to work this year, so I worked Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. And although I realized I haven’t actually seen the New Years Eve ball drop for the last few years, I had to miss it again this year (because sleep is way more important to me!).
2011 was a busy, busy year for us. It’s hard to believe that at this time last year I didn’t even know Greg was just days away from asking me to marry him (he popped the question on our family Disney World trip on January 8th! You can read all about that here).
We also experienced one of the worst tornado seasons in Alabama’s history this year. F5 tornadoes ripped through the south destroying much of central Alabama. My brother-in-law and his roommates were actually in their home in Tuscaloosa when the tornado passed over his home. We are so grateful for God’s protection that day, and that they were unharmed as they crouched in the bathroom for safety. Their house, however, was destroyed like much of the city that day.
I have a lot to be thankful for this year. I have a wonderful family! I know everyone thinks their family is the best, but mine really is. No really. It. is. haha. My sisters and mom and I are best friends. And my sisters and I have grown incredibly close over the past few years (ya know, now that we’re all grown up!) Yeah yeah, we still can bicker from time to time, but in general, I’d say we’re a tight bunch. And the guys that joined the Graves girls are pretty awesome too! We know how to have a good time.
And speaking of good time…we are all headed down to Disney World again this year for the marathon!! Yep, and this year Chuck (my brother-in-law) and I get to celebrate our birthdays while we are there. Katie will run the half-marathon, Chuck and his friend Zach will run the half marathon on Saturday, and then the whole marathon on Sunday! It should be awesome, like all Graves family trips are 😉 No matter how old we keep getting, the kid in all of us kicks in when we step into the magical world of Disney. Although there won’t be any engagements going on this time around. Unless anyone has baby news they would like to share while we are there…… no, no, just kidding! haha, I know neither one of us (Katie or Chuck included) are ready for that surprise!! It would be a fun way to announce the news though!
So, since I need to get packing for our trip, I’ll leave you with what I like to call “the best of 2011″…