FC: ANOTHER YEAR OF CHANGE AND ADVENTURE!
1: March 5th and 6th was William and Marissa's first overnight stay here. William named me Mamapapa and John Papa. | William found my chocolate stash. Marissa took to us just fine.
2: Papa has his work cut out for him. | Building train tracks for William, | and holding Marissa.
3: Waiting for Katy to come and get them. Mamapapa is worn out! | Marissa is modeling her dress from India.
4: Sometimes things just happen
5: Me, Mom, and Dad in front of their house. | Eating fresh picked strawberries on the porch. | Mom and Dad at Fun Days in SCC. The critters at their house...alligator in the pond behind the house, and lizard on Stan's statue.
6: Marissa is ready for Holi on the Diag in Ann Arbor. | Too bad it was such a rainy day. Kay came with us. | William is not happy! | Arriving back at Mamapapas.
7: Mothers and More Easter Egg Hunt group picture.
8: William's page. Playing trains. | Entering the Peep Eating contest.
9: Marissa and Joanie. | Susan and Marissa. | Bunny ears! | Getting in with the big kids.
10: We got our caterpillars from Mandy at the Easter Egg Hunt at her house. | See how they grow! What is that bird doing banging on the window all the time?
11: Checking out the butterflies. | May 21st. | Are they ready to be free? | I think so.
12: Away they go! | There is a butterfly above William's head in one picture. Can you find it?
13: Baking cookies with William and Marissa. | John giving Dirt her treat.
14: Oh Boy!
16: Beach Pole Vaulting in Grand Haven. It was a fun week-end!
17: Releasing more butterflies. One wouldn't leave, so William put it in his cup and we took it for a wagon ride.
18: Ice cream cones. | William took the picture of me.
19: The butterfly wouldn't leave Katy's finger. They kept it for about a week.
20: Warrior Dash July 30th I was told by a friend this would be fun, so I signed up. She was right! It changed my life. I am a WARRIOR!
21: Nice anniversary picture. Also a picture of me and my "dash buddy" from Chicago. pictures read counterclockwise from top middle
22: Back home and cleaned up. Sweet Warrior pose. | Real I'M A WARRIOR!!! pose.
23: Mom and Dad came to Michigan and got to meet my grandchildren and two more of their great-grandchildren. We had a very nice day.
24: Marissa got into the warrior act. | William and Dirt doing tricks. Just another day at Mamapapa's house.
25: This is how the Warrior Dash changed my life. | On another whim, I signed up for the | Howell Nature Center 5K. | It was incredible!! I now know Runner's High! | That day I made it my goal to run a marathon with Patty. | I have picked Long Beach, October 2014!
26: William's cat had to move here. No pets allowed at their rental. Glad to see each other?
28: Another rough week-end, stacking wood,taking a trailer ride,climbing on a tractor, meeting Aunt Elsie and cousin Mary, then finally falling asleep on the floor with the cat.
29: Meeting my cousin Jill for the first time in October. | Me, Aunt Phyl, and Uncle Don at Jill's. | Jill's farm in Florida. | Hannah, Jill, me, Aunt Phyl, and Mom. | Jill, me, Hannah | A stop at Renfro Valley on the way home.
30: Katy and I ran a 5K together on October 20th. It was harder than the Nature Center, but I had a good cheer leading squad!
31: Fantasy of Lights 5K November 25th | After the race, we stayed for the parade. Santa came and lit the city tree. Both kids had fun, but Marissa really didn't want to leave. Closest to a fit she had ever had with us!
34: William's 4th birthday. December 10th.
35: December 11th The party. Way to drag out a birthday week-end!
36: Christmas Day at Mary's Holland House. After dinner, and before opening presents, we walked out onto the dunes.
37: Waiting for dessert. William stacked the crackers. | Aunt Elsie with her present from Katy. | William and his chainsaw. | Whoa! | Katy and Marissa. | Marissa had to work at this one for a bit.
38: December 31, 2011 9:12 p.m. My last picture of the year!