Friday, January 6, 2012

The Highs and Lows of 2011

2012 was a rough year for my little family. Definitely the hardest year Sean and I have gone through together so far. But we got through it and we're ready to give 2012 a red hot go.

I don't want to dwell to much on the negative, so I'll just write briefly about it before I move on to the list of my favourite things about 2011.

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Struggling with money - the last six months of 2011 were hard for us financially. I took a lot of time off work, Sean was out of work for 6 weeks and to top it all off I went on a bit of a shopping bender and started to spend more money than I could afford. I'm smart like that...
  • MS - getting diagnosed with MS last year sucked. It has effected me physically, but in these early stages of it I think the mental impact of it is what has hit me the hardest so far.
Not a big list, but both things had a huge impact on how much we enjoyed life last year.

In comparison I have a much longer list of things I loved about 2011... It does make me wonder if I'm correct in considering 2011 a difficult year...

  • Max Learning to Walk - Early on in January my adorable little munchkin realised that he could get places faster if he stood up and walked. It was so much fun watching him find his feet. Definitely one of the highlights of my life :)

  • We had a long weekend with my BFF and her boyfriend in Byron Bay. That weekend the two of them got and engaged and found out they were having a baby!!  
  • I discovered Pinterest (it totally makes it into my 2011 highlights!!) and fell in love
  • My beautiful niece Ava turned six and my sister and I threw her a Pirate Party

  • I put together a gallery wall for one of our hallways. I still love it :)
  • We (finally) tiled our house
  • I made a doormat, which got pinned by Sherry from YHL and has now had almost 1000 page views (which is a big deal for a tiny blog like this one :) )
  • My littlest niece turned one :)

Here's hoping 2012 brings just as many smiles :) (but none of the frowns).


  1. I am so sorry about your diagnosis, I'm a nurse, I know (only professionally speaking) how that diagnosis changes lives. Positivity is the key! But you're allowed to be negative too!

    Secondly, money worries, my god! I understand that. Oh so much. We are only JUST crawling out of the worst financial rut we've ever been in.

    But, the positives of 2011 sound positively positive!

    I hope 2012 is your best year yet xx

  2. Hold on to those positives, Tamsyn. May 2012 bring you so much happiness & joy that it outweighs the negatives and gives you something to focus on on those bad days.

    Much Love Leese xx

  3. Thanks girls, I'm already feeling good about 2012 :)

  4. Hope 2012 is a good one for the Riley's - when you get caught up with your own happiness (was the best year we've had in years after a bunch of really, really difficult years) it can be hard remember to think about those who are having a difficult time. Sorry i wasn't there more --- bad friend :-(

  5. And you shared all your ups and downs with us. Gosh I love blogs and blogging. =)

    Hope that 2012 is a beauty for you all. xx

  6. Cat - there isn't an ounce of 'bad friend' in you. I can't wait to catch up xx

    Melody - Blogging is such a fun thing isn't it. I'm glad it allowed me to 'meet' you xx


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