Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012 Recap

I love the ending of one year and the beginning of another. There is so much promise of things to come and yet so much to look back on and appreciate and remember, too. Twenty-twelve was a big year for our family and I have to say that looking back, I only remember good things. For those of you who don't know me on a personal level, or have just been around for a little while, let me recap for you some of the highlights of the Ovenshire family in 2012!

January 5 - We welcomed my nephew, Gabriel, into the world.

January 11 - Jeremy, Henry and I walked into the courthouse on a cold, snowy day with the intentions of buying a home, with cash, in which we had never walked into and had only seen as we drove by from the street. We were the only ones to bid on this green, chipped-paint house and 10 minutes later and half-a-heart-attack later we walked out of there as homeowners.

January 19 - Our precious baby, in which we thought would never grow up, turned six months old.

February 15 - I cut off all my long gorgeous hair and donated it to Locks of Love.

February 29 - My brother, Levi, turned 16. Or 4. He immediately changed into the pj pants that I got him and then threw a 4 year old tempter tantrum when he realized that we'd all bought him gifts appropriate for his '4th' birthday.

March 19 - We finally got the keys to our house. FINALLY!

March 30 - We finished moving and spent the night for the first time in our home, as a family. Jeremy and I laid in bed that night and although we were tired from packing and cleaning and moving, we just couldn't get to sleep.

April 3 - My brother came home and saw Henry for the first time since he'd seen him the day he was born. Love at first site? Yeah, I think so.

April 8 - Henry celebrated his first Easter.

April 19 - Henry turned 9 months old. I about died. It was impossible that he was growing up so quickly.

April 29 - We adopted Cohen into our family. I have to say that this was more of a transition for us than both Mason and Henry combined. I don't know why this second dog was so much to handle, but now, over 6 months later, we're finally getting settled as a two-dog family.

May 6 - We took Henry to the zoo for the first time! He loved it (and so did we)!


May 13 - I celebrated my first mother's day. Henry bought me a beautiful necklace with his birthstone in the center. It was exactly what I wanted (and a great excuse to need rubies for the rest of my life)!

June 17 - Jeremy celebrated his first father's day. 

June 25 - Henry attended his best friend's first birthday party and also his first ever birthday party. They rode around in the wagon with their silkies together and had a great time. I don't know what I would do without Jessica and Layla, Jessica is my mommy-friend and keeps me sane on a lot of weeks when I feel like I just can't sit in my house for a moment more.

June 26 - Jeremy took Henry and I to our very first Reds game in which Latos pitched 13 strike-outs and we all got FREE La Rosa's pizza and ice cream. Best first-game-experience EVER!

June/July - Henry begins walking and I FINALLY catch a few precious steps on camera.

July 4 - I put on my first mini-sessions for my photography business and was blown out of the water at the amount of interest in them and the success that they were.

July 19 - Henry turns one! We have a HUGE party and then go on vacation immediately after. I forget my camera battery charger in Charleston and get absolutely no photos of Henry at the beach for the first time. I was a bit heart-broken, but it also let me fully enjoy those moments (and my vacation).

October 23 - I turned 25. I don't need to elaborate on that one.

October 29 - Jeremy turned 30. I threw him a big party themed Vintage 1982. Everyone seemed to have a great time and I think he really enjoyed it. The best part? I get to tease him about being 30 all the time!

December 16 - Jeremy finished college. HOORAY!! He also got my new countertops/sink/faucet installed. Eventually I will be putting up the backsplash (I already have the tile) but we were trying to get at least this much done by Christmas!

December 25 - We had our first Christmas at our house. I loved it. I cooked and cleaned like a mad woman but I hope that our families will let me do it every year. I really loved it that much.

December 27 - Henry played in the snow (really played) for the first time and LOVED it. He is his mama's boy! 

Overall, I don't think I have room to complain about this year. Sure we've had our ups and downs, but overall God has blessed us to the max!! Looking back it's hard to see and believe how much Henry has grown. And I know the year to come will leave me looking back and wondering where my little baby had gone. I'm going to try to appreciate this year more and that may in fact be my only new years resolution. I hope the new year finds you all happy and loved and surrounded by those that you love the most!


  1. I love the pictures!! SO many wonderful things happening in 2012. :)

  2. what a fabulous year!!! and I agree, your photos are amazing. PS Guess what? I nominated you for an award!!!


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