The good, the bad, and the ugly of 2011:

-Babies were born (Adalynn Kennedy and Harper Kimery)

-Ellie turned two.

-Chris celebrated one year of being clean and sober.

-We paid off more debt on our way to living a debt-free life.

-I wrecked my car.

-We bought a new car.

-Chris became a stay-at-home daddy.

-We worked on the house. a lot.

-Elliott and Harper went to King’s Island for the first time.

-Ellie started preschool.

-Our family (officially) got smaller.

-We became those people and started driving a minivan.

-I turned thirty years old (here and here).

-We read lots of books.

-Chris painted our baby’s head.

-We celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary.

-Elliott took her first trip to the emergency room.

-Harper took her first trip to the emergency room.

-Monkey turned six.

-Ellie got bunk beds.

-Ricky graduated from college–and now all the Ritter kids are teachers.

-I completed my sixth year of teaching and have yet to kill a student.

-Ellie started (and then quit) her first gymnastics class.

-Chris and I went on a few (too few) dates.

This year went too fast.  And things keep getting better, I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings.  Wishing you and yours a blessed new year.

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