January: I went back to NMU for my last semester of undergrad classes. This was by far my toughest semester, but I survived. We had one snow day right away. Some of the highlight events were our After Christmas Dinner and sledding behind the school of education offices.
|The view behind my building on the snow day...do you see the path?|
|The ice caves|
March: We started off March with a family trip to Wisconsin Dells! After a little car stress and more nasty weather we made it to our favorite condo at the Wilderness Resort. We enjoyed the wave pools and the toilet bowl slide. March also happened to be my 22nd birthday in which we took a trip to my favorite Buffalo Wild Wings. We had a totally random weekend of 80 degree weather which is unheard of. We took in a gorgeous sunset at Presque Isle Park before going out for ice cream.
|The sunset on St. Patty's Day at Presque....80 degrees out|
|Lakenland Sculpture Park|
|Memorial Day=kettle corn|
June: Summer got off to a hot start and stayed hot. I took my cousins to the local amusement park and we finally tried the new roller coaster. Overall June was quite uneventful and filled with many days inside enjoying the conditioning. We had a few graduations to celebrate for family this year. We also built our new garden on a hot Saturday.
|Our beautiful lilies, quickly devoured by the rabbits|
July: July continued to be a hot month. We had multiple days over 100 and most days were well into the 90's. We went to our aunt and uncle's house for the 4th. We've never found the Bay to be that warm. We only found cold water after being dumped while tubing. We took a weekend trip to another relatives house for a second round of swimming, tubing, and campfires. It was nice to get away and relax during the busy work season.
|This sums up July|
August: August brought us our yearly family vacation to Door County. We managed to go the only cold week of the whole summer. It was nice to sit back and relax since the beaches were too cold. We went to Packers Family Night at Lambeau, which was an adventure. Erin went back to school in August and I started getting the classroom ready for student teaching.
|Hiking at Door Bluff Park|
|The amazing farmers market in Madison|
October: October held my parents 25th anniversary. We celebrated with family and they also took a trip. I started my second half of student teaching later in the month, going back to the special ed placement. Before I left, I went on a field trip with my first graders, and it was quite the adventure. I also taught my cousins how to carve pumpkins/touch the guts.
November: November blew by very quickly as student teaching continued. My dad celebrated a monumental birthday and his office was adequately trashed with our help. We had a nice family Thanksgiving with both families and did some shopping like normal.
|The Christmas Tree quickly became my subject as I played with my new camera|
|Sadly I have no family Christmas picture to share...but graduation works fine.|
What a year we had. I look forward to 2013. I am beyond excited to get into my new classroom and start teaching. Hopefully this year will be filled with more fun and good health for all.
Stay tuned for Wednesday. I will be doing a review of my top 10 products/trends/etc from 2012. A look back at all my new favorites from the past year.