December 28, 2011

Year in Review

It's been quite the year this year! There were some really great moments, and some not-so-great moments.

These were the highlights for me:


Before moving from Maryland to Minnesota, I visited one last Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of the American Indian.


After I got settled into my new home in Minnesota, I took a day to check out the Nicollet Mall area of downtown Minneapolis. 


Needing to get out of the house again, I visited the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. I spent most of my time in the conservatory since it was still very much winter outside.


In the beginning of April, the weather improved just enough that, dressed warmly, I could at least get outside and play.

I got pretty excited about the treats left out for me on Easter morning.


After what seemed like a very long wait, it finally started to look a bit green outside.

I checked out the Minnesota Children's Museum.

I also checked out Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.

I enjoyed watching Native American dancers perform at the Mill City Farmer's Market in Minneapolis.

And I enjoyed a drive along the St. Croix River with Mom and Dad the next day.

Memorial Day weekend treated us to warm enough weather that I was able to enjoy the community pool when it opened.


I boogied down at a car show at the Father Hennepin Festival in Champlin, MN.

I listened to live music at the Maple Grove Town Green stage. 

I flew to Utah.

I visited with some of Mom's family.

And I visited with some of Dad's family.


This month, I went swimming, a lot.

I watched my first fireworks show.

I channeled my inner Van Gogh.

I played at a splash pad.

I sat in the driver's seat of a fire engine.

Did I mention I did a lot of swimming in July?

And I rode on a boat down the Mississippi River.


I traveled to Utah again, but this time to southern Utah. I played in the Zion River in Zion National Park.

I did a little rafting with Dad on a lake.

I rode on an ATV.

And I went for a hike.

Back in Minnesota, I visited the Science Museum of Minnesota.


I traveled to Thunder Bay at the beginning of September to visit my grandpa. I crossed a big suspension  bridge.

I made friends with a chicken at Fort William Historical Park.

I walked along the shore of Lake Superior in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

I had a late summer picnic at the park with Mom and Dad.


I celebrated my second birthday with a trip to the Minnesota Zoo

I posed for birthday portraits.

I took advantage of the still summer-like weather we had in later October.

I helped pick out pumpkins at a pumpkin patch for Halloween.

I painted the pumpkin I picked out for myself.

I dressed as a ghost for Halloween.


We had some cold days in November, then it warmed up again later in the month. I went for a walk, shuffling my feet through the fallen leaves, with Mom and Dad on Thanksgiving Day.


I helped decorate the Christmas tree we cut down.

I showed my uncle around the Twin Cities.

And I was super excited to see all the presents under our tree on Christmas Day.

1 comment:

terra cotta momma said...

This is fabulous, what great post! I love it!