2012 - The Year That Was

If you're reading this then the world hasn't ended...yet. But if it does, then I would be honoured if this was the last thing you read!

So, moving right along. The other week the amazing Grace put out the call for people to post their best of 2012 for Flog Yo Blog Friday. So who am I to say not to a challenge!

 2012. What a year. It's been huge. HUGE I tell ya!

January -
In January we packed up the car and a 7-week-old Punky and headed to Wagga for my sister Kate's engagement party. 4.5 hours later we arrived and it was a fabulous weekend with lots of laughs and pub meals!

February -
My baby got baptised and wore a vinatge dress for the occasion. The same one my sibligs I wore for our baptisms, and that was first worn by my Dad back in 1950-something! I also waited rather impatiently for Kelly HTandT's baby girl to arrive She made us wait till March. Which I'm sure was more annoying for Kelly than it was for me but I was still pretty annoyed! I also completed my first full month of Fat Mum Slim's Photo A Day challenge, although I didn't have instagram at the time so it was all posted on the blog and my personal facebook page.

March -
I started and didn't finish Fat Mum Slim's Photo A Day Challenge. My good friends little girl turned 1 which meant that Punky attended a birthday party for the first time at the ripe old age of 4 months! And of course the divine Miss A made her arrival! Finally!

April -
I got the news that one of my other good friends was going to be having a baby. Super exciting! Easter was celebrated this month and it was also Punky's first one. She also attended her first wedding this month, my cousin R's. My sister-in-law N returned from a year-long trip to Canada and we picked her up from the airport so she could meet Punky for the very first time!

May -
Punky had her half-birthday and got her first cold. That sucked. I also got to enjoy my very first Mother's Day and we celebrated Dave's Mum's milestone birthday.

June -
I got an iPad and turned 30. One was much more exciting than the other! Dave's Dad also celebrated a milestone birthday. We went on our first family holiday to Port Stephens and had such a lovely time. We also discovered her love of swings, something which hasn't changed!

July -
I went back to work and found my blogging mojo. After encouraging Kelly HTandT to start a blog and loving her posts, my passion was re-ignited and at the end of the month I got back in to it with gusto!

August -
Dave and I celebrated our 10th anniversary together and 4th wedding anniversary. Dave was also awarded 1st place in his apprenticeship and I got to play the proud wife at his presentation where he got a lovely certificate and an even lovelier cheque!

September -
I got drunk for the first time since I fell pregnant at Kelly HTandT's 30th birthday party and my oh my, was it an awesome night! I love daquriris!

October -
This was the month of hens nights. We had both my sister Kate's and my cousin S's hens nights on this month and they were both heaps of fun. I love any excuse to hang out with a bunch of awesome women and a hens night is definitely one of the best excuses! We also had our first family photos together and I am so glad to finally have a nice photo of the three of us together. I will post it next year though as I am using it for some Christmas pressies so don't want to ruin the surprise if the people getting them happen to read this!
The bottom right photo of Punky was taken by the amazing Holly Priddis of Holly Priddis Photography. If you are looking for an awesome photographer for your maternity, birth, newborn or family photos, then look no further than Holly.

November -
Probably the biggest month of our year, we had Miss A's baptism, as well as Kate and S's kitchen teas. Then on the 17th November cousin S got married at Clovelly and it was an absolutely amazing day. On the 23rd my baby turned 1 and I just couldn't believe how fast those 12 months had gone. It's like I blinked and suddenly had a toddler. We also received some amazing news this month that means 2013 is set to be yet another big year in the Purtell household, both personally and professionally.

December -
And here we are in the Christmas month. Which also happens to be a bit of a birthday month, with my Dad, Dave, brother-in-law and good friend H all celebrating birthday in the space of 10 days. But the biggest thing of all? Kate got married! Her wedding was such a beautiful day and I am so y happy for her and S. They are both just the most wonderful people and deserve all the love and happiness that is destined to come their way. We also took Punky to her first concert, the Wiggles, and once Christmas is done and dusted Punky and I will pack the car and once again head down to Wagga for a couple of days of relaxing and checking out Kate and S's new house. The perfect way to bookend the year by returning to where it all pretty much started.

So that's 2012. It's impossible to tell the story of our year without featuring Punky heavily. She changed our lives when she arrived in November 2011 and made sure that our 2012 has been filled with so much love and joy. More than I ever could have possibly imagines.

I hope you have all had a fantastic 2012 and that 2013 turns out to be just as good. This will probably be my last post for the year unless I get a chance to do a quick one before the end of the year but I'm going to really just try and relax and take it easy and soak up as much time with my family as I can.

So if we don't talk again before the New Year I wish you a safe and happy one and I look forward to continuing to share my life with you here and reading about yours on your blogs.


Love watching how Mia has grown over the year! Glad 2012 has been good to yah x
SlapdashMama said…
What a wonderful year. The first baby changes everything. Everything! Merry Christmas to you all x
Ai Sakura said…
I love having my little girl wear my old childhood dresses too! 2012 seems awesome and here's wishing you an even better 2013 too! Been great knowing you and watching Mia grow up over the months :)

Ai @ Sakura Haruka
Anonymous said…
What a gorgeous pictorial to go with your year in review. You've done so much and achieved so much! I look forward to reading more in 2013! Have a lovely holiday with your family :)
sounds like a busy but fun year, filled with lots of family memories which is really nice to read about. and the pics are all wonderful - especially the pics of mia in her 1-12 month shirts. where did you get those? i just got a new niece yesterday, might be a good present for her parents?
Phew - what a year! I need a nap after just reading that. Looks like it was filled with lots of family, friends and baby cuddles.
Mumabulous said…
What a beautiful first year with your beautiful girl. Wishing you and your family a lovely Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2013.
Anonymous said…
I can't believe how recently people like Kelly have joined the blogging world. You all seem so professional.
Happy Christmas. Sounds like you have much to look forward to! X
Mandie said…
And a safe and happy Christmas and new year to you, too!
Look forward to hanging out again in 2013 x
Unknown said…
What a full on year! Wishing you & family a wonderful Christmas.
Unknown said…
Always fun to look back on your life as a family as 3 isn't it?

Havea safe but fun Christmas xx
kyl21z said…
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Unknown said…
Love this! Great great photos showing off your year so well.

Gorgeous baby, growing into an independent little miss.
Kelly HTandT said…
Oh lookie, you went for Disqus! I was thinking of trying it too, let me know how you like it!
Anyhoo, the post. No matter how many times I see your pics, I still enjoy looking at them. Can you believe the year that was? And 2013 will no doubt be just as big *wink wink*
Jean said…
Daughter looks like winner. And Merry Christmas to you in Nova Scotia (hope I got that right?) from Alberta, at near the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Got snow where you are?
kyl21z said…
Yeah, except I can't get the bloody thing to work properly and embed over the blogger comments, it's been frustrating me no end! I've sent a question to their help desk and if they cant tell me how to fix it simply I'll be going with Intense Debate. That one was super simple to install, I just kinda like this one better for aesthetics and the ability to migrate all comments on older posts which you can't do with ID. I'll let you know what happens.
kyl21z said…
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Grace said…
You take gorgeous photos, Kylie! And I think every year from now will have a heavy emphasis on your gorgeous girl. Mia is a little angel! It's been fabulous getting to know you this year and I look forward to sharing more laughs with you in 2013. Merry Christmas! x
kyl21z said…
Thanks Grace. It's been great to get to know you too, bring on 2013!
kyl21z said…
It's amazing how much of your life they consume, makes you wonder what you ever did before they came along! Merry Christmas Alicia!
kyl21z said…
She certainly is an independant Miss, getting more so every day. 2013 is going to be very interesting! Merry Christmas Sophie!
kyl21z said…
Hi Jean, we are actually in Sydney Australia so no snow for us. I could do with some colder weather though, its been stinking hot lately! I hope you have a fabulous Christmas!
kyl21z said…
It certainly is, definitely a lot of fun!
kyl21z said…
It certainly has been! Merry Christmas to you and yours also.
kyl21z said…
You bet! xx
kyl21z said…
I know, she is so good isn't she!
kyl21z said…
Thanks mate! And a happy christmas and new year to you too!
kyl21z said…
I know right! I am certainly looking forward to a few hopefully relaxing days after Christmas!
kyl21z said…
I got them from a website called pickysticky.com. My friend B actually gave them to me at my baby shower and they were the best thing I got. Such a good present idea.
kyl21z said…
I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and New Year too. See you in 2013!
kyl21z said…
Thanks Ai, it's been great getting to know you and see your gorgeous Lil Pumpkin. Here's to a fabulous 2013 with even more fun and photos!
kyl21z said…
It certainly does, that's for sure. Don't want to imagine what life would be like without her now.
kyl21z said…
We have certainly been blessed this year, that's for sure!
Rachel Wernicke said…
It's great that you have such a close friend who is a blogger. I would love that. What a huge year you have had!! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Rachel xx
Danya Banya said…
I'm trying to talk one of my friends into blogging - it must be wonderful for you to have someone else to talk all that blogging stuff that 'normal' friends IRL don't understand. Your Mia is just precious btw. Looking forward to the big reveal about what is so special coming up in 2013. Merry Christmas, and see you on the other side.
themodernparent said…
What a great overview of a fabulous year. Your photos are gorgeous. Look forward to reading more of your adventures in 2013. Have a wonderful Christmas with your beautiful family.
What a great year you've had! Beautiful photos. Have loved following you. Looking forward to watching Mia grow in 2013.

Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo said…
Oh WOW! What an amazingly fabulous year you have had!

Heres to 2013 being even better!
Anonymous said…
Hi Kylie! It's Rita@Thecraftyexpat. I'm commenting on my phone because I can't do it from my computer anymore. There is a message that come up saying I don't have the right Internet version. Anyways I'll ask hubby about it but for the moment I just want to tell you I enjoyed reading your post and I'm so glad I met you through the blogging world. I wish you all the very best for the New Year!
Kylie Purtell said…
Loved seeing the gorgeous Mia feature throughout your posts, she is a huge part of your year. I know I have a Nov baby too, and she has taken most of my time and energy this year. Have a peaceful, safe an happy christmas xxx

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