Tuesday, September 10, 2013

2012 In The Rearview Mirror

As I sit down to re-cap 2012 I realize I haven't been here since August of 2011.  However, let me tell you, it's not like I haven't tried.  Several times I opened up my computer to write a post and the words wouldn't come or they came too fast and I couldn't make sense of them so I just left without writing anything.  So here I am to recap some of what happened in 2012 and maybe I will be better next year of chronicaling my life here. 

Looking back over 2012 the mystery is why didn't anything get posted?  What an eventful year 2012 was, full of endings, and loss, and new beginnings.  Maybe that was the problem.  So much went on that time was never taken to stop, reflect and record.  Here's hoping 2013 brings me perspective and willingness to stop and reflect and share.

So here it is, 2012 summed up in 12 short months and a lifetime of memories...

January -
January is one of my favorite months because it is the month I celebrate the beginning of my real life...I married the love of my life on 1/24/1986.  What an eventful 26 - almost 27 - years we have had together.  January is also the month we head down south to partake in the Bandera 25K & 50K trail race.  This is one of our favorite weekends.  Usually a group of us head south, rent a house and eat, drink, race and recover together...it is a blast!  This year was also an Olympic year and we had the priviledge of witnessing the Olympic Marathon trials race in Houston.  All I can say is WOW!  The way these athletes run is pure grace and beauty in motion.  Makes me look like even more of a turtle than I am.  We also said good bye to my husbands cousin...like I said it was a year of many emotions...

February -
After the activity and loss of January, February was relatively calm.  The arrival of February is always bittersweet as it the anniversary of my Daddy's passing.  I miss him every day...he was my hero and my first love.  This month is also punctuated with Dance.  Dance has been a huge part of the Cook household for 15 years.  My youngest daughter is a dancer and a beautiful one at that.  She competed in a dance competition in College Station with a solo lyrical piece dedicated to her late grandmother that was exquisite and earned her top five honors.  I am extremely proud of this little one.

March -
March in Texas means one thing SPRING BREAK!!!!  Kait and I spent ours at Disney World with her high school drill team.  We had a blast.  Our trip began at 3am on March 13th and ended at 11pm March 16th.  We squeezed every bit of life out of those four days that was humanly possible...then slept the entire day after we got home.  Let me just say it was worth every lost minute of sleep to spend this last trip with my little girl before she headed off to college in the fall.  And to see her revert to a five year old when she met her favorite princess of all time!

April -
More Kait time!  April in Texas means PROM!  We spent the month shopping for the perfect dress, having it remade so it would fit its tiny owner, finding the perfect shoes, accessories and hair.  Finally the big day arrived...Kait and her fella Wilson were definitely the most beautiful and original couple at the party.  Very James Bond meets Mad Men!  Love these kiddos...  We also lost a dear friend in April...I think of him often.  The world will never be the same without this fun-loving man.

May -
May marked another end...GRADUATION :(  My baby girl graduated from high school and I have never been so filled with dread and sadness without death being involved.  As I faced the prospect of an empty nest, I wondered when I got to be the old lady in the room.  Aren't I still 18?!  How silly..the sadness lasted a minute and was replaced with pride, excitement and joy for her future.  I couldn't be prouder of my graduate!

June -
June marked the beginning of our running season.  Captain and I participated in Captain Karls nighttime race series.  Captain ran the 30K and I ran the 10K.  What a fun event.  Trail racers are a breed unto themselves...a great breed.  None of our other running friends braved the evening races and I was a little annoyed at first.  But to be honest I absolutely loved the monthly excursions with my favorite man.  I love a good road trip and when it involves my Captain and running...what could be better!

July -
July is the birth month of my favorite red head and we celebrated her 26th birthday in style with sushi and jewelry!  Two of our favorite things.  I love my Meg.  This was also race #2 in the Captain Karls series.  I also discovered the appeal of beads and New Orleans.  A much needed long weekend getaway with special friends and of course my Captain was in order.  Let me just say...what happens in the Big Easy, stays in the Big Easy!  Can't wait to go back!

August -
This is a month of birthdays.  Captain's is early in the month then Kait's and mine are back to back.  To be honest by the time my birthday gets here I am sooooo over celebrating I could care less.  Four birthdays in six weeks is more than enough for me.  My family however loves to honor me...so I must indulge them!  This also marked my baby heading off to college!  Can I just say again WHEN did I become old enough for this!  Fortunately for me she chose a college close to home and didn't move out just yet.  I secretly loved this...OK not so secretly.  This was race #3 in Captain Karl's series.  August also marked the beginning of training for the San Antonio Marathon...my fourth.  I was excited.

September -
Race #4 in the series...I finished as the second place female overall for the series...I was very prould!  This also marked then end of my marathon training due to Plantar Faciitis.  Horrible foot and heel pain sidelined me.  Let me just say I was not a happy camper.

October -
This month is breast cancer awareness month - how ironic that this is also the month that my Mom's breast cancer reared its ugly head.  Round three with breast cancer began for her.  This month was puncuated with surgery, fear, anger and healing.  This was why I was sidelined from running...she needed me.

November -
Marathon time is here.  I am so proud of my runners.  See since I couldn't run myself, I took on the roll of team Mom.  I fed them, encouraged them, fussed at them and prodded them across the  finish line.  One to her first marathon finish and two to PR's.  This is also the month of thankfulness and I had a multitude of things to be grateful for, the least of which was being able to be at the finish line of this marathon.  My Mom was on the road to renewed strength.  She is an amazingly strong woman.  No one has more faith, determination and love of life than her and I want to be just like her when I grow up.

December -
Years end and a month to celebrate our Saviour arriving.  I love the spirit of the Christmas Season.  True we are overly busy...there never seems to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all of our tasks, ect.  However, there also seems to be a calmness, a peacefulness amidst all the hustle and bustle that I relish.  With all of the loss and change 2012 brought, I am looking forward to the new year with expectation.  My mother is moving in, my baby will be moving out...change is happening in the Cook house and a new season of life has begun.  Here's to new adventures...see you on the run!

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