january: we announced some exciting news.
february: we discovered that the little peanut growing inside of me was a girl.
march: we traveled to jordan where we rode camels, camped in the dessert, and floated in the dead sea.
april: we celebrated easter in zurich and found out that our little one was going to have a cousin!
may: we traveled to spain, celebrated my 31st birthday, and were married in switzerland
june: we celebrated stijn's 33rd birthday and took one last, very pregnant trip home to see dear friends marry.
july: we not so patiently waited for the arrival of our baby girl.
august: we welcomed our beautiful eleanor faye (after 32 hours of labor) and began to see how much joy and love a little person can bring into our lives!
september: eleanor received belgian and u.s. passports and stijn was granted a green card.
october: my best friend came to visit, eleanor took her first trip to paris, and we traveled to belgium to introduce her to her family.
november: we flew to the u.s. for thanksgiving and to introduce e to her american family.
december: we took the train to zermatt where eleanor saw snow for the first time and we traveled to belgium to celebrate her first christmas.
2011 was another amazing year of love. a 365 day lesson in being open and adaptable, the year taught us what it means to be a family. it brought weddings and babies, and adventures to places only dreamt of. it brought new friends and tested friendships with old ones. it brought motherhood, and with it many more dreams for the future. when i look at the summary of what each month brought i am amazed by the themes of family and travel. i believe that these will always be the focus for our little family of three. my wish for this next year and all the ones that follow is that they be filled with more of the same!