January: We rang in the New Year with a little bowling in Mountain Home. I headed back to school to finish the second half of the MAT, started my action research project, had an ice storm, and missed a week of school.
February: We celebrated the upcoming wedding of Mikki and Sean with a couple's shower and made homemade gifts for Valentine's Day.
March: Mikki got married, and my mom and I took a spring shopping trip to Dallas. I started my last internship placement in 1st grade and loved every minute of it!
April: We journeyed to St. Louis to take in a Cardinals game (a belated Christmas gift), and I presented my action research project (whew!). Mel had a birthday!
May: I graduated and officially finished my school career! Amy turned another year older. Rest and relaxation filled my days for the rest of the month.
June: We found out that "Baby Lucy" was on the way, journeyed to Mountain Home for the annual fireworks extravaganza, and I got my first teaching job at Willis Shaw Elementary. I also went my first ride in a police car (not arrested, mind you).
July: We loaded up and took a family vacation to Seacrest, Florida, took a girl's trip to Austin, and enjoyed summer to the fullest. We also rented a cabin in The-Middle-of-Nowhere, Arkansas for a girls' weekend getaway.
August: I celebrated my 23rd birthday, worked like crazy to get my classroom ready (with the help of a nice boy), and started teaching 23 crazy 3rd graders. Kate also got a bit older. Three of my best friends moved away (insert tears here...)
September: We watched a little football, and I settled into the routine of a "workin' girl." I also survived my first round of parent-teacher conferences.
October: We watched more football, celebrated Rachel's birthday, and welcomed two friends back home for visits. Erin had some baby showers. Mikki had a birthday! Will turned ANOTHER year older, and we found out that the Hopper House was expanding by one tiny member. I went to school as a scarecrow for Halloween.
November: I got a new camera, started documenting every moment of life, and prepared for "Baby Lucy's" arrival. Annie celebrated a birthday! Brooke and Reece got engaged! I had a WHOLE LOT to be thankful for this year.
December: Baby Lucy turned out to be a sweet baby boy. I fell in love with Baby Hayes. I loved every minute of Christmas break and prayed for a speedy recovery for Will's dear Muh. Lots of time was spent catching up with those friends who have moved away--loved this! We finished the year with a night of games in Mountain Home.