Erin starts the new year off like a lot of other people and joins a gym. She begins a work-out regimen and is soon addicted to her "personal time." Carly falls on the ice repeatedly and spends most of the month with swollen bloody lips. Chris begins his second semester at Michigan State and is missed.
The family enjoys MSU's first snow day in 35 years. Carly hits the 18 month mark and finally manages to kick the bottle. She also enters nursery. Both milestones are met with very little resistance. After years of Erin's begging, Chris agrees to watch "The Way We Were" on Valentine's Day and begins to reconsider his choice in spouse.
The family spends Spring Break in Indiana, and Carly gets her first taste of the Indianapolis Children's Museum. Carly locks mommy out of the house. The family heads to Chicago where Chris and Erin enjoy a Blackhawks game from extremely good seats. Erin shows she is somewhat of a prophetess when she blogs about how life is nice and calm and she's sure something crazy will happen soon.
Baseball returns, and so does the sun. Carly looks insanely cute in her Easter dress. Erin and Carly abandon Chris during his busy finals weeks and head out west to party hard and attend the sealing of baby Shayla.
Erin and Carly's trip west is filled with fun and family time, but the girls are happy to be reunited with their man upon their return. Chris finishes one semester, and begins teaching classes in another. The family heads to Lake Michigan with friends for a Memorial Day mini-vacay and everyone gets roasted.
The family joins up with the extended T family for a beyond fabulous week on the Oregon Coast. Erin is drug away from the beach kicking and screaming. Carly comes home with a massive seal. Later in the month, Chris and Erin celebrate their 5th anniversary with a night away in Grand Rapids, where they go to the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum (because they're cool like that), see Thor, and go out to dinner twice in one night.
The 4th of July is celebrated with a nice weekend in Chicago. Chris teaches classes. Carly loves swimming. Erin gets a positive pregnancy test.
Erin falls into a pit of aweful, uncontrolled vomiting. She tries a few different meds to control the situation. Carly spends a week at Grandma and Papa's house to ensure her survival. Chris and Erin attend a wedding that Erin doesn't really remember. The family does manage to celebrate Carly's 2nd birthday, and adds little Harpo, our beloved beta, to the chaos.
Chris goes back to school. Erin is no longer puking 5 times a day. Harpo gets fed occasionally. So does Carly.
Things are looking up! Erin goes off her meds. Chris is insanely busy. We go to a pumpkin patch and pick out four little pumpkins to represent our growing family. Two weeks later, we learn we should have picked out five little pumpkins: twins are on the way. Erin has an emotional breakdown and Chris leaves town for a conference. Carly is the cutest ghost ever ever ever and loves Trick-or-Treating.
Carly won't stop talking about scary ghosts and bats and owls and how they are "coming to the house to get Carly". Erin swears they will never celebrate Halloween again. The family celebrates the news that a girl and a boy will be joining the ranks. Thanksgiving is celebrated in Indiana, where Erin and Carly relax and get pedicures, and Chris spends most his time grading papers.
Chris completely disappears during two of the busiest weeks in the history of the world. Carly and Erin pass the time Christmas shopping, painting, and watching the Grinch. Carly switches to a big girl bed with only one rough night. She also becomes completley enamoured with "Green Eggs and Ham" and Erin is soon reading it multiple times a day. Erin is massive. Like, really massive. Christmas break finally arrives, and the family slides down the icy freeway to Chicago for Christmas #1, heads over to Indiana for Christmas #2, then enjoys time at home for Christmas #3. The family enjoys a little calm before the impending school-plus-twins storm.
The C Family looks back on a wild but wonderful 2011, and is very curious and excited to see what in the world will occur in 2012.
Happy New Year.