So, here is our Murray Madhouse recap. What a year it's been:
January: Halfway through 36 radiation treatments. Ring in the New Year in Times Square (what what!) Return back to work after a lengthy leave of absence from double mastectomy.
|Ringing in 2012 in New York City|
|A moment of smiles at Great Wolf Lodge (one of the only smiling-moments captured).|
March: Brian and I take off to Mexico! Although we were just away in January, it's been a crazy year and we are proud of ourselves for
|A little faux-hawk time after the bath.|
|Cuddled up in Nana's crib for Evy.|
|Happy Birthday, Meggie!|
|Daddy and the Birthday Boy.|
|Boompa, Nana and Auntie with the Birthday Boy.|
|Celebrating Evan's Big Day with an outside BBQ.|
|My 1st Birthday!|
June: My last Herceptin treatment! Fifteen months after I started chemotherapy, I am done! Very excited to finish this portion of treatment, because it also means I can have my port removed during reconstruction. Brian throws me a SURPRISE 31ST Birthday Party! I am so excited to see all of my family at my party, especially because I spent my 30th birthday exhausted, getting 7 hours of chemo. Evan is walking and into EVERYTHING.
|Celebrating at my 31st Birthday Party with Stacey and Courtney.|
|Getting my last Herceptin treatment.|
|My view from chemo is checking out this sexy fellow!|
|Fourth of July on the Party Pontoon|
|Heavy wine, heavy cheese consumption. This helps with surgery recovery and Nana's elbow break.|
|Evy camped out at Grandma Cindy's during my surgery.|
|Brian wins the Dickel Cup!|
|My best friend.|
|Checking out our first Cubs game. (boring)|
|An amazing dinner with a fabulous date.|
|Cohen in 1st grade. Gavin in 4th grade.|
|All of my boys.|
|Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. One of my favorite events!|
|My handsome little man.|
|Date night with Mommy and Daddy at the Children's Museum.|
|Sneaking cuddles from Grandma Cindy.|
|My little monster.|
|Pikes Peak, CO|
|A wedding in Akron, OH|
|Reliving our 2012 NYE Kiss in New York City.|
|Spend every week at the airport.|
But I have a beautiful, healthy 19-month old. I have the most supportive husband I could ask for. My family moved in for a week to take care of Evan and me - and that's the best gift I could ask for. I was able to spend time with my talented brother, Bryan. And have some time off work to recover and rev up for next year.
|A blessed Christmas at the Murray Madhouse!|
|Evy didn't understand why he had presents, but thoroughly enjoyed unwrapping them.|
|In bed recovering from surgery. But enjoying my fancy pajama pants.|
Also, very eager to recover from this surgery so I can get back on the road to health. I want to run a race (25K/half-marathon). I want to get rid of the last baby-weight turned steroid-weight turned can't-work-out weight. I want to attack physical therapy with everything I can and get rid of my "cords". There is no room for them in 2013. Ain't no one got time for that (best YouTube of 2013).
Hope you had the most wonderful of New Years! Brian has been talking about writing a guest-post on my blog, so I expect to do that soon!