We had a fabulous time with wonderful friends for New Year’s Eve. The six of us adults laughed until we cried. It was so much fun and it was the first time in more than 7 years that we celebrated the new year with other adults. We had a beer tasting. We had good food. We played games. We laughed and laughed some more. I can’t remember a New Year’s Eve celebration where Mr. Bear and I had so much fun in so many years. We are so fortunate to have amazing friends that have endured so many life changes in our lives: marriage, births, job changes, moving further and further away from each other by relocating to Birmingham. We have much in common, have similar interests and have a great time getting together—even if those get-togethers are never often enough. When you find good friends, you hold tight to them. (Thank you, Bennetts for hosting a fabulous party and ringing in the new year with us!)
Unfortunately, despite the amazing start 2013 had, the tide turned a few days later and we three Lohrs fought the wretched flu, sinus infections, fevers, bronchitis, coughing, hacking, sneezing and other dreaded ailments. It has only been a few days since we have found our way back to good health. Here we are, however, I am thrilled to say!
Allison was awarded an Ace Award, which is something of a Student of the Month award, to simplify it. Her teacher has such glowing things to say about our little girl. Mr. Bear and I are beyond proud of her! She works very hard in school and her hard work is certainly paying off. While she was absent, her teacher expressed how much she missed her while she was gone and my heart swelled with pride. She is easy to love. She is such a caring, loving, likable child. She is a good little girl. We could not be happier. She has made us better people with her gentle, kind spirit.
My good friend Tracey and I are planning to do the La Jolla Half Marathon in April. I have to say that I have a lot of work ahead of me, but Tracey is a great motivator! I don’t know if I can keep up with her, but I definitely look forward to celebrating over cocktails with her afterward, like we used to in the good ‘ole days.
My little girl is growing up so fast. It is hard to believe that she is in the second grade. This year was already much different than last year. Allie laid out her clothes for today, completely down to the socks. She was so excited about her first day back to school. Her best friend, Owen, is in her class and she is over the moon about it!
Last year was a year of much growth in so many ways. She is doing so well in school and got Student of the Month right before the school year was over. She is a smart little girl. She is well-liked by peers and teachers. She is so very thoughtful and loving. She cares deeply about her family and is always asking when she will be able to see different family members again. She has the best sense of humor and keeps everyone laughing. She thinks big and has lots of questions I have to look up the answers to. She keeps us on our toes.
I have received more than a few requests from readers to share more Allie photos and stories. I promise not to disappoint. She really is a wonderful little child, so full of life. To know her, definitely is to love her.
Here are a few photos from this morning. The sun was blinding this morning, so there are a lot of shadows (and the photographer was off her game—ME!).
Blurry, but really captures my little girl’s personality. Love that girl!