That's awesome, Todd. I'm happy for you, man.
2011 was just OK for me. Mostly due to there being no real movement in my chronic pain treatment. Just new pills to try. I just love being in a drug haze all day and night.
My father was killed in a car accident in August. I'll spare you the details, but it was quite a shock to all of us. On the "finding good in the bad" side of things, it has brought my brothers and I closer together. Of course, we have yet to truly deal with all the property and money matters. I hope it all goes smoothly.
outside of the above, things weren't too bad.
I finally got my garden in a garden walk and was able to share my passion with hundreds of like-minded people. It was exhilarating and inspiring, and made me feel like a rock star. Everyone should feel that good for a day! It was a lot of work, but totally worth it.
My marriage is just as good as ever. I love my wife to bits, and she continues to be amazing in her own pursuits. She ran her first marathon in Oct.(Chicago), and I was so proud of her. Tears, people. Tears.
My son will be 11 in Feb., and is truly a great kid. damn intelligent, and constantly looking for outlets for his creativity. He makes me proud and happy to be a dad on a daily basis, and I tell him so. Advice for all dads, or future dads-to-be: Tell your children how you feel. If your proud, tell them. If your angry, tell them why, and work out the issue. Do NOT hold it all in. My father was this way, and it led to years of misunderstanding and unwarranted hate.
Anyway...I really don't know what to expect with 2012. Hopefully, my health will stabilize somewhat so I can pursue my passions without interruption. Hopefully, my wife can continue her quest for world workout domination. Hopefully, my son continues rocking the good grades, and making his mom and dad look like they actually know what they are doing.
To be honest, though, hope has nothing to do with it. You make it happen, or you don't. Simple as that.