2012 Recap- Great Family Memories.

Been giving myself some time to think about 2012.  All of my families firsts, vacations and memories made together.  All the ups and downs.   Laughs and tears.  As I look at it, 2012 was a year for me to reconnect with my husband and children, and really settle back into my motherhood role again.

Since 2009, I have been working on myself; mental and physical.  October of that year I had surgery, the one I had hinted to before.  Just so we are all on the same page, and you are not thinking it was something else, it was breast reduction surgery.  And it literally changed my life. From the second in recovery I didn’t feel like I did before the surgery.  I changed.  It awoke within me through the following months into 2010, a totally different person. I started focusing life back to myself, and loved the person I started to see.  The metamorphose of Valeria, is what I claimed 2010.  It was a major year.  Lost so much weight, 57lbs to be exact, because I was able to move and feel confident in myself.  Having all that weight along with that chest was so depressing for me. And oddly, I felt like I lost a part of myself after the surgery, and was in a type of mourning.  I never was like that before, physically, and after my children were born I was a mess and hated it.  I was 32 years old, and I felt trapped in my body.  All that weight loss lead me to getting my self esteem back.  I felt beautiful again with help from friends. Got to wear clothes I never could wear before, or clothes that I had put away thinking I’d never be able to again.  I felt like my children were happier cause of it too, which was all I needed to keep me motivated through that year.  I was able to be with them in a way I couldn’t before. I was living. I will write about my surgery and recovery experience someday; it was that profound.  Then in 2011, it was still a self discovery year, I worked on my emotional self.  I will forever be emotional, but I was working on what was making me unhappy prior to my surgery..and well, it was me inside.  How I was seeing myself.  How I had started to accept that fat, sad girl, and felt like I was on a spiral to losing who I was.  So, in the first half of 2011, I felt like I got the rest of me back. All the previous self discovery had led me to find happiness. Real happiness.  That type of being within yourself where you are happy no matter what is going on around you. I mean, I get upset, I yell, I get moody or sad; I am Sicilian, so that passionate side of me is hard to lose! But it’s that I learned to shift to focus on what really matters. So, when 2012 came along, I wasn’t thinking totally about myself as much.  Though I packed on almost 15lbs in 2011. I know I was so upset at myself for that too.  Started thinking about what outside of myself was making me happy.  My husband.  My children. My family.  My friends.  My home. My town. My colleagues.   My life.   What it all really meant to me.  It was more than I ever realized before.  Which is why I delved further into my motherhood and I guess you would say wifehood too. To find that key within me to unlock my families full potential to happiness.  I feel like last year my family and I grew, a lot.  My children, who are real great girls, just seem content with everything.  Not like they didn’t before, but I really think that they innately feel that I am happy.  Their father is happy.  Life is good.

So here I am now. 2013.  Only 7 days in, and I can’t wait to get into the thick of it.  Honestly, I have been beaming since last week.  I drove into work Wednesday with the most positive intentions for this year. Like I have this opportunity ahead of me.  A lot of people take on the meaning of a new year for new beginnings, and guess I am one of those people, too.  Always full of hope looking forward. So, whatever comes this year I will be true to myself.  Always.

It starts today.

Today I am starting back on my gym life.  I missed it. A lot? Not really, but I missed how I was feeling.  Keeping active is important; keeps you happy and motivated.  Got back from our trip to Disney in February and saw that I gained weight. UGH! How?  We walked and busted our asses for 8 days! But we were probably consuming more calories than we could burn.  But quickly by the first week of March I dropped it.  Phew.  Then little by little I just kept losing some weight here, gaining a lb here.  And with all this I lost 10lbs by the time this new year started. BUT I wasn’t really trying.  I didn’t do anything, just thought..why is it some people maintain weight without trying? Which is unfair! … so that is what I did.  Even though I feel like this step was real important, to maintain. It’s not enough for me anymore.  Now thinking that I need to take what I learned and add-on what I was doing with the frequency of gym time 2 yrs ago.. balance out my body and mind to be that hot fox again. (yes you can laugh)    This is what I am going to do, saying it here as some accountability and motivation.  Weight loss journeys are tough.  But I am going to do this cause I am tougher.  I am going to be successful.  This year is going to be a good one.  I can feel it!

🙂

Decided to post pics highlighting my year starting from our big First Disney trip in January, my older sister’s visit from Italy till the end when I started journaling and posting recipes.  🙂

My oldest on the airplane!

My oldest on the airplane to Disney!

My youngest!

My youngest!

Mickey Waffles!

Mickey Waffles!

My oldest lost her first tooth!

My oldest lost her first tooth!

Sisterly Love at the AKL!  It was a great resort to stay!

Sisterly Love at the AKL! It was a great resort to stay!

First Mickey Bars!

First Mickey Bars!

They loved meeting Eeyore!

They loved meeting Eeyore!

Monsters Inc!

Monsters Inc!

Buzz Lightyear!

Buzz Lightyear!

Toy Story Mania..best game!

Toy Story Mania..best game!

AN US PICTURE! Our last ride of our trip..at Small World

AN US PICTURE! Our last ride of our Disney trip..at Small World! It was a great 8 days! and why yes, that is a Bruins tee.

The cousins' big sleepover.. we had a fun night!

The cousins’ big sleepover.. we had a fun night!

St Joseph's ..eating lots of ZEPPOLE!

St Joseph’s ..eating lots of ZEPPOLE!

A baby is born! Our new niece, and goddaughter!

A baby is born! Our new niece, and god-daughter!

There was dress up..a lot of dress up!

There was dress up..a lot of dress up!

There was a bunny

There was a bunny

My girls being silly

My girls being silly

My husband worked 100 Yr anniversary at Fenway.. thought this was cute!

My husband worked 100 Yr anniversary at Fenway.. thought this was cute!

Lots of my favorite drink were drunk.  Madame Lillet!

Lots of my favorite drink were drunk. Madame Lillet!

Hidden Mickeys!  This day I found three!!

Hidden Mickeys! This day I found three eggs with double yokes, out of 5 eggs!!

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day

The girls' recital~

The girls’ recital~

All the cousins together!

All FIVE cousins together! First group photo after my sister got home from Italy.

My niece graduated to elementary school

My niece graduated to elementary school

All of us together again.  My sister wa home from Italy.

All of us together again. My sister was home from Italy.

Me with my oldest sister home from Italy

Me with my oldest sister home from Italy

Went to see Coldplay.. For FREE!  yes!

Went to see Coldplay.. For FREE! yes! This is the night I fell in love with Marina and the Diamonds.  Go find her and listen, she’s awesome.

First Daddy Daughter Dance!

First Daddy Daughter Dance!

Our family trip to the Cape

Our family trip to the Cape- had a blast in S Yarmouth!

At Sundae School!

At Sundae School for ice cream, all tanned!

sand art everywhere!

sand art everywhere!

There were a lot of photos i took of us  :)

There were a lot of photos i took of us 🙂

I love my girls!

I love my girls!

A pizza hat.  uhm. ok.  At Canobie Lake

A pizza hat. uhm. ok. At Canobie Lake

My pretty girl

My pretty girl

Leaving Canobie Lake. Such a pretty photo

Leaving Canobie Lake. Such a pretty photo

My husband and I..doing my photo op thing

My husband and I..doing my photo op thing and he is making this face cause he hates when i do this.  OH WELL.

Lots of scorpion bowls..

Lots of scorpion bowls..

Last day of Summer Camp

Last day of Summer Camp

My husband and I in Ipswich on our 11yr anniversary

My husband and I in Ipswich on our 11yr anniversary

The card my husband made me  :)

The card my husband made me 🙂

Girls' Bday Bash!!

Girls’ Bday Bash!!

The girls' bday cake.. it as AWESOME!

The girls’ bday cake.. it as AWESOME!

Possibly my favorite photo of the year of our bff getting his face painted this day.  :)  LOVE YOU TOOZY!

Possibly my favorite photo of the year of our bff getting his face painted this day. 🙂 LOVE YOU TOOZY!

All the kids!

All the kids!

She is just so pretty.  :)

She is just so pretty. 🙂

There was lots of ice cream

There was lots of ice cream

There was art

There was art

There were birds

There were birds

Oh yes, this happened.  And they were YUMMY~!

Oh yes, this happened. And they were YUMMY~!

Cute!

Cute!

My oldest posing.

My oldest posing.

Pumpkin Picking

Pumpkin Picking

Me and my girls

Me and my girls

Ninja Pumpkin!

Ninja Pumpkin!

Pictures in cars

Lots of pictures in cars

Gillete Stadium

Gillete Stadium

Me n the girls

Me n the girls

At Gillette

At Gillette

Fun nights out!

Fun nights out!

Visiting Cake Boss

Visiting Cake Boss

Our trip in Phili!

Our trip in Phili!

:)

🙂

Looking out the window at Phili

Looking out the window at Phili

First family hike!

First family hike!

Lots of scorpion bowls..

seriously, lots of scorpion bowls

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A fun wedding

My oldest geisha

My oldest geisha

My youngest Kitty

My youngest Kitty

My girls!

My girls!

Meeting Mythbusters!

Meeting Mythbusters!

My oldest made me an egyptian hieroglyph!

My oldest made me an egyptian hieroglyph!

My youngest being silly at the Museum

My youngest being silly at the Museum

My oldest being a student

My oldest being a student

Storm Sandy took our fence

Storm Sandy took our fence 😦 but our awesome neighbor, whose branch killed it, fixed it for us!

Milestone birthdays

Milestone birthdays- all the cousins- from my husband’s side

More tee shirts were added to my husband's already interesting collection

More tee shirts were added to my husband’s already interesting collection

There were a lot of craft projects!

There were a lot of craft projects!

Lots of scorpion bowls..

Did I mention the scorpion bowls??

My daughter.. the turkey

My daughter.. the turkey

At the nutcracker

At the nutcracker

We went to the Nutcracker

We went to the Nutcracker

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

My mom and I with my girls blowing the candles out

My mom and I with my girls blowing the candles out

Our birthday cake!

Our birthday cake!

family hanging out when the lights went out

family hanging out when the lights went out

Santa!

Santa!

on my new ipad mini.  my new favorite baby.

on my new ipad mini. my new favorite baby.

One of my gifts from xmas was an ipad mini, to go along with my iphone and ipad..lol  but this is for my very self and no one else!!  cause the other two things are now run by my kids :

One of my gifts from xmas was an ipad mini, to go along with my iphone and ipad..lol but this is for my very self and no one else!! cause the other two things are now run by my kids 😐

7 thoughts on “2012 Recap- Great Family Memories.

  1. I love this post! We are all a work in progress. I am determined to be healthier this year and to encourage my family to work at it as well. I adore your energy and wit, it makes you..you. Keep up the good work.

    • Thank you! Cindy your words are too kind. I got back to the gym tonight, there were many obstacles to deter me too. But i kept thinking of what i said here, and how id b disappointed if i didnt. Stayed there a while too. I cant change if its easy. I wont learn anything if it is.. Thank you for reading! Xoxo

  2. In your honor, next time Cindy and Laura go to Starbucks, I’ll have them bring something home for me. I’ll muscle through it.

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