It's Christmas Eve eve and it really doesn't seem like the holidays (except for the jam-packed mall in Blanchardstown). In Balmorhea, TX around 40 or 50 of my relatives will be gathering over the weekend. We won't be there (but neither will my pediatrician sister who will be on call). In Edmond, OK quite a few (but nowhere near 50) of Juli's relations will be celebrating together. We won't be there either. So, it just doesn't seem like Christmas.
Regardless, I still love this time of the year as I'm able to reflect on the year that was and look forward to the year that will be. So, in that vein, here are some of my favorites from 2011.
Favorite Movie - Moneyball
Favorite Trip - England and Denmark with nearly 20 of my relatives
Favorite Record - Roddy Woomble, "The Impossible Song and the Other Songs"
Favorite Hikes - Slieve Donard, County Down, Northern Ireland and the Wicklow Way, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland
Favorite Books - Nonfiction: "Virtue Reborn" by N.T. Wright; Fiction: "New Irish Short Stories" ed. by Joseph O'Connor
Favorite Fan Moments - Arsenal 1, Manchester United 0 on May 1 and Texas 27, Texas A&M 25 on November 24
Favorite Family Moments - Juli and Ashlyn arriving back home to Dublin after three weeks in the States and Ashlyn turning 2 on October 20
2012, your turn. - Shay