At the very beginning of January we decided to start Geocaching, it was one of the best decisions we have ever made as a family. We have had SO much fun geocaching this year!
Grant took me away for the week-end of my birthday and our anniversary. It was the very first time in 22 years of marriage that we had ever been away on our own (can't believe it myself, but it's true!) We had such a special time and have decided to make it an annual event.
Our family also spent a week-end in Umdloti in January
and made our first visit to the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban.
In mid-February my precious Jackie-dog got really sick with a mystery illness, which gradually paralysed her, starting with one back leg, progressing to the point where she could not use ANY of her limbs. It was a terrible, terrible time and only then did I realise how very deeply attached I am to this little member of our family, who goes with me everywhere. Her illness turned out to be meningitis and she has thankfully almost fully recovered from it (she has never got her jump back and I somehow doubt she ever will)
After all the excitement of April, May was a fairly quiet month, however we did welcome a new member to our extended family in the form of Allie (a.k.a my "co-worker" because she spends most of her time bugging me when I should be working in my office)
Before heading home we had a stopover in Dubai, which was fantastic
September was all about the Rugby World Cup! We watched LOTS of rugby on TV with the Clarks, which is always fun :-)
We also spent a week-end in Empangeni with the Reeds and Grant and Paula did a cycle with Glynton and Calvin
On 11 September Grant, Paula and I went to Durban Day - it was a lovely day out.
October was a rather frantic month with exams looming for Rox and Paula and wedding preparations in full swing.
Notably, it was also the month that Grant fell off his mountain bike and gave us quite a scare!
The girls both took part in the Rollers and Pins skit at the Rotary/Roundtable Melodrama 2011 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience
And then there was The Wedding! What a wonderful, wonderful day it was. Perfect in every way. As soon as the photos are available I will put some up here.
And before we knew it, it was Christmas time. We hosted our traditional Christmas Eve dinner at home for the family (including Roxy and Jon) and then had Christmas Day lunch at Stephward Estate in Uvongo, as we did last year. It's become a tradition to get together with the Clarks on Christmas night and we did that again this year which was a lovely way to end the day.
All in all it's been a good year for the Richardson's, quite a big year, challenging in many respects, but overall a positive year in our family I think.
Looking forward to seeing what 2012 has in store!