Friday, December 30, 2011

Wow, What a Year!

It has taken me a few days to compile a little review of the past year. When I look back on all that has happened in 2011 I am a little amazed that I am still standing. Whew! What a ride.

We started out the year with the happy news that our little one was on her way!

A blizzard dropped about 20 inches of snow on Columbia, closing down Mizzou for three days.

We get our first glimpse of teeny tiny baby Rowe. She was about the size of a gummy bear.

UK makes it to the final four - Ron wears jorts.

Happy news that our baby was a girl, and devastating news that she had a serious birth defect.

More doctors' appointments and tests lead us to the decision not to have prenatal surgery for Ryleigh's myelomeningecele.

After 18 years of higher education Dr. Rowe, JD finishes his last degree.

We get our first new car ever.

Traveled to Indiana for a baby shower.

Celebrated our second wedding anniversary.
Ron studied his butt off for the bar exam.

Ron's 36th birthday
PS. he's not tanning bed tan in this pic, it's just the lighting and paint color in the restaurant.

Ron takes the Indiana Bar Exam

The final count down. Getting little girl's room all ready for her to come home.

August 26th we welcomed our sweet Ryleigh Katherine into the world. She was immediately transported to Cardinal Glennon Children's hospital for surgery.

We are residents of St Louis.

September 5th Ryleigh has her second surgery.

September 21st we got to put Ryleigh on her back for the first time.

September 28th finally headed home!

Ron starts his new job at the State of Missouri Department of Social Services.
Mommy and Ryleigh spend some quality time at home.

Visit from Gramma Kim, Aunt Christy, Cousins Madi and Avry.

My 35th birthday!

We decide to buy our first house.
Visit from Mimi and Pop.
Mommy has to go back to work and Ryleigh starts daycare.
Little one starts to discover her voice. (and her hands)

Move to our new home.

Visit Santa.


Visit from the Rowes and Ryleigh meets her cousins for the first time.

Well, there you have it. Law degree, new car, new baby, new job, new house. We are big time grown-ups. Cheers to a much calmer and more relaxing 2012!

Wishing all the best to our family and friends in the coming year. Happy New Year!


  1. I love this post, Carmen. What a year. (Minus all the Kentucky apparel, only because my boss is a huge Kentucky fan so I get enough of it at work.) I, too, am hoping for a quiet and peaceful 2012. The Polack's want to make a trip to St. Louis and hopefully we can visit the Rowe's while we're in MO.

  2. That's funny Natalie, Ron said "Too much IU clothing" when we got your christmas card. Ha ha! We would LOVE to see the Kubats! Even if it means coming to meet you in STL. :-)

  3. Love this post! You guys had a very eventful year, no doubt. :)