While 2012 won't go down in the annals as "my favorite year", to not look and see the good stuff would be a huge mistake.
While this year challenged me personally and professionally on an almost daily basis, there were amazing moments of respite and rare joy that I might never get to really experience much in my life.
And its best to be careful in daily life, I guess, because it is really easy to miss them, and not know when these little moments will pop up.
Like when you are on a family vacation when everyone is grouchy, but there is this awesome little 3 year old who decides she is going to pretend that she is a Solid Gold Dancer.
At the beach in August. I am sure none of you ever have family vacations that get to be challenging. And I am really certain that you don't have a child that chooses to do impromptu dance routines involving pink homemade play doh.
But if you do, isn't it awesome?
And isn't it a game changer to have this persistent joy in your presence?
It's like having a puppy, only better.
And this is what cameras are for.
And this. Because blue bubble gum ice cream in August and being 3 are things that only happen once.