Farewell, 2012

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I have a post at The SITS Girls today about creating community on your blog! Read and share? Thank you.

2012 was quite a year.

It felt long, yet short. It was wonderful, yet hard. It was full, yet I was empty sometimes.

It was full of new – new baby, new business, new writing and social media opportunities.

It was full of change – from one child to two, from old blog to new blog, I even changed laptops.

It was full of friendships, like one bonded over a linkup that is now a year old, and still going strong. And another, forged with many, many late night chats over Twitter. Yet another, who made me sign into Skype after a long hiatus and made it worthwhile.

If I posted pictures of everything, this will be a mammoth post, so here are some highlights, my farewell to 2012, linking up with Robin of Farewell, Stranger. (you should join in, the linky is open until January 4, late and one lucky linker could win a blog evaluation and personalized blog strategy from Little Love Media!)


JanMonkey met my parents’ dog, One of them. And he LOVED her.



FebWe vacationed as a family of three for the last time, in Western Australia.



March Monkey went swimming in the big pool for the first time ever!




This was taken 20 days before the baby was born! Also, the last time my hair looked this good.




May 8, 2012. Everyone met Scrumplet.




Monkey adores his baby brother. Love these sibling photos.




Goodbye Mama Wants This, hello Writing, Wishing.




I turned 36!




I got my paws on my sister’s Nikon DSLR and played around with it, this is one of HUNDREDS of pictures I took with it.




More sibling goodness and welcome to my mess house.



Nov Collage

Two major things happened  – preschool and Little Love Media.




I landed in hospital with appendicitis. No fun. But it was also the month the baby started crawling for real, pulling up to standing and cruising. The good outweighed the bad, so WIN!

Farewell, 2012.

2013 – BRING IT ON!

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • January 2, 2013 adrienne

    I love it!! What a great year! It’s been such a blessing getting to know you this year. May 2013 bring you even more amazing photo opportunities with those adorable boys! <3
    adrienne recently wrote…My Housekeeping Tips: How to Just Barley Get ByMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      It was a good year overall, and I’m glad we met. Happy New Year to you!

  • January 2, 2013 Ado

    Oh I loved this post! I feel like I am getting to know you so well that we are “old friends” by now and I know of a lot of those photos! Yay! Ok, so big year for you – and of course, you had Scrumplet – but…YOU CHANGED LAPTOPS?! Wow. Risk taker! (-: Happy new year my friend.

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Haha! I only changed laptops because the boy destroyed my old one 😉

  • January 2, 2013 Galit Breen

    Happy New Year my sweet, stunning friend!

    Oh how grateful I am to be threaded to YOU!

    Love you!

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    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      I’m grateful we’re friends. SO grateful. Love you!

  • January 2, 2013 AnnMarie

    I love seeing the pictures! Especially the ones I hadn’t seen before. So glad I met you this year! Definitely a highlight!
    AnnMarie recently wrote…End of Year Recap: 2012My Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      The feeling is mutual!

  • January 2, 2013 Laura at Mommy Miracles

    I feel like we shared in a lot of experiences this year, and seeing this photo recap certainly reminded me of that. I am so glad that the good outweighed the bad this year for you (and me!) and I hope that 2013 continues with the trend.

    Glad you were in my life this past year! Happy New Year, Alison!
    Laura at Mommy Miracles recently wrote…My 2012: A Year in PhotosMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      We most certainly did, and with our children so close in age? I suspect that this year will be more of the same in parallel experiences. 🙂

  • January 2, 2013 Elaine A.

    Oh I love that photo of you from your birthday, so pretty! And look at wee little scrumplet – hard to believe he was so little! WOW!

    Happy New Year, my sweet friend!
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    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thank you!
      I know, I look at him now and he looks enormous 🙂
      Happy New Year to you too!

  • January 2, 2013 anymommy

    A gorgeous year in a beautiful life. Love it. Also, that picture of baby with his hair on end cracked me up!

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Stacey! Yes, don’t you adore crazy baby head??

  • January 2, 2013 Kim

    Love the look back in photos – so much new; many changes and memories. So glad that I found you and your blog after starting my own blogging journey in 2012. Happy New Year, Alison!
    Kim recently wrote…Goodbye (And Thank You)My Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Kim, happy new year to you!

  • January 2, 2013 Alexandra

    With all this photographic evidence, it was a BIG year indeed.
    (was wondering if appendicitis would be up there. )

    Happy New Year, Lovely!! Here’s to a safe, GOOD HEALTH, 2013!!

    Alexandra recently wrote…New Year’s Eve in a Restaurant? Pshaw, I’ll Take My Filet in a HospitalMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      It was a pretty big year, wasn’t it?
      Had to include the appendicitis – it was my first surgery, I didn’t have my kids for a week (I missed them so!) and it feels odd to be walking around with one less organ, heh.
      Have a wonderful year, my friend!

  • January 2, 2013 Nina

    What a perfect way to summarize the year–with photos and an honest assessment. I like that way of looking at things–the fullness and the NOT fullness . . . speaks to me. Thank you.
    Nina recently wrote…The Books I Kept Recommending in 2012My Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Nina. Life has a way of balancing itself out, which keeps us on our tippy toes. Not always a bad thing. 🙂
      Happy New Year!

  • January 2, 2013 Christine

    I love your photo recap. So many incredible moments over the past year. And the October picture of Scrumplet? Too adorable for words. So grateful to have stumbled across your blog this year and to have had the privilege of reading your beautiful words. Yes. 2013 – bring it.
    Christine recently wrote…Jumpstarting the New YearMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Likewise, Christine!
      Happy New Year!

  • January 2, 2013 Courtney Kirkland

    You guys had such a full year. I can’t believe that it’s already been so many months since your littlest arrived. where does time go?! Looking forward to seeing what 2013 brings to you!
    Courtney Kirkland recently wrote…2012: Our Year in ReviewMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      I know, the first year really flies by!

  • January 2, 2013 tori nelson

    What a year! Excited to read more from you in 2013!
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    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Tori, happy new year!

  • January 2, 2013 My Inner Chick

    Dear Mama A.
    It looks like you’re ready to TAKE On the world, baby!

    Brava on all of your wonderful accomplishments.

    Love. Xxx
    My Inner Chick recently wrote…21 Things I Learned In 2012My Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      I most certainly will try!! Happy New Year!

  • January 2, 2013 Julia

    What a beautiful year! Happy New Year!
    Julia recently wrote…2012 Word Montage…My Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Julia, Happy New Year!

  • January 2, 2013 thedoseofreality

    Beautiful post. Perfect way to cap off your year. Loved seeing the pictures of your babies. 🙂
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    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much! Happy New Year!

  • January 2, 2013 Jessica

    What a year it’s been! I wish you all the best in 2013!

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      It has indeed! Happy New Year to you!

  • January 2, 2013 JDaniel4's Mom

    What an amazing year you had!
    JDaniel4’s Mom recently wrote…Strength to Take Care of Others- Resolve to Care for YourselfMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Yes, indeed!

  • January 2, 2013 sarah

    your photo farewell is so lovely. what a year you’ve had! so many changes mean so many adjustments. but WOW, so much good. I’m glad I’ve gotten to know you this year. Glad to have you as my friend. Thanks for all your kind words and bloggy help 🙂 can’t wait to see what’s up in 2013.
    sarah recently wrote…the sunday spill–about nodding yes and being matched upMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      The adjustments have been the hardest, but all so worthwhile I’m so glad I got to know you too and call you friend!! 2013 will be a GREAT year!

  • January 2, 2013 jennifer

    Love the format of this post, recapping one thing a month! Looks like you had an amazing year, and hoping for an even better 2013!

    BTW.. LOVE your blog layout!! Super clean and fun!
    jennifer recently wrote…My intro to lifting..My Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Jennifer!

  • January 3, 2013 Lady Jennie

    I would link up just for the chance to win one of your evals. 😉

    Wonderful year you’ve had!
    Lady Jennie recently wrote…My MemoireMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thank you.
      It’s been a pretty good year, can’t complain. 🙂

  • January 3, 2013 Katie

    Isn’t it crazy how crazy the year is when we lay it all out like that? When I first sat down to round up 2012, I was like “nothing happened other than having a baby.” WRONG. So much happened!

    Happy 2013, friend. It’s going to be awesome.
    Katie recently wrote…cautiously optimisticMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      I know, it’s weird and wonderful!
      Happy New Year to you!

  • January 3, 2013 Kristin

    Fun look back! I’m doing my own 2012 recap later this week. Though I’m not quite ready to say, “Bring it on!” to 2013 just yet. I still have yet to get my footing this year.
    Kristin recently wrote…Happy New Year… Please Don&#8217;t SuckMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      I have to hit the year that way, or I’ll never get started. 🙂

  • January 3, 2013 Natalie

    I have to say you had a pretty eventful year…let’s keep away from surgery though in 2013 ok? 🙂

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Oh my god, I hope so. 🙂

  • January 3, 2013 Sadie

    Thank you so much for your post on SITS today. It was so helpful! 2012 looks like it was full for you! Happy new year!
    Sadie recently wrote…Wove, Twue Wove – Day 2My Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      It was a full year indeed. Happy New Year, Sadie!

  • January 3, 2013 Tracie

    I love seeing the overview of your year.

    That picture of you from August is beautiful!!
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    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Tracie!

  • January 3, 2013 Leslie

    Such a busy year for you! I can’t believe how young Monkey looks in that January photo. Here’s to a fabulous new year, so glad to have “met” you in the last!
    Leslie recently wrote…6 Months OldMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      He was only just 2, amazing how much they change and grow in a year. Happy New Year to you!

  • January 3, 2013 Natalie

    Yay! What a wonderful year for you! Love seeing the memories again!
    Natalie recently wrote…PerspectiveMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      It was indeed!

  • January 3, 2013 Heather

    I would say that you had a pretty good year! The pictures are beautiful – you need to get the Nikon back!

    Happy New Year!

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      It was a pretty good year, for that I am grateful.
      I’ve been trying to persuade my husband to get me my own DSLR, can’t pinch my sister’s forever. 🙂

  • January 3, 2013 Alma

    ok so is the greatest wrap up of a year I have seen… so simple and lovely. Great going back with you on some of your greatest moments till back when we met…. when you were very preggers.
    I would do this but I am not that organized and its already january-ish.
    Wish you great things this year!
    By the way , thanks for pimping my giveaway! You have so many lovely ladies that follow you commenting on my little blog I am blushing. Gosh, really thanks!
    This is a great start to the year 😉
    Alma recently wrote…A New Year Giveaway!!My Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Alma! I’m so glad we met and connected – it was one of the highlights of my year for sure.
      You’re welcome, I love your giveaway, I want as many people to know how awesome you are. Also, it’s very generous of you to giveaway a handmade item. 🙂

  • January 3, 2013 Alexa

    Glad you are back! I missed you on your break! I turned 36 this year too… you look great! So glad that we connected and I’ve gotten to know you! I look forward to sharing many more posts and discussions in 2013!
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    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Glad we met, Alexa! (yay SITS!)
      36 is not so bad, is it?

  • January 3, 2013 Stasha

    36 and so amazingly beautiful. What a year. xo
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    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Aw, shucks, thanks Stasha. Have a great year ahead!

  • January 3, 2013 Kristiina

    What a great year! Loved your post about creating community on SITS.

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Kristina, glad you liked the post!

  • January 3, 2013 Kimberly

    You really went out with a bang, didn’t you? 😉
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    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      More like whimpers of pain 😉

  • January 3, 2013 Maureen

    Beautiful recap of a busy yet amazing year for you, Alison! 🙂 Here’s to a fantastic 2013 for you!
    Maureen recently wrote…A Boy And His Little FaithMy Profile

    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Maureen! I think this year has been good to you too, may 2013 be even better!

  • January 3, 2013 tracy

    I was too lazy to even try to do a recap…and I am so glad that I did not because nothing could beat the beauty of this one. Love you. xoxoxo
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    • January 3, 2013 Alison

      Aw, you’re the sweetest. Love you.

  • January 4, 2013 MamaCassie

    Wow…I feel like I was right there with you through it all as I look at these pictures and remember conversations of the events. Happy New Year to you and may it be the best year yet! 🙂
    MamaCassie recently wrote…New Year- New Title: Work At Home MomMy Profile

    • January 4, 2013 Alison

      That’s the thing about recaps – it’s kinda nostalgic 🙂 Happy New Year to you too!

  • January 4, 2013 julie marling

    What a great year end recap!!! Loved the creativity and pictures. Congrats on making it to SITS as well 🙂

    Julie @ Naptime Review

    • January 4, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Julie!

  • January 4, 2013 ilene

    I loved your year in recap! And your hair really does look amazing in your pregnancy photo! Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family and much success with your business.
    ilene recently wrote…Finding The FireMy Profile

    • January 4, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much Ilene! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  • These photos were gorgeous! How are you feeling?? And Happy New Year to my appendectomy buddy. 🙂 Ellen
    Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms recently wrote…Pintershit: The New Year&#8217;s Eve EditionMy Profile

    • January 4, 2013 Alison

      Feeling as well as can be, I kicked the appendectomy’s butt by getting back to life in a week, booyah!
      (well more out of necessity than anything but mind over matter, right?)

      Happy New Year, fellow newly-appendix-less friend!

  • January 5, 2013 Jessica

    Overall it was a good year. Hope 2013 is even better and that you stay out of the hospital.
    Jessica recently wrote…Essence of Now: ReflectionsMy Profile

    • January 5, 2013 Alison

      The plan is to stay out of the hospital forever. 🙂

  • January 5, 2013 Robin

    Nice! You’ve had quite the year too, and this captures it perfectly. (And dude, your hair looks great in your birthday photo.)

    Thanks for joining me on this journey. 🙂
    Robin recently wrote…Explore: 2013My Profile

    • January 5, 2013 Alison

      It has been quite a year, indeed!
      (hair in birthday photo has many stray, flyaways, can’t you see? Heh)

  • January 7, 2013 Elizabeth Kane

    I like this roundup of pictures. I feel like so much happened in 2012. It was just jam packed with stuff. And 2013 still feels futuristic. Seriously, our generation is a teenager now. Crazy!

    • January 7, 2013 Alison

      I know, it IS pretty astounding, looking back like this.
      Happy New Year, Elizabeth!

  • January 8, 2013 Tonya

    Full yet empty… such a great way to describe 2012.

    Looks like you had many ups and downs, plus a new baby!! I’d say it was a big WIN for you, my friend. Wishing you more in 2013.
    Tonya recently wrote…SickMy Profile

    • January 8, 2013 Alison

      It was indeed. If 2013 can top it, I’d be happily surprised 🙂

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