I think 11 was exactly the year that we needed. Very little drama, not much pain. We did a fair bit of travel, opened some new chapters and life was good. I'm expecting that 12 will be pretty awesome, too! This year, she FINALLY started reading on her own. And just like everyone said, one day they wake up and they decide to read a novel, at or above grade level. It was awesome. And then another day, she woke up and decided that she was ready to write and she sat down at the computer and wrote a 4000 word story in one day. It needs some editing, but still she went from nothing to 4000 words! And she's been writing ever since. Little bits here and there. Creative stories for the most part. People are amazing, especially that one of mine. Over all, eleven was good. Twelve is definitely going to hold even more adventures.