Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Happy New Year!

My first New Year's resolution is to not make any! I was going to try to make laundry organization become my first one, but after how our year started I think I'm going to just take things one day at a time and what gets done gets done and what's left can be accomplished the next day. We have had a lot happen since I posted last in October. I've tried posting, but blogger hasn't been the kindest and is always kicking me out! I'm going to give it a shot tonight though before I head for bed.

October was finished up with Halloween. The kids had some cute costumes. Ava was a witch, same costume that she wore when she was 3! She didn't remember wearing it though. Kale was a turtle, the same one Ethan wore when he was 1. Emelia was a little kitty cat. They were all so very cute. Ethan would have been right in there with them as he was always dressing up at home for no occasion at all!

November we got to take a family trip with my parents and my brothers and their families to Branson, MO. It was a quick trip, but fun to get everyone together. My Dad was on an off week of chemo so that worked out well. We visited Silver Dollar City and got to see all of the Christmas lights. It was so pretty. We had Thanksgiving dinners at both of our parents houses and ate way too much of course. Then the Christmas season began.

My Mom had her annual Christmas Cookie exchange. We snuck in a shopping trip to St. Louis for some Christmas presents and items for our new house. We went to a couple early Christmas parties with family and Dave's work and then Christmas week was here and things got a little crazy. My Dad went into the hospital for low blood counts and an infected boil the Wed before Christmas. He got to come home the Friday before, but our whole family came down with the stomach flu. We were better by Christamas Eve afternoon, but didn't want to risk getting my Dad sick so we postponed Christmas at their house. Then after Christmas my Dad started having shoulder and neck pains to the point that he couldn't hardly walk. So the Tuesday after New Year's Eve he ended up in the hospital again and got to come home the following Sunday. That is what I mean about life being absolutely crazy! He is home now and seems to be doing better.

Christmas was good to us despite all of that. The kids had a ball and that is really all that matters. Ava's favorite gift was a gymnastics mat. Kale got a motorized train and track that he really likes and little Emelia just smiled at everything. She got some cute new clothes! We finally had my parent's Christmas on New Year's Day and we ended up opening gifts the week after Christmas with my husband's family one evening during the week because we missed going there too!

Now we are on into the new year, back to work and getting things accomplished on our house. The drywall is all up and tomorrow we are going to add a little color to our walls. I can't wait to see it. The porch has been built and looks sooo good. It's starting to look like our home. My husband has put in countless hours to make our home and should be so proud of all of his hard work. The heat is on out there now and it is sooo cozy warm. Wish we were living in it now as the weather is taking a turn and going from a high of 50 today to a high in the 20's tomorrow. Yikes!

Little Miss Emelia just turned 5 months old and is so big. She is just a pure delight to have. Kale turned 2 in November and is onery as ever, but we wouldn't trade him for the world. He is always making us laugh. Ava is really enjoying her gymnastics and loves school. She is saving her money for an Ipod Touch. I got a new phone that has a touch screen so she likes to play games on it.

Stamping....well, that has been put on the backburner for quite some time. I do still get together once a month with my stamping ladies. I'm working on birthday invitations for my nephew who turns 1 on Valentine's Day. I still get to dabble with my toys, but until Dave is finished with the house I don't have a lot of free time for anything.

I'll be back again to update sometime again this year!