It has been quite a while since I have written new posts for this blog. I want to try to change this for 2013. I mean, come on! I've got two kids! There has to be interesting stories from them, right? And the whole reason I started this blog was so that I could keep our extended family informed about our little family of four. So that is what I plan to do. Once again! I want to inform our extended family about my family. If I happen to make a post touting my horn about my small business ( Doodle Bugs & Daisies) or sharing a new craft or recipe, so be it, but mostly, this is about family.
2012 was a fairly good year for our family. It had its ups and downs just like any other year, but it was mostly good!
Riley playing at the lake
Natalee NB photo
Natalee Ann Dye made her entrance into our little world on 02.22.12! George Washington's birthday. These ten months have been such fun having a second kiddo around :) This child is FEARLESS and she keeps me on my toes every day. Her big sister has grown to love her so much and I don't think Riley would know what to do without having a little sister around. I stopped subbing for my six week maternity break. Single income really kind of got to us, but we managed:)
I celebrated my big "Quarter-Century" birthday! Nothing special, but on my birthday, we got to watch some of our best friends get married and it was beautiful :) Matt decided to switch jobs! He had been working for one of the main gas companies for our area, but there were some downfalls to his job that were stressing him out. Such as: never knowing what area he would be working in, driving all day every day, office struggles within HR, having to go out of town for a week at a time every so often. That list probably has something forgotten, too. Now he works not ten minutes away from home, he has a set shift every day, and I know he will be home for dinner usually at the same time. It was a little bit of a pay cut, but we both considered it worth it!
Natalee's first Thanksgiving! Also our first Turkey Day with two children. For whatever reason, neither of them were really keen on sitting at the table for a NICE dinner. Screaming. Hollering. Food flying. Mess. Well, not really. But that sure is what it seemed like!
I had been taking Equine Nutrition at school this semester. I pulled off an 'A' in this class! I am so proud of that A. It has been a few semesters since I've had such a high grade, and it wasn't like a 90.0 - A. If the scale could have gone that high, I would've had a 126 - A!! I had the highest grade by ten points! I've never owned a horse, I just love them. And I loved the class, too! That always helps. December also brought on Christmas, of course. It was difficult, sort of. I still have not gone back to work. At this point, it's been hard for me to find anything that will pay for daycare, fuel AND have a profit left over to save or go to other bills. I can find everything in the world that will just pay for daycare and fuel, but then again, why work when I could just keep the girls at home with me? So with just Matt having the sole income source, it's been tight. We survive, and that's about it. So, with that, Christmas was tight, but we managed and it was a nice one :) Natalee had a great first Christmas and Riley enjoyed learning more about the true meaning of the season.
So that is our 2012 in a summary. I enjoyed my year, did you?
I hope you had a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
I hope I will be more diligent in writing posts from now on.