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So yeah, I took a year hiatus from blogging. No warning, I was terrible at it anyway. Figured if I walked away from it for awile the novelty would come back again. I’ve continued to read those that I follow so that I was still up-to-date. I k now my year off probably cost me some readers and it’ll take awhile for anyone to gain confindence in me that they’ll come to my blog and see a new post. Considering in 2010 I made all of three posts. But I’m refreshed, confident and in reading my favorite blogs, realized I missed it and needed to really concentrate on building mine back up again.
So, what happened here at the shack over the last 12 months? Well I’ll try and recap in the most minimal way possible.
After the trip to my sisters in the last post, really all you have to do is scroll back to the last post and you’ll see where we were last year. But I digress. So after that trip we began to enjoy the Spring. Got the kids outside. And after spending much of our entire tax return on mortgage payments and repairs over 2 months time, we put our rental house out there to be rented once again. And my best friend had her 2nd child, a boy. Nathan. He is adorable.
May was a good month. We found a tenant for our rental house, no more double mortgage payments. Weather was beautiful, I love how gorgeous my azalia bush is when it blooms. Mother’s day always has me showered with lots of love from my boys and my husband. I also helped chaperone Gavin’s class field trip to the Detroit Zoo.
June was a special time for me. I was able to attend my birthson’s graduation commencements. I was very proud and happy to be there.
July, more specifically, July 4th, is when we take our family summer vacation. This was probably my favorite yet over the years. My cousin had a mini-family reunion at his cabin in up north Michigan. It was so much fun. Picnicking, bonfires, smores, fireworks, swimming at the lake, camping, pitching tents, star gazing, walking in the open fields. Everyone had so much fun. From there we went to Boyne Mountain where we stayed at Avalanche Bay Waterpark.
July was also Blake & Brady’s 3rd birthday. We had a big backyard carnival and celebrated with lots of close family and friends.
August included our end of the summer, “last hurrah” trip to my sisters. It’s the final trip out to see her until the following Spring (which for 2011 is just before Easter). Gavin also started the new hockey season. And we just ejoyed the final lazy days of summer.
Had a fun visit with my birthson and his family where Blake & Brady had their first boat ride. Gavin started the 3rd grade. And Dave and I had a date night with his dad and wife to celebrate Dave’s final birthday in his 30’s.
I had a reunion with some old friends from high school. These gals were my best friends and it was the first time in over 20 years that the four of us were together in one place again. We had a few trips to the local cider mill. Spent an afternoon at Henry Ford Estate where we took our family Christmas card photo. And then of course there’s Halloween.
We took a little weekend get-away, just the 5 of us. We went to Splash Village in Frankenmuth. Gavin and I went to a Detroit Red Wings game with his hockey team. Thanksgiving was nice at my in-laws, and we put up our Christmas Tree.
Highlights of December of course being all the Christmas activities and gatherings. Gingerbread houses. Christmas parties. Cookie baking. Santa, and finally New Years Eve. There was also the Big Chill at the Big House. Mighigan vs. Michigan State hockey. Dave refereed a couple high school games in the days leading up the the big game. He took Gavin with him to experience what truly is a spectical in what is called “The Big House.”
My oldest son turned 23. Gavin attended a goalie school clinic. And Blake & Brady finally got real boy haircuts. I hated cutting their long hair, but it was about time.
The worst winter happened all in one month. Too much snow. I heard somewhere that at one point, 49 states had some form of snow. Gavin turned 8yrs old. He and I went to his school dance. He looked so handsome. We also took a Winter weekend get-away. Went to Splash Bay in Maumee, OH for a couple nights.
For an early Mother’s Day gift, my adorable husband purchased for me the digital SLR camera that I have been wanting for so long. I literally about cried when he said, “you deserve it, make it happen.” I’m loving it! Still learning the ropes, but I’ll catch on fast. Most recently I got to spend St. Patrick’s Day afternoon with one of my best friends enjoying some green beer and Irish fun.
There you have it. The last 12 months.
Resolutions. Bah! I can never keep them, so why bother.
After catching up with a couple of my blogging friends blogs. I decided I was a little weak in the New Years Resolution department and needed to scratch my entire post and start over. Since no one follows resolutions anymore, it’s now called a “To Do List” for the new year. So in following Jessica and Laura here is my 2009 To Do List:
- Become a better blogger. Writing and reading.
- Seperate all my sons toys into two piles, box one pile up and pull it out for him 6 months later. Surprise, it’s like all new toys.
- Finish decorating Gavin’s room.
- Organize, or at least start to, (lets be real here) the storage area in the basement.
- Do better at actually putting laundry away instead of having this growing heap(s) of need to be folded and put away clothes all over the house.
- Give Gavin chores. The kid is almost 6 and does absolutely nothing around here.
- Try and maintain some sort of schedule with the twins. This fly by the seat of our pants just has to end.
So there you have it. My resolutions “To Do List” for 2009.
Christmas was nice. My sister was in town. It’s always great having her here. I miss her so much. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season. Here’s to a great new year for 2009!!
In stealing another idea from Laura. Please see the previous post that was an added in post to end 2008.
Thank you Laura for this great idea. You should go check out her Year in Pictures too.
Solid foods officially become a part of Blake & Brady’s daily routine, time to move up into the high chairs.
Gavin turned 5. Two days after this picture we had a huge party with friends and family at his favorite place, Pump It Up.
Blake & Brady are 6 months old. In an attempt to save some money, I took their 6 month photo myself. They were very cooperative and had fun sitting in the basket.
I think this was the last time the boys all laid still long enough for me to get a decent shot of the 3 of them. After this, their newfound mobility would not allow them to sit still for more than a few second.
Both Blake and Brady cut all four top teeth at once. That’s 8 teeth! Ugh, we were all miserable that week.
Blake and Brady are officially hooked on Baby Einstein videos.
Blake and Brady are introduced to Jungle Java for the first time and they have an absolute ball!
Gavin graduates from preschool and we have a fun picnic at the park with his class & teachers.
Gavin goes to work with Dave.
Dave drives Niklas Kronwall in Detroits Stanley Cup Parade.
We attend a Stanley Cup party at Dave’s work.
Blake and Brady turn one year old.
My dad visits from Texas. The last time he was in Michigan was for my wedding in Sept 2003. It was so wonderful having him here.
We take our 2nd road trip to my sister, Renee’s in Indiana. This is as we were pulling out of the drive way to head back home.
Gavin starts kindergarten.
Gavin joins the mini-mites hockey team. This was his first day. Three weeks later, he was skating like he was born to skate.
The Stanley Cup comes to our house for a visit.
We all enjoy a family day at the park.
Blake and Brady are introduced to Great Wolf Lodge for the first time.
Gavin is the Incredible Hulk for Halloween, his most favorite holiday ever.
My great aunt passed away and Gavin & I go to Northern Michigan for her funeral. This was taken at the Mackinaw Bridge before heading home.
I reach that 40th 29th milestone birthday.
We attend Dave’s company Christmas party downtown. Gavin had fun skating on the home ice of the Detroit Red Wings.
Our Christmas family photo.
Hope everyone had a fantastic holiday season. Happy New Year!
Ahhh yes, my least favorite time of the year. Am I ready? Hardly. Here it is after 2am and I’m still addressing my Christmas cards. It seems I get them out later and later each year. The past couple years I find myself rushing to the 24hour post office in the middle of the night so that folks can get my cards by Christmas Eve. Needless to say, I’ll be hitting the 24hour post office tomorrow night.
My sister is coming in town on Christmas day. Am I ready? Hardly. I have to rewash the sheets in the spare bedroom because the boys like to go in there and jump on the bed. Suppose I could just wash the pillow cases since that’s all that is exposed to the endless amounts of drool that pour from my childrens mouths. I’ve never known toddlers that drool so much. And at almost 17 months. When is it going to end?
November, as I mentioned, was a crazy month. My great aunt passed away and we went out of town for her funeral. The stomach flu also made a visit to our house in November. First Gavin, then the twins, then Dave. Luckily for me, I did not come down with it. I was washing my hands so much while cleaning up buckets of vomit and diarreah. I was determined to NOT get it. Just goes to show you how frequent hand washing is a huge defense against these kinds of things. I’m now an even bigger fan of hand washing.
Well, for now, I’ll leave you with this. Every year we make a gingerbread house. This years was quite a turn out. Gavin is very proud. Now if I can only keep the twins from pulling the candy off.