In January, binkles turned 9 and I turned 32. Binkles, jones, and boo tried out for the school play, and binkles got a part! On Martin Luther king jr weekend, the family spent an UNFORGETTABLE weekend at our friends' recently-purchased cabin in the mountains. I can't remember if I posted about it, so here's a brief recap: we spent weeks of anticipation for our first winter camping experience. On the drive up, although she was fairly well potty-trained at that point, buttercup made a HUGE mess in her pants! Thankfully I had put her in a diaper (who knows why, but I did). We were snowed out of the cabin and had to run some errands. We turned on the fireplace to start heating the cabin, and ran off in hopes the guys could get the driveway driven in so that we could park. We got stuck in the driveway while we turned on the stove, but thankfully my pal is quite the pusher and pushed us out. I was highly impressed since we had our Yukon XL packed with stuff and people!!!! By the time we got inside the cabin, it wasn't warm, but the food was ready. We also found out that the water wasn't working and we'd have to use the outhouse for any potty needs. Starboy ignored this small detail unless it was convenient for him. I know I took him outmultiple times, but the inside toilets had another story to tell.
The water problem turned out to be frozen pipes. That problem never resolved over the weekend. We had to use snow and purchased a LOT of portable water.
I purchased disposables for buttercup, and that was difficult for her to regress into. That was difficult.
I also started my first cycle after the miscarriage I experienced in December. It was very HEAVY, way heavier than I'd ever experienced before. I messed several pairs of pants and a couch!
I think the dogs got sick.
The fireplace started heating the house the second day, that first night was real winter camping for sure!!!!
We had a blast snow tubing and snow playing.
There were probably a dozen or so disasters that I have conveniently misplaced from my memory, but it didn't matter. It was one of the best weekends ever. I honestly don't think any of the kids knew that ANYTHING went wrong! It was real winter camping and we had a blast!!!!!!!!!!!
Other January news: Otter Pop traveled to Arizona for work training and I did several oil workshops.
In February, my most awesome husband sent me and buttercup across the country to stay with my sister and her family for a short week. It was awesome to see them and spend time with them since they moved in July of last year. While I was gone, boo turned 6.
The girls and I did lots of cookie sales for Girl Scouts in hopes to attend camp together in the summer.
March was quite packed with oil workshops, binkles started track, more cookie sales, several school performances including the school play binkles was in, and then spring break, starting with buttercup's 2nd birthday!
In April, I was able to start volunteering at the elementary school once/week. I love doing that! I also was very deep in doTERRA workshops and training. There were several Girl Scout events too in April.
In May our family turned a corner of busy-ness that we've never experienced before! The calendar looks quite empty but we weren't bored!!!! On the 12th of May, we closed on our very first home. We spent the rest of the month running to and from, cleaning, scrubbing, and painting, only to repeat the process at the other house.
In June then, we moved into the new house. The kids got out of school on the 4th, and after that we were IN!
Wolfie went to church camp and jones turned 8! By the end of the month we were tired of moving in and decided to put some fun in July.
So in July we started inviting guests over. Finnagen was discovered to have some huge medical issues after being attacked by a huge dog over our newly built fence! Binkles and jones went to church camp for the first time for one week, and then Wolfie went the next. We started re-attending weekly pool days and started swim lessons for boo. At the end of the month, binkles, boo, and I headed up to Girl Scout camp together.
In August, we returned and I started swim lessons with Starboy. Both of those kids took to swimming very well! I started a babysitting job, the kids started school, I got pregnant, we got a puppy, helped regime the puppy's brother (with nana), and spent a weekend down with some cousins at my parents'.
In September, Wolfie took drivers Ed, binkles started cross country, and I continued my babysitting job (3days/week) all while bouting morning sickness. Girl Scouts also started up and this year I took on a leader position with the juniors (binkles age). We met a German exchange student (Danke) that needed re-homed and decided that she could live with us, sharing wolfie's room that she was so excited to have all to herself. Danke was already on the school swim team. Mid September, Otter pop turned 41 and Starboy was hospitalized for several days. He came out alive, but it was a scary respiratory distress! Shortly thereafter, Wolfie went for a walk with mackintosh (the pup) and was bit several times by the same dog that bit finnagen in June. We had parent teacher conferences at the end of the month and Wolfie finished drivers Ed to start her 6 month probation period.
In October, I started back up with oil workshops, mackintosh got an infection from the dog bite, we made lots of canned yummies (applesauce and relish), and Starboy turned 5!
In November, my father had open heart surgery and then Wolfie celebrated a weeklong celebration of turning sweet sixteen. Even the skies partied and we got LOTS of beautiful snow! My dad is recovering very nicely. We had our family pictures taken and on thanksgiving revealed to our family that we are expecting a new baby.
In December finally we got to meet our little guy via ultrasound and Doppler detection. We also got to attend the high school's foreign exchange night, music concerts, and several sugar-coated Christmas celebrations. My sister came to visit with her adorable son, and Wolfie got a job! We went to a most beautiful wedding, and wolfie's biological mom came to visit. We started our Christmas break-from-schools and have been ailed with sickness ever since. Currently Starboy is almost in hospital condition again as I poke letters. We hope that this next year is filled with GOOD HEALTH, great friends, and fun memories!!!!
From all of us: we love you and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!