Monday, December 31, 2012

And that's a wrap...

2012 is about to end.  Tonight is the last night of this year and tomorrow begins a new one.  I like wrapping up each year on my blog but of course I will have to do that in words only. 

This was a good year.  A great year.  2008, 2010, and 2012 are by far my three favorite years so far.  2008 I married my guy, 2010 I became a mom to an amazing little man, and this year I became a mom to a beautiful little lady.  I am blessed.  I am thankful. 

Jay turned 28 at the beginning of this year and I turned 29 in May.  This is my last year in the 20's.  Carter turned 2 this year and turned from a toddler to a little boy.  His vocabulary grew immensely.  His personality began truly showing and his independence reared its ugly head.  He continued to bring true joy into our lives. 

Madelynn Grace was born this year and added more joy to our lives then we knew possible.  I learned how to be a mom of two and split my time between two precious kids. 

Jay continued to work at Rural Metro Ambulance full time and Lyons Ambulance part time.  He continued working on his prerequisites for paramedic school.  He grew as a husband and dad and works so hard to provide for us and take care of us. 

I got to become a little more of a stay at home mom this year with just a small, four hour a week learning coach gig.  I got very involved in MOPS this year and have made many new wonderful friends.  I have fallen in love with being a mom and am so thankful for this job God has blessed me with. I have continued working hard on my Master's degree and am down just four terms left (about five classes, including my thesis).

We began the huge project of knocking down the "jungle" in our backyard, thanks to a friend of Jay's mom.  He still have a ton of work to do back there but the jungle is gone!  We also put in a new front window in our living room which was on our priority list since we moved in to our house.  We still love o.ur house and look forward to more projects in 2013.  We are hoping this will be the year we finish fencing in the back yard and maybe finish up our laundry room. 

2012 was a year of growth in our marriage.  We love each other and are committed to making and keeping our marriage great.  We worked hard on date nights frequently and learned how to walk through more difficult phases in our marriage.  Marriage isn't easy but it is great!  I am thankful for my marriage and my husband!

We took the kids to Seattle this year to see Jay's family before they headed off on a cruise.  It was so fun seeing all the sights of Seattle with our kids and Jay's family.  We also flew to Iowa this year for Christmas.  That is actually where I am typing the blog right now.  We have loved every minute here in Iowa and are so thankful for the opportunity to spend some time with them for Christmas. 

I discovered Pinterest this year and feel a little addicted and overwhelmed with all of the fun things I can create!  I have started crafting on a minor scale, thanks to Pinterest.  I even tried around 35 new recipes from Pinterest and grew in my dinner making skills.  Jay appreciated that very much. 

My dreams and hopes for 2013...
I hope to use my Courthouse membership a little more and lose a few more pounds.  I hope to try lots more recipes and continue to grow in my cooking skills.  I hope to craft more and fill my home with homemade decor.  I hope to play with my kids more.  I hope to organize my house better.  I hope to teach Carter about Jesus Christ even more than ever.  I hope to love my husband more and go to Disneyland with him for our fifth wedding anniversary. 

Good-bye 2012, hello 2013!

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