Looking back, Looking forward…

I’ve been trying to figure out how to get back to blogging the past few months, and I’ve decided to just do it! To just start writing. And the first day of the new year seems fitting to both look back and look forward.
Looking back…
It’s been a little over 4 months since I’ve updated my blog. Luke has gone from a crying, scared little boy on the first day, to a wonderful, school loving, December student of the month. He really likes school, is learning so much and takes it so seriously!

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Daniel is loving school as well and in true Daniel style has made tons of new friends. His grades are awesome and he’s loving running in the Running Club at his school. He ran his first 5K back in November.
Dan is loving the new church. He’s enjoying the work and the sweet people.
I just knew when we moved that I would get a job and all of our pieces would fall nicely into place. I had a couple of interviews this summer, but still nothing. I was told at one interview that I was 1 of 517 applicants. So, to say that getting a teaching job here is difficult is an understatement. To be perfectly honest, I’ve been very down in the dumps about not having my own classroom. It’s been hard to send both of my children off to school and be left with an empty house during the day. The lack of paycheck is difficult as well. I’ve subbed a little and fortunately I got a part job working in a 4th grade classroom 2 1/2 days a week. I’m hoping between the two things, it will help me get my foot in the door and in my own classroom soon.

December has helped my mood tremendously. I just love it. It is our craziest month times 10, but I love the holiday season! December was full of carols, elf antics, birthdays, family, and of course Christmas!

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The boys were in the children’s Christmas pageant at church and they did such an awesome job! Daniel was the angel Gabriel, sang in the choir, a trio and played the piano on two songs. I was really impressed. He still hasn’t had piano lessons, but has taught himself numerous Christmas songs. Luke has learned a lot of Christmas songs on the piano as well, but he is constantly singing a carol. My favorite might be “O Well” aka “Noel”.

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Jeremy, Santa’s elf returned and the kids were thrilled. Luke got up early every morning to find him and cried when he left. :( Jeremy even made a one day return for Luke’s birthday on the 27th.

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Daniel turned ten on the 17th, which seems impossible. I’ve been at this parenting thing for a decade now! Daniel invited a few boys over for a bonfire the weekend before his birthday. It was fun! The boys roasted marshmallows and made s’mores. They also ran around and played flashlight tag in the dark. It was declared an awesome birthday party, so that’s good! :)

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Luke chose to make his own birthday cake and have family pizza and movie night. I thought it was so sweet that he wanted us to all be together to celebrate his special day. Both boys requested scavenger hunts to find their birthday presents. Their awesome Daddy came up with clues that lead them around to their gifts. Fun!

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We’ve had lots of family time lately which has been great! We started at Thanksgiving with Dan’s parents (oh, and we snuck in one day at Disney when we were visiting), visited both of my grandparents, my parents were here for Christmas and Dan’s brother and family came for New Years! Lots of fun!

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Christmas was great as well. The boys loved their gifts and were very appreciative. We had a low, key relaxing day and it was just perfect!

Looking ahead…
2013 is going to be great, I’m declaring it so! Ha! I really don’t know what it will bring, but I’m praying for positive things for our little fam. I’m going to continue to try and focus on my blessings over my trials (ugh, why isn’t that easier?), keep things simple, and have peace become stronger than stress! Tall orders!
Happy 2013! May it be a good one!

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The four blog posts that never were…

It’s pretty obvious that I’ve had a hard time blogging since I got my new job. There have been dozens upon dozens of times that I’ve sat down to blog and just haven’t been able to focus on it. So, here are four blog posts in rapid form.

#1 Post: Luke and the Cowboy Birthday Party…

Luke had a ball at one of his best buddy’s birthday parties.  He wanted no part of riding the horse, but he rode the little wagon.  And was much too busy for a picture!

#2 Post: Wordless Wednesday: Hatman…

#3 Post: Our Awesome Thanksgiving…

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving Break at Dan’s brother’s house. I didn’t take very many pictures there, but we all had a wonderful time! There was lots of playing, children, food, shopping and movie watching.

The day before Thanksgiving we headed down to Legoland for the day. It was a surprise for the kiddos and they were so excited!

We had such a great time. The boys sweetly held hands and walked around. I had to take a picture to document such a momentous occasion. J

#4 Post: Wordless Wednesday: Back from the Library…

Tales from my camera phone…

I was going through the pictures on my phone the other day and I evidently have never done that, because there were a lot and spanned about 2 years!

They aren’t the best quality, of course, but they were fun to look through. They went all the way back to I think Daniel’s Kindergarten year! He really wanted to do the Sling Shot thing at the mall. He got all strapped in and shot super high in the air. He loved it!

I absolutely love this picture from our beach trip- I think a year and a half ago now!

This is one of my very favorite Luke pictures. He fell in love with the Christmas train at Target and asked for it every time we went in the store. This is the day where he discovered the Christmas decorations were back out. We had to stand there and watch that train go round and round for a while every time we visited Target!

Here’s Daniel in a flight simulator during his First Grade field trip to the Space center.

Luke swinging at the park.

Pretending to be Buzz Lightyear.

Daniel with one of the tigers at our local shopping center. J He kept asking for a picture with them and I finally gave in!

Daniel and I out at dinner.

Dan and Daniel out at dinner.

The boys with the Cat in the Hat at the outlet mall.

This is from last week as Luke and I were headed to grocery shop:

I turned around and went back home and let him nap. He’s stopped napping, so if he falls asleep- I let him!

I loved looking back at our adventures camera phone style.  Now maybe I should clear some of those pictures out!

This {past} week…

Like all weeks , this past one was full of big things and small… ups and downs… trivial and not so trivial…

*I took my newest favorite picture of my two kiddos.

I know they are mine, but I sure do think they super cute kids!

*Dan went before the Board of Ordained Ministry and was approved as elder in full connection! Big news for my hard working hubby! Can’t wait for his Ordination ceremony in June! Congrats, babe!!

*Dan ended up getting the flu. Again. Unbelievable really. He was able to get into the Dr. and get Tamiflu this time, so it hasn’t been as bad as… I dunno… when he had it 5 weeks ago!!

*my kid’s ate smiley toast for breakfast.

*It rained and was cold every day. Ugh. I am not enjoying winter this year. I’m much more of a warm weather person than I realized! I’ve spent entirely too many years living in Florida to put up with cold weather now!

*My kids haven’t played outside in a week! This is never good. J Actually, they have been really good, but little boys need to RUN!

*the boys wanted their picture made with their Daddy when he got home from church Sunday night. They were already in their jammies.

Can you tell that they pick out their own pajamas? How many different patterns can they mix?

*Luke learned how to work the TiVo remote. Lord help us all.

*We busted out the Cars cars and car mat this week for Luke. Ever since he got Mater’s Tall Tales DVD for his birthday, he’s really been into Mater and the gang. And he has had Cars on repeat in the car for a while now. He’s loving it. J Daniel was really into Cars at the age too.

*Daniel has a report due next week on what career he wants when he grows up. He was trying to decide between Policeman, Pastor and Exterminator. Ha! This completely cracked me up. They have to dress up like their career choice, so I think he was wanting to wear a mullet wig and some leather. Ha! Too much Billy the Exterminator anyone?
{By the way, he chose Pastor}

Top 10 from 2010…

I think that 2010 has been the fastest year ever. I just don’t know where all the time has gone! I wanted to do a look back on 2010 and some of the big {and not so big} things that have happened in our family. I’ll list these in chronological order.

1. My Wreck/Buying a new car

My 2010 started with a bang! On January 1 a lady hit my car and totaled it. I did end up getting a nice {new to me} car out of the whole situation.

  2. Daniel played Baseball and started Karate

Daniel played baseball this year and was I ever introduced to a new world. Little kid baseball is intense!

He also started karate and is doing great! He earned his yellow/white belt this December.

 3. Boys Will Be Boys!

Daniel fell into the wall and almost broke his nose and Luke busted his forehead open… all in the same week.

 4. Disney Family Vacation!

So much fun!!! We LOVE family vacations and we LOVE Disney. I think we just might be Disney fanatics.

5. Summer Fun

We had so much fun this summer being off schedule and keeping busy with our Summer Vacation Chart. We made lots of trips to the lake this summer too, which was great!

6.  Our Tenth Anniversary

I think this was my favorite part of 2010. We had such a wonderful, fun, relaxing 10th anniversary. It was great to celebrate 10 years of being married to my wonderful hubby!!

The rest of my list if from December. So we either pack a lot in a month OR my memory doesn’t go back to far… hmmmmm…. Not sure which 😉

7. Jeremy the Elf

I never dreamed we would have so much fun with a little elf visitor, but he kids loved it and we had a lot of fun with the mischief!

 8. The Boys’ Birthdays

Daniel and Luke were super pumped about their birthdays this year! I don’t know what the deal was, but turning 8 and 4 was a HUGE deal this year! J

 9. Christmas Visitors

We had Dan’s entire family (minus 1) come for a weekend in December. It was nice having everyone at church and the boys LOVED playing with all of their cousins!

My parents and Pawpaw visited too, but I have no visual proof!

 10. A House Full of Flu!

Everyone in the house had the flu at Christmas and right after. Well, everyone but me {and thankfully my doctor put me on a Tamiflu type medicine}. I don’t recommend it. It was {slash is- we’re still recovering around here} terrible. Get your flu shot! You think I would have learned this lesson by now, but I think it has sunk in with me now!

Those are 10 memories from 2010. We had a lot of other happenings this year and I’m SURE I’ve left off something terribly important. J I’m looking forward to 2011 and praying for a super positive year!!

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