Yearly Recap {2013}

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done an end-of-the-year recap post; in fact, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about ANYTHING at all. I saw this yearly recap on Rage Against the Minivan and decided to participate, too.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?  2013 was a pretty tame year for me. We took in our second little foster daughter, loved on her for eight months, and then she reunified with her birth mother. That was hard.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?  I honestly don’t even remember what my resolutions were from last year. I’m sure one of them was to lose weight, which has happened! I will make new resolutions for 2014… I want to get back into exercising regularly, I want to take more time to enjoy the little things, and I want to simplify life in general.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? I had a few cousins give birth to beautiful babies!

4. Did anyone close to you die?  Thankfully, no!

5. What countries did you visit?  I had a brief trip across the border into Mexico, but other than that, all of our vacations were in the US. We visited Montana, Colorado, and South Dakota.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?  Patience, time, and living more in the present.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? April 2013 because we were placed with our second foster daughter and also because rights were terminated on our first foster daughter’s biological parents that month. December 20th she officially became an “adoptive placement” –looking forward to finalizing in the next month or so! On November 25th, our little girl was having a routine surgery and we had a baseline MRI done for her neurofibromatosis and discovered some things we weren’t expecting and that will require more in-depth medical consultations in 2014. November 27th, the little girl we had been fostering returned home to her mother.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?  Successfully parenting two little girls aged two months apart and mostly keeping my sanity, not to mention being a mother the other four kiddos.

9. What was your biggest failure?  I didn’t put as much time into my business as I had hoped to. Seems like time got away from me in many areas of my life.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?  No, not really.

11. What was the best thing you bought?  A huge, comfy couch big enough for all of our massive family to sit on. Also, my NutriBullet -I use it every single day.

12. Where did most of your money go?  Taxes and kids.

13. What did you get really excited about?  We have two open spots for foster children and I get extremely excited when our home phone rings, hoping for a little baby. There are only two types of people that call our home phone – social workers and doctors.

14. What song will always remind you of 2013?  Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show. We play that a lot to calm Jaz down.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:

– happier or sadder? I think I am happier.
– thinner or fatter? Definitely thinner, which makes me happy!
– richer or poorer? About the same, but I think we have more of our debts paid off!

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?  Traveling and seeing the world, taking photos, and talking to friends.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?  I would like to spend less time online and on my phone, which is hard, because it’s how I make a living and stay in touch with most people!

18. How did you spend Christmas?  We spent Christmas at home for the second year in a row. This never happens.  Usually, Justin ends up having to work over Christmas and we head to the rig. On Christmas day, we drove to Dickinson and hung out with family for a few hours.

19. What was your favorite TV program?  Walking Dead, Girls, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and So You Think You Can Dance.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?  Oh, gosh. I’m not sure I even read a whole book last year. I probably read a few, but I can’t remember what they were. My family got me Humans of New York, a collection of photos and stories, and I’ve been loving that the last few days!

21. What was your favorite music from this year?  Unfortunately, most of my music is stuff my teenage girl listens to, because my time is spent shuffling kids from one place to another. When I do get time to myself, I’ve been digging Ryan Adams, Passenger, The Neighbourhood.

22. What was your favorite film of the year? Honestly, I don’t think I even saw a decent movie during the last year!

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?  I turned 34 and didn’t do anything memorable. I will be turning 35 in 10 days -yikes! I don’t have any big plans, although I will be meeting some of my besties for a quick trip a few days after that! I can’t wait!

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Starting to build the house we have been planning. We purchased 40+ acres in 2012 and were hoping to start building last spring, but it just didn’t happen that way, as we need to figure out how to get a road across the creek!

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? I still live for cozy and easy, but I’m starting to branch out a little more, thanks to Stitch Fix! My “personal stylist” sends me great pieces I would never typically pick for myself.

26. What kept you sane?  My husband and my kids. They are also probably the ones that make me not-so-sane.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.  Not everyone is going to share the same parenting standards that I hold myself to. And that’s okay. I can offer advice, support, and encouragement, but in the end, I cannot change people. Sometimes, I just need to let it go.

instafriday

Hello, Friday!

Let’s take a look at our week via instagram, shall we?

The boys made us their “special” lemonade…

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We worked on our projects… okay, well mainly my husband worked on the chicken living situation.

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BUT, I was busy turning this old family writing desk into a beautiful dresser in our foster care room! It’s perfectly imperfect and I love it!

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Speaking of foster care, our life has been busy with our little foster baby. It’s so much fun to watch her learn and grow. It’s amazing all that she has picked up in the last few weeks.

She stands next to furniture!

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The twins read her books…

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And Averie and I have soooooo much fun clothes-shopping for her!

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Christy and I found these “vintage” desks for giveaway while we were visiting my Dad. I grabbed two for the twins and she grabbed two to haul down to Texas. The boys are loving them!

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Linking up with Life Rearranged.

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grabbing life by the horn{worm}s

Does it seem to you that time is flying by at epic speeds? Or is it just me?

I’ve been meaning to write about our trip to Florida. How the massive crowds at the theme parks made me want to stab people, but then the last few days at our favorite beach town soothed my soul {and feet}.

I was planning on writing about how awesome the kids did in school this year. They are some smart little cookies, you know.

I had intentions of writing about foster care. We are officially a licensed foster family now, since April. We waited and waited for our phone to ring, and wouldn’t you know it, as we were in Florida going through the security line for Disney World, we got a call for two little girls. It didn’t work out and they weren’t placed with us, but a few weeks ago, we finally had our first placement. She is the most adorable baby and we are enjoying loving on her!

Did I mention that I survived another year of the three-kids’-birthdays-in-five-days week? Just barely. We pulled it off, though, and I now have TWO teenagers. Lord, help me.

Our oldest is taking his driver’s road test next week. Lord, help me.

Oh, and today I discovered these beasts {tomato hornworms} mooching off my tomato plants. Okay, more like devouring them. What the hell. Don’t mess with my tomaters.

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So, like I said. I’ve been meaning to share all these things with you; but, I’m kind of tired. This having five kids thing is kind of exhausting. And awesome.

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We have had some big, exciting weeks around here lately. I love summertime!

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We have been playing with my chickens {I love them!}. They are amazing to watch. Really.

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We bought 47 acres.

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Oh, and we went to Florida. Rollercoasters and theme parks, followed by many days relaxing in the sand and chasing lizards.

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Linking up to You Capture!

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loves me…

How sweet is this?

the other kids.

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please. i haven’t seen my kids in DAYS.

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It’s official!

It's official!

instaFriday {march 9}

This week has been filled with sick.

It felt like a big school bus plowed me over and drug me a few hundred feet.

But, as any sick momma knows, life must go on.

Until the kids go to school, then you can crawl back in bed with and rest with your favorite furry pets.

Or email with one of your best friends and come up with a hilarious new website.

I had a photo shoot last weekend for a new clothing store opening soon… it was a blast! More “official” photos will be posted soon!

My order of beautiful fabric arrived… now I just need to figure out {and find the time} to create with it.

That’s all I’ve got for you this week! What’s new with you?

Linking up with Life Rearranged. life rearranged

excuses.

I’m sorry…

I can’t work out today.

The dog ate my shoelaces.

Good thing he’s cute.