JANUARY started off with our first visit (of many) to the orthodontist. Eventually we'd find out that our daughter needed quite a bit of work on her teeth, and once she's paid for, our other daughter and one son will be next in line. This month saw us actively practicing what we were preaching, and putting our marriage first. We attended a Couple's Retreat at camp, amidst a LOT of snow, and also did a couple's getaway at the coast with friends. Our youngest turned five!
MARCH was a busy month of getting things ready. Princess D had early morning choir practices and a couple of really neat concerts. She also earned her Blue belt in Tae Kwon Do (next one is brown!). we spent many hours digging fenceposts with our new post hole digger, making a road and preparing the ground for our garden. Mr Nice Guy spent part of two separate weeks in Portland at the Toyota Training Center getting ready to teach new things at his job. Whatever problems I was having with my heart got me a two day traveling visit with a Holter monitor, which showed on paper the things I'd been feeling for a few weeks. They told me to de-stress myself. My firstborn turned 12, and I penned my first blog post here on Blogger.
My Strange Genetic Disease was added, which to this day, gets more hits on google than any other blog I've written. Ever.
AUGUST gave me a reason to be really thankful for car insurance. After we took on a motorhome last month, we decided to up the ante and take on a buck with our other vehicle. August also gave me a couple weeks to really get our garden in shape. For a first time garden, it was a first class looker! I took so many photos of sunflowers and corn and cucumbers that I think I won't need to this year. I took another five days off to travel with my friend Darca to Baker City for a beautiful wedding of a young man that I had known since he was born. I got to meet my neice for the first time, since my brother lives in Idaho now. From there, it was on to Boise, where I got to spent time with my dear friends, Mike & Melanie. I also visited my college buddy, Misty, who I had not seen since... college! I stayed most of the week with my in-laws and got to spend quality time with my nephews whom I adore. It was the first vacation I'd taken without my husband. My younger three kids went along though. When I got home, I also got to reconnect with a dear friend from High School and meet her kids. We closed up August at a weekend of Family Camp with a lot of friends and a lot of mosquitoes. It was also the weekend we made our first trip to Portland to participate in Nightstrike. It changed us.
OCTOBER sent my husband back to work teaching, and brought a new dog into our lives. My step-daughter turned 18, we had cucumbers coming out of our ears, and we got to follow my Firstborn's Volleyball team all the way to the championship game. While waiting for the school bus, my daughters witnessed an accident that resulted in a death, as well as a grand jury appearance (that hasn't happened yet). We also took another trip to Portland to feed the homeless with the Nightstrike ministry.
NOVEMBER sent us one of the most memorable elections in all of history. Our kids were glued to the TV for so many hours that I was beginning to think they'd become politicians. I eventually turned it off for a week. My Firstborn started Basketball, the kids all enjoyed quite a few days off from school, and my husband and I spent Thanksgiving alone together. We made another Nightstrike Trip and our church got a new Associate Minister, which took a big workload off Mr Nice Guy.
DECEMBER brought so many snow days that it cut short my daughter's undefeated basketball season, cancelled the Christmas programs and it also meant that the kids will be going to school an extra week in June. We planned the year before to take a vacation over Christmas, so we spent a week at Running Y Resort in Klamath Falls in so much glorious snow that I really think I might buy a house in the mountains some day. Whatever S.A.D. I typically fight with, was cured for a week.
New Years eve, had my husband and I again without the kids (thanks to one special Grandma), only this year we spent it with many good friends instead of by ourselves. We toasted to new relationships, renewed committments, refreshed faith and an abundant amount of blessings, miracles and simple things that make our life OURS.