New Year’s the most interesting thing I will be doing is writing this post. Sad, but I am a mother to two little girls. There will be no late night parties for me, plus Kevin has to work New Year’s Eve, so probably just watch Ted on DVD. Among one of my Christmas presents was the Blueray DVD of Ted, because both Kevin and had wanted to watch this movie. So when I opened this present, Kevin announced that we could watch this on New Year’s Eve Night. So, technically we have a date, but in our very own living room on our (his) 60” TV.
But this is supposed to be a bit of a reflection of sorts from this past year. I truly didn’t start up writing seriously until June with first starting on Hubpages and then starting my blog at the end of the summer. I promised myself when I started that I would write daily and so far I have not missed a day. As I have said in the past this has been my sounding board and truly a place to let it all hang out, the good, the bad and the horrendous!!
Since I only starting to document my daily ramblings for a little less then four months my past year’s reflections may be a bit sketchy to recall, but I will try my best to remember the whole year. However, I will be honest I have mommy brain pretty bad at times and am truly lucky I remember my own name many days, but then again how could I forget, because I hear the word “Mommy” at least 1,000 times a day.
That said, I will try to recall January through December 2012, as best as possible for you.
Another year has just started. Emma is just about 2 1/2 year old now. She has finally begun to speak in sentences. She was our late bloomer in the speaking department, but hearing her speak in more than one or two word phrases was truly music to my ears. Also, just signed Emma up for pre-school for the following Fall.
Lily had about three ear infections already and was on number three already heading to number four. It seemed like I was at the doctor more times than I care to remember. And when I wasn’t at our pediatrician, I was at urgent care, because it was not during regular office hours. It was this month that she was prescribed a stronger antibiotic that she had an allergic reaction to making the poor thing poop every hour on the hour. I literally had to take her off the medicine and was told the following day that apparently the ear infection was indeed gone and nothing else had to be done.
A short break from illnesses and we had another family St. Patrick’s Day, which is a pretty big holiday around here, because Kevin is 100% Irish and his family makes a huge deal of this day.
Spring and Easter was finally here. Also, Lily was on ear infection number five, which this time was treated with drops, which were a pain in the ass to administer trying to keep an 18 month old still long enough to get the drops in her ear, but lo and behold they did work and no more ear infections were to be had for now.
Mother’s Day, Kevin’s 35th Birthday and Emma’s Dress Rehearsal for her first Dance Recital. The pictures that we had taken at Target of her were truly the best and she was so darn proud of herself it was amazing.
My 35th Birthday, Father’s Day and Emma’s Dance Recital. Seeing my baby on that stage was priceless. She danced her heart out and have to tell you I cried seeing her actually doing the dance with her class. This was when I first started up with Hubpages and began to write again, as well.
Emma’s 3rd Birthday, Our Family Trip to Nantic Beach, CT and our 6th Wedding Anniversary. We vacationed with Kevin’s whole family at a beach house that his cousin rented for a few days right before Emma’s Birthday. We literally came home from vacation and had her family party the very next day. A bit crazy and hectic, but totally worth it when she was so over excited for her special day.
Lazy, hazy days at my in-laws pool with Kevin and the girls. We enjoyed the rest of the summer and this was actually when I first began to blog. I started on Blogger and quickly went over to WordPress.com before settling in on WordPress.org with my own domain name.
Emma started pre-school for the first time and fall began. By this point, I was blogging everyday pretty much and truly loving every minute of it. Ironically, I feel like this month I have the least to put up in a recap. Yet, I documented so much of our daily life at this point!
Halloween, Visiting Hicks Nursery for Otto the Friendly Ghost Show, The Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns and Hurricane Sandy, too. Yes, as much as this month started out being about preparations for Halloween, it ended with a bang literally with losing our power for 2 days and nights from Hurricane Sandy. Though I shouldn’t be complaining, because others fared far worse, I will never take heat or electricity for granted again!
Coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Lily’s Birthday. Because so much seemed to happen in such a short time span, I really felt like the month of November flew right by us. It felt like it was Halloween and then in the next breath November was over, but don’t think I will ever quite forget hosting the whole family for days on end when they had no electricity and heat for over a week’s time. Plus, this was the month my Lily turned two and she did it so gracefully!! On top of all of this, I blogged everyday as usual and wrote over 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo on my very first novel!!
If November went by in a blur, then December matched and surpassed it. Seriously, one minute it was December 1st, we were painting our room, preparing to put decorations up, having Gingerbread the Elf make his first appearance and then in a blink of an eye Christmas came and went. Seriously, I cannot believe this year is just about over, but before this month ended I hit my first ever payout for Hubpages. So, a big hooray for that!!
And now before wrapping this post and year up, I would like to share a few of my favorite posts here with all of you now. Sit back, rewind and enjoy!!
- Meet The Teacher
- And A Potty We Will Go
- And They Called It Puppy Love: Emma’s First Crush
- 15 Minutes of Blog Fame for Kevin
- The Night the Lights Went Out In Seaford
- The Good Fight for the 60” LED TV
- I Need That Damn Elf Now
- What Has Three Sides?
- Cinderella’s Or Lily’s Glass Slipper
- How a Pre-School Craft for the Holiday Brought Out the Sap in Me
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You are totally the first Melanie and thank you seriously for taking some time to read and share a bit. So happy to hear Ted was a funny movie and now looking forward to watching it that much more. Thank you seriously for being so kind to me this past year and all your support, too!!
Emma Tustian says
Great to see what's been going on on your blog before I found you through I love my post hop.
Thank you so very much Clark. You know I will keep reading, so I guess we got a deal 🙂 Thanks for saying such lovely things here and I too am so happy we met through the BBG and here is to so much more, too!!
Thanks so very much Amy. Glad you enjoyed and Happy New Year to you and your family!!
Oh thanks so very much Emma and happy to have you here. Will definitely follow you back if you just write me back your blog address here 🙂 🙂
GK Adams says
Loved your 2012 recap. You have a beautiful, wonderful family. May 2013 bring your health, prosperity, and fun times!
Thanks Gina and want to wish you a very Happy New Year, as well!!!
Wonderful post. 🙂 It's been so fun getting to know you better and best wishes for 2013!
Thank you Cyndi. I feel the same way about you and hope that you and your family have a very wonderful New Year, too!!
Jane Marsh says
What a full year! (And what a sickly year for your Lily, poor thing). All the best to you and your family in 2013; I am so glad to have "met" you this year. xoxo J.
So true about Lily, Jane. But thankfully and knock on wood, she has been better so far at the end of the year. I wish you and your family only the best, too. and very happy to have gotten to know you as well!!! 🙂 🙂
Wait until you are my age; you won't be able to remember each month like you just did. LOL Happy New Year to you, Janine! It has been a pleasure and honor to know you.
Thanks Bill and can only say the same about you. Just so happy and humbled, too to have gotten to know you and call you my friend!! Happy New Year to you and your family, too!!!
Great recap! I think you did a fine job remembering…I am not doing a recap post because to me it's sadly all a blur. Anyway, you should feel proud of what you accomplished this year, both professionally as well as a mom. Looking forward to what 2013 brings!
Thanks Emily and thought I would have more trouble than I actually did especially the months before I started blogging, but amazingly most of it came back to me. So I guess my memory isn't as bad as I tend to think!! Totally looking forward to 2013, too to be able to share with you and everyone else 🙂
Rachel Harper says
Great recap Janine and a whirlwind of a year. Hoping 2013 brings you no ear infections, no hurricanes but lots and lots of inspiration for writing, I really enjoy your blog!
Oh thanks Rachel and hope you know I feel very much the same about your blog, too. Happy New Year to you, too!!
Watch it Richard, lol!! Seriously, you are lucky you aren't talking to my mom, because she has had years shaved off ever since I can remember and is not one for discussing age, lol!! Seriously, thanks again and Happy New Year to you, too!!!
Rita Abitabile says
Great recap, Janine! I actually lived through most everything with your family and it was interesting and hectic. And you know it is a time honored tradition in your Nana's family to shave off a few years from my age…ha ha! Luckily most people are too old to remember my age, lol. Love you, Janine
Thanks Mom and you know how much I very much appreciate your help with the girls. It is because of you that I able to remain sane in this crazy little person's world that I pretty much live in, lol!! Love you too 🙂 🙂
Every time I come to your blog I see you gain strength in your writing voice! I like your recap and wishing you a wonderful New Years Eve!
Oh thanks so very much Christy and wishing you too a very, Happy New Year!!
Thanks so much Melissa and have been so happy and blessed to have gotten to know you over this past year. I am also looking forward to seeing how your blog is going to change in the coming months. Happy New Year!!!
Lisa Devereaux says
Happy New Year! A new reader from the Aloha blog hop. I have 3 year old twin girls so share a similar year juggling a young family. I hope 2013 is wonderful for you.
Thanks so much Lisa for stopping by, commenting and following me, too. Please if you can let me know the name of your blog, so I too can stop by your blog and follow you back. Happy New Year and again thanks so very much!!
Dysfunction Junction says
Such a cute blog! I can totally relate. If you could use a good laugh and have a moment to stop by my new blog that would be wonderful! Now following you on google + and facebook
Oh thanks so much Katie and will totally stop by your new blog. I will take a look on your profiles to find your page. Thanks again and Happy New Year!!
Thanks so very much Eddy and hope you know that you are a wonderful friend to me, too. And I am wishing you and your family a very, Happy New Year, too!! Love and hugs from this part of the world also!!!
Love this new look, Janine! So very sweet and pretty! I remember and enjoyed so many of these posts, but for some reason the TV one always sticks in my head–and makes me laugh. Thanks for the flashbacks and here's to another year of your great posts 🙂
Thanks Meredith, I was actually going for this look, because that is what little girls are, except for the craziness and madness at times, lol!! But seriously, glad you enjoyed and I too couldn't resist with the TV. Happy New Year again!!!
Have fun watching Ted tonight! My hubby and I just watched it and let's say it was hilarious…and also kinda disturbing lol. But a good movie to watch with the hubs!
Oh thanks letting me know Kera. I heard some good things, but always good to hear it from friends 🙂 🙂 Kind of excited (I know that probably sounds dorky), but a funny movie and Kevin is all I need tonight!!
Jen Piwtpitt says
Congratulations on writing something every day. That's a feat! Happy New Year!
Oh thanks Jen and a very, Happy New Year back at you, too!!
Happy New Year again to you and your family Jamie!! Sorry, I am a party pooper and was out cold by 1 am, lol!!! Hope you had a great night 🙂 🙂