Saturday, January 4, 2014

HELLO 2014!!

So yeah, I went away for just a few. We have such a busy busy busy 2013, especially the last couple months.

Just in November and December we have Chase's birthday, Landon's birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Black Friday (yep, it's totally an event), Christmas and New Years. Along with all that throw in all the holiday commitments and working and trying to have some fun too!! I am tired from just writing all this!! 

Just like last year I am going to take you peeps on a recap of 2013! You ready??? It's going to be GREAT! I also promise not too many pictures! Maybe 2 or 3 per month!

Not a whole lot happened. I didn't have a job but half way through the month I finally got a job! It was pretty awesome until I realized how NOT awesome it was going to be. Standing on my feet for over 10 hours with no break. Um, yeah. NO THANK YOU!

Snow. Yup. Snow. Always. 

You know that job from last month, yeah, it's gone. Sorry. This girl could not hang. 
Chase had his very first surgery on the 6th. He had to to have tubes put in his ears. That kid had 12-13 double ear infections in about 6-7 months. I had  enough. We took him in late January and they scheduled him ASAP. I am so glad we did that. His ears are fantastic now!
We took the kids to the Monster Truck Jam for Valentines Day. My kids LOVED it!! It was so loud. Luckily I had the bright idea of getting ear plugs for us all. So glad I did.
Right at the end of the month my new nephew, Luke, was born!! Momma did a terrific job!! I am so blessed that I have been able to meet each of my nephews as soon as they were born.

Landon, Chase, and Griffin at the Monster Jam

Yup, Monster Jam. Very cool.

My brand new nephew, Luke. Isn't he just totally adorable/

Luke and I.

My brave little man right before his surgery. He did great!!

MARCH 2013
Man. This was a busy month for us. So you know how I got a job in January, left the job in February, well now in March I got a NEW JOB!! When I quit the other job it took a lot of talking with Matt and figuring out bills. You know, the logistics. At that point Matt and I had committed to me being a stay at home mom and severely cutting back. On March 1st, I was going through Craigslist just messing around and saw a Monday - Friday job with the hours of 9-2. I sent my resume. Later that day I had an interview and hired on the spot. Let me tell you, best thing I ever did. The job totally rocks (even after almost a year), my boss is pretty much the best boss I have ever had. I am totally in love with this job!
But moving on.... We also had the kids spring break in late March. We decided to go on a short trip. All the way to Columbus! We got a hotel room for 2 nights and went to COSI. Kids had a blast swimming for hours on end and they totally had a blast at COSI. COSI was just about one of the coolest places we have ever been!
Easter was thrown in March as well. It was awesome. We of course went to church. It was a little different this year because my nephew, who was born in late February, was in the hospital with a nasty infection. So we didn't get to celebrate with Matt's family. We spent sometime at the hospital visiting my baby nephew.
In other news, one my friends, and the kids old babysitter, had her FIRST baby this month!! She was our baby sitter from the time Chase was 9 months old until he went to school. We have all grown really close to her. It's been a joy to watch her grow into her own self. And let me tell you, her baby was just about the cutest little girl I had ever seen!!


Emma - Easter Eggs

All of us including the fish and hamster.

Chase made one for his stuffed doggie. Um, ok.

Landon being a goof while hunting some Easter eggs.

All the kids baskets.

APRIL 2013
About the only thing that was fantastic this month was my Emma's 11th birthday!! I already wrote a a whole blog about it so here is the link! Emma's Birthday Bash!
We had waaaay to much fun that night! It's hard to believe my little baby girl is now 11 years old, wearing a size 9 show and is 5 feet 6 inches tall. Freaky.

Emma just opened her Justin Bieber tickets!!! Look at that face!

My baby and I.

Emma getting her birthday manicure.

Showing off our nicely manicured nails.

MAY  2013
SCHOOLS OUT!!! WHOOHOO!!! And with school being out that means VACATION TIME!!! Literally about half an hour after they got off the bus from the last day of school we headed out! I already wrote some blogs about our trip so I'll just post the links.

Vacation Day 1-3
Vacation Day 4-6
Vacation - The End

This month we also celebrated Mother's Day. I was able to spend time with my mom and my grandma. We went to the nursing home and heard some singing and had some cake. My grandma had a great time listening to the music. Oh, and Matt made me a custom headboard for the bed!!!

But of course I can't leave you with one some pictures!

Mother's Day at the nursing home with my Grandma.

Boys making me a cake for Mother's Day.

Hiking. In flip flops. Yeah, I am kinda awesome.

All of us hiking.

We are standing at the highest point in Alabama. Pretty cool.

And that would be my cousin putting snake skin on me. I pretty much about puked.

Oh yeah, we bought 3 moonshines!

JUNE 2013
This month we celebrated Father's Day, my moms birthday and my grandma's birthday! For grandma's birthday we sprung her out of the nursing home and took her to one of her favorite places to eat, Belgrades. It was beyond yummy. Man, I am getting hungry just typing about it.
Emma also started the braces process!! She got her bite jumper and expander. I cannot wait until her process is done. She is going to look so different.
In other exciting news, one of my childhood dreams came true. I, along with one of my best friends, went and saw New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men and 98 degrees. It was the most bestest concert ever!! I was totally like a 12 year old girl the whole time.

Emma - After braces

Emma - Before braces

Grandma's Birthday!

my mom and my grandma

About the only good picture I got from the NKOTB concert.

JULY 2013
Another busy month!! We started it off with a heck of a 4th of July party here at our house!! We had a ton of our closet friends. It was just some good ole family fun. I actually can't remember a whole lot except when I bashed the volley ball into a friends face. I laughed so hard I practically peed my pants. Don't worry, she was ok though. It was just an awesome day with some awesome people.
In mid July, I did the unthinkable. I took my daughter to see JUSTIN BIEBER. Let me tell you a little about this concert. I have been so a ton of concerts in my day. This one, was by far, the loudest and craziest concert ever. And that was even before he took his shirt off!!! Emma was just beside herself. I am so grateful that we were able to afford to take her. It was definitely a day to remember!
And the very last thing...Football and cheer started!! Emma was cheering for the 6th grade squad, Landon started his first year of tackle ball and Chase started his last year of flag football. And did I mention Matt works 2nd shift and all three kids have different practice schedules and 3 different games?? Let me tell you how much fun this is!

Oh how could I forget this! Matt went to Canada for almost a week for some car race/show thing. First time we have been apart for that long in many many years. And he left me home with ALL THE KIDS!! How dare he!! They survived and I survived! Luckily it was around the same time as our churches vacation bible school. So it helped that every night we were at church. It was a nice break for the kids and for me.

Emma and a couple of her friends at the Justin Bieber concert

Yup, I think they were having a great time!

On our way to VBS also this is the day before Matt left for Canada.

Goofing around

Chase lost a tooth!!!

Snack crew for VBS. We kinda rocked this year!

My sister in law and I

He was so stinking excited to get his helmet!

MY BIRTHDAY MONTH!! We started this month off right with a trip to my favorite restaurant...The Melting Pot. Best.Place.Ever. We went with Matt's brother and sister in law. We love spending time with them. They are alot of fun! We finished off the night with dessert at the Cheesecake Factory. YUMM!!
Check out the link below for all the fun birthday details!! Melting Pot, drag races, out of country travel!!

Kelly's Birthday Blog!

Along with all the birthday fun we were still in the midst of football/cheer season (YEAH!) and then the dreaded school year started. Emma went into middle school (WHAT??!! I am not even old enough to have a kid in middle school! I demand a recount!!), Landon started 2nd grade and Chase went into 1st grade.

Along with all this fun, Emma started horseback riding lessons (thanks Grandma!!!) and I helped build a float for Tallmadge Youth Football for the annual light parade. Um, yeah. That was fun.

Landon's first game. Luckily he was playing aganist one of his friends.

All 3 kids game schedule. It was a little nuts.

Landon and Chase first day of school!

Emma first day of school!

My absolute favorite picture of Landon, like, ever.

The float I helped make.

Not too shabby.

Middle school orientation. She looks like she might cry...LOL

Drag races!!

Basically this month was nothing but Football and Cheer. It was driving, practices, games, etc. All that fun stuff. Now I leave you with some pictures. Seriously, just football and cheer.

My boy Landon. 

Chase Flag Football 2013

Emma Cheer 2013

Love this picture Emma's grandma took. Just love it!

Landon Football 2013

This is the start of our busy season. Not going to bore you all with the small details, but here is a small recap of the month.

Chase Field trip
Family Pictures
Visit to Amish Country
Class Halloween Parties
Pumpkin Farm
Carving Pumpkins
Chase Stitches (of course)
Trick or Treating (3 times)

And make sure you throw in football / cheer for 3/4 of the month and to/from visiting grandma in the nursing home.

The BIGGEST news of the month is my husband moved to FIRST SHIFT!! See, when I met him he worked 2nd shift. So for 10 years my husband worked second shift. It was retail second shift so like noon to 9 pm. It was very hard on all of us. We were so thankful that he even had a job and a job that he kept for so long. He has been promoted and changed positions numerous times but always had to work that stupid shift. Finally he got a promotion that gave him the opportunity to work Monday - Friday from 9-5. It has been the biggest blessing. And of course he started the new shift right after football/cheer ended....LOL

My three weirdos

Two of the three weirdos

Learning some car skills from daddy

Apparently he ran into a wall / got tripped by his brother. 

Emma's beautiful hair for family pictures

Matt and I before pictures

I don't hardly ever take a selfie. I attempted and it turned out GREAT!

Such a busy month.
Chase's birthday was first. We partied like it was 1999 at Chuck E Cheese. Please shoot me now.
We did lots of home improvements since we were hosting Thanksgiving this year. Just some small stuff.
We did the whole Thanksgiving thing with Matt's family.
I went Black Friday shopping. .I got a ton of great deals. It.Was.Awesome.
Landon's birthday was the day after Thanksgiving. We took the boys to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and out to Fazoli's for lunch. They had such a great time. It was kids day there and they received so many freebies! Totally worth all the chaos.
I know it doesn't seem like we did alot but seriously. I don't think we slowed down to pee the whole month.

Playing with the robots that Aunt Sam and Uncle Josh got them.

Pro Football Hall of Fame

Check out my awesome football men!

Birthday boy  keeps losing teeth!!

I am not going to go much into it but my grandma took a turn for the worse. She is back at my aunt's house for the time being. So we have been over there almost every single day. I think since Thanksgiving we have missed 3 days total.
In early December we had a TON of family come in from out of state. It was great. I had so much fun seeing and talking with my family. I hated the reason they were all here but it was awesome just to spend some time with everyone.
Other then my grandma, December was a pretty tame month. I got most of the shopping done in November. I wrapped all the presents in early December. House was kept up daily. It was all good. It was good up until Emma got the flu on Christmas Eve Eve. Ugh. We had to cancel almost all of our plans. I didn't want to get anyone else sick. I just hoped and prayed that the rest of us didn't get sick. Emma got a prescription for Tamiflu, luckily it was very affordable. By Tuesday night she was feeling great. On Christmas morning we all woke up feeling great. All of our plans were still cancelled so we had a nice, chill kind of day at home. We did venture out and visit my grandma for awhile. I feel so blessed to have been able to spend Christmas with her. She wasn't even supposed to still be around for Christmas. It was completely awesome to have me and the kids spend time with her. We took lots of pictures too!!!

My selfie with grandma on New Years Eve.

Me and my love.

Seriously. 11 years old. Whatever.

Grandma and her men on Christmas.

Two of my favorite men. Yes. For real.

Another decent selfie!

Last but not least, our tree.

And that my friends is 2013 in review. I know it's super long and I know there are a thousand pictures.
We have had a wonderful 2013. We were blessed in numerous ways. This year I was consciously aware of how much stuff and money we have. This year marks the second year we have not had any credit cards. And look at all we have done. Look at all the trips. Look at the braces. Look at back to school. Look at the parties. Look at Christmas. Everything paid for in cash. Granted, we are not where we want to be but we are getting there. Slowly but surely we are getting there.

Oh and the friendships I have made. Oh the friendships. They have grown by leaps and bounds. I feel very blessed to have these women and some men in my life.

My relationship with Christ has also grown by leaps and bounds. I feel sane. I feel like I can kick life in the butt with God by my side. I have been through some things in this last year that I did not write about. They are way to personal. (I am not hiding anything but somethings do not need to be out there). I have learned to rely heavily on the Lord. Seriously. You have to just give it to him. I have learned through many many situations that I CANNOT do it. I can't. It is impossible.

And last but not least, my husband. We are a normal couple. We have ups and we have downs. This year I am pretty confident that we have had more ups than downs. I think after 9 years of marriage we are starting to get the hang of this. Now if we could just contain our oh so lovely outburst towards each other, that would be much better.

I am starting this year working on a few things. I am working on my mouth, oh my mouth. Horrible things just fly out. Ugh. I am still working on getting myself healthy. I have some small goals set and I am going to work my butt off and completely those goals. I have goals for my children too. I am not going into those right now but I cannot wait to see how life unfolds for them in the next year.

2014 is going to be a great year for me and my family. I hope and pray that it is for your too! Enjoy the last few pictures!!