Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 In Review

On this day, the last day of 2012, I sit here and think about what all has happened over the year.  The beginning is pretty much a blur as I don't remember much of it.

We took a couple of trips to the beach, one as a family the other just me and the kids.

In May I wrangled some personal demons and started on a journey that has resulted in my getting rid of 43 lbs. of "fluff" as my daughter calls it.  I feel better and have so much more energy.  I kick myself sometimes for not starting sooner.  I have no intention of letting myself get that "fluffy" EVER AGAIN!  I still have a ways to go to reach my ultimate goal, and I don't know how long it will take to get there, but when I do, I am hoping that the "skinny" girl I can see in mirror under all the "fluff" is there in person too.

The kids finished 2nd and 4th Grades and started 3rd and 5th Grades.  My son starts middle school next year, a big step going from big fish in the pond to the little fish again.  (I'm not ready for this, he's still my little boy!)

The mill sold, the new owners took control and the company finally started negotiating with the union.  Despite not being the best or even as good as the current contract, they have a contract and the threat of strike is behind us.  We won't have to worry again for another 5 years and hopefully by then hubby will have been able to find a job that better suits him.

Our car was hit twice this year and both times no one came forward about it.  Dealing with insurance claims is NOT fun.  It is almost not worth the trouble.

Now Christmas has come and gone in a flash.  What took a couple of hours to wrap was torn apart in a matter of minutes.  The kids are happy though and therefore so are we.  We only had 2 different celebrations this year where most we have at least 3, sometimes 4 because of hubby's work schedule vs. everyone else's work schedules.

We added to our kitty brood by bringing home a pair of 5 month old sisters.  We now have 4 girls (our sweet boy left us in Nov. for greener pastures, I believe).  While our boy is greatly missed (and I do mean greatly), we occupy our time trying to acclimate the babies to the dog (they'd never seen one before) and to a slightly older kitten who isn't sure she wants to be around the little ones, but is truly trying to get accustomed and an old crank pot who would just assume none of them were around.

We are hoping for a relatively tame 2013.  (Please let us have a tame 2013!)

HAPPY NEW YEAR from our family to yours!!