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Tis The End Of 2016

It is finally upon us. The last day of 2016.

Some will say this was the worst year they ever had, while others will say this was simply the best! Every person and life situation is different as well as every outlook.

People will be partying it up tonight in hopes for a better year in 2017. Saying “Sayonara” to 2016 and thank goodness you’re finally gone. But when I think about what I didn’t like about 2016 or the bad things that happened, those things made me stronger, more patient and taught me to persevere that much more. While it sucked going through them, they certainly didn’t make my year terrible. It was a year of growing closer together with my family and learning to be a better communicator with my friends and family from afar. 2016 didn’t suck for me. I learned a lot about myself and my family and I believe they did too.

2016 brought Travis’ transfer.

The selling of all our animals and ranch.

We left Anza and moved to Texas.

I had surgery, which turned out to be kind of major with a 6-8 month recovery.

My brother had a baby!

My niece had a baby!

The kids started new schools and one of them had trouble adjusting but who wouldn’t?

We went to Disneyworld!

Really, the worst things that happened was that we moved and had to adjust to a completely different life. Which we are still doing. It’s a big one for me only because we left our “people” behind and I don’t like city living. I miss my people more than I could ever express. And that I had surgery. That certainly doesn’t make 2016 the worst year of my life. I honestly can’t say any year ever was the worst year. 2009 felt like it because I lost my grandparents and Travs dad very close together but that was also the year we got married and pregnant with Delylah. How could that have been considered the worst year of our lives?

I think people over look the good things that happen because the bad things suck so bad.

We won’t be partying it up or hanging out with anyone tonight to bring in the new year. Travis is at work and the friends we have made are all busy. We have been having a Harry Potter marathon and are on the very last one. I’m sure we will get to that today. Today calls for board games, video games, legos and crafts. Who knows…maybe we will venture out in this rain!

How was 2016 for you and what will you be doing to bring in the new year?

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Break From School Madness

When my kids are good, they are soo good. Which happens to be most of the time. But when they are going on day 14 of vacation from school and still have 4 more days to go, things begin to get a little tense. I notice though, that the way they fight and bicker is much like the way my brothers and I fought when we were young. I laugh on the inside but am annoyed as all hell on the outside by this. They do it on purpose to the other one, just because they can. For example-

“I’m not touching you”, while holding their finger right up to the others face but not touching. Repeating it endlessly until it drives me crazy!

Actually touching each other. “He touched me first,” “No, she touched me first.” It’s an endless cycle and battle I will never win. Most of the time, I just let it happen until someone gets hurt. Then they deal with the consequences. Which they know, so why do they do it?

Take the thing the other wants most, knowing they are looking for it and run off to play with it. Then the touching, more like hitting, ensues to get back what is rightfully theirs.

Not let the other one play the game or whatever it is because they started first or they’re in the middle of something. Countless times my brothers wouldn’t let me play something because they had already started or thought I’d mess up their game because I wasn’t good enough. Levi does that to his sister constantly.

Try to be sneaky to scare the life out of the other one. Wait behind a corner, under a bed and come out when the other least expects it, shouting. It usually always works and the scared child usually ends up crying and mad!

Since we seem to be having this “never-ending break,” we have seen a lot of this. For the most part, there has been more getting along than not but I still see me and brothers fighting when my kids start to do it. It has also shown me the hell we will be enduring when Delylah is a teenager. That girl has some major attitude! Yikes!

How do your kids get along while on break from school?

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A Year Of Thankfulness

It is the last Thursday of 2016. While I have been thankful for a lot of big and small things this year, there are things that stick out more than others. Travis was transferred this year. We have had to move 1600 miles from the only place we had ever known this year. The kids started new schools and have had to make new friends. We have had to communicate with our family mainly by phone, social media and good old fashion letters. I had surgery and am still recovering. It has been quite the year.

Still, I am thankful.

We moved to a neighborhood that has kids all over. Kids my kids go to school with, are in the same classes with, ride the bus with and get to play with whenever they want.

Travis likes his job. He would be stressed out and upset with people he worked with before the transfer. Now he doesn’t come home stressed because he had a shitty work week because of shitty workers or being stuck in traffic on his 5 hour drive home that turned into 7 hours.

While I miss my people terribly. I mean TERRIBLY. We spend more time together. We only have each other here. When the neighbor kids can’t play or the weathers crappy, we have each other and spend our time playing more and enjoying each others company. I think with such a big transition, we have all benefited from this.

We are able to Skype, call and write letters constantly to all our people. It makes missing them even harder sometimes but the fact that we are able to do all that and see each others smiling faces and let the kids show each other what they’ve been up to, helps make it easier.

We have a beautiful house and yard. It still takes work to keep up our city lot but doing so makes us feel good. There isn’t much we need or want to change in the house and it feels good to have such a nice home for our family.

Travis and I have a stronger, healthier, more loving relationship. We have always done great. It seems with all that has happened this year and the support that we have given each other, no matter what the situation, has pushed us closer together. Even when I thought that wasn’t possible.

I am still recovering from my surgery but the sharp pains I was having that were shooting down my arm have subsided. There may or may not be nerve damage. We won’t know until my next appointment. The pain I am having seems to be from my nerves trying to heal. Which they could do if I did less…I am trying. I am thankful to have found such an amazing doctor and have an even more amazing husband who takes care of me.

We have been able to travel a lot this year. Seattle in January. Texas in April to pick out a house. Texas again in June to become residents. Vegas and Arizona in August. California in November. Florida in November. California and Arizona in December. Travis makes all that possible. Travis works hard so we can play hard. I could never thank him enough for the life he has given us.

Levi hasn’t gone to therapy since we moved and I don’t think he needs to go anymore. He has learned to get his attitude under control (for the most part) and we never have a blow up like we had in the past. Puberty is probably going to get all the credit for this. Once he hit puberty his whole attitude changed and it has been wonderful. I’ll take it!

I have readers! I have readers from Australia! I started this blog for myself so I could write whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I figured some of my family and friends would be the only ones ever reading it. But I actually have readers all over the world! It is such an amazing feeling when I get feedback from someone from a different country! I just can’t believe they are reading MY blog!

This has been a year full of emotions for us. So far, as a family, this has been the biggest year of our lives. We have so much to be thankful for, even though at the times they were happening we might not have thought that way.

What happened in 2016 that you are truly thankful for?

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Big Plans….Or Maybe Not

The holidays are over for us and I am excited to get back to normal. New Years just doesn’t count for us this year. Travis has to work and all the friends we have made are busy. Which is all perfectly fine with me actually. I am holiday partied out. All this eating and drinking with no working out has got me bloated and my house out of sorts! I want to start the projects that I have wanted to start since we moved in and get my house and yard back to how I like it! There is no better way to bring in the new year!
The kids still have one more week off school. I have definitely been enjoying their time off and not getting up at 5 am but damn these kids can cop some major attitudes. Not with me, but with each other. They have that sibling love like no other lately. Nothing like the holidays to bring out the love in the house. Today I will be keeping them busy helping me in the house and out in the yard. (Levi’s favorite thing to do)
I am going to love hearing them get upset while shooting their bows and picking up dog poo. All the while, I am the one really doing the hard work. Such is the life of being a parent.
How are you bringing in the new year?

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