To read past New Year posts, especially last year, click here.
I had titled 2012 "Expanding and Experimenting". It definitely was. As for the expanding, I don't remember why I put that as part of the title. But I would say that our expanding went to expanding our experiences (?) I don't know if that works. However we did have a lot of learning experiences, which ties in with the second half of the title experimenting. Speaking for Scott, he has learned SO much from being called as the scout master and in the Young Men's presidency at our ward. I think he has learned first of all, more about himself. Then he's learned more about the organization of the church and has learned about other people. Towards the beginning of 2012 we had some trials with cutting down our tree, flooding, and buying a car. There were other things in there, like a broken pipe too. (yes, those all link to the blog posts about them) But enough reminiscing... you can click through 2012 on the blog if you want to rewind. Lets think about 2013.
For the year 2013, we plan/hope/wish....for:
- paying off the rest of our student loans in the spring
- a beautiful baby boy in May
- actually buying our second car (a commuter for Scott)
- filling up our food storage with more canned goods both from the store and our garden
- celebrating 5 ridiculously awesome years of marriage
- celebrating Christmas with my family in Washington
I've been thinking all day about what I was going to title 2013. All of the titles I have made for the upcoming year were really obvious. This upcoming year, not so much. But I did think of something...since we are doubling the size of our original family (2 to 4) it worked.
2013 is titled: Adjusting
It's funny I would use that title for this upcoming year. I think it would fit for all the other years too. But this past year was our experimenting with things, like our garden for example. Well, this year we are only slightly adjusting what we did with our garden because we learned from what we tried last year. The major adjustment will obviously come from having one kid to two. But you know, we roll with the punches.
Again, we are so grateful for everyone who takes a minute to read/scroll through pictures of our life. Being so far from family has had it's perks but also it's downside. We love where we live and know that this is where we are supposed to be for now. Well, there are only 2 hours left in 2012 on the east coast. I better pop some Martinelli's.
Monday, December 31, 2012
|A small portion of our wood.|
|The night before the flu bug came we got sushi. YUM|
|My early Christmas present|
|Addilyn was really good at opening presents|
|Playing with her new phone|
|She loves, LOVES her new keyboard. Also her fairy costume.|
|Showing off some of her new jammies from Grandpa and Nana|
|At the library.|
|She was the only kid there, aside from Scott.|
|The librarian loved Addilyn. And Addi loved the puppet rat she had.|
|Me trying to do Addi's hair before church. She pulled it out like usual.|
|Today at the mall riding her horsey.|
Thursday, December 13, 2012
This pregnancy is continually different from Addi. Not like drastically, but subtle differences that I only notice. For one, I'm carrying higher because I can still fit my larger non-pregnant pants. I'm finally over my icky stage- which is about the same time with Addilyn. My energy has come back for the most part. That's the number one thing Scott has noticed because things are actually getting done around the house again. And tonight for dinner Scott said something to the effect of "I like having you back. Because we eat food again and there's food at our house." This is in contrast to me not making dinner, using our freezer meals that I made in September (which are actually really good), or going out to eat. Because I really really had no desire to make food. I still don't like certain foods- especially cooked green veggies. Like broccoli and spinach. The other night in fact I just cooked some of those frozen Costco pasta things that have spinach and mozzarella in them. I took one bite and thought I was going to hurl. I ate cereal for dinner instead. As for my distaste for dairy, the only thing I can handle is chocolate milk. Which with Addi, that's all I wanted. But now I drink it because it's the only ONLY dairy I'm willing to have.
Next Wednesday at 7:30am we are having our anatomy ultrasound. My mom flies in this Sunday and is staying through Christmas. I've been doing lots of grocery shopping and planning for the next 2 weeks! I'm extremely excited to find out what we are having because now that I have my own sewing machine (last year's Christmas present) I want to sew sew sew! Thanks to pinterest....
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
For the record, these were all the families that were at the Thanksgiving: (Hosts) Busby's = Keith, Anika, Kayla, Luke, Darren, Charlotte, Jared; Western's = Eric, Shirley, Olivia, Afton, Eila; Smith's = Scott, me, Addilyn; Smith's = Grandma, Grandpa, Isaac; Busby's (Keith's parents) = John, Gail. All but Keith's parents stayed at the Busby's house.
Watching their film presentation of a guy who worked on steam engines when they first came about.
They had an archeological dig (why at train museum, I don't know) for kids and they spent quite some time playing in it and getting dirty. Addilyn played for a few minutes until she started putting the coal pebbles in her mouth.
As tradition goes, we had a girls day. We went into downtown Tunkhannock and walked around their cute shops. We were gone for many hours while the men stayed home with the kids. It was a really nice break! The candy shop was this cool old school one where you count the candy and pay for each peice or weight.
This was the first Thanksgiving that I (and most of the other wives) have ever seen turkey bowl. Usually I don't go because it's so stinking cold (don't get me wrong, it was in the 30s still). But man, the kids needed to get out of the house! It was like the house was melting. We had lots of fun watching them play, having the kids run around, and keeping them off the play field!
And now for Thanksgiving food. There was plenty to go around! And it was all delicious. I must say my favorite part was the gravy. It was Keith's first time making it and it was so so good.
That night we did our singing with with kids. We had already done our choir practices as adults, but this one we bring out the musical instruments. It only lasts for one song, but everyone is happy when it's over. Not that we don't love doing it, it's just most of the instruments are banging ones...
That night before the Busby's went back to their hotel, Grandpa Busby was coerced into doing his King Tut. (originally by Steve Martin on SNL)
Overall the week was a success! The cousins all got along and had a blast with each other. On the way home Sunday, the Westerns caravaned with us to our house. We had so much traffic getting home. They stayed at our house Sunday night and Monday morning we played with Cabo and went to Costco. They drove the last 5 hours to their place in Georgia. We very much look forward to another massive party at our house in just a few weeks!
|Grandpa and Grandma doing popcorn popping which followed.|
|Charlotte, Afton, Addi|
|Issac, Keith with Charlotte, Grandma, Luke, Grandpa, me with Eila|
|This cute girl|
|Kayla, Luke, Darren|
|The mail train- Scott and Addi|
|The candy shop- Kayla, Grandma (Gail) Busby, Shirley, and me|
|showing off my loot|
|Inside one of the many shops- Anika, Gail, Grandma, me, Shirley, Kayla|
|Outside the candy shop- Gail, Grandma, me, Shirley, Kayla|
|We all were impressed by this picture of Eric. Aren't you?|
|Addilyn was the cutest. She really loved watching and kept trying to play|
|My little powderpuff|
|For the record, Scott wants you to know he caught this.|
|This picture is the proof that he did.|
|With some brotherly love, Isaac was mad.|
|(Afton and Addilyn were putting the tambourine on each other)|
|I think Addilyn will be a piano player|
|Issac and Darren|
|Grandpa Busby with Charlotte|
|Charlotte, Afton, Addi|
|Keith, Anika, Kayla|