Thursday, January 10, 2013

Year in Review 2012


Since I did not actually post anything about 2012, it is a little daunting to try and recap and entire year.  So, I have made the goal to write a few quick posts summarizing each month of 2012.  Wish me luck!

I should say a few things about where we are right now in our lives.  I am still working at the Dental Office.  I love my job - I have the nicest boss ever!  The last two months of the year are very, very busy in the office as everyone tries to use up the last of their dental benefits and get that crown that was recommended 8 months earlier.  There was a lot of looooong nights and overtime.  I am so glad it is January.

Peter moved to Oregon in August after asking me to marry him in July.  The wedding is in 23 days.  I am excited and nervous and happy and scared and so grateful that he loves me and loves my children.  More on the wedding soon.  Peter gives me flowers.  I love that and I love him.

Sophie just turned 11 years old.  My kids are all growing like weeds - without my approval.  Max is creeping up on me and is wearing size 8 men's shoes.  He is huge.  Little Sophie is taller and her teeth are straighter - photos to come.  She is also the proud owner of a dozen African Giant Cockroaches and a baby Tarantula named Bella.  More on that later and feel free to question my sanity.  Calvin is still a scrawny little thing - just taller.  He and Sophie are finally taking piano lessons.

We are still renting our little 1940's home and we will be here for the foreseeable future.   We need to save money to fly Peter's kids out this summer for a long visit and for our wedding celebration (reception) which we have decided to hold in the summer so we can be outside!

I am the primary secretary in our ward, Peter is the second counselor in the Elder's Quorum Presidency and Max was just set apart as Deacon President.  I miss our ward in Minnesota horribly especially these last few months.  I have not made many friends here in our ward and that makes me sad.  I do love living close to my sisters and we get together quite a bit to explore the state and to celebrate birthdays.

My life is busier than it has ever been - how can that possibly be?  This is the first time I have worked outside the home since becoming a Mother and my hours at work and my one hour commute leave me very little time for bogging or reading or really anything other than making the kids dinner, running them to activities and supervising homework and practicing.  It has been a huge adjustment and one I feel I have not quite mastered.    How does one come home from a very long day at work and want to do anything other than climb into bed?  I think the short days are making this particularly hard right now.  
Peter has been an enormous help with the children and just by being incredibly helpful and thoughtful.  I am truly a lucky girl.

2012 was a year of change - like so many of the last few years.  I am grateful for this journey and for the new adventures waiting for us in 2013.
Monthly recaps to follow - hopefully next week.  Keep those fingers crossed.