Thursday, December 31, 2009

The year in review...

Is 2009 really almost over? People say that time flies when you're having fun...2009 was filled with lots of fun moments but it was also chock full of tough moments too, as well as many opportunities to learn something new.

One of the beautiful things about having a blog is that all these memories are documented forever. As I looked over this year's posts, I laughed and I cried....so much has changed yet so many things have stayed the same.

I also never imagined how many wonderful people I would meet simply through blogging. Many of you have ridden this crazy, wild roller coaster called life right along with me. Not one minute have I ever felt alone or misunderstood and I'm so very grateful for the friendships I have formed in the blogging community.

So here are some of the highlights of 2009 ...

January 2009 - I started off the year with a Getting to Know You post, where I revealed that I was still bitter about my mom refusing to buy me an Easy Bake Oven when I was a child. I also began writing about some of the funny things the kids said. I shared the top 10 white lies I tell my kids, along with confirming that there is nothing wrong with eating cake while watching The Biggest Loser.

February 2009 - This month was filled with lots of memorable moments...like the 6 major discoveries I made in 72 hours, as well as taking all the kids to the pediatrician's office by myself. Then there was the list I made about the top 10 things my kids will never hear me say.

March 2009 - I discovered that Beer Day really does exist. We also celebrated Garrett and Landon's 2nd birthday, where I marveled at the fact that I survived the first 2 years with 2 sets of twins, 3 years old and under. I made some more confessions, including why my kids would need therapy when they're older . Cole cracked his head open and I pondered thoughts about marriage. This is the month when I finally figured out that Tim's idea of supervising the children vastly differed from mine.

April 2009 - This month started off with a bang, when I turned the BIG 4-0 on April Fool's Day. I enjoyed laughing at the expense of the people who ended up on my blog via a Google search. Bella shoved a seashell in her ear after being told not to, of course. The kids informed me that I'm bossy AND old. As much as I didn't want to, I felt it was important to talk to my kids about how to stay safe in an unsafe world after little Sandra Cantu went missing here in Northern CA.

May 2009 - More thoughts on motherhood, as I compared it to a ride at Disneyland called Tower of Terror. Cole shared his feelings about not wanting to grow up, which makes me sob like a baby every time I read it. Just for kicks, I put together a video called Tantrum Torture for those people who wonder why mothers drink. Last but not least, I finally cracked the communication code between husbands and wives.

June 2009 - Lots of milestones happened this month. Garrett and Landon transitioned from cribs to toddler beds. After a couple sleepless nights spent chasing them back into their beds, I came up with several humorous ways to make the transition successful. Cole and Bella graduated from preschool, as I cried my way through the ceremony. Tim got a lesson on what it feels like to be ignored when speaking. And after a particularly rough day with the kids, I considered auctioning them off on E-Bay (Buy 2, Get 2 free).

July 2009 - We celebrated Tim's 41st birthday. To kill time one day, I took the kids to Petsmart and ended up bringing 2 hermit crabs home with us. There were more odd google searches. We took a road trip and also went on vacation (which I referred to as a change in routine in another environment because there is no such thing as a "vacation" with the kids). I wrote a memo to the bosses (aka my kids) after realizing I was getting a raw deal. And we discovered that Bella had shark teeth.

August 2009 - While some people renew their vows, we renegotiated our marriage contract in honor of our 7th anniversary. Bella lost her first tooth, which was caught on video. I shared that there is a moral lesson in every situation, something always to be learned, probably the hard way. And we made some upgrades on our home.

September 2009 - Cole and Bella started kindergarten, even though I was in denial. Garrett and Landon taught me about the world according to a toddler, while I desperately tried to find some balance in my life. I got my day in the spotlight as a featured blogger at SITS, finally figured out how to deal with the kids' constant whining and signed Bella up for Daisies.

October 2009 - Cole and Bella celebrated their 5th birthday and I discovered my inner Betty Crocker when a friend and I made their birthday cakes. This was also the first of a funny series called An Interview with the Experts (the experts being the kids, of course). Tim wrote an informative post about what every wife should know about her husband, which left me wondering why he doesn't just start his own blog on behalf of all the misunderstood men in the universe. And we can't forget what went down at the pumpkin patch and Halloween - lessons learned past and present.

November 2009 - Two additional installments of An Interview with the Experts were posted, courtesy of my smart-ass kids. After Garrett announced he was done with diapers, the post Potty Training 101, According to a Toddler was born. Still struggling with how to balance it all, I had to laugh at the irony of motherhood, as I tried to find time to work on my book.

December 2009 - I wrote about the most awkward ultrasound I had ever had in my lifetime, which now, looking back, is actually quite hysterical and I FINALLY found that balance of motherhood through irretrievable moments. My head was filled with fleeting thoughts at times, which led to random posts. Lastly, I whined about feeling like a walking encyclopedia, due to making weak attempts at satisfying my children's curiosity about life and other things.

That's the entire year of 2009, in a nutshell. Thanks for sharing it with me!

Wishing you a happy and healthy new year!!

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39 comments:

Kim said...

What a year! Your writing just keeps getting better and better, and I look forward to your book ; ) Here's to a great 2010 . . .

Jessica said...

Sounds like you've had a very busy year!! Stopping by from SITS and Happy New Year!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I've enjoying reading about y'all all year. I'm so glad we met.

Morgan said...

I look forward to seeing what you have for next year! Great idea in linking to your posts to recap the year!

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve Helene!

Carly said...

I remember reading almost all of those posts! Happy 2010! Thanks for entertaining me with your posts

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

I love how you did this! Have a happy healthy new year!!

Mrsbear said...

I love coming here, Helene. It is always one of my favorite stops. Wishing you a wonderful 2010. I hope the next year is as full of maddening, entertaining and sweetly blog worthy moments. :)

Nezzy said...

What a ride!!! May next year fill your home with love, laughter and tons of bloggin' material 'cause we love ya'll!!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIEND :o)

Jen said...

Wow! What a year. And great minds totally think alike. I am planning a post like this for tomorrow.

Happy New Year my friend. Maybe this year will be the year we get to meet in person. :)

A girl can dream, right.

Eva Gallant said...

Sounds like you've had quite a year! Hope 2010 is wonderful for you and your family!

PaisleyJade said...

What a year alright! Totally enjoy following along your journey - isn't blogging a great way to record the special journey of our lives.

Happy New Year!!!

PaisleyJade said...

What a year alright! Totally enjoy following along your journey - isn't blogging a great way to record the special journey of our lives.

Happy New Year!!!

bluecottonmemory said...

I think I want to hire you to write my 2009 synopsis! However, I miss those toddler, little guy years where, no matter how mad they get, they wake up happy and in love with you again! Teens have long term memories - not over homework and responsibility issues, but parenting-you-are-not-an-adult-yet issues!

I loved your review! Best of luck on your book!

Kristina P. said...

Happy 2010, Helene!

Angela Cooper said...

All I can say is you never have a dull moment in your life do you??? LOL. So glad I got to meet you this year and looking forward to more of the family stories in the upcoming New Year. Have a safe and Happy New Year.

janice said...

Thank you Helene for a great year of posts- you're one of my favorite bloggers around! Happy New Year!
ps- I like the updated look of the blog- when did I miss THAT? I usually catch your posts in my feed reader.
janice

Jenn Erickson said...

What a wonderful summary of a year well done! It was great strolling down memory lane with you and remembering fondly so many of my favorite posts that you wrote. Wishing you a very happy 2010!

Menopausal New Mom said...

You are so right, having the blogs to look back on is such a great journal of things that happened, some good some not so good. I've been blogging on a regular basis since about October and I have been surrounded with the nicest, most open honest people here. Everyone is so supportive and I feel so honored to be a part of such a wonderful community.

Happy New Years to You and Your Wonderful Family. I'm looking forward to reading more from you in 2010!

Amy said...

I know as I did my post today I was reading so many different things. I need to do that again. It makes me happy I have a blog..

Happy New Year..
I can't wait to read more about you and your children. I really love your blog...

Working Mommy said...

PHEW - what a busy year!!! All the best to you and your fam in 2010 - can't wait to read what the new year has in store!

~WM

D said...

Hope you have a great 2010,Helene. I have to admit that you have made me laugh a lot when I've absolutely needed it. When I was depressed I'd click onto your blog, even in school, and just brace myself. You made me laugh in class and maybe I got into some trouble but I loved it. Thank you! Oh, and tell your dad he and I can mourn the loss of Jay Bay together.

Corrie Howe said...

Wow! You did a lot of work to put this post together. It's a keeper. You can use this from year to year to summarize each year.

Happy New Year's.

Veronica Lee said...

Happy 2010!!

May the new year bring you wondrous possibilities!!

M said...

Happy New Year! I'm happy to say I have read all those posts. I really hope you are thinking about a book. One of the funniest things ever was the ultrasound.

Looking forward to reading more funny stuff in 2010 ... no pressure ... :)

Creative Junkie said...

Helene - I have so enjoyed your blog this past year! I've read so many of those posts and have had so many laughs. I hope 2010 brings you everything you need and all of what you want!

MommyAmy said...

Excellent idea to share your best posts for the holiday! I've seriously enjoyed reading your blog this year, you are so fresh and funny! And I think it's awesome that I might be related to you by marriage. LOL The internet is such an odd but wonderful place to meet new friends!!!

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

You definitely added smiles to my days with your posts. I love your blog!

Missy (Two Little Monkeys) said...

You definitely added smiles to my days with your posts. I love your blog!

Tiffany said...

I have loved the fact that I found this blog. What a year - thanks for being so honest and keeping me smiling.

Blessings to you and your family this year!

Kimberly said...

Happy New Year!

Warm wishes for the whole year.

shortmama said...

What a great way to look back on the year! Happy New Year!

Flory said...

A great year indeed! I started blogging in July, and I've enjoyed reading your posts. Looking forward to your writing in 2010.

All the best,
Flory

Kristen said...

Happy New Year!! This is such a great post and a good way at looking back!

When did I become my Mom said...

I discovered you through SITS so I missed half of the year, but I'm gonna go back and read them. So curious!

Happy New Year to you and your family!

Karen said...

It's been quite a year, hasn't it??

Glad to have found you so many months ago. Who knows? Maybe we can meet up sometime in 2010!

The Lane Family said...

Thanks for bringing me a year of fun moments and a ton of laughs with your blog. You are a great mom and you have truly found the best way to handle life is to just laugh your way through it!!

Thanks and here is looking too 2010!!!

kys said...

I really like the way you summed up the year.

I hope 2010 rocks for you and your family! I'm so glad to have "met" you.

Tesa said...

What a year you've had! Blogs are awesome for documenting all those small moments aren't they? Thanks for sharing your 2009 with us and I look forward to reading more in 2010.

Sharlene said...

Thank you so much for cracking my Sh*t up in 2009 and I look forward to lots more in 2010!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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