As always, at this time of year, I enjoy going through the previous year's posts.
Why, you ask?
Mainly to prove to myself that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger....
and that maintaining your sense of humor is key to living a happy (but not so peaceful) life.
Unfortunately our year got off to a rough start when our beloved kitty passed away on Christmas eve morning 2011. It prompted me to write how to talk to your kids about the death of a pet.
And the month continued to go downhill from there.
Needless to say, I went back on antidepressants and talked about it in detail.
I tried not to let it bother me that Bella had a more exciting social life than I did.
And finally, people, I actually enjoyed a day of shopping with the spawn....only because I suspect someone spiked the kool-aid.
Another "stop and smell the roses" kind of day with Garrett and Landon.
This month began with me mourning the death of a fictional character from a book I fell in love with.
And for you Bigfoot fans, my kids came up with a list of facts you never knew about him.
Bread Machine Fail #6....enough said.
I poured my heart out over an incident that happened between Bella and a little girl at the park, in which I was left amazed by my daughter's kind spirit.
And the month ended on yet another sour note, as we dealt with a flooded family room as we remodeled our home.
I wrote about some of my favorite books and made fun of myself after baking the ugliest. cake. EVER. for Garrett and Landon's 5th birthday.
I poured out more of my heart in The Haunting Inner Dialogue of Every Parent.
And then it was time to come clean about the real reason I hadn't been blogging as much.
This month began with me giving my sincere, heartfelt thanks to a few special people in my life.
I got all sappy in a post in which I wrote about the things I hope my kids will always remember.
Tooth Fairy Fail....every parent has a similar story to share, I assume.
If there's one thing you should know in life, it's to never underestimate the power of jumping cats.
The sound of crickets chirping in my part of the blogosphere was evident as school let out and summer break began.
Uh...can you still hear the crickets??
Summer vacation is over! YES!!! I survived an entire 88 days, having my kids home 24/7!
We discovered geocaching....but it wasn't as enjoyable as I thought it would be, as my kids had to suck the fun out of it.
Lastly, I wrote a list of some of the sure things in life.
Again, I poured my heart out on an extremely difficult topic....cutting.
I shared some funny Facebook quotes, courtesy of my kids.
I learned to never say never...when I fell back on my promise to never make birthday cakes for my kids...like, ever.
I wrote about why you'll only end up disappointed if you compare your husband to a soap opera character.
My blog's sporting a new look!!
Well, December appears to be an uneventful month since I barely blogged at all. However, those of you who know me, simply know that's not true.
It was bustling full of activity, thanks to my kids, the chaos of the holidays and winter break.
So.....another year under the belt. Whew....
Here's to 2013 being a wonderful year for all of us!!