...and in with the new! Hello, 2013, it's nice to meet ya!
I'm still getting into this whole blog thing, and while I don't feel like my main focus is going to be blogging about stamps like I once thought, I'm gonna hang out here for awhile and see where it takes me. My BFFAE (best friend forever and ever) actually introduced me to this crazy world of blogs long before I was a stamper and I plan to use her for my inspiration to keep up with my own. If she can continue to keep up with it, I can too, which is why I'm here now. At almost 1:30 AM. Lord, help me tomorrow when I can't figure out how to function.
So, after seeing the 2012 reflection that my BFFAE blogged, then finding her sister's new blog and her 2012 reflection, I thought to myself that's exactly where I need to start. As 2012 came to a close, I had a lot of reflections on the past year and where I thought it was headed. Boy was I wrong!
In January I was working as a classroom aide in pre-k. I never thought I would want to work with kids that young but boy had I come to love those little babies as my own! The teacher I worked with, Karen, and I had been able to refresh after the much needed Christmas break and were ready for what the semester held for us: our dreaded state evaluation. I was also trying my hand at "coaching" I was just the assistant, but never having been an athlete it was an interesting experience. I also began the countdown to hubby's graduation from chiropractic school, April 21 wouldn't get here soon enough!
February brought the big day, while waiting out front for our little darlings to arrive Karen and I saw a strange, ok not strange, but unfamiliar, woman enter the building and we knew this was it. We passed the eval, and the only things we we had points deducted in we're areas that we personally couldn't control. With that over the rest of the year would be smooth sailing.
March came, and so did the budget cuts. Anyone in education in Illinois right now knows our budget sucks. There's really no other way to put it. Karen and I both learned we would be cut along with the pre-k program, so it was job hunting time for me.
April was finally here, just 21 short days until graduation, I couldn't have been more proud to watch my hubby become Dr. Chris. Our life as a real married couple could begin and we could leave that icky student life behind. Between graduation on the 21st and our 3rd anniversary on the 25th we were ready to celebrate, what could go wrong? I'll tell you what can go wrong. April 23rd. I received a phone call after school from my BFFAE, her fiancé, went to his eternal home so much sooner than any of us could have dreamed. I went from an absolute high to one of the lowest lows I've had in my life. A mutual friend and I immediately took off to be with her, to help make horrible phone calls, for hugs, and to just be there. The next few days were an absolute blur and I'm thankful for Karen and my boss for being so understanding of my space cadet-ness for the next few weeks.
May came and I was in full job hunting mode. It was difficult because even though hubby had graduated he was still debating on where to start practice. The district that I was working in had recalled Karen and decided to fund the program on their own, but on a smaller scale. They did have a teaching opening become available so I jumped at it. It was then I truly learned the meaning of small town/school politics as the job was offered to someone else even though I had worked in the building under different capacities the past 4 years. I believe everything happens for a reason and decided it wasn't meant to be because I needed to be able to go where hubby got a job.
June came and BFFAE's fantastically amazing big sis decided we were going to get together and celebrate our girl the day we had originally planned to have her bridal shower. We didn't want her to have to face this day alone and wanted to remind her once again how great she is and how much she means to all of us. Despite the HOT weather, we had a great turn out and while there was a big void from what we wished we were doing instead I think everyone had a great time. Hubby and I also took a trip with baby brudder and his gf to my heaven on earth: Disney World.
July is then definition of summer for me: fireworks, baseball, and county fairs! Well, we had to cancel the fireworks because of such dry conditions but I still got baseball and fairs in! It was a hard adjustment for me to be in Busch and not see #5 standing on first and TLR in the dugout but as the reigning World Series Champs, I got over it. I just LOVE the boys in red! County fair season was in full swing and not one, but TWO of my cousins were crowned as their respective county's queens! I can't wait to cheer them on at the state pageant in 3 weeks! D and Hannie weren't the only winners this year, I finally got the nerve to enter some of my photography in the hobby contest and not only had several place, but also received Grand Champion photo! In addition to all that my brother in law got engaged!
August came and I was still unemployed, I was beginning to panic. Hubby had JUST found a job and things were going to be tight until he established a good client base if I still had nothing. But fate stepped in and God provided. I was offered a one-on-one aide position in a district in the same town hubby was starting work in just two days before school started. It seemed like a sign. We quickly put our house on the market and set up temporary residence with my mom and step-dad and got to work.
September was full of our new normal, living with parents again, new jobs, new lifestyle. My top priority though, was making sure BFFAE knew that even though our plans had been changed for us, she could still count on me to be there supporting her on what was supposed to be her wedding day, and every day. We got together with her family as well as Robo's family for a potluck. It turned out to be a beautiful day and was the perfect solution to what we all needed. In addition we had a health scare when my mother in law fell and hit her head in a parking lot. We suspected she was having an aneurysm, but thankfully it wasn't. She is slowly but surely recovering.
October flew by and our house was still not selling, we did some extra sprucing up and hoped for the best. While we are still waiting we have faith that once the weather is nicer things will happen! It was also time for me to start prepping for another good friend's wedding, bachelorette parties and bridal showers were what I did.
November I made my bridesmaid debut. KMeff became Sra. Seis and I danced the night away with two little cuties while their very preggo momma sat on the sidelines so little Van #3 stayed put! Hubby celebrated the big 2-7 we spent time with family for Thanksgiving and got the news that one of hubby's aunts was diagnosed with cancer. BOO!
We finally made it to December, I'm not sure how but it sure did fly as we kept B-U-S-Y! First was my birthday and the annual gathering of the Pix3rd ladies at BFFAE's house. Then craft fairs, musicals, Christmas shopping, and baby showers!
Which brings us up to date, 2013 has babies, weddings, and so much more scheduled. 2012 taught me we can never count on these things, there's a big guy upstairs who's really in charge but I have faith that throughout this year despite any ups and downs I can always count on friends, family, and faith to get us through.
Happy 2013 everyone!