Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 - A Year in Review

This year has been a great one...filled with lots of craziness. Carter turned 5, Brooklyn turned 3, and Steven and I celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary (and 12 years of being together). Steven is in his 2nd year at PCC Airfoils and I am in the middle of interviewing for a position at The Cougar 93.7 FM.

One of the biggest changes that happened for us this year is that Carter started school. He went from not knowing how to read or write his own name to iMessaging us in full sentences on his iPod...he still needs to figure out when and where to use the space bar, but we're getting there! He's made a lot of friends and we are thoroughly enjoying watching him excel.

As for Brooklyn, she hit a big milestone when she won her first Supreme title in the Back to School pageant in Syracuse. She worked so hard and deserved every bit of it! We couldn't be prouder!

Another big thing that happened in 2013 is the new addition to our family, our Boxador Tank. Our sweet Bianca had a litter of 7 puppies via emergency c-section on June 17th. I had forgotten how tough puppies are to care for, but we are settling into a groove now. He's 6 months old, potty trained, and almost as big as his mama!

I was given something very special this year. I finally got my independence back after 14 years. Since my car accident, I have been confined to this wheelchair and unable to go up ramps without help. A couple months ago, I received my Magic Wheels. They are easier to push, which gives me the extra oomph I need to get up my ramp to my van and into the house. I am now able to come and go by myself...as long as I can find someone to watch the kids!  Babysitters are hard to come by these days!

Steven had a great year as well. He recently shot 3 deer while he was at hunting camp in West Virginia! He's a great hunter and he enjoys being in the woods very much. It's nice to have a freezer full of meat to get us through until his next trip in 2014! 

Since I didn't do an update after Christmas, I figure I can just end this one with our holiday memories from this year! We had such a fun Christmas and a wonderful dinner cooked by my mom. She spends the night every year on Christmas Eve so she can watch the kids unwrap gifts from Santa. We really enjoy it! This year, she spoiled the kids (and us) as usual. She got Steven and I a Blu-Ray player for our room, a new bedding set, a kitchen table, and a new microwave...among other things. And Steven really surprised me with a Michael Kors bag I had told him I loved! From the kids, I got a day at the salon! Between Santa, us, and my mom, I'm pretty sure the kids won't be bored for awhile! They got lots of fun toys and cute clothes. They asked Santa for iPods and he delivered! They have been able to iMessage and FaceTime their grandma in NY which is awesome!

Steven and I this past Sunday…my hair after my day at the salon!

This was the first Christmas since we moved to Ohio that we didn't go to NY after opening gifts on Christmas Day. So, our family is coming here toward the end of January and we get to do Christmas all over again. The kids are very excited! I just love spending time with family!

So, tonight is New Years Eve and I am so ready to see what 2014 has in store for us! I am hoping it starts with a bang! I was called for a 2nd interview at the radio station and I'm very excited to see where that leads! I'm sure whatever happens it will be God's will. Bring it on, 2014! Bring. It. On. 

I hope you all have a safe and happy New Year!

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