Let’s be honest with each other…2012 kinda sucked. While Mama doesn’t want to be all ‘Nellie Negative’ with you, 2012 did have a few bright spots but in the end it was one of those years that Mama could just leave behind and never look back (except for CeCe’s first birthday…that was fun). There were too many sleepless nights, lots of poopy underwear, a ton of tears and snotty noses, mistakes and mis-steps and not to mention the tragedies that happened outside Mama’s house — so many shootings, drug arrests, car accidents, foreclosed homes, homeless families and abandoned children.
There were so many times this past year that Mama wanted to just take the kids and hide in the basement (if we had one) because the news of the outside world was just too heartbreaking — children gunned down for no reason at all. Mama’s heart is heavy as we start 2013 thinking of all the families in Sandy Hook that have lost a loved one. It’s so different than what we went through two years ago when our HERO didn’t come home from the war. You know there’s a chance they won’t ever come home. When you kiss and hug your child on Monday morning and tell them to have “a good day at school,” you expect them to be there at 2:30 when you pick them up. Not the bloodshed that this country has seen in the past month.
For Mama there were also a lot of personal struggles — having three kids really kicked Mama’s butt! These kids are so busy that there was little time left at the end of the night (scratch that…no energy), to devote to Mama’s work at Everyday Mama. It became a thorn instead of the blossoming rose it was in 2011 and now in 2013, Mama is determined to prune it and make it the prize rose is once was. Mama’s not quite sure if she just lost her voice, the passion or just didn’t care but something was missing in 2012. The fire has once again been lit and Mama can’t wait to tackle the everyday issues of life with you…that is if you’ll still have Mama?!
Sure there’s more that has happened that Mama has neglected to share with you but the past has past and Mama is just ready to start fresh. However Mama won’t deny you the joy of knowing that the 2012 bright spots included:
- CeCe walked one week before her first birthday. She still walks a little like Frankenstein but it’s adorable and she’s adorable.
- Baby Boy is finally potty trained! WOOT! And that was just about two weeks before his fourth birthday. So technically, he was potty-trained at three (that’s my story and Mama is sticking to it).
- Lily-girl continues to excel at whatever she puts her mind to — cheerleading, soccer, dancing, gymnastics, horseback riding, roller skating…However, she refuses to take the training wheels off of her bike where she can easily touch the ground with her feet to stop if needed. Mind boggling…
Just like life, fashion changes every year but style is forever so let’s get this party started, shall we?