So it's been an interesting year for us . . . it started out weird and it's not really ending on a note that I can say we're happy about . . . but let's review . . .
New Years Eve heading in to 2010 I arrived at my Mom's house and within 1 hour Marlie and I were vomitting and I was pretty sure we were dying as well. The next day as we recovered, Uncle Eric got the bug . . . and 8 hours later so did Grandma . . . and to top it off, Jayson was 200 miles away.
January - I spent the month getting the house all staged since it was on the market . . . Jayson was in Indiana training for his new job.
February - We celebrated 7 years of marriage . . . found out that we weren't actually moving to Murfreesboro . . . found a house in Clarksville . . . . went through the loss of Jayson's wonderful Grandmother . . . and Samantha had Children's Hospital visit #2 with a temperature of 105.9 (no that's not a typo, and no you don't burst in to flames with a temp that high) . . . started the reign of strep throat that overtook my body 4 times in a 5 month period
March - Moving day finally arrived, at last we could all be under one roof . . . not until, of course, we discovered that all of our belongings no longer fit on 1 Penske truck, and a 2nd round trip had to be made back to Knoxville
April - celebrated Easter and getting to know our new town . . . officially ended my employment in the corporate world
May - went to the beach . . . it was awesome . . . . it was a rather peaceful month . . .
June - celebrated all of the birthdays - Marlie turned 4, Samantha turned 2, I turned 29, and we will leave Grandma and Grandpa's ages off :) . . . we made the decision to enter the short sale process on our home in Knoxville . . . .
July - Marlie took her swim lessons (super exciting for her) . . . and one night while having some beers we decided that it might be time to add on to our little family . . . and Jayson set off a strip of fireworks that literally made Samantha poop her pants in celebration of hte 4th!
August - Made the 800 mile road trip to Minnesota for Grandma's memorial service and enjoyed the time with friends and family . . . Found out that #3 was on the way . . .
September - That month seems to be a blur . . . maybe because I was fully consumed in the idea of another baby and what I could do differently this time being a full time Mom and not having the constraints of a corporate slavehood . . .
October - Jayson turned 32 . . . we took a trip to Atlanta and visited the Cabbage Patch Hospital . . . we took a trip to Knoxville and tried to take everything out of our house, but then we got an offer . . .and then we had 2 little butterflies who enjoyed Halloween more than ever this year!
November - Again another bit of a blurry month . . . although Thanksgiving with our family was great . . . and we ruined the surprise and found out we were having a boy!
December - Usually my favorite month . . . and maybe there is so much to say about this month because we are still in the midst of it, or maybe because it has just been one of the longest months of my life - finishing one of the longest years . . . my Mom had her 4th spinal fusion to start the month off with a bang! . . . we had a bit of a scare with an abnormal ultrasound showing cysts on the baby's brain . . . after a less than 24 hr trip to Knoxville to finally close on our house and the paperwork not being ready - the closing has been completed and we are done and rid of that house forever . . . but then we had a great Christmas, nice and small and wonderful . . . only to be shadowed by the horrible news that yesterday we lost Jayson's Grandfather . . . .
Now, unfortunately, we are going to end 2010 the way we started it - not together as a family. Jayson is heading to Minnesota for 4 days while we go to Knoxville. The logistics and economics of flying a family of 4 on short notice, rental cars, dog boarding, and then let's not forget the looming blizzard that threatens to dump another foot of snow in the cities . . . it equals not feasible . . . so we will drop him at the airport and keep going - because I am waaaayyyyy too hormonal to spend New Years Eve by myself . . .
I hate it - it gives be a bad vibe that after everything we are going to be apart as we start a new year - superstitious, maybe - or maybe a realistic conclusion drawn on the start of last year and the events this far . . .
But I still predict that 2011 will be a great year for our family . . . in just 4 short months we will welcome our son . . . I will turn 30, hopefully without a nervous breakdown . . . my sweet little girl will venture in to a whole new world and begin kindergarten . . . my husband and I will celebrate 8 years of marriage . . . and there will be bumps in the road, I'm sure . . . but how boring would life be without the bumps?! And I just don't do boring well . . . :)
Good riddance 2010 - I can't say that I will miss you . . . but you have made me cautiously optimistic for 2011 to be a better year . . .