Friday, December 31, 2010

2010...Looking back

Wow, what a year! When I think about 2010 I think about how blessed we have been. I think about welcoming our 2nd daughter into the world and how our lives have forever changed. It's funny how neither Josh or I can remember life before we had kids. Everything changes when you have children and all we know now is life with our 2 girls.

Here's a little summary of how we spent 2010-

January I spent being 6 months pregnant. Jim & Kris came to visit us, we took Haylee to Disney on Ice, we went to Justin & Cami's reception and survived the tornado scare of 2010. Arizona was declared a state of emergency as storms ripped through dumping tons of rain. We attended Sam's 16th Birthday party and Hannah's 4th Birthday party.

February was spent going to the zoo, the library, and various appointments (OB., Ortho., Dentist). I had a girls night out and went to see Dear John, Josh took Haylee to see Fantastic Mr. Fox, and we celebrated Valentine's Day going to Outback and to a movie. We took Haylee to see Dogs Gone Wild and made treasure box kits to receive free Disneyland tickets. We also attended Danielle's 15th Birthday party.

March brought more appointments (getting things done before Natalee arrives), time at the zoo and library, Jackson's surgery (mass removal) and a low fluid scare which ended up being nothing and Natalee was perfectly fine. We went to the Ostrich Festival, Little Mermaid at Broadway Palm and celebrated Jackson's 8th Birthday. I displayed my crafts at a local Farmer's Market, we took Haylee to Reid Park zoo, and Haylee went to the dentist for the 1st time.

April was by far the most exciting month. Our sweet little Natalee joined our family on the 26th. Prior to her arrival, we took Haylee to Disney on Ice, went shopping for last minute baby items, and celebrated Easter. I had another girls night out and went to see The Last Song, got my braces off, and me and Haylee got haircuts. I enjoyed a pedicure, made freezer dinners, and survived labor and delivery. What a relief to finally have our little girl here, safe and healthy.

May was a blur. Lack of sleep, trying to find a routine and survive on my own with 2 kids.  The first week I was so sick-mastitis. Not sure how I survived that one. Celebrated our 7th Anniversary, Mother's day, and Josh's 28th Birthday. Went to dinner with Steve and Kaysi, had an open house to show off our new little bundle of joy, and took the girls to see the new Shrek. Went to Timmy's 12th Birthday party and spent Memorial Day with Josh's family.

June was birthday month around here. Famous Dave's, cake and ice cream, and Outback and a movie for me. Postpartum check up, baby wearing, and Haylee's 3rd Birthday. Presents, fun and a giant cupcake for Haylee. Marmaduke, Toy Story 3, Charlotte's Web at Broadway Palm and Chuck E Cheese. Father's Day, Doctor appointments for both girls, the circus, and spending time with Roxie and family.

July we headed to Vegas for the 4th, went to Danny & Beka's for a BBQ, and had a blast at Dave & Buster's. Hibernated (since it was 116 degrees), blessed our little girl, and went to Jester'z. Spent time in our baby pool, hit the slip and slide, introduced to and became a bargain girl.

August was busy as always. Took the girls to JCP for pictures, Josh started P90x, went to Zac's 8th Birthday party, enjoyed the Monsoon season, and rocked all the stores with my new bargain girl "itelligence". Mom, Sam, me and the girls spent a couple days in Sedona, Natalee got her ears pierced, and I hit the summer clearance at Kohl's. Dentist appointments, date night, Mom's Birthday, Jake's Birthday Party, and Sunsplash with tickets Josh won.

September seemed to be more of a laid back month for us. Haylee flew her kite at the park, Natalee started rollin' over, and we went to Princess Night at Chick-Fil-A. We went to Drew's 4th Birthday party, packed up the potty chair, got Haylee's Halloween costume, and taught I Haylee how to cut coupons.

October was ouchy month. I had all 4 wisdom teeth removed. Jim and Kris came into town, date night, Suns game, and time at the zoo. Haylee is in the "no cavity club", my baby turned 6 months old, and we went to the fair. Pumpkin patch, hay ride, petting animals and decorating pumpkins at Mother Nature's Farm. Beauty and the Beast at Gammage, Cowgirl Night at Chick-Fil-A, Trunk-Or-Treat and Trick-Or-Treating. Pumpkins, Ariel and Sebastian Costumes, and plenty of candy!

November Josh had his last 2 wisdom teeth removed, Legoland, Disneyland , and Cirque Du Soleil. Pulte Building Systems is going under, rocked Fry's, yummy food for Thanksgiving. Black Friday, decorating for Christmas and watching both girls grow up way too fast.

December we spent time in Sedona. 9 years of being together, Aladdin at Broadway Palm, baking, and Christmas lights. Santa Claus, presents, toys and laughter. Wonderful Christmas with our family and a laid back New Year's Eve at home.

What a busy year! And that wasn't even everything. 2010 was a good year. Natalee joining our family was definitely the highlight of the year. Josh learning he will be without a job in April was the worse. But, I'll take that as the worse anytime. At least we are all alive and healthy.

Happy New Year!