Monday, December 8, 2014

Review Extravaganza 2014 Jan-March

I am so excited to play along with the RE2014 this year! I love being able to look back on my year and see how much we have been blessed!  This year was especially lovely.

At the end of December last year we bought a house. January was basically spent moving in and unpacking boxes. I was still not sleeping much as my baby's sleep was very messed up by the move and she decided to get back at me for that. I kind of lived in a haze that month. A monotonous haze. That is basically all I blogged about; lack of sleep and unpacking. I am so exciting that way. I did get to get out and explore my new town, and fall madly and completely head over heels for it. I am a sucker for old school charm, though. And it is sort of pretty. Even in the dead of winter.

Then again, I am partial to it now.

February was much more exciting. For the first time in my whole married life I finally got a dishwasher. Yay! I cannot express the joy I get from that little inconsequential machine.

Although it is hard to say. The kids enjoyed the box possibly as much.

 I think the best part of the month came from getting hit by a little girl at a grocery store.

Now, I have to back story this a bit. And this back story isn't on my blog, because I didn't realize at the time how big of an impact that moment would have on my life until much later.

***Dream sequence fingers***

Nearly eight years ago now, when Jeffrey and I first got married we lived in an area where it was hard for me to make friends. I have no idea why it was so hard for me as this has never been a problem for me before, but it was at that moment of my life, and it was a very hard thing for me to grasp. I remember sitting in church, praying for a friend. Someone I could connect with and talk to and really get along with. There were plenty of women who were kind, and wonderful, but that connection was greatly lacking. And so I would sometimes cry during sacrament meeting because I was so lonely. I would cry and pray and plead that I could find someone to be my friend.

***Dream sequence ending fingers***

One day in February last year I was in the parking lot of my favorite grocery store unloading my kids and groceries from the cart. My kids were in the van already when I suddenly felt a little hand hit me. Long story short, a little girl had wanted my cart. Her mom came up, we talked, figured out we had lived in the same neighborhood (at the time) seven years ago and been in the same ward. We set up a play date, and Adrienne has since become one of my very best friends. I know, now, that she was the answer to my tear filled prayers eight years ago. Which is an awesome story, if you ask me!

Other great things happened in February as well, not to be overshadowed by meeting Adrienne. For example, the concept of a Viking Dinner which she introduced to us. The only rule during a Viking Dinner is there are no rules or manners.

The kids love when we do that! We also discovered Faye will sometimes sprint out of her room and down the hall while she is asleep. The first time it scared us, but we just laugh now. And finally, I had a realization that Doctor Who has some incredible advice for raising children. Don't blink! It is eerily similar to his advice for combating weeping angels. And there I just spilled my nerdom all over you. Bam!

Finally, we have my children's favorite month of all. March. They may not all believe in Santa Clause, but they all certainly believe in Leprechauns. Last year they set a trap for a leprechaun and caught his pants!

He did come and play pranks on the kids and leave some treats for them, though. Keith felt really bad for catching his pants because of it.

Throughout the rest of the month they entertained themselves, their cousins, the neighbors and most of all me with their continual hunts and incessant chatter about the wee men.  We love March. This was also the month I decided to tackle, and succeded in making butter from scratch.

It was surprisingly easy, though I did have some trial and errors. For example, don't try to make a gallon of cream into butter all at once. It takes way too long. But it was very tasty, especially on homemade bread. I felt like a culinary goddess that day. I was happy to have Faye helping me in the kitchen. She has been a great help, and one day I was just so overcome with how wonderful that girl is. I cherish the alone time we have together and so one day I just wrote her a letter. It doesn't really have anything to do with March aside from being the month in which I wrote it, but I couldn't help myself. She is simply wonderful!

Don't forget to link up your review! Although you only have until Friday the 12th to get yours linked up to be entered to win some great prizes, you do have all month to follow/like everything! For a refresher on the rules, click here.

2014 Review Extravaganza


Nicole said...

Oh how you survived without a dishwasher... OMG! And wow, people really do buy houses in December? We're in the process of selling ours based on the buyer selling his... Long story but anyway it does give me hope :)

Kenzie Smith said...

That is awesome about you guys getting all settled in to your new house at the beginning of the year. Also, yay for the dishwasher. How cute about the leprechaun pants!!

Katherine said...

Starting the year with a move is really an impressive way to start fresh. And yay for the dishwasher- we run ours every day, and I can't imagine not having one.

Melissa Nicole said...

i just still can't believe you didn't have a dishwasher...

Randomlicious Memoirs said...

FYI I want you to know that I am linking up because you did. Haha. I remember these stories from the beginning of the year especially the eating like a viking. So fun!
I can't even believe the year is almost over!

Randomlicious Memoirs said...

FYI I want you to know that I am linking up because you did. Haha. I remember these stories from the beginning of the year especially the eating like a viking. So fun!
I can't even believe the year is almost over!

Emmy said...

Yeah! Love these recaps. How awesome that so many years later you reconnected and then made such a good friend. It is hard to find those friends that you are really close with and really connect with.
Oh so going to have to do the Viking dinner sometime, my kids would love it!
Dishwashers really are heavenly- I don't think I could ever go without one again.

Thank you so much for co-hosting with me.

Karen M. Peterson said...

It sounds like a busy start to the year, but a good one. I love when prayers are answered like that. Even though sometimes it takes a LOT longer than we want it to.