Another Birthday’s Come and Gone

Another birthday has come and gone. Does it seem like they just keep coming faster and faster the older you get? It was a quiet day; we worked around the backyard and then my Sister A and the kids came over for a barbeque. Nothing really exciting.

But overall, I think it was a pretty darn good year…

  • I gave birth to my beautiful girls. The pregnancy wasn’t as easy as it was when I was pregnant with Tater, and I had a lot more doctor’s appointments and monitoring. I also had to have a c-section 5 weeks early because the girls thought that they were done cookin’. We were extremely lucky in that they didn’t spend any time in NICU and had absolutely no problems that sometimes come along with twins delivered early. They came home with me a few days after birth, and they are growing and developing exactly as they should be at this time.
  • Tater turned two and is such a big boy now! He talks up a storm and is learning so much! He knows how to sing his abc’s, he’s learning to count, and he can sing “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” all by himself.
  • Between July 2009 and now, our immediate family has welcomed four babies into the family, and we are still expecting one more! I have a cousin that also had a new baby, and several friends delivered babies, too. So we’ll just consider 2009 the “year of the baby”.
  • We spend a lot of time together with family. This is such a big part of my side of the family’s dynamic. And now that we have kids, it’s become even more important to me. I remember being little and always surrounded by cousins and how much we all enjoyed playing together. I want that for my kids too! I have more cousins than I can count, and they all have children now, too….several the same age as Tater. I hope that my children appreciate family as much as I do. We’ve also been spending more time with hubby’s sister and her kids. Tater loves it (see my “Tater and Auntie S” post) and it’s amazing to see Auntie S’s kids evolving into young adults.
  • It sounds kind of silly, but we’ve created a budget and we’ve been (relatively) good about sticking to it. I’ve become more frugal; clipping coupons, figuring out ways to save money on things we really don’t need, and trying to be a lot more conscientious about what we are spending our money on. Heck, I’ve even cut down on my many-times-a-week trips to Target because of all the money I wasted there! I have never been a saver…I’m a huge spender. But with three college educations and at least two weddings to pay for, I am starting to feel the need to save. We are very lucky that hubby still has his job and that we can still pay our bills. Not everybody can say the same.

So all in all, not a bad year! I have a lot to be thankful for. I know that I’m blessed. Happy birthday to me!

And so it goes…