Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 re-cap, 2013 Predictions.

These were my 2012 predictions, and what actually happened...

January: The Riddles come visit for their 1st wedding anniversary. I do spring cleaning early...I have a couple big organizing projects I'm itching to get done... We finally plan trip #2.

The Riddles came to visit.  I don't think I cleaned or organized anything.  We planned our 2nd friends trip.  My mom, Scott and Laura flew out for a day to surprise me.

February: Taylor and Samira come to visit from Alaska. My mom and dad come to visit. Garrett has surgery.

All of my February predictions were right.

March: The Elbert's come to visit. We sell our Explorer.

The Elberts came to visit.  Braden came to visit.  I spent the month being obsessed with The Hunger Games.  I also began experimenting with the sewing machine.  The 4 of us took a mini vacation to Palm Springs.  And we still have the Explorer.

April: I win the lottery.

Nope. No lottery.  Paul went on a retreat to Canada and the kids and I went to Utah.

May: We hopefully go to Utah for the 2012 Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk to support our friends and (Garrett's buddy) their little boy.

I was right, we made it to Utah.  I also created the kids' play room.

June: We go on our 2nd annual friends trip. We celebrate anniversary #3.

I got this month right, too.

July: We go on a White family vacation. Addison learns to crawl. I introduce Garrett to the idea of peeing in the toilet. (I'm not looking forward to this chapter of life.)

All wrong.  We had a last minute trip to Utah in July.  I didn't and still don't have any interest in potty training Garrett.  And I think I was a month late on the crawling prediction.  I think she learned in June.

August: I help my mom redo a couple rooms in her house. We go on a Greenhalgh vacation.

Went on the White family vacation.  We went to Utah for the Greenhalgh family vacation.  Those plans changed because my Grandma passed away.  We didn't get around to working on any of my moms projects.

September: Scott and Laura announce that they are having a baby.

Nope. I wish!  We had a big circus birthday party for Garrett.

October: I start to feel like we're outgrowing our apartment with 2 mobile children, and we think about moving.

Yes, I was and am feeling a bit stir crazy, but no moving plans are in the works.  I had a really rough 4 weeks and Mara came to visit me for a few days. Taylor and Samira had a baby, 5 weeks early and me and the kids went to St. George to see him.

November: Addie turns one. I try and pull off a California party and a Utah party. We spent Thanksgiving in Utah. Taylor and Samira have a baby.

No California party, just a Utah one.  We were in Utah for Thanksgiving (which is when we had Addie's party).  And I would have been right if William would have come on his due date, Nov. 15th (Addie's Birthday).

December: We spend Christmas in California. Paul's sister or my brother get engaged.

Right about Christmas.  Wrong about an engagement.  The kids and I took a quick trip to Utah for a Garrett family party and my mom came home with us to spend a week.  And on the drive home I got my first ever speeding ticket.

There may have been more visits and visitors in there that I forgot, because it was just about monthly.

2013 predictions...

January- I start Project 365 again.

February-  William gets released from the NICU in St. George.

March- My parents strike it rich and start traveling to and from CA often so we don't have to.  Or they buy a condo here and stay for long amounts of time.

April- Potty training Garrett begins.

May- We go to Utah for Great Strides.

June- Paul and I go on an anniversary trip.

July- I get a(nother) speeding ticket.  I'm not wishing, just saying.  I struggle with speed guidelines limits, and it wouldn't surprise me.

August- Scott and Laura announce that they are pregnant.

September- Taylor and Samira announce that they are expecting twins.

October- Something awesome happens to us.

November- Addie turns 2 and Paul and I discuss a 3rd child.  I'll also probably remember that I was supposed to start potty training Garrett in April, and I'll start potty training both kids at the same time.  (Can you tell this isn't on my priority list?)

December- We go to Utah for Christmas.  I successfully complete Project 365 for the second time.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Advent Part 2

Here are the other 12 ideas.  Some we did. Some we changed. Some we didn't do. Etc, Etc.

Food Bank Donation (We gave toys to the Interfaith Food Center instead, and Garrett gave a dollar to the Salvation army bell ringer.)
Christmas craft (We pulled out all the supplies, but we're going to make them of Christmas Eve instead, maybe)
Boat ride and light parade (done)
Waffle Breakfast (didn't do)
Have dinner at Rick's Drive-in (done)
Visit Senior center (done)
Christmas Caroling (done...combined with Senior Center trip)
Make neighbor gifts (done)
Deliver neighbor gifts (mostly done... a lot of these treats are going to my nephew's nurses in the NICU in St. George the day after Christmas, and we went to deliver to our favorite neighbor and realized we missed them by a day.  They left for vacation.  But we did a couple.)
Shop for each other (done...3 or 4 times)
Christmas Box surprise- Christmas Book (The book is wrapped, we'll do that tomorrow)
Christmas Eve dinner here with family (we'll do on the 24th)

We rented a boat and cruised around Naples Island to see all the big homes and lights.  It was super fun and Garrett totally loved it.

We had a friend from Utah (who now lives in Texas) here on business and he stayed with us for a couple of days.

 Addie is an out of control climber.  Her strength and speed blows my mind several times a day.
 Rick's Drive-in is this fun little local place right by our house and they totally deck it all out for Christmas, and Garrett loves driving and walking by there, so we added that to our list.
 Looking at the lights out the window and then playing outside.  My kids were sharing a healthy (haha) grilled cheese, and then an employee brought them free ice cream, and that was the end of the sandwich.

Garrett helped me do a lot of baking.  And when he got sick of standing on the stool and assisting me, he got  on the floor and blew everything I was spilling on to the carpet.  He's such a great helper!

We went with a big group of friends to two senior care centers and gave out socks and sang carols.  It was a great experience for our family, but I'll probably tell more about that another time.
We finally had our Christmas movie and popcorn night.
But instead of popcorn, we had these.

One of the shopping trips was with Grandma White to Downtown Disney.  (Addie and I met her and Garrett there after they went on their weekly trip to Disneyland.) The kids got each other clothes (Thanks Grandma) and we had lunch at the Rain Forrest Cafe (again, thanks Grandma).
Another shopping trip for Christmas eve dinner food.  We love Trader Joe's.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Advent Part 1

I mentioned in my last post that I had an Activity-a-day advent countdown.  Here is my list of things we planned to do, and then some pictures of stuff we actually did. (The first 12 days anyway.)  I was feeling pretty ambitious the night I made the list and knew we wouldn't get to it all, but I wanted options.  I also didn't think about 75% of our household being sick for over a week, (lucky Paul) so our plans took a hit because of that, too.

Meet the Elf on a Shelf. (done)
Gift in Christmas box-Felt tree (done)
Pop corn and a Christmas movie (sometime this week)
Gift in Christmas box-treat (done)
Drive around and look at Christmas lights and have hot Chocolate (kind of done)
Decorate sugar cookies (we decorated rice crispy treats instead)
Make grandparent gifts (done)
Christmas craft show and shopping (done)
Visit Burch street (done)
Visit Santa (done)
Mail gifts and cards and ice blended at Coffee Bean (part done)
Uptown parade (done)

 Addie was super excited about the parade.

 We sat right by one of my favorite Children's stores for the parade and before it started my MIL and I went in to look around and she bought the kids new shoes.

 We went to LA for a craft fair, but the only picture I took was of this charming food truck.  We also went shopping and found Ralph Lauren's daughter's candy store.

The only Birch Street picture I got of the kids was in the parking lot. Oops.
 Garrett was fascinated with Santa.  He walked right up to him, took hold of his finger, and examined him from head to toe.  But he wasn't at all excited.  Addie wasn't such a fan.

We had dinner at McDonald's after.  Or as Garrett calls it 'Fries'.

 It was our first trip outside in about a week after being sick, and it wiped Lulu out.

Also, in the past week or so, Garrett wanted to make cake. So we made fun-da-middles.  Easy cream filled cupcakes. (You can buy the kit in the baking isle.)

 Garrett wanted to do a lot of cuddling and hand holding for a couple of days.

 He's also OBSESSED with trains (Choo-choos) and he lines everything up and pushes it around.  Cars, empty boxes, strollers, everything but actual trains...maybe I should buy him one...
 Late night mallow roast with dad.

Christmas Eve is in a week! Really??  More advent activity attempts coming soon.