Its a brand new year and I am very excited to see all the exciting things that could happen this year. It's going to be a wild ride, so strap in tightly and hold on! My resolutions include scrapbooking goals, saving money, improving on health, having a sibling for Annde, and keeping up on my learning in life.
I can't believe it's been a month since I last posted?!?! A lot has happened in those 30 days... so, I will just recap here.
About a week after my last post, I came down with a pretty severe inner ear infection. Its been almost 4 weeks and I still have very limited hearing in my left ear. The doctor told me that it could be 3 more months before I have my hearing back but I shouldn't lose anything permanently. Its amazing how much hearing can affect your view of the surroundings; how much we rely on what noises are there. I notice it the most in my car. Its very hard to distinguish between the static I hear in my right ear when I am driving around. I don't think I will take my hearing for granted again!
We also were lucky to spend our Christmas holidays in Orlando, FL. It was great to leave the freezing tundra to bask in the 80 degree weather in the south. It was also amazing to meet my new niece and nephews: Emeli, Braxton, and Benjamin. The cousins (including Annde and Will) got along so well - I can't believe there wasn't any fighting between them! The holidays were filled with such great memories (and 1000 pictures between 4 people in 4 days) that I can't wait to scrapbook. Annde and Will really got into Christmas this year - enthusiastically making a gingerbread house with Grandma as well as cookies for Santa (yes, the reindeer got carrots too!) She loved all her gifts and still is pretty much playing exclusively with what she received. While we were down there, we skipped Disney for now and went to Gator Land instead... Surprisingly, it was pretty cool. Annde got to feed the alligators and crocodiles, fish, birds, giant tortoises... She blew me away when she sat on a **LIVE** 9 foot crocodile and then smiled so pretty! My wonderful, adorable photo op!! It might have been a quick trip but it was fun. Even Steve getting sick, fixing Susan's bike, and changing a flat on the way to the airport didn't spoil the trip. I was glad we weren't able to stay for the bowl game (MSU v Boston College) as they didn't do to well - they gave the win to Boston College... Sigh... There is always next year.
We started off the year here in Michigan with some seriously wacky weather. In the last 2 weeks, we've gotten 14" of snow which melted in only a couple of days when the temperatures rose to the 60 degree mark... Yes, 60 degrees in January in Michigan? It's like they say here in the midwest, "Wait 5 minutes and the weather will completely change." Yes, this year will be a wild ride and I am very much looking forward to all the great things I can accomplish!