This year has been good to myself and Little man.
I travelled to see my cousins in March and we went to 3 freezing Astros/Red Sox games. I had to buy a Red Sox pullover because I was so cold! And then had my first cousin had to chide me because I put it on over my Astros jersey. We went to Cheers, saw where the bombing took place, and had a great 3 days of baseball, drinking, and fun. I love to visit them and never want to leave! So…I’m going back in summer of 2014 (if they’ll have us), this time taking Little Man with me so that we can all go to Six Flags and have a blast!
Little Man ended up on the Honor Roll at the end of 2nd grade and it looks like he is headed that way again in 3rd. I didn’t travel with him anywhere other than to see his Godparents who are awesome people! Little Man towers over their twins who just turned 5. And their 1 year old baby (almost 2) is almost as big as the twins! AND… If it wasn’t for the Godfather, I would have had to buy a new car twice in the time that he’s taken care of mine.
Little Man’s 8th birthday party was at Pump It Up in Houston in June. Lots of his friends came as well as the people we consider family, the Taylor’s and the Pineda’s. He got everything he wanted and more. He had a blast and didn’t want the party to end but I was SO ready to go home! I decided after that day that he is too old for “parties” and next year can just have a friend or 2 sleep over. That’s enough stress for me!
I also travelled to Tucson AZ in June to see some old friends, the Pittman’s. I stayed with Arizona on his sister-in-laws air mattress which worked out great! Even with my allergy issues (I’m sorry I sneezed on the 4 beautiful dogs and made your cat stay with them Arizona), I had a great time! I did lots of sight seeing. Arizona and I went to the flight museum (PLANES – YAY!) and the Desert Museum where we saw tons of desert animals in their natural habitat. For my first time going to Arizona, it was HOT but the bugs were minimal which is always nice! It was nice to see how my friends’ daughter was grown up and having a baby of her own. Maybe next time I can see the other 2 kids!
My Aunt, step Uncle, and cousins came to Houston in July. We went to an Astros’ game, big surprise, we lost! We had great seats by the foul ball pole and my Uncle and step Aunt came as well. It is always a great time when I get to see my family! The next day, we all went to Kemah and met up with my half cousin and her daughters along with everyone else. The kids had a blast! I went with Little Man on the roller coaster there over and over which he loved but I was jolted all over the place. I hadn’t been on a wooden roller coaster since Astroworld. All of us adults finally found a bar and sat down for a couple of drinks and let the kids run wild. I think that was the best part. I then met my long distance family for lunch the next day before they headed back to Arkansas and Boston. It was sad to see them leave.
Little Man started 3rd grade in August. He got the teacher he wanted and had 3 friends in class the first day. A week before he started school, I got the job transfer I’d been praying for. I now only have a 3 mile drive to work and only work 8 hours a day instead of 9 which is very nice. The job is MUCH harder but the drive is much better. Amber (our Chihuahua), is happier as well since we are home more. So why is it that I still don’t feel like I have enough time? How did I drive an hour each direction every day to work and get everything done???
We wanted to visit Kansas for Thanksgiving but could not afford it. So we just talked to our family and friends there instead. I don’t think I would have wanted to drive my 9 year old car 12 hours there and 12 hours back within 5 days so maybe it worked out for the best but I really miss the BFF and her family and even the EX’s family (sometimes). So I cooked all the sides for dinner and my parents went to Luby’s for rolls and more sides and they sent me to Costco to buy their turkey roll that my parents love. Why my parents cooked it in the microwave is beyond me. It was WAY too tough. Maybe next time they should let me take care of everything. You know if I do it, it will be done right and taste spectacular!
Little Man says he knows that Santa is not real and that I am Santa so this year I have completely gotten into the Christmas spirit. I decorated the house, downloaded Christmas music to my phone to listen to when we are at home, and am having a cookie exchange party with a few close friends. I told Little Man that if he doesn’t believe in Santa, he won’t get any presents. Since then, he has talked to Santa at Home Depot (who knew they had one there?) and made me a “wish list”. I passed the list on to his grandparents and his Dad after buying a few things myself. I’m sure he will be VERY happy Christmas morning as usual. The first time he ever says, “But I wanted THIS toy!”, I will not play Santa anymore!!!
I am thankful that my parents had a good year as well. My Dad retired at the end of 2012 and has been keeping very busy working on who knows what. My Mom is still at her job after 30+ years and running her own business which keeps her WAY too busy between Halloween and Christmas. I am VERY thankful they are both around and as Little Man grows up, he will be happy they are here as well.
It was a good year. Love you guys! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2014!