2012: A Year In Review

The year started warm. So warm we went to the park and took this picture:

In February, I started watching my friend's daughter
who is a month younger than Sweet Pea.
What a crazy ride taking care of two toddlers has been.

At the end of February/beginning of March,
Sweet Pea started walking and
our breastfeeding journey came to an end.

Her 15 month check-up was March 11 but
I'm a terrible mom who didn't write down the stats.

We also did silly stuff like this:

In May we had a yard sale at the Hubby's store.

Got into a car accident at the beginning of June.

Both the girls were in the car. Scary and life changing. I still feel guilty everyday although everyone was okay. And there isn't a day that goes by where I don't worry whether they remember or it scarred them and whether my husband has resentment towards me for putting our already limited incomed family on an even tighter financial hold.

We bought a Saturn Vue from Car Max and THE NEXT DAY the transmission went out.

But looking back, it was a blessing because I have NO IDEA how we would have been able to afford it.

We went to the lake a few times.
And Sweet Pea still didn't care of it.

Sweet Pea went to the zoo for the first time!

The Hubby and I celebrated 5 years of marriage. :)
But we have no pictures of us together and celebrated by going to his friend's birthday party. :/

She also got HFM and a UTI at almost the same time. :/

I decided to really make my blog public that August. I wanted to maybe make some money, hopefully get some free stuff to review, but most importantly, I wanted to have a hobby that I enjoyed. I was home all the time without a car and we live out in the middle of no where. I needed some kind of social interaction, even if was just through a computer screen.

I was able to provide my first endorsed review.

One of Hubby's store credit card numbers was stolen in 2007, he didn't even try to take the proper steps to fight this issue. Credit companies kept calling and calling. but he ignored them. He went to court and the judge told him he should settle and that it didn't look good for him because apparently in the paper work he signed when applying for the card, it said they could sell the debt. So we got put into an even tighter financial hold.

September we went to Florida with my in-laws. And a great time was had by all.
You can read about vacation HERE and HERE.

♥ these pics on Instagram

Just recently, I reached 400 GFC followers. And it feels amazing. I started at 10 and in only a few months, I feel like when I put my many ramblings out into the vast space of the Internet, I am now actually heard.

My car accident was a blessing in disguise. I got a terrible bruise under my arm from the seat belt.
Under the bruise I found small knot. No biggie, the bruise was massive. I had a regular scheduled OB/GYN visit shortly after the accident, she said to keep any eye on it and if the swelling didn't go down, I should come back. I had a physical scheduled in September so I figured I would talk to my doctor about it then if I didn't notice any improvement.
The doctor said he thought it was just the bruise but that I should go get a mammogram.

My baby girl turned two.

I put off scheduling the mammogram. I have no idea why but the swelling was going down and the knot was getting smaller so I just wasn't worried. Then I noticed another small, lump a little further away.
The 18th would be the day of my mammogram but they rescheduled until after the first of the year.
I'm nervous and the anticipation of not knowing is killing me. My sister had a mammogram when I was around the age of ten or so making her like 19. Nothing was wrong, they said that is just the way her body is. Hopefully the odds are in my favor. But the not knowing is the worst of it.

But a good thing to know going into the New Year I am 25 lbs lighter than I was at the start of 2012 and I can wear my wedding rings again. :)
You can read about my weight loss journey HERE.

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A crazy year.

Awesome things happened and awful things happened. This year has been a roller coaster of emotion.

So, how did 2012 treat you?


  1. Wow what a year you have had!! Sending lots of prayers for your mammogram I'm sure everything is just fine. :)

  2. Wow, it sounds like you have had a pretty crazy/busy/good year! Hopefully 2013 brings you lots of joy and happiness!!

  3. You had a FULL year! Didn't you? I wish 2013 will be full of good things happening to you!

  4. I enjoyed seeing your year! You were busy!! Happy New Year! May this one be the best one, yet! Your newest GFC and Networked follower from the Let's Get Social Hop. :) Can't wait to read more of your great blog.

    Kathy @ http://www.lifeonlakeshoredrive.com

  5. Newest follower from Thumping Thursday blog hop from Mom in the USA! :)

    I saw you did a review on Buddy Fruits -- I did too earlier this summer and they were a HIT with me son!! can't wait to read more this new year!


    High Heels and Hot Deals

  6. What a crazy full year!

    Thank you for linking up to Raising Imperfection!
    Make sure to check back on Friday to see if you were featured.

  7. I love the honesty of your blog and the cheerful way you accept both the good and bad in life. Your little "sweet pea" is absolutely adorable! She reminds me of my 2 year old granddaughter who is one of the highlights of my grandma blog at www.whathappensatgrandmas.com
    I will enjoy reading your journey toward your weight goal and cheering you on as you make progress. All the best!

  8. You had quite a year! I love the pictures of Sweet Pea - she is adorable! You're right not knowing is tough to get through.

    I love your blog and your FB posts. Thanks for all you do to share with us. Reia from www.southcountrysides.blogspot.com

  9. I love these posts ~ Definitely going to have to do one next year. I'm only six months in from blogging so definitely a must for next year.

    Thank you for linking your favorite post to Raising Imperfection!
    Please come back Friday to see if you were featured. :)


  10. Thank your for linking up! I enjoyed this post, although I'm sorry to hear you've had a few blips. Sounds like blogging has helped you find a purpose and an outlet, which is exactly what it's done for me.

    As for the lump... I found a small lump in my breast a few months ago. Scared me half to death. I had an ultrasound and they determined it was a fibroid of some sort, and I've been told to go back for a follow-up in 6 months. It was a very scary experience, but I wanted to let you know that the waiting is often the worst part. Try not to focus on it as worrying isn't going to get you anywhere. Easy to say, I know, but try to put it out of your mind.

    I hope you have a wonderful NYE and I look forward to linking up together more in 2013!


  11. Intense year! All the best to you and your family in 2013. Jane

  12. What a time of ups and downs. My year sure had some too. I think a positive attitude is what gets us through :) Sweet pea looks so beautiful in all of those pictures. Found you through the GFC blog hop. New follower :)


  13. Woah! What a roller coaster of a year.

    Here's hoping 2013 is a little less eventful for you.

    Hope to see you continue to link up to Mommy and Me Monday and see you in the pictures:)

  14. 2012 was definitely a roller coaster year for you! Here's to a easy breezy beautiful 2013!


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