It's hard to believe another year has passed. It seems like just yesterday we were coming home after spending Christmas in The Big City....
Oh wait, that WAS yesterday.
But I clearly remember the trip home last December 30th as well. I took a picture of the sun shining through Fidget's window in the van because of the beautiful frost patterns it was highlighting.
She's changed so much, my li'l Fidget. From looking toddler-ish to looking like, well, older. Her cheeks aren't as chubby, her legs are longer, and she doesn't nap anymore. Well, every now and again it still happens, but I usually try to avoid it because then she's awake until 11 pm.
Since last Christmas, she's started nursery school and can HARDLY wait to start Kindergarten in 9 months. Nine short months. Wow, that's coming up on us fast ~ she only just started dressing herself in the last several weeks!
Peanut has changed incredibly, too. I can't believe how young she looks in pictures that were only taken 12 months ago!! Not to mention that she was also almost 7 inches shorter back then. And was missing almost all her front teeth.
Eleven months ago, we threw her first-ever birthday party with school friends. The second one ~ for her SEVENTH birthday!! ~ will happen in just 3-1/2 weeks. Peanut's gone from basically just recognizing letters to actually being able to read. That change actually just happened this fall, but it happened amazingly fast. Like the light just suddenly went on. It's cool to watch her read and write willingly and enjoy it.
The Bushman and I haven't changed as much. Well, he's quit shaving and I guess I did lose 20 lbs last spring. But I've gained almost half that back now in December. Not quite half, but uncomfortably close. I intend to reverse that trend starting yesterday. I don't think my husband will reverse his facial hair trend any time soon.
He'll be back on the road, starting either Sunday night or Monday morning and he'll be away from home 5 days a week for at least the next 6 weeks or so, possibly more. He'll actually be spending approximately 12 hours a day in a hotel room, but I still can't imagine he'll be worrying about being clean-shaven. The trucks will be running 24 hrs a day now in the pulp & paper industry's "harvest" season, but instead of both drivers living in the truck all. week. long., they'll spell off in a hotel room for their down hours. Which is definitely nicer. And decidedly less stinky.
And I'm pleased to report that we will see him every weekend, all winter long!
If you've been reading my blog for 9 months or less, you may be wondering what's the significance of that. But it's huge, I tell ya.
No ice road widow-hood for me this year, woo-hoo!
There's more stuff going on that I'm not free to share just yet, but I will when the time is right. Suffice it to say, this year will be a new experience for both of us and will present its fair share of challenges.
I guess that's a pretty generic statement, isn't it?! Anyone could say that. EVERY year is a new experience!
Okay, so this coming year's challenges ~ the ones we already KNOW are coming (because they're the result of the stuff that I'm not free to share yet!) ~ will be stretching for both of us. But I'm looking forward to it. I think I've needed a challenge for a long time already.
Sure, I've done a bit of distance education over the last two years, but this is different because I won't be the only person I'm responsible for. I won't be able to postpone things until both girls are in school (like I'm doing with my web design studies) or just change my mind and not do them at all if I don't feel like it. (like I do with housework almost every day!) It will be exciting, at the very least. It remains to be seen if the excitement will be of the positive or negative variety...
But I look forward to looking back next December 31 and being proud of myself for surviving and thriving in 2009 . (That's the plan, anyway!!)
Have a good one, y'all... see ya next year!!!!