Hail to the Redskins! My guys clinched the NFC East championship last night…for the first time since I was a junior in high school. Sadly, I didn’t watch the game because it came on after my bedtime. (Hey…you’d have the bedtime of an elementary school kid, too…if you had to get up ten times a night and endure stupid dreams about pirates stealing your sheep and being unable to do anything about it because your shotgun was loaded with blueberries. Dang pregnancy hormones…) Apparently, it was an epic game.
I’ve been a Redskins fan as long as I can remember. We were really good back in the day, and then something happened around the time I turned seven and we started stinking. No matter. During my braces phase, I wore their colors on my teeth every season for five years running. I thought of them every time I brushed my teeth, which was frequently because the horror of any teenaged girl with braces is to be seen with broccoli stuck in your brackets. (Side note: if you think that getting white rubber bands on your braces will help said braces blend into your teeth, that will only be true as long as you remember not to put yellow mustard on your sandwich. Just saying.)
One of the ways that you can tell a true Redskins fan is that we don’t particularly care whether we make it to the playoffs or not. As long as we beat the Cowboys at least once, it’s been a successful season. Last night’s game was like melding peanut butter and chocolate together into one tasty bite. We made it to the playoffs…and beat the Cowboys. Charlie Sheen would probably hashtag that as winning, but I digress. I’m trying really hard not to metaphorically rub our victory into my Cowboy fan husband and brothers’ faces. As I ended up doing to the pirates with my useless blueberry bullets in my sleep last night.
Boy, did they look silly with purple faces. But in the end, they still took my sheep.
What an interesting year it has been.
2012 seemed like it would be fairly “normal.” You know…work, school, work, diapers, work, laundry, work…I saw all of those on the horizon for this past year. What I didn’t see coming was the switch from being a working mom to a homeschool mom…or the possibility of loving said switch. I didn’t see the collapse of a soggy dining room ceiling, a tornado stealing our shed and then dropping it on the neighbor’s car, or the dog eating the living room carpet to soothe an upset tummy coming, either. Apparently, Professor Trelawney I am not. (Wait…)
Continuing to highlight some of the more memorable moments of this past year:
- I started this blog…and then put it on hold around Oldest and I started summer break so I could attempt to write The Great American Novel of 2012. Instead, I conducted The Great Purge of His Bedroom while he was off visiting relatives in various places. Maybe in 2013…
- We got our annual mandatory academic progress test results back…Dude passed with flying colors. All paperwork was filed and curriculum purchased so we could continue to homeschool during the 2012-2013 school year as well. In case you were wondering, fourth grade rocks! I’ve gotten to teach basic electronic theory during science this term. *flexes techie muscles* We have had a few awesome field trips and done some pretty fantastic projects that will (hopefully) be covered in more detail during later posts.
- Baby has twelve teeth, a fifteen-ish word vocabulary, and can walk like a champ. We discovered on Halloween that he was apparently born knowing how to use a light saber. (He made the cutest Yoda I’ve ever seen…I’m telling you.) He absolutely loves books, cars (said with a Bostonian accent), trucks, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and our dog-dogs.
- He is also going to be a big brother in about three-ish months! We found out that New Baby was on the way on my birthday, which was about the best present ever. (I’d been wondering what all the nosebleeds were about…apparently, that’s how my body reacts to being pregnant. Fabulous.) Yet to be discovered is whether or not gestational diabetes and bed rest are on my horizon this time around.
- Thankfully, the whole second trimester energy spike thing happened right around the holiday season, so I was able to make and bake a whole lot of stuff that will also (hopefully) be covered in more detail during later posts.
- Item 5 was brought to you and all actual beneficiaries in part by the discovery of Pinterest.
- The disasters mentioned in Paragraph 2, plus a few others. It’s okay. We survived.
- Hubby presented me with a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas, and it has changed my culinary life this past week. I still can’t decide whether to call it The Beast or Bonnie. It’s a toss-up. I’ll keep you posted. So far, we’ve made four batches of cookies (gingerbread men, spritz, vanilla-mint candy canes, and cinnamon roll sugar cookies), icing, my grandma’s legendary Anadama bread, and mashed potatoes. As a side note, this year was my second making Christmas dinner all by myself, and I didn’t set anything on fire! All of that Food Network viewing is so paying off! My in-laws further expanded my culinary horizon with their gift of the ice cream maker attachment. Holy frostbite. That thing is awesome! I made honey-vanilla ice cream the day after Christmas and grape sherbet (chalk it up to weird pregnancy cravings) this weekend. There is but one thing to say about how they turned out. Dude. Okay, moving on.
- I can now say that I’ve given hermit crabs a bath. Considering how much they resemble spiders and my arachnophobia, this is quite a feat.
- Much amazing time with family and friends, including a two-week visit with my baby brother this summer, surprise visit from my Bestie while we were Up North for Thanksgiving with my grandmothers, parents, brothers, aunts, uncles and cousins (oh, my!) and another surprise visit from my sister and her husband the weekend before Christmas. Hopefully, this new year will contain much more of this line item. Also, please note that the board game called Frazzle! is pretty awesome and adds a lot to family gatherings. It comes with a gavel. ‘Nuff said.
I could go on and on, but I shall restrain myself. Suffice it to say that I have learned so much this past year, and while moments of it were more painful than others, God has been incredibly good to me and my family and I am so grateful to Him for everyone and everything He brought our way. Looking back on this year, this verse keeps coming to mind.
When times are good, be happy;
but when times are bad, consider this:
God has made the one
as well as the other.
Therefore, no one can discover
anything about their future.
Ecclesiastes 7:14, New International version
No amount of crystal ball gazing or reading the tea leaves would have prepared me for the roller coaster of this past year. (What say you, Professor? Besides that I’m in grave danger. I live with gravity every day. You don’t have to tell me that.) This year, more profoundly than other years, has shown me exactly how much I have learned (and have yet to learn) about trusting that God can handle things much better than I ever could. One just has to sit back and enjoy the ride…even if it comes standard with wet drywall and doggie indigestion.
Happy New Year!