2012 Was a Very Good Year

2 Pennies 2 Rub has been on an unintended hiatus for most of 2012.  As I look back on the year, I can see how things got so busy and am sorry to have missed sharing some special moments with you.

A Year of Firsts

The kids’ first trip to the zoo to see real live animals!  And what’s better than animals? The train that we rode on at the end of the zoo trip.

The kids’ first Easter Egg Hunt.  Momma was smart by giving them buckets.  They’re easy to carry and hold tons of loot.  Once Oliver figured out there was candy in the eggs he was off running.  The other kids didn’t stand a chance.

The kids’ first Strawberry patch.  I have fond memories of picking strawberries with my family when I was young.  I also remember being very messy and sticky by the time we were done, but not remembering how I got that way.  Well, the kids were nice enough to remind me!

Evelyn’s first trip to the fair and Oliver’s first fair ride all by himself!  Evelyn was not thrilled that she was too short to ride the train.  However, she did like the roasted corn, cotton candy, hot dogs, turkey leg, and candy apples!

Oliver started preschool and took his first ride on the bus this year.  He takes the bus to and from school every day.  He loves, loves, loves riding the bus and going to school.  We even went to our first school fair and the kids saw their first hot air balloon and won their first “prizes” for playing some games.  They were some of the smallest kids there amongst the 1st – 5th graders and I was so proud that they held their own with the big kids.

The kids’ first Halloween Trick or Treating door-to-door.  We were a family of pirates and the kids did absolutely fantastic.  They caught on to the concept very fast and dutifully said “Trick or Treat!” and “Thank you!” at every house.

Their first visit with Santa Claus.  Evelyn climbed right up into his lap and gave him big hugs.  Oliver sat with me on the floor and told Santa that he wanted, “Presents. Lots of presents!” for Christmas.  He also said he wanted pancakes. :-)

A Year of Change

Over the summer we looked for houses to buy in Georgia and came across this one.  It was a foreclosure with all sorts of problems.  It suffered inside and out from several years of neglect.  Being the people that we are, we (I) fell in love with it and we bought it!

Over Labor Day weekend, we packed up and moved in.  Although we grew to love our little rental, we haven’t looked back yet.

Our house has many challenges that will keep us busy for YEARS to come, but it is all worth it to give our kids a safe place to play, a fun place to explore, and the room to grow.

A Year of Family

Moving to Atlanta put us closer to both of our families even as it took us farther from our friends.   Our lives have been busy with many visits from Grandparents, family and friends.  We have been on the road for many trips back to NC and to Florida to keep in touch with those close to our hearts.  In 12 short months we have had 11 road trips or home visits!!!  We will kick off the new year with a trip to Raleigh in February and have a big trip to Chicago and Grand Rapids on the books for July.  In between those trips we have 3 different sets of visiting friends and family.  Amazing!

Our family has also changed over the year.

In one year Oliver has grown into such a handsome little boy.  He turned 3 in June and is such a sweetheart.  He talks and talks and talks now and has started with the questions.  He is very tall for his age and runs and plays with the big kids all the time.  He knows how to write his own name, counts to 30, and has started to spell in school.  Oliver loves playing on the playground with his schoolmates, playing with trains and big trucks of all sorts, and watching Mighty Machines, Fireman Sam, Thomas, and Curious George.  Best of all, he loves his little sister (Ellie) and they are best buds.  He takes care of her when she needs help, he reaches things that are too tall for her, he actively plays with her, and they crack each other up.

In one year Evelyn has become my little Princess G.I. Jane!  She JUST turned two in November and is already speaking at close to a 3-year old level.  She brushes her own teeth, washes her hands, gets mostly dressed and all the way undressed by herself, and is mommy’s little shadow.  She wants to do everything that I do from putting on makeup (chapstick and a clean face brush), carrying her own purse when we go out, to cleaning and setting the table.  And of course, she wants to do everything that her older brother does.  She will wear his boy clothes, with her tutu and princess tiara.  She mimics everything he does and follows him wherever he goes.  She calls him “Ahber” and it’s so sweet to hear her calling for him when she wakes up.

No matter what year it is we are thankful to be together and to have people in our lives that love and care for us.  We are looking forward to 2013.  I hope to get back to blogging in the New Year.  There’s still money to save, tips to be shared, and love to spread to everyone. 

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy New Year full of good fortune and good health.  Welcome 2013!

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