2015 Year in Review or Something Like That

Hi, it’s me! I know it’s been a while, but I’m back. I didn’t think I was going to write a “year in review” type blog entry, but Mr. M to da Z mentioned to me today that I should. So, here is my attempt at talking about the highlights/lowlights of 2015. I hope you have plenty of hot chocolate and popcorn to enjoy as you read this. Make yourself comfy because it is kinda long!

January came and went very fast. RyRy turned 4. How is that even possible? Wasn’t she just born? We ended the month with adding Black Beauty (a new Ford F-150) to our family. She is shiny (metallic black). I still can’t get used to driving her because I think in the time that she’s been part of the family, I have driven her maybe 5 or 6 times.

February is a blur to me. I had sinus surgery. When my ENT told me about the procedure, she told me that I could come out of the surgery center looking like I went one or two rounds with Mike Tyson. I was afraid to look at myself in the mirror for the first time before I was released. I sent a picture to my neighbor. She told me that I looked very “California” with the tape/bandage on my nose. LOL Guess that’s a good thing. Luckily for me, I had no bruising.

March – I was so excited for March, as it is my birthday month. I thought for sure it was going to be a fun month. Unfortunately, my month didn’t go as planned. One Friday, I walked out of my office, thru the parking lot, and got into my vehicle. When I started my vehicle, it was very loud, and it vibrated from the sound. I turned it off and turned it back on again thinking that it was going to be different, but it wasn’t. Come to find out, someone stole the catalytic converter off my Honda Element. It was not a cheap replacement even with insurance paying a majority of it. Talk about an unexpected expense due to someone else’s doing. I learned that this is a common thing, but I had never heard of it before that day. It takes about a minute for thieves to cut it off and drive away. There was a plus to the month, we welcomed 2 new members to our family (bunnies). They were super cute, and the girls love holding them and watching them jump around.

April – We enjoyed Easter with the girls. They wore beautiful dresses, and they found lots of eggs. We read the story of Jesus’ resurrection.

May – I wore a heart monitor for most the of the month of April and May. I had an abnormal EKG when I had my surgery in February, and then I had another abnormal one when I met with the heart specialist. He had me wear a heart monitor, and I also had an echocardiogram done. Thank God everything came back normal.

June -The girls got out of school for the Summer. They were both sad that school was over for the year, as they both enjoyed their teachers and friends very much. I had my 6 month mammogram diagnostic exam. Things still need to be monitored, but so far, nothing has changed. They just want to make sure it stays that way. I also had an MRI of my left ankle/foot. It kept hurting me, would get swollen, and I could hardly walk on it. Come to find out, I had/have 6 torn ligaments. Sigh….Ain’t nobody got time for that.

July – Tim had to go to California for work. The girls and I got lucky and were able to tag along. I FINALLY got to meet Karalayne. She and I have been friends for about 8 or 9 years. We met on Fertile Thoughts, and we have been friends ever since. I was excited to finally get to meet her and her family. The girls and I spent time with her and her kiddos during the day while Tim was working. The girls were so sad when we spent the last day with them. They are ready to go back for a visit to go see their friends. I got to scratch one of my bucket list items off. I saw the HOLLYWOOD sign in person! YAY! I also got to stand outside of Eva Longoria’s restaurant – Beso. It was too early in the day for her to be there. I’d like to go back and eat there one day. We went to Venice Beach…..talk about a great place to go for people watching. So much to see there! Santa Monica Pier was fun as well. We got to watch a firework show. Overall, it was a fun trip. RyRy has decided that she wants to move to California when she turns 18. CJ tells her that she’s going to need to find a job to make money to live there. LOL My CJ turned 7. She’s growing up way too fast. I wish we could pause time. Had to get an MRI of my right ankle after our trip to Cali. The front part of my ankle was super swollen and tender.  I somehow tore an anterior tendon. Yay me….how does that even happen?

August – Hank and his family came into town the last week of July, and were in Texas until the first week of August. Hank and his family, Matt his family, and me and the girls all went to Corpus Christi to spend time with our parents. It had been way too long since we were all under one roof. Us kiddos enjoyed some beach time together on the last night we were there. The kids had fun in the water, but us grownups didn’t want to see if jaws would make an appearance when it started to get dark. LOL The girls went back to school after a nice and relaxing Summer.

September – I got the opportunity to travel back to a part of South Texas where I lived back in the day. The town looked so different. Everything is different now. It’s no longer a sleepy little town. It was kind of back to see part of “my history” change so much from when I left it. I guess that goes to show that things are forever changing, and nothing ever stays the same.

October – We got lots of rain throughout the month. The storms were very loud and scary. Halloween was fun. The kiddos enjoyed trick-or-treating. We didn’t have as many trick-or-treaters as usual. I’m guessing since Halloween fell on a Saturday, there were lots of parties, and organizations had things going on for their members.

November – Thanks to our wonderful neighbors, I got to experience an Evanescence concert VIP style. I must admit that I was unsure what to expect since it was a “rocker” type band and not something I have experienced before. I met some cool people, and I will be forever grateful for that night.  Thanksgiving is made to be spent with family and friends. We invited some “new to America” friends to our house for the festivities. It was their 1st Thanksgiving ever. I believe they enjoyed it, and we were blessed to have them join us. My parents came to town to celebrate with us as well. I love spending holidays with my family, and I cherish those moments with them.

December – December is supposed to be filled with laughter and cheer. The Grinch decided to visit us the week before Christmas, and he stole our Star Shower Lights. The girls were very upset about it. I can’t believe that people are brave enough to walk into someone’s yard and take their stuff. People have major balls that’s for sure!! Christmas was exciting. Santa was very good to the girls. I caught him in action when he came to visit our house. The girls enjoyed seeing the photos I snapped of him when he stopped by.  We met a new family in our subdivision. They have a daughter who will be attending our elementary school, and she is in 2nd grade like CJ. I believe they hit it off pretty good. I’m excited to get to know her and her family better as time goes on.

Besides never ending soccer for both girls, and always having somewhere we needed to be, we survived 2015!!!! Thank you Jesus!!!!

2015 Was a great year for me overall. I am a very blessed individual whom is grateful for all the blessings bestowed upon me!! I spent time with family and friends, and I’ve made some new friends along the way. Some family and friends have stepped out of my life for reasons unknown to me. I’ve tried to communicate with several of them, but my attempts didn’t get any type of response. I cannot make anyone want to be a part of my life, but if I know that I did nothing to make them not want to be in it, I have to question myself what went wrong. While everyone says to just let it go and move forward, it is very hard for me to do that.

I have come to realize that I am not Wonder Woman, and I cannot do everything that I’d like to do. There are just not enough hours in the day to get it all done. In 2016, I need to learn how to balance things better, and I need to learn how to say “no” more, and I need to occasionally ask for help. That is so hard for me to do, but I’m going to do my best to do it more in 2016.

There is so much that I’m going to work on in 2016. I have so many personal things that I want to change to better myself, and I have to be the one to make it happen. I need to get back into church, and I need to get back into the word. That is one of my biggest goals for 2016. I’ve ventured away for way too long, and it’s time to find my way back.

So there you have it, a glimpse into my 2015. Tonight I will ring in the new year in my pajamas, possibly watching Netflix, and just relaxing. This girl has no energy to do much of anything else.

Thanks for reading! I know it’s long!!