Closing Out 2014

It’s 12:23am here, so that means we’re officially into the last day of 2014 as I type this. I spent some time tonight reflecting on our year, and it definitely hasn’t been the best I’ve experienced. We’ve had some really good moments, and we’ve also had some really bad ones.

I set goals I wanted to accomplish this year that were never met such as getting back into the habit of blogging regularly, and it just wasn’t meant to be. I grossly underestimated how my life would be this year with a toddler and preschooler running around. There have been many times I’ve sat and cried wondering why other moms can juggle the kids, working from home, running a blog, and doing it all while I have barely managed to do half of it. The answer is simple. We’re all different, and our kids are different. No one knows what I go through each day with my rambunctious two just as I don’t know how it is for other moms. So what if I couldn’t accomplish all my “blogging goals” I set? I spent my year enjoying every single moment possible with my girls, and I have loved it all through the ups and the downs. Ellie starts to school next year, and things will be so much different. I’m going to miss having her home with me everyday, so I’m happy to have these moments.

Blogging aside, I set many goals for 2014. Some I managed to accomplish while others are still sitting on the back burner. We had a hard year financially, and that always puts a strain on things. I’m hoping 2015 will bring a more stable financial situation, but I’m not going to cry if we have to buckle down and persevere through a few more rough times.

The last year has shown me how strong I can be when I think I’m at rock bottom and about to break. I’ve made it through situations I never thought I would face, and I endured. I’m a stronger person for it, and I can move on into 2015 knowing I’ve learned lessons and become a stronger person because of them.

I’m just happy to have had the opportunity to spend another year with my loved ones. No matter what 2015 brings I’m ready to face it all. 

Have you reflected upon this past year of your life? If you set goals? Meet them? Fail them? What does the New Year mean to you?

Enjoying The Beautiful Day

Hello everyone!  Wherever you are I hope you’re enjoying some decent weather. I’m ignoring the fact that the weatherman is forecasting freezing rain at the end of the week and enjoying this beautiful day we’re having today while it lasts.  The only downside to such a pretty day is it makes it hard for Ben to sleep now that he’s a third shifter.  He tried to sleep this morning, but I walked in the bedroom to get my laptop and found him sitting at my desk with the window open researching ebs amps. Then he decided we needed to hit up Firehouse for lunch, and we discovered the rest of the county must have had the same idea.  Ellie fell asleep on the way over, so instead of waking her up I decided to wait in the car with the girls while he ran inside to grab food.  Aubrey got impatient, so I pulled her out of her car seat to people watch while we waited.  She soon got tired of that and decided she was going to drive off without Daddy if he didn’t hurry.  

waiting on daddy

Eventually he returned with food, and after a few bites of pickle she lost the battle and had to return to her car seat.  Of course she protested most of the way home, so when we got here I let her spend a few minutes in the grass before we headed inside to eat.  Mama is willing to sacrifice the warmth of her sandwich for her baby girl’s happiness.  Now that Aubrey and Ben are napping I think I’m going to attempt to take Ellie outside to ride her bicycle.  She got it for Christmas, and the weather this Winter hasn’t allowed her many days outside to play with it.  We’ll see if she can figure out how to peddle it down the driveway without running into the grass this time!

Up and Running Again

Sorry for the downtime Everyday Randomness (as well as most of my other network of sites) has been experiencing over the last few days.  Apparently one of the WordPress plugins that I have been running had a vulnerability that allowed a malicious file to be uploaded to my server shutting down everything.  My host as well as myself were searching for the rogue file, and we finally found it hidden very deeply in the files for Tentblogger’s Feedburner Rss Redirect Plugin.  Honestly it was one of those plugins I forgot I even had active, but I spent the majority of my free time yesterday going through all my files and plugins to make sure there isn’t another piece of malicious code hidden anywhere.  So, for now all seems to be well!

That’s good news because I doubt I could carve out the time to fix something like that over the next few days.  Today is dedicated to cleaning and knocking out a huge to do list.  Tomorrow is dedicated to getting ready for the Show Your Disney Side Play date party I’m excited to host on Saturday!  I can’t wait to get all the munchkins together to play Disney themed games, design t-shirts, pig out on party food, and just generally have fun.  The parents won’t be left out of this one because we’ll all be taking lots of photos and checking out some HP swag while discussing how easy it is to plan Disney vacations.  We have our own Disney vacation in the works for next year pending everything goes as planned.  Aubrey will be just over a year old and not really old enough to know what’s up, but we really want to take Ellie to Disney before she starts school.  Because her birthday is in October it falls after the September cut off for Kindergarten giving me an extra year with her at home.  That means she’ll almost be 6 when she starts Kindergarten, and we can hopefully take her to Disney for her 5th birthday.  

We’ve got plenty of time to plan our Disney trip, but I’ve got to get a move on my to do list.  I’m going to knock out my online work really fast, look for an affordable casio celviano for my bro-in-law, then I’ll get to work cleaning up the mess that we call our living quarters.  The house honestly isn’t that bad right now, but the kiddos are asleep.  You mamas (and daddys!) know how that goes!  Give them 10 minutes of awake time and everything will be destroyed again.  That stack of clean laundry on my couch is calling my name begging to be folded, though!