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What Year Is It Again?

2013 January 1
by MushBrain

Happy New Year! Where the heck did this year go? I certainly didn’t lose it to blogging! Sorry about that.

I don’t exactly know how I spent this year. Elliott’s cousin describes the early years with her twin sons (and an older son) as “the lost years.” I can totally relate. Since Henry was born, life has been a blur. If I had to guess how I spent 2012 – because remembering is out of the question – I’d say I spent it thusly:

60% preparing food for others (including breastfeeding)
20% supervising, observing and/or participating in kids’ activities (other than eating and sleeping)
9% assisting others in sleeping
3% taking photos or video
2% lying on the couch exhausted
2% eating
1.5% sleeping
1% complaining about not eating, sleeping or taking enough photos
0.7% stressing about choosing a kindergarten
0.5% checking facebook and email
0.3% wondering why I still bother with facebook

(Don’t check my math. It’s right. Trust me.)

What is not indicated in those very scientifically calculated statistics is the amount of time I spent laughing with (or gently at) my kids and time I spent in awe of my amazing children. With the recent tragic events in Connecticut, it’s been hard not to remind myself every minute how lucky I am to have this life, this time with these children. And that’s a good thing. We should all be so lucky.

So, as I kick off 2013, let me share with you some of my favorite highlights (and lowlights) from 2012, about which I completely and utterly failed to blog.


Favorite quote from Lilly: “Mom! Did you know there’s a new way to make cupcakes? It’s called Presto and it’s dishwasher safe.” [And then we turned off The Hub network.]


Favorite quote from Henry: “Ma-ma-ma-ma”


Favorite sibling photo:


Most redneck moment:


Most awkward family photo:


Favorite bad-ass princess:


Favorite camouflaged baby photo:


Cutest Gardener:


Favorite puppy love moment:


Most intense game of Go Fish:


Most disturbing artwork: “Mommy Screaming” by Lilly


Most successful sewing craft: Little Mermaid Sundress (Those in the know will laugh at how ridiculously easy this kind of dress is, but it’s all I had time for this year!)


Most peaceful moment: Watching Lilly watching Henry sleeping


Least Successful Elf on a Shelf presentation: He started out climbing the Gingerbread house. He ended up “doing yoga.”


Happy New Year to you and yours! Wishing you all a happy, healthy, family-filled 2013!


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  1. Grandma permalink
    January 1, 2013

    love it! Still laughing at some of the pics…favorite: ‘mommy screaming” we can all relate…

  2. MushBrain permalink*
    January 1, 2013

    I had to swallow a little pride in posting that one, but it was too funny not to share!

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