Aaron started a new job at Wells Fargo in July. He does some techie, scary, complicated stuff that I don't understand...so pretty much the same as usual. He wasn't getting home until 6-6:30 (lately it's even later), so it has pretty much just been Amelia and me for dinner and hanging out until right before Daddy gets home. He's been working like crazy lately-like 50-60+ hours a week. It's been exhausting for all of us. With Aaron working more, I've been trying to do more around the house to alleviate the chores for him. I've actually learned to cook a few things for dinner....I'll pause while you give yourself CPR......ok, you should be out of shock now.
As far as Amelia goes-holy cow, she's done so much in the last 6 months. She is a completely different kid. She's so smart, she repeats everything! She remembers stuff that surprises me, like "look mom, the Moon!" (which doesn't sound like a big deal, but we had never talked about the moon other than reading books). She LOVES "Yo Gabba Gabba". She dances like crazy when the show is on, and says the words before the characters do!
Amelia loves to climb on chairs and the couch and anything she can stand on. She loves to say "I did it!" or "I do it, Mommy", and more recently "I love it!"
We had her 2nd birthday party on December 8th, and my parents came up. We had a great visit. She got a TON of toys and books (she loves to read). We had a "Yo Gabba Gabba" Party!
We had a low key Christmas. We stayed home and played and open presents...and relaxed-which was MUCH needed. We opened presents from us on Christmas Eve, and then opened presents from Santa on Christmas Day, and stayed in our jammies all day. We gave Amelia my old kitchen-which she thought was the greatest!
Our girl has grown a ton this past year. She has learned so much, and taught us even more. She's definitely a 2 year old and has the sass to go along with it. Here are some more pictures from this fall and winter.
We had a quiet New Year's Eve-hanging out at home. We went to bed about 9:30 and woke up at 12:15, said Happy New Year and passed back out. 2013 was a pretty good year for us, there were ups and downs, but we grew a lot. Dad retired a few weeks ago, and my parents will be moving back to Iowa soon. That's the motivation we needed to buy a house-which we are currently preparing for now.
I hope 2014 is good to all of you-we love you all!
Happy New Year!