What a year it was! As I reflect on everything that happened this year, I realize just how much happened, how many memories were made, and how much my Family and I went through during the not-so-good times. It was a year of fun, frustrations, and fantastic chaos – not to mention, lots of Family time! However, our last few months went out with a bang, y’all.

I created this blog in October, not long before my husband went on leave for nearly three weeks. He was home for the entire last week of that month, and almost the first half of November. While he was home, we were go, Go, GO! We had some down time here and there, but for the most part, we were always doing something fun or work-related. The morning of the day he came home from work, which was a Tuesday, I cleaned and made Norwegian Butter Squares for the first time. If you haven’t made these and/or tried them, I highly suggest you do so, right this minute. They are fantastic, and were a huge hit with my Men! For dinner that night, I made one of our favorite chicken recipes, Melt in Your Mouth Chicken. It’s super yum, but an extremely heavy and rich meal, so we rarely eat it. Early Wednesday morning, I spent two and a half hours alone at the mechanic, getting the Batmobile worked on.  During that time, I restarted (a few times) Hubs’ Christmas gift beanie, and had gotten a decent amount done. The pattern I used, the Man Hat, is wicked simple, and the only pattern – out of many I’d found for bulky yarn – that Hubs liked. The yarn was Icelandic Lopi yarn called Grizzly, that I’d purchased from PrairieDyeStudio on Etsy. That afternoon, Hubs and I played several rounds each of Battleship with BatKid; it was so much more fun than I remember it being when I was a kid! Thursday was spent doing my usual daily routine and knitting before going to a doctor’s appointment. It was mainly just to chat about how I’m doing on my medication, so it was quick. I’d spent way more time waiting to see Doc, than actually talking to her! ha. Hubs cooked that night, since I’d gotten home pretty late, and I was grateful for the break. Friday was a relaxing day! I did go to the post office, which ended up being a happy trip, as my Expression Fiber Arts, knitting needle sets, and Orphan Black t-shirt orders had arrived! The EFA order was October’s yarn of the month club, as well as the first YOTM yarn they’ve ever brought back. The knitting needle sets were a special offer I’d seen on Facebook; they came from China and I only had to pay shipping! The Orphan Black shirt was a limited time special design (that came in shirts and hoodies), and is my absolute favorite tee ever. Saturday was spent cutting wood – but not before getting stuck in the gross New Mexico sand, blecch. Luckily, some people came by in a UTV; they helped pull us out, after we’d been working on digging out the truck ourselves for an hour. We were beyond thankful for their help! We finally got to the wood-cutting, where we all worked hard and got what we needed, but all the work prior had caused us to wear out faster! Sunday was a day of relaxing – for the most part. I did the grocery shopping by myself while my Men slept in, and we had brunch when I came home.

The next week was the best week! Monday was fairly relaxing; we each carved a pumpkin, which was BatKid’s first time doing His own. His was an original design, and it came out awesome! Hubs and I used patterns, and they turned out pretty rad – even mine, which had a booboo. lol. My Men took me to the hospital late that afternoon, so I could have an ultrasound done on my neck. While I was there, they went to the store for some things, then picked me up when I was done. We ended up picking up dinner in town, since it would be almost seven o’clock by the time we got home. Tuesday was Halloween! My Total Cat Mojo book arrived, which I’d pre-ordered as soon as Jackson Galaxy had posted about it on Twitter; upon pre-ordering, I was able to pick a shelter to whom they’d send a free copy, and would also receive a card as a gift at a later date. It was a pretty sweet deal! We watched Hocus Pocus and ate dinner, then took pictures before heading out for trick-or-treating. We went to our very first neighborhood in this town, as usual, and had a blast! BatKid got tons of compliments on His costume (He’d dressed up as Poe from Star Wars VII), plus we even saw one of the girls we knew from our grocery store, and found out she no longer works there. We also talked to the owner of the house next door to our old home; her house had been completely remodeled while we were still living there, and I’d gotten a tour one day. We chatted about how she liked it, and she told us she was surprised when she’d found out how horrible it had been before it had been redone. I told her it was definitely a mess before, but it’s gorgeous now! After we’d finished making our rounds, we went down to the fire station, where they had treat bags for the kids and were letting them explore the fire engine! BatKid never gets tired of that; this time, however, He got to wear a headset while sitting in the front seat! It was super cool. 😀 Despite the neighborhood not being as active during Halloween as it used to be, the Kiddo made out like a bandit. We headed home, where we went through His candy, and He ate a few pieces before bedtime. Also, that day was the first time my Son had ridden in the car without a booster seat! He’d recently hit the height requirement to ride normally, and I still can’t believe it. The Kid is growing like crazy, y’all; He’s most likely going to be taller than me and Hubs! Wednesday was spent cutting wood again, as well as exploring potential areas for future cutting, and Thursday was spent fishing at the nearby lake! We didn’t catch anything, but we all had fun – plus an older couple stopped as they were driving past us, just to tell me I’m a good Momma! That was so unexpected, lol. I was just goofing off with my Son as I was putting sunscreen on His face, and I guess they were watching as they drove by. It was so sweet, and I thanked them through all my blushing, ha. Friday, I woke up with a huge bruised bump on my upper leg, with no recollection of what may have caused it. With something that big, you’d think one would know, right? Well, I sure didn’t! All I know is, it hurt and it was ugly. :/ Aside from a trip to the post office (where I had two packages waiting for me: a Halloween Star Wars project bag from Three By The Sea Designs, and my super Halloween-y order of handspun yarn and a pumpkin stitch marker from Silly Sheep Designs), it was a relaxing day. The Kiddo started a Thanksgiving countdown on our LightBox, Hubs and I made sausage and French toast for B.F.D. (breakfast for dinner), and I found out about Jacob Thompson‘s Christmas wish. If you aren’t familiar with Jacob and his wish, he was a little boy in Maine who had been battling neuroblastoma for four of his nine years of life. Christmas was his favorite holiday, but the doctors said he wasn’t going to live until then. So, he asked for the simple wish of anyone around the world, to send him Christmas cards. I, of course, wanted to make him a card, and asked my Men if they wanted to, as well; they both did, and it made me so happy! ❤ Hubs had signed up for hunting earlier in the year, so Saturday was spent out all day, scouting for areas to hunt. It was fun, as we got to explore new areas not far from where we live, and BatKid and I found a wicked rad tree! Hubs found an old farm area, where the windmill still worked; I have a huge love for windmills, so I got a lot of photos of it, lol. We ended up farther away from our area by the end of the trip, so we got gas in the town where Hubs works, then headed back up to our town to pick up dinner, since it was pretty late. Sunday was spent shopping solo again, which gave me the chance to buy a giant stuffed elephant-and-baby set for BatKid! I’ve been obsessed with elephants (or e-phants, as I called them when I was a kid) for as long as I can remember, and BatKid also loves them – so I couldn’t pass up such a soft, cute, and enormous lovey. My Men ate the food I’d gotten them for brunch when I got home (I had gotten a burrito at my favorite place on the way home, shhh), and we went out mid-afternoon for a hunt. We didn’t see anything while we sat, but I did find a baby barrel cactus, and began collecting a ton of gorgeous quartz rocks for BatKid! We both had all of our pockets filled by the time the sun went down and we headed back home, lol. I wasn’t very hungry when we got back, but I cooked dinner for my Men and we relaxed until we all turned in early.

The last week of Hubs’ time off was mostly pretty chill. We all woke up at five Monday morning, and set out to hunt. Unfortunately, the area in which Hubs was planning to hunt, was blocked off…but everything happens for a reason, as Mother Nature ended up hitting both BatKid and I in a crappy way (pun intended), which would have cut things short, anyway. My poor husband was bummed that he couldn’t hunt, and it pretty much discouraged him for the day, so he had no problem heading home early so we could do our business. After we all took it easy for a few hours, we began making our cards for sweet Jacob. The creativity and hard work that came from my Men, warmed my heart! We all made some pretty amazing cards, and we mailed them off that afternoon. After stopping at the post office, we made a trip into town to buy Hubs a Craftsman tool chest that was on sale at Ace (almost half off!) and a house key for BatKid (it’s a Yoda key!). Afterwards, we stopped at Walmart for some things, then the vet to get the Kikis their food. I’d made a lasagna for dinner that night, sans recipe, but it didn’t turn out as good as I had hoped. I’ll definitely be tweaking it until I get it just right. Hubs and I finished all the Christmas shopping for the Kiddo that night, which was the earliest we’d ever completed it, lol. Tuesday was a wicked overcast and cool day, so we stayed inside and watched movies together. I spent a good part of Wednesday reorganizing my side of the closet, and finding the yarn I needed to make BatKid’s Christmas gift beanie. I also washed the baby gifts I’d finished making, while my Men played. Thursday was so busy! It was Dump Day, and we picked up Subway for brunch afterwards. Our insurance agent came by later to take pics and have us sign a form verifying we had had our roof replaced, the Kiddo’s Christmas gifts arrived, and a hornet had made its way into our house! The Kikis found it, but thankfully weren’t stung. My wonderful husband hung up some canvas photos in the living room that afternoon, then put together his new tool chest. I gave BatKid a haircut, then He played while I knit. Hubs grilled our favorite pork loin for dinner, and we all relaxed for the remainder of the evening – after several exciting rounds each of Rock, Paper, Scissors with BatKid, that is. 😛 Friday was chaos. Poor Kiki N woke me after four, vomiting. This went on every hour or so, so I called the vet as soon as they were open. They told me to bring her in, so I left immediately. She had to stay there for observation after the doc examined her, so I went home without her. 😦 While I waited for the call to come get her, I blocked the baby gifts, made us all lunch, found out Jacob’s cards had been delivered, and knitted some. Finally, I was able to pick up our Girl. She was fine, but needed to be monitored for the rest of the day and start taking extra hairball treatment. I was so relieved it wasn’t something worse! We all went to pick her up, and my Men stayed with her while I ran in to the store to pick up some deli stuff for dinner. Kiki N was feeling better by bedtime, and even napped on the ironing board I’d left out! It was adorable. Hubs and I watched Fate of the Furious after the Kiddo went to bed; we love that movie. On Veteran’s Day, my sexy Veteran (Hubs, duh) woke me up with his snoring, lol. It was a pretty relaxing day, complete with finding a pattern for the Kiddo’s beanie (which He picked), and pizza for dinner. It was a lovely ending to my husband’s leave. 🙂

The rest of November was filled with school and the usual home and shopping shenanigans, but a whole bunch of stuff happened in between. I mailed off the baby gifts, forgot a bag of groceries in the store (thankfully, a nice woman behind us in line had tracked me down in the parking lot to tell me), played hide and seek with the Kiddo in the leaves at our old neighborhood, received the new Taylor Swift album and card from Jackson Galaxy’s book, watched the entire Jersey Shore series, held a giveaway for my followers on instagram, knitted a ton (including finishing Hubs’ beanie, and beginning the Kiddo’s beanie), took advantage of a KnitPicks sale, accidentally left the water running outside and lost a ton of pressure as a result, went to the park with BatKid, made steak for the first time (though not on the grill), woke up the Kid Pauly D-style (0:16), caught up on New Girl, sprayed Gatorade all over the place when taking my meds (the Kiddo had said something funny, lol), got some new yarn from The Sheepyshire, pranked the Kiddo with His toys, introduced BatKid to Rocko’s Modern Life (which He loved), watched a Netflix movie about a girl with Anorexia nervosa and binge-watched both seasons of Stranger Things, had yet another Harry Potter marathon with my Men, finished reading The Friday Night Knitting Club, and found out that my ultrasound showed everything was normal. We celebrated Thanksgiving early, as my husband was going away for work during the holiday, so our Thanksgiving was the Monday of that week. I made the best turkey of my life, y’all! I’ve always made great turkey, but I did it differently this year and outdid myself like whoa. 😀 Hubs had taken leftovers with him, plus BatKid and I had plenty here at home, so we all had a part two and three of Thanksgiving dinner during the week Hubs was away. We sure weren’t complaining, lol. It sucked not spending our first Thanksgiving in our new house together, but at least we were able to celebrate it close to the actual holiday!

December went by in a blur. I knitted up a storm (Kiddo’s beanie and Gram’s dishcloth, plus began a cowl for my giveaway winner), binge-watched Girl Boss and 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, had lots of park time with the Kiddo (He played with so many different kids!), managed to get air in the Batmobile on an unexpected dip, made my first batch of chili for the cold season as well as the first fire, got puked on by my Kid (the first time in years, lol), celebrated BatKid’s half-birthday, bought and watched The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Despicable Me 3, put up and decorated our Christmas trees, saw a bunch of grown and baby javelina cross the road, watched some new episodes of Cash Cab (we used to watch it a lot, years ago), got some photos of one of my best childhood friends (she passed away at only eighteen), ordered and received the next books after The Friday Night Knitting Club as well as season five of Orphan Black, got a Tetanus shot, adopted a dog (read all about it here), saw an Antarctica licence plate, went to my local yarn store, drove home in crazy snow very slowly, banged up my knee when I fell while walking the dog at night, watched all of our favorite Christmas movies as well as both Kingsman movies, wrapped Christmas gifts in record time, watched the dog get rejected by the cats many times (he just wants to play with them!), cut more wood, fell asleep face-down with a cat laying on my back, got bitten by the dog a lot during playing (he’s a younger dog, ha), held a wild bird after the dog tried to catch it, binge-watched more Netflix shows (new episodes of Fuller House and Black Mirror), took out my tragus jewelry for the first time since having it pierced, fell asleep before midnight on New Year’s Eve, and received a sweet holiday card from a lovely friend in Las Vegas. Christmas was amazing, and BatKid and I were so grateful to have Hubs home during the biggest first holiday in our new house. We enjoyed our usual Christmas Eve traditions, I made the tastiest glaze for our ham, and Christmas morning was a full of awe and surprises – for both BatKid and Hubs! It was a wonderful holiday, but boy, did it go by too fast. BatKid did get a week off for Christmas, which I usually don’t do…but He’s been doing even more awesome in school this year, so He totally deserved more than a couple of days off.

The entire year flew by, and a new year has already begun. Here’s hoping that whoever is reading this has a wonderful 2018!

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