Wow, it’s been almost 2 years since I have blogged here.  I never meant to take that long of a break.  And honestly, I miss writing.  The last time I posted, I had been in my new job for a couple of months.  My schedule wasn’t ideal and things were very busy with our client coming on brand new.  I was working quite a bit of overtime and everyone was adjusting to the changes.  So, bear with me while I try to summarize the last 2 years. Casinos has been one the favorite hobbies for many people, but in the last year slot games have been getting more o more famous, and more people spend their free time on this.

Over the course of 2013, things remained busy.  Later that spring I was able to move to a slightly better schedule.  The girls were doing well with Buggy graduating from pre-K and L doing fine on her FCAT tests despite our worries from the school that she may not.  Our county also redistricted that year and the girls were moved to a new school but more on that later.

We took our annual beach vacation that summer and had a blast, as usual and I got the best womens sunglasses for these days.  We stayed in a different condo across the way from our usual one and it was beautiful so that has been where we have stayed since then.

The girls attended summer camp at the school where Buggy had gone to pre-K.  It was there that L had her first major injury…she tripped over a tree root and fell on her wrist, fracturing it.  The school was great about it and their insurance covered pretty much everything.  L was able to get a fiberglass cast so she could swim and the best part was she was able to get the cast off before we took a trip up North.

L turned 9 and we celebrated by going to Disney and taking her out to dinner.  She got a new TV which she was thrilled about.  It wasn’t much fun celebrating in a cast but she was OK with it.

At the end of July, we took a trip to New Hampshire to see my sister and her family.  My mom made the trip up from CT and we had a lot of fun.  The girls loved playing with their cousins and it was a nice way to end the summer.

The girls started at their new school named Providence Classical School, Buggy in kindergarten and L in 4th grade.  The school was VERY different from the old one so it took some getting used to.  There were some issues with L and a couple of others girls that went on for the whole year and made us think about what our next steps regarding school would be.

Work continued to be busy with any calm times being short lived.  B and I were able to get away for a few days in October for our anniversary while my in-laws were down to watch the kids.  We stayed at the beach condo and had a great time.  The weather was awesome and it was nice to spend some time alone together.

The holidays approached and we had a nice relaxing Thanksgiving with just us.  My mom came to visit at the beginning of December. Buggy turned 6 right before Christmas and we took her to Disney and to dinner.  She got her new TV too so she loved that,

For Christmas we made our usual plans of Disney on Christmas Eve and just a nice relaxing day on Christmas Day with good food.  We rang in the New Year with a few friends and had a good time.

2014 has been busy too.  I had wanted to make more time for cooking and blogging but having to stick to a certain work schedule made that hard.  Work continued to be busy so that didn’t help either.  My main focus was to spend free time with B and the kids and that’s what I did.  A new farmers market opened up near us and we started going there every Saturday.  Warm weather was spent outside playing or in the pool.  Some of the other things I wanted to do just naturally went on the back burner.

My in-laws came to visit for Spring Break and we spent a couple nights with them at a hotel near Disney.  The school year came to an end with us still trying to figure out what to do about the school situation.

In early summer, my team at work was told that the part of our account that I work on would be going away in the fall.  We were assured that we would all still have jobs but for me, it was kind of a good thing.  I had already planned to start applying for a promotion in the fall so the timing of this worked out really well.  I was excited to start a new chapter.

Our annual beach vacation was one again a blast.  We added an extra day so that made it even better.  The weather was great and the girls had a blast swimming and playing in the sand.  The girls attended the same summer camp as the previous year.

Linnaea turned 10 and had a little pool party with some of her friends and we still took her out to dinner and to one of the Disney parks.

At the end of June, after speaking with a couple teachers in our county, we put in a request to have the girls transferred back to our original school.  Early in July we learned that it had been approved and it was like a giant weight had been lifted.  L was excited to go back to her old school for her final year of elementary school and Buggy is so laid back, it didn’t really faze her since she knew kids at that school too.  It was one of the best decisions we have ever made.

At the end of July, we took another short trip to favorite hotel near Disney.  It was a nice way to end the summer with great weather, a great pool and a great room with a balcony that allowed us to see EVERY Disney fireworks show.

School started and the girls thrived at the old school.  I began applying for a promotion and had a couple of hiccups before accepting a promotion as a Trainer dedicated to a new client coming on in the New Year.  Given the changes on my old team, I was not officially released to my new job until December 19 but they started paying me long before that so it was all fine with me!  The best part of this new job (besides the new salary) is the flexibility.  I no longer have to be tied to schedule and that is a huge plus for me.

My sister and her family came to visit at the end of October.  They were here for Halloween which was a lot of fun.  The kids always love playing together.  But it would have been better if Buggy hadn’t brought home a stomach bug from school that EVERYONE ended up getting eventually, in one form or another.  But overall, we had a good time.

We spent Thanksgiving with our friends in Fernandina and had a blast.  My mom came to visit in early December and then we took an overnight trip to Disney for Buggy’s birthday.  Crappy weather forced us to change our Christmas Eve plans so we ended up staying home watching movies and eating yummy appetizers.  Christmas Day was nice and relaxing.  We had an awesome dinner of braciole over polenta with bacon braised green beans.  The braciole was in honor of my uncle/godfather who had passed away in the fall.  When I was growing up, he made braciole every Christmas so it was a nice way to honor his memory.

And here we are at the first day of 2015.  We rang in the New Year at our neighbors’ party across the street.  It’s always a great party with good friends and good food.

I am looking forward to 2015.  I have a new, more flexible position that will hopefully let me get back into doing the things I love in my spare time.  My girls continue to grow, change and thrive and B and I continue to be happy and have a great time together.  I have decided to not necessarily make resolutions this year but rather work on making improvements in several aspects of my life.  The end of 2014 brought me quite a few great things and I hope that continues into 2015.  Happy New year, everyone!