(I crack myself up...Nut2012shell = 2012 in a nutshell...Get it?!? Alright. Moving on.)
There are at least 476 reasons why I have fallen off the blogging wagon, posting pictures infrequently and writing thoughtful posts...um, even more infrequently. I won't bother listing all my reasons for you because they'll bore you and exhaust me; I'll just give you a quick peek into the last year and pretend I've stayed caught up all along.
In January, we survived a 3 1/2 day power outage.
In February, we visited both sets of grandparents.
March saw a major increase in our "pet count" when we got chickens! We started with 15, and we're down to 13...and holding steady.
In April we started work on the chicken coop and run. That was back-breaking work, and I'm tired all over again just thinking about it. Sometime in April (or was it earlier?), our three girls started riding horses once a week through a program at our local Christian Camp.
Projects outside around the property kept us busy for most of May, along with a memorable trip to the dentist.
With the girls' Horse Encounters taking a break over the summer, June and July were packed full of flag football practices and games for my five-year-old son. (HE can't wait until football season comes around again this year. ME, not so much.) And all four kids are looking forward to a repeat next July of a week of Day Camp, also at our local Christian Camp.
Also in July, we started the monstrous project that was (and is) refinishing, resealing, and cleaning up the outside of the log house. THAT only kept us busy for part of July, all of August and September, and most of October.
We started our new school year in August...my first year of (formally) teaching all four kids, and in October all three girls started piano lessons weekly and Horse Encounters again every other week.
November was full of visits to and from family and friends, and December flew by. I'm not even really sure where it went!
And now I'll do my best to crawl back onto the blogging wagon...