Thursday, December 19, 2013

2013 Review Extravaganza Week 3

I can't believe we are over half done with the Review Extravaganza.  I just wanted to take a minute to thank my wonderful co-hosts; Shell, Lourie, Amy, Janette, Kenzie, Natalie, and Nicole. This is the 4th year I have done this review and I love having amazing ladies who help me out every year.

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Make sure you check out the fabulous prizes you can win, so many great ones this year.  You can also find the rules of how to recap on that post.  Remember if you have not yet recapped you still can join in.  You can even join in the last week and recap the whole year if you would like.

For next week's recap, we thought it would be fun to include some hopes or goals for 2014 as part of your recap.  

Here is July, August and September

July

We started July with a bang with a beach trip and fireworks

I mourned over the fact that summer was half over and told you some of my favorite Ryder-isms

Told you how to totally wear your kids out over 4th of July weekend, complete with a jelly fish sting

Told you lots of "5 Things" about me with Old School Blogging and I got to photograph a newborn right before we left for our trip to Utah (which I still have not blogged about!! I get my blog printed every year, so yes you will be seeing a recap of this trip next week, 6 months late!)
The cousins from our Utah Trip-in birth order
Ironically in July, while we were in Utah I told you about our Chicago Trip from earlier that summer. I told you about it in Part 1: Part 2; Part 3; and Great Family Vacation Tips for Chicago.


We spent the rest of the month swimming, going to the beach and going to my cousin's wedding. 
My family at my Uncle's house where the wedding was 

August 

Right before school started we had a "Yes Day" where the answer to everything was yes!
School started!  Yes on August 5th! Way too soon in my opinion. 

Shared some quick and easy school lunch ideas, which is in my top 10 posts of all time. 
Told you why I hate school fund raisers, we tried to start potty training (and failed), had a date night with my husband to Six Flags, and I shared pictures from my kids photo shoot.

September

We spent labor day weekend in Big Bear

Shared why Doctors are so smart, told you I had blog writer's block-but was kicking butt at the book I am writing,  why I freaked out about volunteering in my kids class, and how I was a bad mom when I laughed when Ryder got a bucket stuck on his head.-- but I didn't laugh when he did great in his big boy bed (no more crib!)
I reflected on September 11th and told you my experience on that awful day.

I told you why I was glad I only have one girl-- this picture is a big hint.

And I had an awful- hope to never be repeated two week plus time period of awful stomach problems
My dinner during this time
I ended the month by telling why we should let our kids fail
It was definitely an eventful three months, with some awesome highs and some big lows (darn stomach).  I am so grateful that I do take this chance to look back as I am always amazed at how many things I forget.

So join in! This week's linky will be open through next Wednesday.  You may want to work ahead and get your 4th week review ready, as well I think most of us are going to be a little busy next week.





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20 comments:

  1. I think it's so cool that you started writing your first book this year! I can't wait to see where it takes you! Maybe one day I'll be able to say I'm friends with a famous novelist. ;o)

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    1. Hopefully :) Though I must admit my lack of progress on it lately is horrible... gotta get back to it. Maybe will need to set some specific goals for it for the new year.

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  2. I love summer time, this post makes me miss it! How do you go about printing your blog each year?

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    1. There are two options which both seems good, Blurb and Blog2Print. Blurb always seems to come in a little bit cheaper in price/per page. I think Blog2Print may be a little easier, nicer layout initially; but I always go with the savings. Blurb will be able to slurp up your entire blog, or just the time range, I always do a year at a time. You will want to go in and edit it, as it will put only one post per page pretty much and there will be a lot of wasted space. The book is usually cut almost in half by the time I go in and move around things and edit it.

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  3. I loved the "yes day" and can't wait to do that when L is a little older!

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    1. You definitely should it is a ton of fun

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  4. That sour puss face she is pulling! LOL. I can't believe we have been doing this four years now! That is crazy.

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    1. I know! It definitely started off on a much smaller scale and with no prizes, but so fun the whole time

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  5. It's sooooo crazy we're almost done with the review as well as the year. Holy cow what happened to it?!?!

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    1. I don’t know! I am still in denial that Christmas is next week.

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  6. I can't believe we are already more than halfway done with reviewing, time flies!!
    You guys went on a lot of adventures, and it looks like a lot of fun was had! :D
    I still really want to do a "yes" day with my son.. maybe next year!

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    1. You should do a yes day, it was a lot more fun than even I thought it would be.

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  7. I love the idea of a yes day. I think I'm going to steal that one next summer. And cheese should be a passion in my book.

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    1. Yes, i do so love cheese. We are definitely going to do the Yes day every summer now- it will be our last big hurrah before school starts

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  8. I don't think I realized before that our two oldest are in the same grades! I love the idea of a yes day. I might have to try that over the winter break!

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    1. The yes day really turned out so much fun and I was surprised at how simple my kids kept things, in fact I had to at times suggest things to make it more elaborate. :)

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  9. It looks like you had a really busy summer. I would love to do a "yes" day, but I might have to wait until they're older.

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    1. Yes, though Ryder did good with it but he was following his siblings cues; definitely a fun day though.

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  10. I love the cousins picture! And very cool to add some thought on 2014 for the final week. I've been thinking about it already....

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  11. A Yes day sounds like it was such a fun day!

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