I have been slacking horribly in keeping up with my blog. I just realized my last blog was over 2 months ago. Not acceptable & I will try to be better.
Christmas was great, Miss E really enjoyed it this year. She loved all of her gifts and Santa was really good to her. Brandon was home with us so that just made it even better. Her birthday was a success too. We had a Minnie theme(of course) and she is still talking about her Minnie cake. I guess it doesn't help that I just threw the cake away yesterday(bad momma), but it was so pretty and I hated throwing so much away because we had a good bit left over. She really had a blast though and she loved being with her little cousins and friends.
I have already started planning her third birthday(way early, I know) but it's going to be really fun. I'm going to invite more of her age kids and we are going to have an art party! Thanks to Pinterest, I've gotten some great ideas=)
Right before her birthday, my cousin called me and told me that there had been a fire and that his home had completely burned down. My uncle was able to get out & he was too, but they were not able to get my aunt out. She was only 52, but she had Huntington's and was really beginning to go down hill. I'm thinking this was God's way of letting her pass at home instead of having to go to a home. She passed of smoke inhalation and probably never knew what was going on. My cousin had to spend a few weeks in Grady, he got burned badly & sliced an artery in his arm trying to break a window to get out. He is home now and doing much better. In fact, he will get cleared to go back to work in a week.
You see these things on the news but you never think of it happening to you or someone close to you. It was a real eye opener. Brandon & I spent a whole evening mapping out a fire escape route. Since Miss E and I are here alone most of the time, it was imperative to me that I have a plan. I pray that nothing like that ever happens, but I feel confident now that I'm prepared.
My aunts memorial service was a couple weeks ago and luckily Brandon was able to come. It was very weird having people that I didn't know come up to me and know me and I had no idea who they were. People who were 2nd cousins and related to my grandaddy. He was there, but he didn't speak to me. I will admit that it hurt, but I just let it go. There is nothing else I can do. It just hurts that he won't even give me a chance. But that's one of the consequences of being Angie's daughter. People who know her think that since I'm her offspring that I'm like her. Luckily most people know better, but there are still those few that are that ignorant.
Switching back to a happier topic, I was terrified of Miss E turning 2. Everyone told me horror stories about the 2's. But I must say that she is such a great kid. She is still such an easy toddler(I say this knocking on wood). She is easy going and pretty much just goes with the flow. She is such a happy little kid too. She is constantly making me smile. I seriously couldn't ask for a better kid. She has her moments, but that is to be expected and they pass easy. Her dr says since she is pretty advanced that maybe she just went through them early (she was a handful at about 18 months). I guess we will see, but for right now, I am truly enjoying my sweet, happy toddler.
I'm really going to try to update this more, at least once a week. I should be able to since I've deactivated my Facebook. I just had a realization that I was spending too much time and energy focusing on what was going on on Facebook and with other people, when I could be putting that time & energy into my own life. I decided to be a SAHM so I could be with Miss E and since she is growing so fast, I just don't want to miss anything. After I would put her to bed, I would camp out on the lap top while Brandon would watch tv and I decided that's not what I want to do every night. This way at night, we can spend time together and connect at the end of the day instead of vegging out doing our own things. It won't be forever, but for now, it's just for the best.