Happy new year! Sort of. I know I’m a little late. It’s almost January 2nd. By now, news years is so over and it’s time to put up your Valentine’s day decorations.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday. This was, by far, one of the best ones yet for us. Deven got showered with gifts, and we were reminded of just how loving and wonderful our families are. I have a wonderful husband, the most beautiful son, a loving dad and step mom, and the 2 most caring, kind-hearted, fun brothers in the world. My in-laws are pretty cool too. Jealous? WELL YOU SHOULD BE.
Our car situation has been taken care of. Over the holiday we took possession of a 2008 Chevy Uplander with the help of Vance’s grandfather. So I guess our in-laws are a little better than just “cool” and drift more into the realm of FREAKIN AWESOME. We still have to make some payments and pay the insurance, which I’m sure is going to be insane, but the car is ours. We couldn’t have done this without some big financial help. My dad took the Buick is going to have it repaired and inspected and it will be used to transport Vance to and from work.
I am way more and excited and impressed with the new car than Vance seeing as this is the first new vehicle I have ever had in my life. I’m looking for just about any excuse to get to sit in or drive in the new van and Vance is “whatev, I’ve had enough new cars that after a couple of days they’re all the same.” I got the Buick when my mom died and I never thought I would ever be able to afford another vehicle. See? I knew marriage would pay off eventually!
So now that 2008 is over with I thought we would reflect upon all of the wonderful things that happened in the last year:
1. In May I turned 23. Only one of my friends came to my party
2. In July we moved into our current location. The air conditioner works!
3. Deven turned 1 the same week that hurricane Ike hit Houston, the city where most of our relations reside. Made the party interesting.
4. I completed my high school equivalency in December.
Not a whole lot happened, which is the perfect transition into my predictions for the new year. 2008 was mostly about us trying to stay afloat, and then catch up, and just in general find a comfortable spot for us as a family. Vance worked. I took care of our baby and watched him blossom into the noisey ball of snot and energy he is today. We fought a lot over money. We tried to get the hang of our rent jumping from $635 to $900 a month. We decided we love each other and our kid enough to stick it out. And now that we’ve developed some sort of system, what’s next?
I’ve decided that my news years resolution is to do something. I languished all of last year. Though I did work some at a job that was boring and horrible, for the most part all I did was sit on my butt and was just bored to tears. Thats all I could do. I couldn’t go to school, Vance didn’t want me to work anymore because it interfered with his over time. I was beginning to blend into the pattern on the couch. It was depressing.
Towards the end of the year, things got better and apparently set us up for a better start to the new year. Back in December I made my resolution, and though I wasn’t entirely sure just what exactly that something was going to be, I narrowed it down to three choices:
1. Start college.
2. Get a job.
3. Work on baby #2.
I know the third one is weird, but it’s something, and the idea is to have something going on, to look forward to. Lucky for me and my uterus, it’s looking like #1 is winning! I never thought I would ever be able to go to college, but from the conversations Vance and I have been having, we don’t have a whole lot of reason to believe it can’t. My dad, the teacher, is excited about helping me find financial aid and scholarships, and Vance’s grandfather has offered to help either of us with money if we decided to go to college. Because I am the way I am, I still have a hard time believing I will actually be going. This is something I’ve been wanting to do for years, and something has always gotten in the way. I’ll believe it when I see it happening.
And even if I don’t get to go, I have determined that I will not be bored this year. I’m not going to languish anymore. Something will happen.
I made the first baby step and started the application process. It looks like I’ll be able to start in the summer, hopefully sooner. It might be a little too late for Spring though.
In other news, Deven stayed with My dad and stepmom for the first time over the weekend, and when he was returned to me he had a cold. And now I have that cold. Other than the cold, he’s doing fine. He’s adroable even though he’s teething and fussy. He’s getting into everything and he’s just driving me crazy. I took him to the Doctor on Monday and the Doctor expressed some concern that Deven isn’t really talking. Most 15 month olds can speak at least 4 words, and Deven barely has 2. He says “mama” and sometimes he says “dada” but that is very, very rare. He said he’d like to look into it further if he’s not talking by 18 months. I’m not really worried. He understands us well enough, and I think one of these days he’ll catch on to the whole talking thing when we’re least expecting it. Besides, this could mean he’ll be really good at math!
It’s really late and I need to clean up the sea of baby toys in our living room. I don’t know when I’ll post again. I’m too busy chasing after toddlers to worry about the internet.