I just realized that it's been almost a year since I wrote my last blog entry. A lot has happened since then, and I often thought "Hmm... I should blog about this!", but life has a way of keeping you so busy with life, that you can't find the time to do the little things. Since my last entry, I've lived in New York for 2 months- while Monte was there rehearsing for the Madonna tour- with the 4 rambunctious kids where there were plenty of adventures to be had... that would have been a great time to blog, eh? But, no. No, I did not blog in NYC about my daily adventures into the big city with 4 kids. Trying to squeeze 6 people into a cab, carrying a stroller up and down subway steps, our visit to the Statue of Liberty or Ground Zero, the incredible amount of walking we did because most cabs would avoid us like the plague.
I weaned the twins from breastfeeding in June, they were 25 months old. It was bittersweet because I know they are our last kids (um... ya think?), and as much as I was completely over nursing (I had officially been nursing for SEVEN years straight), it's also such a sweet, loving bond, and I know I'll never have that experience again *sniff sniff*. Oh, who am I kidding?? I am going to throw a party every year to celebrate the fact that I am DONE breastfeeding!
Then, this summer, we went to Yosemite and of course Monte was on tour all year, so I took the kids and went with my family without him. My parents and my sister, her husband and their 4 kids were there, so there were plenty of people to help and entertain. We're trying to make it a tradition every year, so this year we've already got our reservations. Looking forward to the trip, the kids love it there, and so do Monte and I!
Monte was gone from January to December (with a handful of 2-3 day visits in between). I visited him in Nice, France for a week when they were there in September, and that was a really nice getaway for us together. He then came to play the Los angeles shows in October, and we had a weekend away together in Vegas right after that. I moved us in November to a house closer to my parents because I couldn't stand being so far away from all that family help (20-30 min), so I hired some movers and away we went. Now we live on the same street as my parents, it's awesome! I'm not sure my mom thinks it's as awesome as I do, but tough cookies, grandma! I've got ya now! Muahahahaha!
Monte got off tour December 23rd, and we decided to get the kids a puppy for Christmas because we lost our precious Duke in October, they were heartbroken, and we were ready for a new doggie. It was awesome to watch them open the box on Christmas morning and there was an adorable puppy inside! She's been a good dog so far, and is as cute as a button. Since then, Monte has only left to record his new album in Denmark for 2 weeks, and somehow I survived with the kids. It's amazing how much harder it is to have him leave after he'd been home for a stint. I get so used to having him home!
I'm going to try to get better about blogging again. Wish me luck! ;)