We started the year like the few before it. We were in financial hardship, living with my parents in Arizona. My husband was mostly gone, working in Florida and Washington, trying to pull things together so that we could be on our own again. The kids were in good schools, had good friends and I had my blog.
In March, the Good Guy was hired by a company in San Fransisco. And we decided to move to Florida. Really, don't ask. We often do things that seem crazy, but things work out for the best. And they have. The Good Guy and I found a few homes online to look at, and he picked the best one. We moved to Florida in July and despite some ridiculous apprehensions on my part, we have settled in nicely. Yes, the Good Guy is gone at least 2 weeks of the month to the other side of the country. Yes, I find part-time single parenting 4 teenage boys and a young girl frustrating and overwhelming sometimes. Yes, we are still struggling with some pretty massive financial issues. But we are happier than we have been in a long time.
The Musician is the president of the student council of his high school. The Thinker finally got to play golf with a school team. The Engineer is enjoying being at a school all by himself and played a great season of football. The Comedian has found some amazing neighborhood friends who say, "yes Ma'am" without a second thought..and it's rubbing off on him. Princess Pat has started her school career and loves it. I have made some wonderful neighborhood friends as well as gotten the chance to meet food bloggers IN REAL LIFE!! The Good Guy's blood pressure is down, his ulcer isn't acting up and he is pleased to be providing for his family again. Yes, I'd say that 2011 has been a great year for us.
Actually, this was going to be a post with the top five posts of 2011. You know, food. I went looking to see what my stats said were the most popular and was surprised at the foods that got the most traffic. Some of them were stumbled by the right people and went a little crazy, but all of it is just plain food...nothing fancy. I guess that's okay. Because there is nothing fancy about me, either.
#5 Peanut Butter Banana Bread
#4 Oatmeal Raisin Muffins
#3 Brown Sugar Pound Cake
#2 Asiago Garlic Rolls
#1 Mexican Stroganof
Have a wonderful, safe New Year's. See you next year!Tweet