Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Review


What a year it has been. I can honestly say we are excited 2013 will be coming to a close real shortly.  To sum up the year in a phrase it would be "growing pains." 

At the end of Jan. I decided to re-open my Etsy shop {} & boy, did God bless that!   What I had thought was going to be some extra "fun" money turned into a full time business!  It was quite challenging the first few months trying to get the feel of how it fits in my day, post office runs, packaging orders, relisting items, updating inventory, and still making being a momma my full time job.  We've made adjustments & I can honestly say it has been the biggest blessing for me.

Ryan's business this year grew by 25% as well this year as well.  So we experienced quite another growing pain with that!  May through September you'd often find the four of us labeling packages, hitting up the post office then going out to get comparable pictures for Ryan's appraisals.  Tucker learned quickly to ask "is this a long ride, or a short ride today?" 

Growing by 1:  At the end of May we found out we were expecting baby #3, this was a real surprise but we are very thankful.  Shortly after finding out I got hit with morning sickness really bad for 13 weeks (just like the other two boys)  I quickly learned saltines were my best friend!  Along with this pregnancy I have gestational diabetes, but thankfully am able to control it with diet and exercise. 

Tucker started preschool this year, which as been so fun to see him learn.  He LOVES preschool & his teacher, Mrs. Boswell.  He has two "best friends" and plays ninja turtles everyday at recess, his favorite part of the day.

Cy is still our little tornado.  He will be 2 in a week and he still amazes us how quickly he can destroy a room!  The man is always on a mission.  We're anxious to see how he adjust to a new little one real shortly.

In mid August we bought a new-to-us speed boat!  This has always been a little dream for Ryan & we were able to take it out for a spin 3 times before the weather got too cold.  We're really looking forward to making many memories on it in the years to come. 

It has been a good year, just alot of adjustments!  In 2014 we are looking forward to:
-a new little one joining the family!
-boating alot more
-ryan starting an etsy business
-and NOT moving! :-) 

Ryan & Ashley

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