Welcome back, Jill! I have just decided to get back on the blogging horse. A lot has happened to me since January 22, 2012. Rather than bore you with the details, I'll just give you the short version...
I had emergency abdominal surgery in May. I was only in the hospital for 24 hours but it certainly took longer than that to get back to normal.
My husband and I are finally getting close to being done with our big move. The downstairs is mostly complete. The bedrooms still have some work to do but three of them are really close to complete. The upstairs office is still a disaster. We haven't started on the basement yet.
I've visited Cincinnati many times over the last few months for Grandparents Day at my granddaughter's preschool, for Sophie's 4th birthday and for the twins 2d birthday. All of those trips were wonderful.
Marty and I have just returned from a glorious vacation in St. Petersburg Florida with our entire family (almost). We rented a big house on the water and spent the week going to the beach and swimming in our own pool. In addition to my kids and their kids, my brother (who lives in Cocoa, FL) and my big sister (who lives in Plano, TX) joined us. While we were there, Marty's brother and his son and Marty's little sister joined us for dinner. It was great to see and spend time with everyone. The kids had a great time. We took them to Disney World and spent about $700 walking around in the rain all day. We did get to meet Repunzel and ride It's a Small World and Winnie the Pooh. We visited the Swiss Family Robinson Treehouse and rode the carousel several times. We stayed for the Electric Light Parade before heading home at about 10:00. In spite of the drenching rains, we managed to have a good time. The kids were really great; no crying about the rain or standing in line.
I have been doing a lot of custom jewelry lately so it has been a while since I added new items to my Etsy store. I've got about 5 or 6 pieces to add as soon as I get photos of them. That seems to be the rate limiting step for me. I can't seem to get the pictures done quickly. I'm trying to finish one piece that I've been working on for a month or so. I guess I don't want to take the other pictures until that piece is done so I can get them on the site at the same time.
My plan now is to try to keep up the blog on at least a weekly basis.