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2006 Is So Over

I can't believe it's really over. It came and went in 1.5 seconds. By far the fastest year I have ever experienced. Here are my personal highs and lows of 2006.

HIGHS:
-Meeting Jack Joseph Grant- our 5th child, 4th boy, and last baby.
-Selling our house.
-Moving into a great neighborhood and ward.
-Aaron coming home from his boating trip. (I seriously thought he was going to die, and prayed EVERY minute he was gone that he would come home in one piece.)
-Charlie beginning to talk.
-Max starting pre-school.
-Parker and Maddy maintaining awesome grades- both beginning new schools, making new friends, and just being all around good kids that would make any "step" mom jealous.
-Not cutting my hair.
-My Gramma moving from Bakersfield (where she spent almost her entire life) to Utah.
-Max and Charlie's first memorable trip to Disneyland.
-Our first annual "Mom and Sisters" weekend in Newport Beach.

LOWS:
-A physically difficult delivery of Jack.
-Realizing that he is my last baby.
-Selling our house and leaving a great neighborhood and ward.
-Crying my eyes out when we packed up our final things and said our goodbyes to the house that we spent the first 5 years of being a family in.
-Crying my eyes out when I realized that I really do need to live next door to the Romines for the rest of my life. (Please just hurry up and move by us!)
-Finding Max and Charlie swimming in an entire bottle of vegetable oil on our kitchen floor- in their best clothes.
-Watching all of our kids grow up way too fast.
-Not moving into our new house, and knowing that it will still be a "while" before we do.

So 2007, as you rapidly approach our lives, please be kind to the Grant Family. And just 1 small request... please don't speed along like 2006 did. I need a little more time to enjoy my family.

Comments

G-rant said…
I really liked this post. Good Job and have a Happy New Year.
Anonymous said…
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Aimee said…
you are an awesome blogger, love it.
Rachie said…
I miss you Mandee! I love your website...you are my hero.

Love,
Rachie

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