I logged into the blog and I barely remembered what to do.
I guess this little blog of mine just doesn't get the attention it once did.
Maybe it's social media.
Maybe it's lack of time.
Or lack of motivation.
I miss it. I miss writing. But I'm not making any New Year's Resolutions this year to blog more. You see how well that worked last year!
But I won't give up on my Year In Review Posts.
So without further ado...
OLIVER WALTER BACH TERRONES - 3 Years Old
You guys. I can't even with this kid!
First of all - He tells us all the time his name is "Oliver Walter Bach Terrones". Eleanor tries to correct him. But this kid is stubborn as the day is long. You can't tell him anything! Oliver continues to amaze us every single day and has probably had the year of biggest change. I feel like we entered 2017 with a baby and are leaving 2017 with a little man. Oliver has the heart of gold. He is kind, caring, and compassionate. When I lay in bed with him, he covers me with his blanket and rubs my back. He has sparkling blue eyes and two HUGE dimples. Do. Not. Be. Fooled. By. Oliver. He is boy through and through and is a brute!! On a daily basis I say, "Oliver, don't head-butt me", "Oliver, don't spit", "Oliver, we don't use potty language" (you know, because his favorite words are poopy head, poopy butt...really anything with the word poopy in it - or that he can add poopy to.) Oliver continues to be on the shorter side - just starting to wear a size 3 and at, about, the 24% for height. But he's right on target for learning and we are happy to believe Oliver has not inherited the color blindness gene from the Schroeder side. Oliver hates anything loud - and I blame "years" of ear infections for this - but has really started to be "brave" with this fear. He is the WORST eater. No really. The WORST. As in - he really just doesn't eat. Oliver doesn't care his sister is 6 years older - he wants everything she has. He loves her dollhouse, her Barbies, her headbands...but he also loves trucks and dinosaurs. Oliver talks ALL. THE. TIME. And usually what he says leaves us laughing. Oliver is the light of my life and I thank God every single day for bringing him into my life. I also ask God, every single day, if he is sure I am capable of being the mom Oliver needs!
ELEANOR FRANCES - 9 (On 12/24)
Eleanor doesn't make the sudden, abrupt changes that her brother makes at his age...but in true Eleanor fashion, slowly, quietly, and without you noticing, she changes. Eleanor is becoming quite the little person and we just adore her for it. Eleanor is her own person. There is nothing that Andy or I or anyone else can do to change that. And for that, I am thankful. And I pray that nothing can change that in the future. Eleanor is in 3rd Grade and is obsessed with reading. Obsessed. I have a hard time picking books for Eleanor because the level that she is reading at contains topics that she just doesn't relate to (Probably like a 5th grade reading level). She reads 2 - 3 books per weekend...when she SHOULD be working on math. She continues to swim like a fish and loves it. We talk a lot about swim club or swim team, but haven't made a commitment either way. She also continues with dance - although she has given up her ballet shoes (much to mom's sadness) and discovered she's more of a Jazz girl. Eleanor has a very close group of girlfriends and we've entered the world of sleep overs and social events. Eleanor is still in Brownies and joined Art Club at school. She is a VERY busy little girl. If Eleanor has downtime she will be in the basement playing with her Legos. She loves to build and create! Eleanor has the largest heart, but is very guarded with who she gives that heart to. She's empathetic beyond definition, but is cautious and guarded. Eleanor continues to surprise me every single day. I'm so sad she's growing up so fast, but I'm SO happy with the person she is growing into. She's fun to be around and I love hanging out with her (so long as she doesn't have a book with her!)
ELIVER - Eleanor and Oliver
One would have thought that having children almost 6 years apart and of opposite sexes would have allowed them to have very different lives and interests. Nope. Oliver wants everything Eleanor has - including Barbies and Dollhouses and Eleanor loves playing with all of Oliver's toys. I can't tell you the amount of times my heart nearly bursts with love for these two. Eleanor is the most amazing big sister and Oliver just adores his big sister. Lately, Eleanor has been getting out of bed and getting up with Oliver in the morning so we can "sleep in"...you know...because you never worry when your 8 year old and 3 year old are downstairs alone! :-) They certainly know how to push each others buttons though! Eleanor can get SO irritated with Oliver and sometimes you can just see the devil in Oliver as he antagonizes Eleanor. And OH. MAN. if Eleanor shuts her door and doesn't let Oliver in her bedroom. Well...you've probably heard the screams coming from our house. At the end of the day, they are siblings...but I know they are growing as dear friends and I'm just thrilled to continue to watch this relationship develop.
KARL JEROME - 13 years old
It's safe to say that the toughest month of the year was September. The month we said goodbye to our beloved Karl. Karl was starting to show his age. He slept most of the time, couldn't navigate our stairs as well, could barely jump onto his favorite sleeping couch, couldn't get comfortable sleeping at night, and was having almost daily accidents in our house. Andy made the toughest decision to put him down. I had no idea how sad I was going to be. Karl was the first dog I ever had. Although he destroyed most of my tupperware, several of my toothbrushes, and any food we left on the counter, Karl had a heart of gold. It was his personal mission to protect Eleanor and Oliver. And he was Andy's best friend. Our first night without Karl the house was too quiet and our bedroom was too empty. Now, almost 3 months later, I still think I'm going to open the garage door and be greeted by his big, dopey face. Sometimes, I "hear" his nails on the hardwood floors. And every now and again even Oliver will ask if Karl is going to come home soon. I do believe the Bach house will be home for another dog in the future. But not just yet. Karl left us with a huge void, but we just installed new carpet and we are going to enjoy one summer coming and going as we please.
ANDY - THE ANDY BACH
LORDY, LORDY, ANDY BACH IS 40!!!
1977 - what a year!
I was so excited for Andy's 40th Birthday! When I found out our favorite band was playing at Red Rocks 3 weeks before Andy's birthday, I KNEW I had to take him! What a fun surprise it would be when all our friends showed up too! But I knew how much Andy looked forward to planning a vacation and having something to look forward to - so I let him know about the concert and we started planning a friend's get away to Red Rocks, CO in September. Failing at one surprise, I decided to throw Andy a surprise party at Miller Park the weekend of his actual birthday. However, as soon as I signed the contract, I told Andy. DANG IT! I can't keep a secret! Well, we sure had a fun time celebrating 40 years of this guy, regardless! Although, there is one secret I kept - and on Andy's birthday we finally told the kiddos we were heading to Disney World at the end of the month! It was a great cherry on top of celebrating 40 years!
Besides turning 40, Andy continues to work in Sales at Direct Supply. I guess the biggest news there is he moved his home office from the basement to our extra bedroom. (Whooping it up at the Bach house, indeed!) He sure is enjoying the sunlight! Although it's hard for many personal hobbies outside of raising 2 young children, Andy knocked Toronto off his Baseball Stadium Tour List this year and continues to play volleyball from the cold months in spring to the cold months in Fall.
DANA LYNN -Still not 40
I really am excited to turn 40...but I guess 37 will have to do. In January I celebrated my 3rd year at LPI. I continue to love my position there, as challenging as it can be sometimes. I reached a huge professional milestone in November and received a promotion to Vice President of Human Resources. I still travel quite a bit for work and with the potential of a new facility opening in 2018, I see some additional travels south in my future. I'm also very excited to be working with the Marquette College of Business Mentorship Program this year. The program really just kicked off, but I sure am happy to be back on campus! Personally, running continues to be my "hobby" and I ran my 2nd 200 mile relay from Madison to Chicago with an amazing group of friends. I really missed not training for a 1/2 marathon this summer and signed up to run the Madison 1/2 marathon again next August. I was really looking for a new one...so maybe 2018 will be the year I run 2 1/2 marathons. It might also be the year my husband official deems me crazy! I'm still teaching Eleanor's Sunday School class, but I think next year I'd like to switch to teaching Oliver's class - 3rd graders man...I think they got the best of me! Oh...and for the record - can I just say I was the Fantasy Football League Champion in the first official Burchardt-Schroeder-Terrones-Bach Fantasy Football League? (Things aren't looking as good for this year!)
DANDY - 6 years
I believe it was last year that I said maybe some day Andy and I would stop our shenanigans. Maybe some day Andy and I would turn into that old married couple and stop "dating". 2017 was not the year. And I really don't see that happening in 2018 either. Andy is my best friend and my partner in crime. We have an annoyingly good time together (from an outsiders perspective). Still, to this day, I question why I am so lucky to receive such amazing love twice in my life - especially as Andy loves and respects my first marriage as much as I do. Andy and I continue to be grateful for 4 sets of grandparents that help support our shenanigans by watching our kiddos - especially overnight! We already have many adventures planned for 2018...including some talk of a 5 year anniversary trip. 5 years! And more in love then the day we met!
As a family we've had an amazing 2017! From spring break in St. Louis to camping in the Wisconsin Dells to Halloween in Disney World. From laughing and making memories to crying and supporting each other in tough times. We continue to learn and grow as individuals and as a family. We are blessed beyond words with family and a strong network of friends that we consider family. We are blessed with health and opportunity. Thank you to so many of you that helped make 2017 what it was. We look forward sharing 2018 with you as well!
From our family to yours - Health, Happiness, and Laughter through the holidays and the year ahead!