Before this month will become a history, let me finish this roundup post that I started earlier this month.

Before this month will become a history, let me finish this roundup post that I started earlier this month. Feel free to check out the Part 1 of this post. In July, my first daughter turned 6 years old. I was so glad having our friends from Illinois came over to spend the special day with us. It was so hot though and after the holiday, I developed some complications with my pregnancy. My protein level elevated, my blood pressure rose, I developed some symptoms of pre-eclampsia and I was put to bed rest. July ended with the birth of our second daughter we named Tiara Jul. She is indeed our crown! Mother-daughter grip! In August, the highlight was my parents-in-law’s presence here in Wisconsin. We were able to borrow them in Las Vegas to join us here as I gave birth and sure enough, Ma and Pa-in-law were such great help. We got to celebrate Ma-in-law’s 70th birthday together in August 9th. She was so happy with our simple celebration and I am happy that she was. In September, Fall semester started for the husband and our 6-year-old daughter started First Grade. It was a memorable start of school for us. So many ‘firsts’ took place and I was so worried that my July 4th baby somehow started to lose her ignorance by being exposed to the environment in public school. Mamahood worries were at its peak when my daughter wasn’t around. Lol. She survived and I did. In October, we got to do a round-trip from Stevens Point, WI to Dallas, Texas and back in just 1 week. We were a trooper, and I couldn’t believe that my two daughters made it to not complain at all! Little Tiara was only less than 3 months that time, and yet, she braved the 1-week-round trip to Dallas and back. All because of the husband’s Guest Speaking appointment at the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference and Exposition. It was so exhausting but we all had fun. I got to meet in person, too, a blogger friend based in Heartland, Texas and we had a great time. From Wisconsin, we traversed the states of Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma Texas, and Illinois. It was an unforgettable road trip! Dallas Skyline In November, everything was pretty normal except for one progress of our Permanent Residency application. We were approved for the first step and we had to undergo some medical check-ups to be cleared. It was one big progress because it meant us getting closer to becoming Green Card holder. We’ve worked tirelessly for this and waited patiently, too. In December, life has gotten pretty busy as the husband’s and the daughter’s school schedules became hectic. I looked forward to the holiday break that my academician will have to enjoy and as the holidays were approaching, I had to find a way to enjoy the rush in everything. We stayed home instead of spending the holiday break at our family in Las Vegas and I think we were pretty rested the rest of the year. There were so many things that transpired throughout the year 2012. I actually couldn’t count them all because big or little, failures and triumphs, I see everything as a blessing. In short, I am one blessed person in 2012 and it is my desire to bring with me the blessedness vibe this year. How about you– have you penned down your 2012 highlights? I felt so blessed to have done so. I recently started a very small business where I needed to do some printing services. It wasn’t a catalog printing but more like label printing. Since I made and design the label myself for my Papaya Pickles business venture, I had to print the personalized labels here in the comfort of my own home only. That meant me making sure that my printer has inks and I has the right kind of paper to be used. On my first attempt to print, it was successful. My customers thought I have created a neat labeling for my pickles in a glass jar and I’ll be printing some more the next time I will have to do some delivery.

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