Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy 2014!

Posted by Heather at Wednesday, January 01, 2014
Good-bye 2013, Hello 2014!! Just four short years ago, the All Things Katy! blog was started. Now, 1,366 posts later, we are still here, still posting and still documenting the, "giggles, spills and life with Katy Grace!"

The end of one year and the beginning of a new one is always a good time to reflect on the past and look forward to the future. 

Here are some family highlights of 2013:

-Our little girl turned THREE! This has been such a fun year with Lil' Miss! She's at a really good age, now, where she's just independent to do most things on her own, yet still young enough to still love to snuggle.
-In February, we moved. New year, new house, new neighborhood! We love our new neighborhood and are so blessed to be able to live so close to Ted's work, to have access to a playground and a pool in the summer. We actually know our neighbors by name and it's nice to know that our they are willing to lend a helping hand when needed (as evidenced by our summer tree incident).
-We went to HAWAII in March!! Thanks to our gracious hosts, we had a wonderful vacation! Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime memory maker! We went to a luau, visited Pearl Harbor, swam in the beautiful Hawaiian waters... so fun!
-Ted and I celebrated anniversary number eight, in April! In some ways, it seems like we've been together forever and then, other days, it seems like it's passed in the blink of an eye...!
-Katy started swim lessons in May, and by the end of August, she became quite the little fish! By the end of the summer, she was swimming underwater, blowing bubbles and swimming the width of the pool, unassisted! Amazing!
-In June, Katy got her first taste of Ballet. She took a summer ballet class at Miss Donna's School of dance and she's been hooked, ever since.
-Katy and I joined my sister and her family for a mini-vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC, in August. The kids had a blast playing together, swimming in the pool and enjoying the beach.
-In September, Katy started Preschool in the three year old class at St. James Lutheran Preschool. She loves her teacher, Ms. Kelly and has done WONDERFULLY since day one! I am so, so, so thankful for a smooth transition and a place that Katy enjoys and looks forward to going, each school day.
-Our family celebrated Halloween on the High Seas on a Disney Cruise. Lil' Miss dressed up as Cinderella with Ted as her Prince Charming and myself as her Fairy Godmother. We love to cruise!
-The Tinkey family descended upon our home in November to celebrate Thanksgiving, together. It was a whirlwind weekend, but lots of fun. 
-Nanny and Poppy Jones joined us for Christmas, this year. Besides recovering from a nasty cough and her first ear infection, Katy had a great Christmas week!
-When Katy went to the doctor's for her ear infection, they weighed and measured her. As of December 2013, she now weighs, 35 pounds and is 39 1/4" tall.

Here are some current blog highlights:

-All Things Katy! has had 1,366 blog posts since it's inception, four years ago.
-The most popular blog post of all times was the Money Saving Mom's Budget- Book Review with 523 page views.
-The second most popular post of all times was Katy's first birthday, Cookie Monster Birthday Bash way back in February 2011.
-I averaged about 26ish posts per month. Of course, some months are more "post-worthy" than others. Interestingly, October seems to be the month that I post the most (I would have bet December).
-For 2013, I had 33 "Wordless Wednesday" posts. So, not quite 52, but more than half...
-For 2013, I had 22 "Muffin Tin Monday/Bento Box" posts.
-In 2013, I said good-bye to the Nuby Blogger Program (Katy has outgrown that stage of her life- so sad!) and hello to pattern testing!
-In October, All Things Katy! held its very first giveaway, sponsored by Shutterfly. We didn't have many entrants, but it was something I'd never done, before and it was fun to be able to giveaway something through the blog.

Whew! What a year!

And now, onto another adventurous year... Happy New Year 2014!!


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