Whew! I'm not sure how, but the month of December has flown past and it's already 2013... The last month of 2012 was a busy but good one here at the House of Cockrell. We had a lot of Christmas prep to do, Mark worked a lot of overtime, I was able to slip away for a girls' day out, we added a new puppy, Rosie the pug, to the household, the kids and I had a horrific stomach virus and apparently gave it to almost everyone except Mark, we took her royal highness, the crowned princess of the House of Cockrell for her first haircut at the beauty shop, and of course, Christmas!!! So here we are now on the other side of New Year's Eve. I'm looking at the calendar and wondering at how the princess's second birthday is just two months away and her knight in shining armor big brother's fifth is just two weeks after! I could reflect and look back at how it's amazing that Mark and I have come this far in the nearly eight years we've been married, but I did enough of that last time and I don't want to bore you again... Instead, I'm going to focus on what I'm looking forward to this year. Mark and I don't make resolutions, but we are excited and ready for what this year will bring here at the House of Cockrell, Arkansas Division. First off, we are looking forward to a much anticipated vacation in less than two weeks! (Not that we're counting...) We have never actually taken a full-on family vacation, unless you count the year we went to Florida but Mark was only able to stay three days and then flew back home by himself because he had to work, and frankly, we don't because that was just depressing. Lol! Anyway, we haven't ever taken a vacation together and we are extremely excited to get to do so with the kids. We'd like to say a special thanks to MaMa and PaPa for making it possible! We are planning to see a few Florida sights and do some special things with the kids, but most of all, we are looking forward to the time together and with our extended family, Florida Division! I will definitely be posting again to give everyone the highlights; MaMa and PaPa's house, the beach, manatees, Disney, and the T-Rex restaurant! That's our knight in shining armor's mantra every night. He can't wait!