A look back at 2012...

Because of me closing my old blog and starting a new one and restarting the new blog, there isn't much to share this year in regards to the top posts of 2012, because I didn't do much writing.

So...I'm just going to go ahead and give you a quick, month-by-month view of what 2012 was like for us.

The year 2012 in review...


  • 2012 took off like wildfire. A real wildfire.  In my backyard! On New Year's Day.  Thankfully no one was hurt and our house suffered no damage. 
  • I thought the fire was symbolic of the new year, burning away the old to make way for the new.  But looking back on it now, that fire was clearly an omen of doom.  
  • I was still mourning the loss of my grandmother who passed away in December 2011.  
  • We celebrated Dia de Reyes with the family. 
  • Jack turned 7.  


  • Our puppy Pingüina was killed in a hit-and-run accident.  
  • The kids got lice.  
  • We learned there was a problem with Hope having two last names on all her Mexican paperwork and only one last name on her American birth certificate.  If we didn't have all of her elementary school transcripts corrected, Hope wouldn't get to graduate Junior High.


  • Jack lost his first tooth. 


  • We went on our 3rd Annual Semana Santa camping trip. 


  • We celebrated Mother's Day en familia! 
  • Ashley participated in the Mother's Day festival at school. (Watch video here!
  • We learned that Hope needed a Mexican birth certificate with just one last name to be able to attend high school. 
  • My first request for an Apostille was denied, because the birth certificate I had for Hope wasn't certified. This caused more stress, a panic attack, and hives. 
  • I pulled the plug on my very popular Motherhood in Mexico blog.
  • I started a new blog a week later, in case I got the urge to blog again. (And then I renamed the new blog a couple of months later!) 


  • We celebrated Father's Day. 
  • Hubby participated in his first marathon! 
  • We were told that Hope could attend high school as an American citizen, but would still need an Apostille and would have to pay about 8,000 pesos per semester.  
  • More stress and worry ensued!


Nick & his madrina (godmother),  our cousin Rocio
  • Nick graduated from 6th grade. 
Hope & her padrino (godfather), our law student nephew, Ivan! 
  • Hope graduated from junior high (9th grade).
  • My sis-in-law came to visit from the US with her family and a nephew. 
  • My mother-in-law's house got an extreme make-over due to a pipe leaking into the well.
  • We hired a lawyer to see if he could help us get all the necessary paperwork for the kiddies' new Mexican birth certificates with just one last name.   


  • Nick started junior high.
  • Ashley started 5th grade and Jack started 2nd grade. 
  • I started teaching again.


Doña Esperanza, Descanse en Paz 
  • Felt extremely happy and optimistic after months of stressing and worrying about Apostilles, Mexican birth certificates, and last names.
  • I turned 38.
  • Ashley turned 10. 
  • My suegra (mother-in-law) passed away suddenly, leaving us all devastated and heartbroken.
  • Hope had a panic attack at my suegra's funeral and had to be hospitalized. 


  • Hubby and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary.

Hubby is THIS MANY years old! 
  • Hubby turned 40!
  • Nick became a teenager. (And apparently I lost his birthday photos.)
  • We celebrated Halloween, even though Jack and Ashley were the only two that dressed up.


  • Our small town celebrated Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) like never before! 
  • Ashley participated in the Revolution/Physical Fitness Day Parade


  • Hope turned 15. (We celebrated her Quinceañera with a party at el rancho.) 
  • Nick (my 13-year old) maxed out our credit card by spending more that 3,500 pesos (which is equal to 3 months rent) on his iPod and is now grounded for a very long time.  (Thank goodness we set a monthly limit on that card!) 
  • We took our Christmas card photos and had a very Merry Christmas! 

As you can see, 2012 was one heck of a year.  (And not always in a good way!)  As happy as I am to say goodbye to 2012, I am thankful for the lessons it taught me.  I walk away from 2012 stronger and with more confidence in myself as a wife, mom and woman.  I know exactly what I want out of life and I'm no longer afraid to say so.  I'm thankful for the friends and family that stood by us through each and every trial we faced this year.  But most of all, I'm thankful for my husband.  This year we grew even closer together.  He is my rock, my best friend, and the love of my life.     

Happy New Year to all!  May this New Year be filled with love, laughter and happiness.




  1. You've had quite an exciting year!! I love all your photos too!
    Looking forward to seeing more excitement in 2013 :)

  2. Sounds like if you had a full year. Want to wish you a Happy New Year glad you are so optimistic.

  3. Happy New Year. My wish for you and your family in 2013 is a much less stressful and easier year filled with joy and happiness.

  4. My goodness. So many challenges for you this year and quite a bit of heartbreak. Why did you decide to pull the plug on Motherhood in Mexico, if I may ask?

  5. It was a very challenging year! The reason I pulled the plug on Motherhood in Mexico is simply because my heart was no longer in it. Looking back on it now, I think it had a lot to do with everything that was going on at the time. Thank goodness, I got by blogging groove back (http://www.lacasadeleslie.com/2012/10/how-leslie-got-her-blogging-groove-back.html) and have started to schedule writing time for myself every morning while the kiddies are at school.

  6. Muchas gracias, Brenda! Happy New Year!!! :)

  7. great pics! looks like a you had a great interesting year!