2013: The Year of the Teenager and More! (PHOTO)

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Exciting things happening in our house in 2013!

This year has already kept me way too busy! It may seem impossible to be somewhat overwhelmed so early on, but I admit it, I am. Fortunately, I like it that way. My saying is "to be busy is always better than to be bored." And I'm anything but bored so far in 2013!

As a general rule, I don't bother with New Year's resolutions. Who has the time? And to me, they feel like yet another thing on my never-ending "to-do list." Who needs that??? I do always face each new year with a fresh smile and renewed determination though ...

All too quickly that feeling is eclipsed by the sudden onset of dread ...

Since my birthday falls early in the year, my first thought is ALWAYS, "Oh no, this year I turn [insert my new age], am I still considered young?" Panic will definitely ensue this year when I turn 38 in March. That's just way too close to the big 4-0!

I'm crossing my fingers that my kids will continue to keep me young. That's what they say about kids anyway. But somehow I feel like mine are making me old! The speed at which I must move to keep our world turning makes me feel like I'm 80 years old by the end of the day! Having eight kids is sort of like having an eight-car freight train speeding past me daily. I gotta keep up and most days -- it's all I can do!

So this year I turn 38. Okay, gotta accept it, right? What else can I do? Once I accept it, I can move on and refocus on the new year with thoughts of everything that I hope to make happen this year in all categories of life -- home, family, work, and fun!

This year is going to be full of adventures for me and my eight. For starters, I'm blogging here at The Stir every week! I was asked to join the many talented writers here and I feel honored that my stressful, funny, crazy, and sometimes unbelievable life experiences as a single mom of eight will be documented right here!

Beyond this blogging opportunity, I have some other exciting projects in the works that I can't quite discuss as of yet. I am not teasing you on purpose, I'll divulge just as soon as I can!

And putting my career work aside, the new year has been whipping my butt on the home front: following a busy Christmas, a week-long family trip, and then a three-week-long home maintenance marathon led by a close family friend who is a jack of all trades and master of ALL (in which I wielded a hammer and other such tools -- learning details of plumbing, building, and repairing from a master), I am still trying to get organized and settled into 2013!

Oh, and did I forget to mention that 2013 has been officially titled "The Year of the Teenager(s)" for me! Yes, I have two girls turning 13 this year. Help! This is going to be one heck of a ride ...

More details to come on all of the above topics ... For today, I just wanted to say hello and that I'm really happy to be here!

Has 2013 overwhelmed you already too?

Images via Kate Gosselin

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EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

Please, if she could replace jenny i'd be delighted....

nonmember avatar Sarah

Wow Kate, I am a busy mom too and love hearing about other busy fun families. Really enjoyed your post !

nonmember avatar MsGoody2Shoes

Congrats on your new blog post.

nonmember avatar Disgusted!

Go away, Kreider. You will NEVER redeem yourself to the public.

Oh, to The Stir....keep up. Don't you know all things Gosselin are so 2010???

KorsMom KorsMom

I didn't see that she would be giving advice just blogging about her life.  If you don't like her don't read it. Last I heard this was not required reading.

Shawna Taubner

You deleted my comment because I expressed a negative comment on your choice of writers??? Sorry CafeMom, I'm going back to mentalfloss. I've seen a lot of hateful comments on here that don't get deleted, mine was not hateful, it only expressed my opinion that there was too much coverage of reality TV on your site.
Yes, I could, and do skip over those articles but finding ones I do want to read is getting tougher. I guess this means we're breaking up. Not over Kate, but the fact that you are deleting comments for no reason other than the fact that you disagree with them.
Oh, by the way, the gun-lovers over the top arguments are more than welcome here!

CPN322 CPN322

Wow, not a huge Kate Gosselin fan what so ever(really, not all, I yelled quite a bit at the TV when I used to watch her show) but good lord calm down. This is the womans first article! Do none of you complaining grasp the concept that people can change? Or that this woman needs a job to provide for her family? Why don't you all save the complaining for IF she writes something terrible or narcissistic or whatever(this piece is supposed to be about, gasp, her because she is introducing herself to us).  I have no idea about her last blogging job, but if she was fired, perhaps she learned from her mistake. I will give her chance.

CPN322 CPN322

I do agree with others that deleting negative comments doesn't look so good on the sites part. That is just as ridiculous as people jumping down her throat already. I'm sure she can take it. She must have thick skin by now.

fleur... fleurdelys3110

I'm so excited to see this! I used to watch your show religiously and I think you will bring a great and meaningful perspective to this site! Welcome!

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