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?


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Jeanette Johnson Bream

It is so good to hear something from YOU about you and your family.  You are strong, brave and smart, you will make it girl.  I feel for you with "2" teenagers in the house like one isn't enough.  Did you move?  I haven't heard so let us know.  Do you still live in PA?  I hope everyone is healing and  moving on to a new and exciting 2013!!  Please continue to Blog Kate.  I miss seeing you and the kids on TV.  I hope someday that will change.  I never missed a show and I watch the reruns.  You had it so together and was hoping it would rub off onto me.  haha.  Much love and support.  God Bless, Jeanette

dedaj dedaj

I'm sure this comment will get deleted just like my last one was. I am not critical of Kate Gosselin or her blog, but find great offense with the FACT that comments are being deleted by "the Stir" . Once again I will state that this censorship reflects very poorly on "the Stir" and contributes to the controversary that surrounds Kate and that which with she is involved. 

nonmember avatar Jackie

Overwhelmed? Umm, no. That's pretty much what working moms do all of the time. Really, Cafemom, I can't believe you hired Kate Gosselin. Her TV show alone proved her to be a mentally, verbally and emotionally abusive mother. She used her children for financial gain. Take advice from her? No thank you.

dekumama dekumama

Hello theStir, your readers have spoken, we don't like her! Stop deleting comments and accept that Kate is a mistake. No one has wished death on her or even insulted her. We, your readers, who create your revenue, don't like this woman. Deleting our comments won't change that!

nonmember avatar Kaitlyn

So happy that you've joined The Stir, Kate! Another reason to love this site even more!!

nonmember avatar London

Not again !

Lily Doe

Kate, so good to see you here. I look forward to more of your posts!

nonmember avatar Brenda

Um... no thanks.

If this first blog post is any indication, this woman is not meant to write.

nonmember avatar MammaMel

Kate: I for one am excited to see you here! Your kids are adorable (Cara and Maddie are THIRTEEN??? Wow!) and I'm excited to see how things are going for you all!

nonmember avatar carol

"Adventures with my 8". Interesting name for Kate's blog. "Adventures?" What concocted stories is Kate going to come up with to further exploit her children?

No matter what flowery adjectives and verbs Kate uses to try to make the readers think she's the world's cheeriest and most loving and motivated mother, this admitted child abusing and animal abusing woman is going to have to do a lot more than write a blog to prove that she's changed. If she changed she needs to do something that doesn't rely on USING her children, but by the name of this blog it seems she has every intention of continuing the exploitation.

CafeMom, I'm disappointed that you offered up your site for Kate to have a platform to further the exploitation and on top of that you're paying her to do so.

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