We've been doing a lot of celebrating in the deRosier house recently!

Steve hit the 2 year mark with his current job! This is huge after all the layoffs he's experienced over the years and the nature of his industry (embedded software engineering). He likes his job and it's going very well. And speaking of Steve's job, we had the pleasure of hosting his boss, Andy (who lives near London), during his first-ever trip to northern California this past week. We had great fun showing Andy around San Francisco, UC Davis (our alma mater and Trevor's future school, if our brainwashing continues to be as successful as it has been so far), and everywhere in between.

Trevor hit the 2 million word mark in Accelerated Reader this week, another cause for celebration. Last year, he reached 2 million words right at the end of the school year. He'd been about 20,000 words short (one decent-sized chapter book) from finishing in time to have his name listed as 2 million on the t-shirt. That was his goal for 3rd grade. He's made the t-shirt list with about 5 weeks to spare, so it'll be fun to see his final word count for the year. I love that he's such an avid reader.

I have my own occasion for celebrating, as my blog just turned four! I've been blogging 5 days a week, 51 weeks a year, for four years... and I still love it as much as ever. I continue to be amazed at the blessings blogging has brought to me. I've met wonderful people and had some amazing opportunities because of this blog.

My blog has grown quite a bit from its humble beginnings in April 2011. My first blog post was titled Craft Withdrawal and fewer than 10 people read it.

My most popular post, The World's Best Classroom Birthday Treat, has around 70,000 pageviews and gets hits every single day.

Other very popular posts include my Giraffe Cake...

My Snowman Gift Tags....

My Bunny Donuts...

and my Name Skeletons.

People ask me all the time about my favorite posts. That's a really tough question and it gets harder al the time as I add more and more posts. But a few do stand out. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:

 To all my readers- thank you. I am so grateful for your support. For the handful of you who have read all 1088 posts, a special thank you!  I'm really excited about what the future holds for me and My Creative Life.


  1. Congrats to Trevor and Steve and Happy Blogiversary to YOU!!!

  2. Wow! So many accomplishments for all three of you!! Congrats on hitting your four year blog anniversary!! Has it really been that long and that many posts?!? Geez time flies!! So exciting!! :)


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