My year consisted of one bright spot surrounded by a steaming pile of poo. The bright spot was the birth of my 4th child in February. It was a stress free, uncomplicated birth and my older three children were in the room and saw it happen. It was a special moment. Now the rest of year was pretty rotten. Spent too much time visiting the ER or tending to medical care for various reasons. I would have filled up a frequent ER/urgent care customer card if they had one. My wife went to the ER just before #4 was born. First she went to urgent care because she thought she might have the flu but they flipped out over her elevated blood pressure. We then wasted a bunch of time in the ER for nothing. Shortly after #4 was born, my wife slipped on some ice while carrying #3 and broke her thumb on a planter. Wasn't much fun taking care of a newborn with a broken thumb. Second ER visit, my 9 year old swallowed a penny. Normally the trachea of a 9 year old is wide enough for a penny to go through but not my 9 year old. Went to two different ERs that night before getting it scoped out. Got a neat xray image of it though. Third ER visit, my wife went because she thought she might have had appendicitis. Her appendix is larger than average but not inflamed. Fourth ER visit, my now 10 month old #4 is there right now with a broken femur. My wife slipped down some stairs while holding her and they both fell against the side wall pretty hard. Apparently you if take you kid to the ER with any type of injury, it is assumed you are a child abuser. Just had to let two child welfare workers in my home to check on the safety of our other three kids. At least the visit was brief and the workers were friendly. I'm sure I am missing some other things here. Home wise, we had to put up with really dickish neighbors for quite a while. Don't want to get into details here but it was pretty stressful. We thought, "Screw it, we'll just move". But we couldn't sell our house. So we bought another place anyway and moved. If we can sell our old place for what we are asking for it currently we will have to pay only another 10k to get out of it, making a loss of $40k if you count the money we spent on upkeep and improvements. We may be able to rent it, otherwise, foreclosure here we come. Work wise, not much going on here. I don't really like my current position. My managers could really use some courses on interpersonal relations and have no clue about balancing family and work life because they don't have families. But the pay is good. And while all this crap is going on, I gained 25 lbs. I was on a good weight loss run the year before but this year really stunk. Apparently I binge on junk when I am stressed. Going to get back on the wagon after the holidays. Sorry for the long rant. I don't really have anyone else I can vent to except my wife and she is living the nightmare with me. Someone had to have had a better year than I have. Please share your story, good or bad. Thanks.