Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2014 Reflections

Well. Well. Well.

It's been quite a few days since I logged into this poor corner of the internet. My apologies. It's been a wild and crazy fall and December. A brief recap... every single member of my sweet little family has been battling some kind of illness since August. It's been insane. And, then, just when I thought I had finally gotten everyone well..... we were all struck down by the Flu. Yup. Mr. Husband. Me. The 6 year old & the baby. The four of us have been to the doctors' office more in the last 5 or 6 months than should be legal. We've also been to the pharmacy more than I would like.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?
I bought a house with Mr. Husband!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I really don't make resolutions. I try to make goals. My goals for last year were to read more books and lose baby weight after Luke was born. Sigh. I did neither. 

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Me!!! Little Luke was born in June!
My cousin gave birth to a long awaited little boy!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My beloved Grandmother Winnie passed away November 1st.
If I'm being honest, I'll admit that I'm still struggling with that.

5. What countries did you visit?

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
More money at the end of the year. I'd really like to make some good strides in saving. 
Also, I'd like to be back in my pre-pregnancy clothing.... 

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The night we found out we were going to be able to buy our home.
The day in June when Luke was born. Without a doubt.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
I felt like this was the year our family really started to gel. We worked through a lot of kinks and came together. The relationships between all the people in this house have grown and stretched & become stronger. There's been a whole lotta love. That's been fantastic.

 9. What was your biggest failure?
I feel a bit that not being able to continue with homeschooling Jacob was a failure on my part. I'm not sure it's a realistic perception, but it's one that I have. 

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Well, I gave birth almost 4 weeks early & ended up almost bleeding out on the operating table. (Just a side note: keeping your iron levels up when you are pregnant is a VERY good idea! Otherwise, you end up very, very anemic & require a couple of bags of blood!)
I also hurt my knee in July. Ugh.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Our house. Without question. It's been one of the greatest blessings for our family.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Our house & our new addition.
13. What did you get really excited about?
Because I'm a nerd, buying a house. 
This is the first house the husband and I have ever owned. It's been so amazing to have this space that belongs to us.

14. What song will always remind you of 2014?
This is going to sound super silly. But, the song that will remind me of 2014 isn't a song that even played on most radio stations in 2014. I sang/played this song A LOT while I was preggo. And, when Luke was born, I played and sang it even more.

'Somewhere Over the Rainbow" by IZ

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? I'd say... happier.
– thinner or fatter? Uh, fatter. Way fatter.
– richer or poorer? poorer.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Live in the moment.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

18. How did you spend Christmas?
We got together with my side of the family Christmas Eve night, just like every year. This year, however, there was a bit of a melancholy note. Christmas Eve was my grandmother's birthday & this 1st of 1sts was a little hard.
On Christmas Day, we woke up to see what Santa had left us and then we piled into the car and went out to the husband's side of the family. There were about 25 people crammed into that house! Afterwards, we headed back to my parent's house for my birthday cake and presents!

19. What was your favorite TV program?
I haven't watched a lot of tv this year. I've been too busy.
I did, however, catch (most of) the final season of Sons of Anarchy.

I will stop & watch (aka: keep on in the background....)-
Property Brothers
Restaurant Impossible
Cutthroat Kitchen
Pioneer Woman
$10 Meals
Big Bang Theory
Once Upon a Time

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
I've pretty much sucked at reading actual books this year.
The one book that stands out that I read was,
"The Antelope in the Living Room" by Melanie Shankle
(I have, however, challenged myself to read 52 books in this 2015 year. More on that later!)

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
I don't know that I had a favorite music this year. I'm pretty much all over the dial when it comes to music.

22. What was your favorite film of the year?
Probably XMen. We saw it through Redbox (love you, Redbox!)
We've been pretty fond of Redbox and Netflix this past year.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I celebrated Christmas! My birthday is Christmas Day. And I'm now 34 years old!!

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I can't think of anything off the top of my hand. 2014 was a stress-filled year, to be sure. However, it was full of love and family. Laughter, along with tears. It was a year of great joy.
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?
Uh, seasonally appropriate Mom.
In the summer, it's shorts/tank tops/flip flops with a swim suit cover sundress thrown in for good measure.
In the winter, it's skinny jeans/Uggs knockoffs & cute blouses/shirts & my trusty black or cream sweater wrap. 
And jewelry. Love the bling.
And I must, at all times, have a bag that would rival Mary Poppins.

26. What kept you sane?
Music. Blogging. Snuggling with the short one. Family dinners. Mama's Nights Out. 

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.
There can be times when amazing joy balances out great fear and pain. 
This year saw the start of a new life... and the end of another. 
Every moment counts in life. Whatever you are doing- something deeply serious or fantastically silly... it's all meaningful. So, give it everything you have. Live deeply. 


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