This Year, New Year

December 30, 2011

This year we had a baby and our lives changed forever.

First family picture (she's so small!)

There’s nothing else that stands out like that, and the rest of the year is kind of a blur, but going back over my archives I was reminded of some other things that happened this year:

>I started a book blog, which I have sorely neglected, but I’m glad I have it and I plan to revive it in the coming year.

>My best friend Becca, her husband Micah, and their children came to visit.

>We took a trip to South Carolina to visit my aunt & uncle.

>Our dog Oliver went to live with  my parents and our dog Eddie dealt with some severe anxiety issues.

>The church that  I have attended since high school and that David grew up in closed down due to some really sad circumstances, and we are still dealing with the after effects.

>My brother David got married to Maggie (yay!)

>David’s grandparents moved to town from Pennsylvania.

>A lovely Christmas happened:

Before Christmas Eve service with Gigi
With Aunt Maggie on Christmas morning
Christmas nap with Uncle Barry
Christmas dress
Santa baby (Christmas evening)

It was a good year.


I usually love the start of a new year. I always make resolutions because that kind of thing works for me. This year I’m not doing that, only because I’m still so far behind and exhausted from life in general that I’m not prepared. There are some things mulling around in my head that I want to do (revive the book blog, mini scrapbook each season, blog makeover, overhaul our budget, more time with David, cook several times a week, exercise, etc.) but I need to step back and get some perspective first.

My 101 goals in 1001 days is also coming to a close this month, and there are some items that I could complete without too much effort beforehand, but I don’t think I will. I just need to rest right now and get my bearings. Sometimes it’s so nice just to cut yourself a break.

More soon, I hope!

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Comments on This Year, New Year

  1. 1

    From LfT:

    It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed and feel like we HAVE to do these things we’ve set out to do. I always write some kind of resolutions, and usually it’s a long list that I let get way out of hand and then it becomes impossible to complete. This year, I allowed myself two resolutions only. However, they are sort of general and, should I accomplish them, will open up many other new opportunities and accomplishments in my life. Two are more manageable than 12 anyway. Not sure if that makes sense; I’ll probably blog it soon. All of that being said- you are doing a fantastic job, and if nothing else, you are a mommy to the sweetest little girl. I’d say that’s a pretty huge check off the list. :)

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    From Holly:

    Happy New Year! I had monthly goals instead of resolutions this year – but once I went back to work, the thought of goals went out the window in favour of just surviving. I still feel like I’m treading water most days – so even though I’ll make goals for the new year – I’m not going to beat myself up if it just doesn’t happen!

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    From Audrey:

    Yep, goals can get easily lost in parenthood/workhood, all we can do is the best we can do and realize life is just too short sometimes to overthink what should be getting done. I’ve found that my goals just evolve with the time I have around me and have found a way to be at peace with that. If I have the time/energy to accomplish something one day, I do it and hope that feeling of satisfactions sticks till the next day. You’re doing fantastic from what I hear in your blogs and what not. KISS-keep it simple silly. A good moto to live by!

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    From Tabaitha:

    Love the pictures of Meredith! She looks so much like you and from the look of it, you had a wonderful Christmas. I agree with LFT, you are doing a great job as a new Mom! I understand where you are coming from because I feel a bit overwhelmed and like I had to keep up with so much, that I have little time for anything else. I know it will pass and so will this feeling for you. So happy that your first Christmas with a little one was definitely one to remember!

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