2013 In Review

My New Year’s Resolution?  To be a blogger again.  I know it may sound silly or a little shallow, on the surface, as far as resolutions go but the truth is writing has always been therapeutic for me.  Journaling is what got me through the teenage years.  I even took a poetry class in college just for fun.  Yes, I am a journal, notebook, nerd kind of gal.  It helps me release all of the things that sometimes get so bottled up I feel like I’m going to explode.  So, you see my resolution really is about working on my stress levels and being a more positive person in 2014.  Not as silly as it first sounded right?  My goal is to blog at least once a week.  I have to be honest with myself and more than that is just setting myself up for failure…after a long day of being a kindergarten teacher, mother of an almost 2 year old, friend, and wife I am exhausted…blogging will happen once a week. (Probably a little more than that in the beginning.)

So before I move forward, a little reflection.

A lot has happened in what feels like a very quick year.
We started 2013 with a baby attempting to walk with his first independent steps and starting to talk with initial sounds.  By the end we have a toddler that is running, jumping, climbing, and clearly communicating with 2-3, sometimes 4, word sentences.  Joshua James is so fun and challenging everyday.  The sweet, fun, exciting, entertaining, adorable, brilliant and wonderful sides of Joshua definitely out-weigh the stubborn, challenging, feisty sides of Joshua.  1 hour of precious cuddles or mounds of giggles can make me forget 5 hours of frustration and patience testing.  He is pure joy.

We learned early on in the year that Grandma Linda had stage 4 lung cancer and not but 7 months later we were forced to say goodbye.  October 21st, 2013 at approximately 10:00pm.  It was a Monday.  I miss her everyday, but I can’t help but feel so lucky…because I got to be her granddaughter and I got to love her.  You see, we don’t share all the blood and genetics, we were brought together by fate when she married my papa.  We were family by choice and sometimes that makes family that much more meaningful and special.  Grandma Linda was a very significant person in my life growing up and I will always carry her with me.

I finished up my first year of teaching kindergarten in 2013, as well as started on my second school year with the little ones.  Kindergarten has it’s own special challenges but every part of it is totally worth it.  The pure innocence, their love of learning, watching the hundreds of “light bulb moments” that happen in a day are just a few parts that make kindergarten extra special and I love my job.  How many people are lucky enough to say that? 🙂

Nathan had a great year professionally as well.  He has been working for Mike’s Heating and A/C for 11 years now.  He lead and directed many commercial jobs this year and is really enjoying the leadership role as it is constantly challenging him–something that is important to him. 

2013 was also very rewarding in the bass fishing world.  Nathan is very modest but I’m his wife and I’ll brag on him all I want.  He did very well placing in the top of most of the tournaments he fished this year.  I got to fish him with quite a bit last year and caught some of my personal best this last fall.  We both learned even more about being bass anglers and really enjoy the time we get to spend together on the water.  We even took Joshua on his first boat ride/fishing trip and he LOVED it!  We both predict that Joshua will be catching his first fish on his own this summer.

Looking back on the year I feel very blessed that all 4 of our parents were in good health.  They all managed to stay out of the hospital which is a huge blessing.  My dad had double knee surgery and that was pretty rough on him.  He still struggles with his knees, but sore knees we can live with.

I am not sad to see 2013 go and am very excited about what 2014 has to bring.  Nathan and I have some big things planned and I can’t wait to see what life throws our way.  I find myself at peace today.  I feel…a little boy pulling at my legs asking for lunch. 🙂 
I’ll upload some of the best pictures from 2013 while fixing some grub.

 

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Here’s to 2014 and many more precious memories.

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