It’s been awhile since I’ve done an end-of-the-year recap post; in fact, it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged about ANYTHING at all. I saw this yearly recap on Rage Against the Minivan and decided to participate, too.
1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before? 2013 was a pretty tame year for me. We took in our second little foster daughter, loved on her for eight months, and then she reunified with her birth mother. That was hard.
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I honestly don’t even remember what my resolutions were from last year. I’m sure one of them was to lose weight, which has happened! I will make new resolutions for 2014… I want to get back into exercising regularly, I want to take more time to enjoy the little things, and I want to simplify life in general.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth? I had a few cousins give birth to beautiful babies!
4. Did anyone close to you die? Thankfully, no!
5. What countries did you visit? I had a brief trip across the border into Mexico, but other than that, all of our vacations were in the US. We visited Montana, Colorado, and South Dakota.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013? Patience, time, and living more in the present.
7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why? April 2013 because we were placed with our second foster daughter and also because rights were terminated on our first foster daughter’s biological parents that month. December 20th she officially became an “adoptive placement” –looking forward to finalizing in the next month or so! On November 25th, our little girl was having a routine surgery and we had a baseline MRI done for her neurofibromatosis and discovered some things we weren’t expecting and that will require more in-depth medical consultations in 2014. November 27th, the little girl we had been fostering returned home to her mother.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Successfully parenting two little girls aged two months apart and mostly keeping my sanity, not to mention being a mother the other four kiddos.
9. What was your biggest failure? I didn’t put as much time into my business as I had hoped to. Seems like time got away from me in many areas of my life.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury? No, not really.
11. What was the best thing you bought? A huge, comfy couch big enough for all of our massive family to sit on. Also, my NutriBullet -I use it every single day.
12. Where did most of your money go? Taxes and kids.
13. What did you get really excited about? We have two open spots for foster children and I get extremely excited when our home phone rings, hoping for a little baby. There are only two types of people that call our home phone – social workers and doctors.
14. What song will always remind you of 2013? Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show. We play that a lot to calm Jaz down.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? I think I am happier.
– thinner or fatter? Definitely thinner, which makes me happy!
– richer or poorer? About the same, but I think we have more of our debts paid off!
16. What do you wish you’d done more of? Traveling and seeing the world, taking photos, and talking to friends.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of? I would like to spend less time online and on my phone, which is hard, because it’s how I make a living and stay in touch with most people!
18. How did you spend Christmas? We spent Christmas at home for the second year in a row. This never happens. Usually, Justin ends up having to work over Christmas and we head to the rig. On Christmas day, we drove to Dickinson and hung out with family for a few hours.
19. What was your favorite TV program? Walking Dead, Girls, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and So You Think You Can Dance.
20. What were your favorite books of the year? Oh, gosh. I’m not sure I even read a whole book last year. I probably read a few, but I can’t remember what they were. My family got me Humans of New York, a collection of photos and stories, and I’ve been loving that the last few days!
21. What was your favorite music from this year? Unfortunately, most of my music is stuff my teenage girl listens to, because my time is spent shuffling kids from one place to another. When I do get time to myself, I’ve been digging Ryan Adams, Passenger, The Neighbourhood.
22. What was your favorite film of the year? Honestly, I don’t think I even saw a decent movie during the last year!
23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? I turned 34 and didn’t do anything memorable. I will be turning 35 in 10 days -yikes! I don’t have any big plans, although I will be meeting some of my besties for a quick trip a few days after that! I can’t wait!
24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying? Starting to build the house we have been planning. We purchased 40+ acres in 2012 and were hoping to start building last spring, but it just didn’t happen that way, as we need to figure out how to get a road across the creek!
25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013? I still live for cozy and easy, but I’m starting to branch out a little more, thanks to Stitch Fix! My “personal stylist” sends me great pieces I would never typically pick for myself.
26. What kept you sane? My husband and my kids. They are also probably the ones that make me not-so-sane.
27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013. Not everyone is going to share the same parenting standards that I hold myself to. And that’s okay. I can offer advice, support, and encouragement, but in the end, I cannot change people. Sometimes, I just need to let it go.