It’s been a few years since I’ve done a year-in-review. I was looking back at my blog posts and it seems that 2011 was the last one I did. So this year, I’ll bring it back.
2014 saw some good and bad. Some ups and downs. Some successes and frustrations.
The new year started with my middle child having two broken wrists.
and a new car for the family!
My husband and son both celebrated birthdays – and my son became a teenager. How on earth did that happen?!
He also participated in a local Science Olympiad invitational, started playing basketball, and gave his first tour at the Gamble House as a junior docent.
In February, my second book was released!
On Valentine’s Day, my son gave a tour to my youngest daughter’s class. Here he is talking about the grounds.
In April, we celebrated my father’s retirement.
and celebrated Easter
She also “graduated” from 5th grade.
We went sailing.
After Seattle, we headed down to Ashland, Oregon.
In July, the youngest and I marched in the 4th of July parade with the local Brownie chapters.
In August, we did more swimming, and went to the beach (it’d been years).
We also went to Legoland.
In September, the girls started silks and gymnastics. It’s a change of pace from tapdancing, and they’re loving the new classes.
We saw dinosaurs.
In October, I participated in an Author Fair at Art Night, which was fun. I only sold one book, but it was a good experience.
We went to JPL’s Open House, which they haven’t done in a few years. Here’s Sean posing with “Mohawk Guy” (aka Bobak Ferdowski).
The 4th grade performance.
And, all 3 of my kids participated in the local window painting contest. My middle child’s group won 2nd place in their age group.
Halloween is one of our favorite times of the year. My kids went as a zombie baker, Marty McFly, and young Maleficent.
My youngest had a birthday, and turned 9, two days after my birthday, where I turned a much bigger number than 9.
Finally, in December we met a brand new baby, Riley Sophia, born on 12-13-14.
The girls performed in another musical – this time with bigger parts! Here they are, each getting ready to go on stage.
We saw my family, too. Here we are after brunch before one brother and his wife went back to Seattle. It’s almost everyone – missing brother Terry, who’d already gone home, and the husband, who’s taking the photo.
These are all mostly good things. Each year brings sadness and tragedy. This year was no exception. We said goodbye to my husband’s uncle, to a dear family friend, to a work friend of Wayne’s, and a friend from our world of preschool and community. Each loss was felt deeply, and always brings on reflection of how we live our own lives, how we hold our dear ones, and makes us remember others we have lost.
I hope for everyone that 2015 brings many wonderful things. I know there will be sadness, but I wish for nothing but love and peace and happiness for all those dear.
Happy New Year.