Daily Archives: January 1, 2009

Ringing Out the Old Year, Ringing in the New

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I saw this meme on my friend’s, Trina, blog and thought it made a fun post.  It is followed by what I am looking forward to in 2009

My 2008 in Review

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before? I finished editing my children’s novel and submitted a batch of queries.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?  I kept some and broke some.  I will revamp some that I broke and make a few new ones.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? Yes, I have an adorable new niece.  And a few friends had babies as well.

4. Did anyone close to you die? Yes, and they will be missed.

5. What countries did you visit? I didn’t even make it out of the northwest this year. 🙂

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008? Time! ha ha!  This is a hard question, because I feel we were very blessed – but if I go on dreams that almost seem unreal – an acceptance to my book would be nice.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?  August 7th – we were blessed to escape a major hail storm without any major damage.  December 22 we had masses of snow and our first white Christmas. October 9-11 my first Writer’s retreat ever! January in general when my article was published in the Ensign.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year? Raising my 5 wonderful children.  I would also say that being published in the Ensign, and completing my children’s novel (as in getting it to the point where I can submit it) are pretty high on the list as well.

9. What was your biggest failure? I think I could have kept my patience better with my children and a better visiting teacher.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury? Definitely – my pride took a brutal beating on many occasions. 😀

11. What was the best thing you bought? We don’t focus much on buying things – but I would have to say that our video camera was broken and we were able to use part of Paul’s generous Christmas bonus to buy a new one to capture forever the memories of our kids.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?  I think each of my chidlren’s merited celebration. They have made excellent progress in so many areas, and while we have rough moments they are genuinely great people.  And Paul is always the most fabulous husband and person ever.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed? At time, like any mom would say, my children’s.  While much of their behaviour merited celbration there were also moments when they appalled and depressed me.  Such is the joy of being a mom.

14. Where did most of your money go? Bills, bills, bills.  Oh, and did I mention bills?

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about? Being published in a magazine, and especially seeing my parents this summer for the first time in two years!  Dorothy choosing to be baptized. And a myriad of other things –  there were a lot of great things this year.

16. What song will always remind you of 2008? If the Saviour Stood Beside Me – Dorothy sang it at her baptism, and I love listening to Jacob trying to sing it.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
Both – I feel this has been a wonderful and exciting year, and sad because I can’t believe my youngest is one already and does’t snuggle like he did this time last year.

b) thinner or fatter? Thinner! I’m not pregnant any more!! hee hee

c) richer or poorer?  Richer by far.  I have 5 wonderful children and an amazing husband that bring me blessings everyday. I have cherished friends and family who are always there for me and my family. I had a year’s worth of amazing experiences and funny moments.  Each day I am richer than the day before.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?  Laugh – I laughed a lot, but I think I was a tad bit too serious sometimes with my kids. I think I could have laughed more and stressed less.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of? Yell at the kids – I try hard not to be a yeller, really hard, but I lost more times than I would like.

20. How did you spend Christmas? At home with my wonderful family and snow all around.  It was magic.

21. Did you fall in love in 2008? Everyday, 6 times over – with my wonderful husband, and Elizabeth, Dorothy, Emily, Jacob, and James

22. What was your favorite TV program? Numb3rs

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year? I can honestly say I don’t hate anyone.

24. What was the best book you read? Well, the Book of Mormon of course, and aside from that – well that’s hard, because there were some really good ones…  I’d have to say A Book of a Thousand Days by Shanon Hale.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery? That my music is important to the Lord – so much that he would grant me my Christmas miracle.

26. What did you want and get? An awesome vacation with my family – it wasn’t what we had anticipated, but it was incredibly fun!

27. What did you want and not get? To see my brother and his family who live in Vermont.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?  Hmmm, we saw some good ones.  I’d have to say Prince Caspian.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you? My parents were here, which was a special treat. We had a fun little party here at the house and then my mom and I went to a Relief Society retreat and laughed A LOT. 🙂  I turned 33.

30. What one thing would have made your year more satisfying? I mentioned it before, but I think laughing more and stressing less – especially where the kids were concerned.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008? Catching a clue as to what fashion is…  seriously, I think I am actually rather stylish now.  Shocking!

32. What kept you sane?  Weekly (or as weekly as we could make them) dates with my hubby and faith. Lots and lots of faith.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most? eh..blah I am not one to fancy clebrities and public figures

34. What political issue stirred you the most? The marriage issues.

35. Who did you miss? My parents and brothers and sisters – I wish I could see them more often.

36. Who was the best new person you met? Timber (I got to meet an amazing blog buddy in real life!), Christine (because she is just so awesome!), and all those marvelous ladies at the ANWA retreat in Washington.  And, of course, my new little niece. 🙂

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008.  Not to grab hot pans with your bare hands…. and  to seek the Lord in all things big and small (I already knew this, but it was reinforced many times this year.)  Oh, and to focus on the blessings, and the hardships won’t seem as hard.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.   hah! And, I bet it you it will get it stuck in your heads: “It’s a world of laughter, a world of joy.”

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My Outlook on 2009 – or a few resolutions and a few things I am looking forward too…

  • I have a great idea for a new book, and I look forward to writing it. I might, just might, go to a writer’s conference in Utah in the spring, and if I get really lucky it be cool to be accepted by an agent, or be published, but if not, that’s ok and I will have fun writing anyway.  I don’t write to be published, but wouldn’t it be cool if I was?
  • I want to laugh more with my children – you know that laugh more stress less thing I mentioned.
  • Break out of my reading slump
  • Catch-up a bit on the family and kid’s scrapbooks – at least do James’ baby book.
  • Meet up with my good blog friend Sariah in Washington – so close and we have yet to meet, shame on me. 🙂
  • And numerous other things – but lets start with a small list for now, shall we?

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

 

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