2014 was a little sparse on the blogging front. I'm hoping to change that in 2015. I'd like to re-create a place where I document my scrapbooking adventures and my real life. A little of both is probably my happiest place - in the beginning it was mostly real life and in the past few years it's been more about scrapbooking. I'd like to get to some sort of happy middleground of both. I'm planning to create a blogging schedule (both here and at my professional law blog). It is probably going to take some doing - which I'm going to have to be OK with. Lots of changes are coming for 2015. Good Change. Honest Effort. And my word of 2015? BRAVE.
So here's a quick recap of 2014:
1. School for Mac was a challenge, I did in school tutoring which was helpful but not the solution. We made a decision as a family to home school Mac. That starts tomorrow. Brave New World. We don't have a solid plan, but have a rough outline and we're going to do what works. Allison made a plea for her to homeschool starting next year and we gave her a definite maybe.
2. We did lots of traveling: Utah for skiing; Spring Break road trip to Missouri; Allison and I did an epic 20 day road trip up the East Coast (I still need to scrapbook this - or at least do an epic photobook); the whole family went to the Keys right before school started. And we already have wanderlust for 2015 - we're talking about getting our passports again and going to Iceland, Eastern Canada and the Bahamas.
3. Work was ok - we need to ramp things up in 2015.
4. Charlie spent lots of time with his parents, helping his mom transition to getting a live in helper for his dad who has Alzheimers. They are 90 and 94. His dad is like a busy toddler on a mission and his mom was really stressed out - the live in helper is making things lots more tolerable.
5. While we technically got our dog, Jessie, in 2013, it was over this past year that she really warmed up to us. She was a rescue dog from Alabama with an independent disposition. After having labs, I sort of missed the snuggly nature of my old dog Dandy (a yellow lab who only wanted to be with us and eat), it took me a while to actually fully love Jessie, but now I do and she does and she even snuggles with me on occasion - for a very brief time - but it is something. And sometimes Charlie calls her "black Dandy". I've really fallen in love with Jessie.
6. I didn't do as much scrapbooking as usual in 2014 but I did make more scrapbooking process videos than ever. I hope to increase the frequency of my scrapbooking in 2015 and to maybe put forth some kind of overarching story telling plan.
7. I still didn't "lose the weight" in 2014 - I still want to lose 50 pounds - but 20 pounds would be nice. That didn't happen in 2014 despite trying Jenny Craig and a few other things. Going into 2015, I've been back to Bikram Yoga and I'm planning a daily fitness routine with Mac. I think if I could lose 25 pounds this year that would be amazing.
8. I did do lots of work on genealogy by using Ancestry DNA and I made lots of discoveries. I want to start scrapbooking more of those stories in 2015 - and put some of the stories into context - like fables or morality plays - focusing on the takeway lessons - here's what we can learn from so-and-so's life.
9. On the never-ending war with clutter - I did make a lot of progress with the office file storage room but I have a long way to go - we aquired some things from Charlie's parent's house. I need to do some clean sweeping both at home and at the office. My prime time for this is usually April and October, but I'd like to focus on one area a week so I get a little something done throughout the year.
10. The year ended with (knock on wood) my kids getting along with each other really, really well. I want to focus on our family's relationships during this next year - the whole family together but also individual relationships and I've made a family goal of each of us having "one on one" time with each of the others of us each month in 2015 - and I'm going to keep track of this time. For example, I'm planning 16 dates with my husband this year; no kids - just us.
11. Expanding social circles: I want to figure out how to do this for all of us and each of us. This might mean more parties - it also might mean more extracirricular activities.
12. Learning something new - ok I realize this went from a 2014 recap to a 2015 goals list - but I think that we each need to focus on learning new things in 2015.
13. Everything is good - granted we had a lot of challenges in 2014 and no doubt we'll have more challenges in 2015 - but all things considered, everything is good. We're lucky people.
14. Wishing you an awesome 2015!
P.S. We finally got our 2014 Christmas photo today! Far from perfect - but mission accomplished on getting it taken before the tree came down!