Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Beginnings

I have a love for New Years.  Not the party or the food, although that part is pretty great, but for the new beginnings.  I love getting a new day planner for work, I love getting new calendars for the house, and I love the idea that I can make resolutions that will better my life.

This year, I'm focusing on being healthier in every way I can.  I want a healthier relationship with the kids and Jay, a healthier body, a healthier outlook on life, and a healthier relationship with God.  I also want to do the things I enjoy as often as possible, like scrapbooking, blogging, writing, traveling, and laughing as often as possible. 

Now, 2013 was a great year for so many reasons, as well as trying in a lot of others.  As usual I over committed myself to a lot of things, and I didn't get to blog nearly as often as I'd liked to.  So, to catch up and start the new year off with a clean slate, here's a recap of my year.

We played in the snow.
Addi turned 7, lost some teeth, and got some pet fish. And she had a great date to the daddy daughter dance.
My dad was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and by the grace of God is cancer free, 6 months later. No pictures needed for this one.
The girls and I went to Texas to visit great friends and play with some pugs. And on the flight home, we met the real and true Santa.  He even gave Addi his business card.
We sat on our patio and had some fruity drinks.
We went to Six Flags with the kids, scaring the crap out of them with their first real roller coaster, and went to the City Museum for the first time.
Sam graduated from Preschool and started kindergarten.
I was in a zombie movie. No, really. 
I convinced Jenny to do another run with me - this time it involved 5 miles, 25 obstacles, and a ton of mud.
Jay and I celebrated 10 years of marriage.  Hard to believe it's been that long.
Sam got her first pedicure.
Addi had surgery to remove a cyst from her collar bone, and we were all relieved to find out it was benign.
Addi and I completed her first run, a 1 miler, and she was thrilled.  She also beat me.

The next morning, a EF 4 tornado hit the town we did the run in, and several friends lost everything.  I was humbled by all the help the girls' school families gave to strangers. It reiterated our choice to send them to Catholic school.

All 29 Ralphs met in French Lick, IN to go on the Polar Express and spend a great weekend together, kicking off the Christmas season.

And we celebrated Christmas and New Years, enjoying almost every minute.

Happy New Year!


Patricia said...

Love!! And what a fine looking pug!

Patricia said...

Love!! And what a fine looking pug!

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