Happy 2013! I guess it’s part of getting older, but the years are whipping by faster and faster to me now. It makes me grateful that I keep this blog; without it I would be even more puzzled than I already am as to where the time went.
This last year I turned some pens on the lathe and made my first quilt (and my second, third, and fourth). I learned that I have no natural talent at golf but that there might be some hope for me yet at archery.
On the home front, I finished a mostly-DIY kitchen remodel (that I still need to take pictures of) and painted the kids’ bathroom. Our big willow tree blew down (lame!) and we hired some lumberjacks to trim our other trees.
We had some fun adventures as a family this last year. We took the kids to Disneyland, Legoland, the beach, and Arches National Park. We also went on some memorable outings closer to home, going to the circus, the state fair, and to the top of Squaw Peak where we saw the fall leaves and and watched paragliders take off. We also introduced E to the joys of bowling.
The kids passed some individual milestones this year. E started preschool, started to learn to read, and turned five. Mimi turned one, learned to walk, started chatting up a storm, and got her first haircut.
N and I went on some memorable dates: we saw the Beach Boys in concert and caught some outdoor theatre as well as some screenings at the Sundance Film Festival. We also discovered our local roller derby team and went to a fun bout in an abandoned Food4Less.
Our trip to New York was our biggest adventure together as a couple this year. We had a few days in the city to play tourist but then Hurricane Sandy hit and we holed up in our hotel room with deli takeout and rode out the storm. Fortunately we never lost power (or even internet access) so we spent some time catching up on episodes of Doctor Who. Getting home was a little hairy and sadly we missed Halloween with the kids but I dressed the kids up again and recreated the cuteness.
Looking back on the year I feel especially grateful for my family and the opportunities we’ve had to learn new things and visit interesting places.
I hope 2013 brings an increase of love and light and interesting things into your life!