Thursday, December 30, 2010


Well, the end of another year. I will post about our wonderfully fun Christmas in a few days, but I must bid a fond farewell to an unforgettable year for us. I always get excited about planning my goals for the future year (full well knowing they will be forgotten in a few weeks), so I decided to list what I DID do in 2010. Forgive me if I'm a little self indulgent and braggy, but I need this.

1. I didn't kill my kids...I'm serious. Each one has pushed me the edge of insanity more than once, but they are still alive. Amazing self control on my part.

2. I taught approx. 300 dance classes and supervised around 250 other ones. No wonder my back hurts all the time. I produced a great recital (I think my best yet) and even performed.

3. We were in 2 earthquakes in California. Always fun.

4. I scrapbooked all of 2009 digitally. It's not great, but it's my family history.

5. I got 2 kids almost fully self-sufficient on skis. 2 down, 2 to go until we can ski as a family (and go bankrupt).

6. My marriage survived. I know this sounds strange, but after a bout of unemployment, this is worth mentioning. I obviously love my hubby and would never trade him for anyone (except maybe Dr. Drew, but that is a post for another day), but unemployment is a strain. It caused us some strife, but we got through and I'd like to think we are closer because of it.

7. I was sugar-mama. I supported my family. I personally think that is cool. We were extremely, EXTREMELY blessed during unemployment with a great severance, good planning, and my studio, but when you don't know how long it will last, you really learn to budget. This was good for me. I've always been blessed money-wise, and it was strangely fun for me to live in a tight budget. But not that fun. I must say, the week Bill got a job, I started tearing up in Wal-Mart knowing I could buy Macy Pampers instead of the cheap stuff. Sad.

8. I did p90X....not faithfully, but I stuck with it fairly well for awhile. I can't stand the tone of Tony Horton's voice anymore, but I did it. Not that you can tell under my holiday layer of fat. I also learned to like running again. That was nice.

9. I got away with my college girls! Finally. We've been threatening to do this for years, but pregnancies and nursing messed it up. It was so very rejuvenating and we are hoping to do it all again this year. I laughed all weekend, except when I got stomach flu for 12 hours.

10. I spoke my mind more. This wasn't always appreciated, but I'm proud of myself.

11. I took care of some things that were wearing me down. For example, my teeth had shifted again thanks to TMJ. I finally took the bull by the horns and got my braces on again, for the third time. Little things like that.

I hope we take a moment to look at what we did. Feel good, be happy and thankful for all that you were able to do.

Happy New Year!


Bill said...

Congrats - impressive list. Thanks for not killing the kids and not trading me in for a more employable model.
I told Quinn as I tucked him in tonight that tomorrow is the last day of the year. He looked at me oddly and said, "But Dad, the days keep going and going." He has no concept of the new year - or time really. No wonder he takes so long to eat dinner... he's got all the time in the world. Sounds nice.

Amy said...

What a great post! You got a lot accomplished, congratulations. You should be proud of yourself! Miss you and have a great 2011!

Emily K. said...

You're amazing. That's a rough year, and you made it.
Good for you on all your accomplishments. Again, you're amazing!

brooke said...

I'm glad you didn't trade Bill for Dr. Drew.

You had an impressive year.

I think not killing the kids is the biggest accomplishment for all of us.

youreprettytoo said...

I too agree that it is an impressive list. And I bet "not killing your kids" or "having my marraige survive" weren't even on your New Year's resolution list last year! And btw- I am going on that girls' trip this year!

Karen said...

Love your list. Worthy accomplishments, all. Here's hoping for another year full of triumphs.

Ashley said...

Bill's so funny. Glad you are keeping him. I also think it's cool that you supported the fam with your studio. You are a walking, breathing Young Women's lesson on talents, preparedness, education, provident living, etc. So glad you got away with friends too. Those are the things that are way too easy to put off, but so necessary and fun!