I guess this is Part II of the last post. So much happened in 2013 (as with all of us).
My true Blessings.
Mr 12 had a great sporting year. Cricket, football, cricket. Every Aussie boy’s dream year. His football team made the finals but lost. They weren’t given much hope at the start of the season, so that was a tremendous effort. He took his first wicket in the final innings of the final day of cricket…FINALLY!! Luckily we were all there to see it. He had a fab year at school too. Last year of Primary school (Yr7) was full of major achievements – most involved his witty comebacks, leaving his teachers in stitches most of the day. We look forward to the next 5 years of high school….slaptick comedy and all!
Mr 10 met all his educational, social and community goals for 2013. If you get a chance, have a read of a Special School kid’s report card. It may force you to petition for an increase in pay for Spekky teachers. He really came alive and his humorous personality is shining through. He loves swimming and riding his bike. He’s nearly off the training wheels but not quite aware of road rules. I changed how we give him medication and it has paid off. Trust a Mother’s Intuition! So after having the same gorgeous teacher the last 3 years, he moves onto a different teacher but with some old classmates so hopefully the transition won’t be too difficult.
The one millstone was my own health that I mentioned in the last post. I needed to lose 5kgs by the end of the year. Came close but…..
Next week I chat to a personal trainer who I’ve admired for many years. She’s a mum and she’ll understand what I need and what I’m willing to do considering the work I put in with the family. I’m seriously over ambitious PTs who don’t take an individual’s needs into account. I used to be able to get into shape easily, but since about the age of 42, I’ve noticed a significant change in how my body reacts to stress. It now does the opposite – thanks for nothing! Look forward to updates on exercise during the year as well….or not, because you know, things may change haha!!
Another millstone was memory keeping (nothing to do with my memory….just recording it…sheesh!) I used to scrapbook… a LOT! I did work for a magazine here in Australia for a stint but one day realised I didn’t enjoy it or the “industry” surrounding it. I stopped taking photos of anything! I found it a chore to take the camera out.
When Mr 12 had to do an Autobiography Album (birth to now) in Term 4, I thought it would be easy.
And it was, until we got to the last couple of years. Very few memories recorded or photographed. We both agreed it was a horrible thing. We both agreed to do something about it and so one a month from now on, we’ll be sitting down to record the best bits from the previous month. He even wants to do an album just for Mr 10 so one day he can show people what his boyhood was like, in case he still can’t speak. Makes you want to cry, right?
And that’s why I threw caution to the wind and bought the camera for my birthday.
Do you have a way of making peace with the year before launching into new year resolutions or goals? In the past most of my methods involved girlfriends and copious amounts of alcohol….in the past!
Next post I’ll share a great little creative project by Jennifer Lee that helped me recognise all the good stuff that happened so I can clear the decks for more good stuff in 2014.
And I’ll reveal my One Little Word…..and maybe some other projects I’ve embarked on to keep me on track and motivated (and away from the liquor cabinet).
Stay bright and fresh!