At first when starting this post, which was blank on my screen for about 4 hours…I felt very uninspired. What made this year stand out? What did I do this year that mattered? What happened this year that was important? Of course the year was filled with great things happening and bad things too. I just looked at the blog posts from January last year and was inspired to write about some of it. What would I do without my blog, eh?
The year started out (as it inevitably will from now on) with party planning as the 2nd of February catches up to you really quickly after the holidays. Babyice ended up having a lovely first birthday party. Not too long after that he started taking his first steps (although he took a couple before he turned one) and before we knew it he was running away from us almost collapsing in giggles. He speech as developed in leaps and bounds and he is already stringing small sentences together. It has been the most amazing thing to behold. I am in awe of that child every day. I can honestly and without reserve say I have never loved anyone as much as I do him. Of course he had his big accident almost halfway through the year, leaving me in a total state of panic, but a stronger mommy at the end of the day. We went through the whole sleep training journey again (starting here), after I was so tired I thought I would die. I feel that I have grown as a parent this year. I feel honoured and blessed to be my child’s mother and I hope that I can give him everything that is really important and teach him good values.
Also very early on in the year I was reunited with family on my father’s side. It was truly wonderful to see them again. I have attempted to get together again throughout the year, but it looks like we’ll only be seeing them again in January next year. Conflicting schedules can be a real problem. I’m looking forward to seeing them again. I have some wonderful childhood memories with my father’s mother.
February saw me re-open the book on weight loss and getting fit/healthy. This mission has not failed as much as it has tapered down towards the end of the year. I’ve never attended gym so much in my life. According to Foursquare I’ve been there 78 times and I’m sure there was once or twice I didn’t check in. 😀 I am super proud of myself. I have lost some weight, but according to people that have seen photos of me I have toned quite a bit. I haven’t lost *much* weight, but it’s moving in the right direction! I discovered the challenges, joys and pain of Pilates and Yoga. I never though I would do these things. Ever. Next year we’ll step it up a gear again and see if can do the dreaded…D word. Now that I’ve stepped it up and actually started exercising properly (for the first time in my life!), I battle with the other. I know I will never be perfect, but I need to be better! As you should know, I don’t do New Year’s resolutions. This isn’t a resolution as such, or even a goal, but something I need to do.
We tried to buy a house and failed. Although I was glad that we failed in the end, it was very stressful. We’re still looking around to see if there is anything we can afford. We’d like to make a move and still want a yard for Babyice to play in. Also, if our plans for another baby pan out next year (yes, I said that) we’ll need a bigger place anyway. I have been trawling the internet for ages and really haven’t found anything that suits our needs and our pockets. I’m not sure we’ll ever find something 🙁
A lot of people passed away this year, yet nobody in my family or very close (thankfully). I have still been very sad this year and missing my grandfather almost every day. We’ve beefed up our own safety after witnessing a horrific car accident that killed a small child that was flung out of the car. We are fully into the habit of putting on our seat belts and I am no longer argued with when I insist Babyice is strapped in before we drive. October was again marked by sadness when Boogaloo’s mother passed away very suddenly. I was really happy that I was able to go to him and support him when he needed it, even after he moved two hours away.
In May I won tickets to Roxette! It’s the first concert I have been to in many years and the first one Rudi and I attended together. It was fabulous 🙂 In August I hit the big three-oh. For the first time in 3 years I had a party for myself and it was fun. Turning 30 hasn’t changed my life in any way and although I was reluctant to leave my twenties behind, I decided to take on the next decade with vigor. So, I wasn’t thin by 30, maybe 35?
I cannot particularly say that 2011 has been a fantastic or bad year for me. It has been both rewarding and difficult, but that is what life is all about. If I achieve nothing else next year, I want to do well at raising my son, making my marriage better/stronger and losing a lot of fat!
I wish all my loyal readers a wonderful New Year! Be safe at your parties. Don’t drink and drive. Love those that deserve it, including yourself!
Thank you for spending another year with me x