Salad: Spring salad mix, Craisin’s cranberries, pine nuts and balsamic vinaigrette
Red Velvet Cupcakes (see video)
:: Becoming a better wife, friend, daughter and mother by clearing out some mental and physical clutter, keeping our house in order, and keeping our calendar clear for things that really matter.
:: Will and Reese performing in their first musical, and although Reese is the only one continuing, it was an amazing experience for both of them.
:: Being able to be the best mom I can be during an amazing time in my boy’s lives. They completely fascinate me, and I have learned so much from them about how to live and love.
:: Joining Al-Anon
:: My husband working a 12 step program and our marriage is better than ever. Not perfect, but pretty good.
:: Breaking off a couple of unhealthy relationships even though it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. On the other hand, I healed my tense relationship with my mom by going to a therapy session together last April and hashing out some important past issues. It only took one two hour session and our relationship is on the up swing. (My mom is hyper critical, and she mistakenly thinks it makes her a good mother.)
:: Losing over ten pounds.
:: Looping with my third grade to fourth grade. They are the best class a teacher could hope for.
:: Starting this blog, and practicing gratitude
:: Reading several good books including The Myth of You and Me, Emma, Small Wonder: Essays, The Memory Keeper’s Daughter, finishing the Harry Potter series and tons and tons of poetry. But my heart really lies with magazines. Love 'em.
:: Getting our two precious kitties in September. The dog is still in shock, but they light up my days with the cute things they do.
:: Cutting back on TV. In 2007 I became so much more engaged with my life that I didn’t even realize how little TV I now watch until someone asked me about a program I’d never heard of. However, I do sneak in The Hills (a guilty pleasure) and Pushing Daisies on the web.
:: My favorite playlist from 2007 includes: Rihanna with Jay-Z: Umbrella (MY summer song of 2007), Justin Timberlake: What Goes Around, John Mayer: Waiting for the World to Change, Snow Patrol: Chasing Cars, Nickelback: Rockstar, Avril Lavigne: Girlfriend, Plain White T's: Hey There Delilah, Amy Winehouse: Rehab, Fergie: Clumsy, Colbie Caillat: Coco, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On).
Update: Check out Susie J's blog today on making your dreams come true. Lots of good stuff!