Thursday, January 3, 2008

Thursday 13 - Looking Back at 2007

Reese's First Communion, April 2007

On the dock, Wisconsin, 2007

:: 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!


Sassy Lucy said...

Good for hubby and good for you. My father is a recovering alcoholic as of 2007 also, and my Mom needed Alanon very much...they are two very different people. It is a life long learning process both ways. Good luck in your growth as a couple.
Where in WI was the pic taken? I live near Oshkosh.
Great T13, mine is goals for 2008.

Diana said...

Great list! Congrats for taking charge of your life...and good luck to your hubby!

Chelle Y. said...

I hope 2008 brings you just as much happiness! :)

crafty carolinagirl said...

Great post!

I am happy to see that I am not the only one that lists "The Hills" as a guilty pleasure :) Love, love, love Amy Winehouse too!

forgetfulone said...

Things are looking up! Happy 2008.

Gellianne said...

Hi! I wish I have those lovely memories also!I guess I have to start remembering them.
Nice post!

Laura said...

Good goals but not easy. Good luck to you for 2008. I hope you reach all your goals and find yourself attaining even more than you had expected or hoped for.

Slice of Pink said...

A great list! Wishing you the most joyous 2008!

Just Jen said...

I can relate to many of your lookings backs...I'm glad to hear it's been such a positive transition this last year! I've to do some cutting of unhealthy relationships too but was able to heal some too...I hope your 2008 is even better!

Nicholas said...

I hope 2008 is an even better year for you!

the mother of this lot said...

I wish I could say I had done as much in a year! Good luck for 2008.