Thursday, January 01, 2009

Year in Review - 2008

1. What did you do in 2008 that you'd never done before?
Had a 3rd baby!

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
My only real "resolution" last year was to get through my 3rd pregnancy while mothering 2 kids and to survive the transition from 2 to 3 kids. Check! My sort of resolution for 2009 is to stay more organized around the house and declutter.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
ME!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Jason's great grandmother in February.

5. What countries did you visit?
None.

6. What date from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
July 14, 2008 - Piper's birthday - such a very sweet day

7. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Managing 3 kids (one a newborn), a full time job, and not going completely nuts.

8. What was your biggest failure?
Probably not seeing the writing on the wall earlier that my old daycare provider was losing interest in daycare.

9. Did you suffer illness or injury?
LOTS of colds and 2 stomach viruses, but Bryce had a head laceration in March and a broken arm in August and that was quite tumultous

10. What was the best thing you bought?
Well, not bought, but started paying for - DVR!!!

11. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Piper's! She's such a sweet and even tempered baby that puts up with her siblings antics.

12. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My previous daycare provider, but that's in the past now and everything ended up working out for the better.

13. Where did most of your money go?
Daycare, gas, and groceries

14. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Finding out we were having a girl in February and Bryce finally starting to potty train in December 08

15. What song will always remind you of 2008?
LoveBug and Burnin' Up by the Jonas Brothers, Keep Bleeding by Leona Lewis, and Low by Flo-rida.

16. Compared to this time last year, are you happier or sadder?
My own life is very full right now of good things and I'm very lucky to have such a wonderful family so I'd say probably a little happier. The rest of the world seems to be in a difficult place right now so that kind of brings me down, but I have hope with this new administration coming in a few weeks that things will start to improve. Not necessarily because of the actual things the administration will do but it will brighten people's outlook because it is such a change and things will start to turn up for everyone. Positive thinking....

17. Thinner or fatter?
Thinner - ha! Not being pregnant plus trying to keep up with 3 kids will have a natural weight loss effect on you!

18. Richer or poorer?
Poorer (but hardly poor), but that's just because we pay more in daycare!

19. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Just enjoyed the kids instead of constantly worrying about the next task that needs to be accomplished.

20. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Worrying

21. How will you be spending Christmas?
The same as usual

22. Did you fall in love in 2008?
Yep, with my new baby girl.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Grey's Anatomy, The Office, 30 Rock, How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, Deliver Me

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
Hate is a very strong word.

25. What was the best book you read?
I only read 2 or 3 - so the best of them was The Last Summer of You and Me by Ann Brashares

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
I'm so late to the game with music, I'd hardly call anything I listen to a discovery!

27. What did you want and get?
A Wii! (Thanks Jer!)

28. What did you want and not get?
A new digital SLR camera - just not in the budget right now. Gotta start saving.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
I think it was released last year, but I didn't see it until this year - Waitress with Keri Russell - so great!

30. What did you do on your birthday?
Went to Charleston with Jason and had ostrich as one of my courses.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
That Peapod by Giant would finally start delivering groceries to my zip code. Seriously, it would dramatically improve the quality of our life!!!

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2008?
Maternity through July and then whatever the hell is left over in my closet from the past 8 years that I've picked up between pregnancies. Plus a lot of clothes that don't fit very well thanks to some weight loss. Seriously, I gotta get this wardrobe updated!

33. What kept you sane?
Jason and my mom

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Is it sad to say I'm kind of fascinated by the whole Hannah Montana/Jonas Brothers thing? You can tell what I've watched a LOT of this year, huh?

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The economy

36. Who did you miss?
Probably my maternal grandmother. She's still alive but with severe dementia in a nursing home - I feel as though she's already gone.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Piper!

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2008:
To take a deep breath and let things work themselves out. You can't control everything. Having 3 kids and all the chaos that goes along with it has really taught me that even if it's still hard to just let go. Having multiple children and being happy means embracing chaos sometimes. So you plan as well as you can and then just go along and try to enjoy the ride.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I'm slipping into the lava and I'm trying to keep from going under..... (Yes, that's a Jonas Brothers lyric, I'm not embarrased to admit that it does sum up my life right now.)

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