I see now that once I fall out of a habit, it's very hard to re-establish it. I did think that this blogging thing had come to it's natural end. The kids being older now, I thought they might prefer that I document our family's days differently from here on out. But no, much to my surprise, they want me to continue, and so I will.
The thought of an end to the blog prompted me to begin a big project. Using Blurb and the archives here, I've been working on turning our family stories into a book. In doing this, I'm rediscovering why I blog in this first place. I love having a record of our days to look back on. The little stories, the things my kids said, photos of everyday life, it's a treasure to have those things documented. Because the truth is, I do forget things. So maybe now, even though the days fly by faster than ever before, and it's getting harder to find the time to blog, it's more important than ever for me to be purposeful in making sure this blog continues. My commitment for this space, for 2014, is keep it simple, but keep it up.
These pictures will have to do most of the telling for these past two months. There has been a lot of family time, which I've loved, Trent and I attended his first college basketball game together (Seattle U), we watched my nephew Cody play hockey, Trent finished his second Seattle Children's marathon, celebrated his 10th Birthday with laser tag at the Family Fun Center, played keyboard on stage with a band at Nectar (Rock you Like a Hurricane), played the part of Snitch in "Princess Impossible" with his homeschool theater class, and enjoyed exactly one snow day before it all melted.
The most notable difference this year has been the absence of Nutcracker. It was the first time in seven years that it has not dominated our holiday schedule. Grace decided to take a year off from performing this show. She missed it terribly, but she'll be back on stage in March for Pinocchio. She's also begun assisting in the the "baby ballerina" class at her school.
We all were able to get away for a short time, to visit friends in Benton City, for the Cable Bridge Run. This has been a long tradition that goes back to our college days. Grace and I missed the last few years because of Nutcracker, so it was good to be back. It's a Christmas tradition that I love to take part in.
Christmas this year, was spent at our house, with my parent's visiting. It was wonderful. I've done a lot of reading and relaxing since then. I'm working on putting together a list of books and reviews from 2013, and I'll share that here soon.
Today, Derek and I went out to lunch together and started our planning for 2014. We took a calendar and blocked out dates. All I can say is that it's all good, but there sure isn't room for spontaneity anymore. Planning is essential.