- We somehow squeezed in four camping trips; the most memorable one featured the Grand Canyon, while the most chaotic one involved the girls.
- We took several vacations, two to cabins up north, one to a family-owned resort destination down south, south again for the big wedding weekend, and as always, one to the lake.
- We spent uncountable hours on local beaches building sand castles, in local parks riding bikes and jogging, at Como Zoo, at the pool, and in neighboring backyards.
- We've completed 33 books in the Magic Tree House Series (in addition to the gazillions of library books we've burned through), sending Maya off into the world of reading and giving Elliot a whole new story starter for her own creative jags.
- I've written 500 to 1,000 words per day most days, and even stumbled on a way to get paid for a tiny fraction of them.
- Joe stepped up his construction skills, playing a supporting role with the new deck and a starring one on the playhouse creation.
- With the kids, we attended a few shows at the Children's Theater. Without them, we took in Wicked and John Prine and a number of swanky dining experiences.
- Plus we've spent time each week Doing Good Together, one way or another.
|No fewer than two actual Santa's appeared for the girls this holiday.|
Before all of that begins, we have a few more items on the to-do list. Let's call them resolutions, enabled by a bountiful holiday and generous family.
- Joe plans to pass this niggling last exam, and rededicate himself to the guitar.
- Maya and Elle hope to learn piano, photography, ice skating, roller skating, big kid scooter-ing, and how to master the Wii.
- As for me, I homesteading again, hoping for new chickens in the spring, a loaf of bread a day (thanks to this popular book and a friend's inspiration), something tangible to show for my lovely new sewing machine, and a fully researched outline for a second draft of my nano book. Oh, and a print copy of at least the first two years of this blog.
Phew. All that, plus the baby. Well, we all know follow through can be a bit of a challenge for me. At the very least there will be a baby. And a baby blanket. Off I go to thread that machine and practice my first seam... if that's even how you say that!