I’ve officially been back to work for a week now, and surprisingly, I’m feeling really good about this quarter. I felt ready, really ready, to get back to work. Though, the day before school actually started, as I was sitting in my office prepping, a sense of dread did come over me.
Thankfully, it passed. And before school started, I had a fantastic break with the kids.
Maddie won our local AYSO U14 final game, coming in first place and then came in 3rd place in regionals.
She had such an amazing team of girls. They all got along so well.
Her coach, Coach K, was amazing: by far the best coach we’ve ever had. In any sport. Hands down.
I’m thankful that my best friend Jill, her husband Greg, and her son Gavin made the drive to see Maddie’s game. That’s true friendship.
My sister and her family also came. I’m thankful for how supportive they ALWAYS are.
The kids and I also went to see my nephew Braden’s soft ball game. It was really cute. And some of these boys are so talented!
Maddie and I went to see my niece Cate’s very first ballet recital. It was so damn cute, I wanted to capture the moment forever. All of us cheered her on.
On a sunny yet chilly day, I took the kids down to the beach with Baily, our dog, to walk along the pier and play in the sand.
Then we went to the barn to buy some fresh produce and walked among the sunflowers.
Luke and I had a date and went apple picking. Even though the season is over and were few apples left, we still enjoyed the experience.
I spent hours making flower bobby pins and magnets for Maddie’s school to sell for their annual Christmas Boutique.
Luke and I had one of many coffee dates while Maddie was out busy with her friends.
The Luke got sick and even though I hate to see him ill, I love how cuddly and loving he is.
As a treat for our family, Milo, our cat, brought home a mouse.
That was still alive! I tried my best to save it (him? her?), but alas, Milo had the final say and the mouse died.
In many ways our vacation seemed too brief, but then it also seemed incredibly long at the same time, which is probably why I was ready to get back to work. But I’m thankful for the quality time I had with my kids.
I’m also thankful that I had a fun New Year’s Eve without the kids. I was with my sister and a bunch of friends at a local restaurant, and I had so much fun, I didn’t even take pictures, except for this one which a friend sent me (and it’s not even that good, but at least it kind of shows how much fun everyone is having).
I really believe 2012 is going to be a GREAT year with much to look forward to.
My only New Year’s resolution is to be more conscious of what I’m thankful for. I think not writing everyday has made me less conscious, which I don’t like. I also resolved to tell people–in person–that I’m thankful for them. Even if they hear it multiple times from me, I’m going to be much more vocal this year.
Finally, on New Year’s Eve my friend Devin, who had recently broken up with her boyfriend of 4 years, introduced me to her new boyfriend. He was so handsome and nice and I told Devin this. She responded by saying:
“That’s because I’m great and I deserve great things, and so look: I got someone GREAT!”
I love it. Devin is a humble person–no ego at all. But she knows she’s great and she has a wonderful and healthy confidence.
So I’m also stealing Devin’s saying and making it my own for 2012:
“I’m great and I deserve GREAT things”