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2011 December Daily :: 31 :: New Year’s Eve

Selah sits in her high chair and waits for her post nap time snack. I love how long her hair is getting.

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Schäfer worked on some letters.

Sianna enjoyed a final candy cane.

I have announced that after today, I’m taking our family off The Elf Diet and returning to a normal amount of vegetables, meat and fruit. So long sugar cookies and candy canes!

The sun was bright so we headed outside for some much needed vitamin D.

Selah was so happy when I took her out of the stroller. She loves to walk, but she also loves to eat anything on the ground – trash included – so I have to keep my eye on her.

Schäfer went down in his “space shuttle”.

He’s ready for blast off.

Sianna was a joy and loved being outside.

Later in the evening, Jen came over for supper and to ring in the New Year.

2011 Reflection

1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
Me: I started teaching Schäfer how to read.

He: Planned a men’s retreat.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Me: I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions last year. No, I won’t be making any for next year.

He: No resolutions. Just goals for growth.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Me: We welcomed Peter James, Tobin Elias, Hope Gabrielle, & Selah Madeline.

He: No.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Me: no. Steve Jobs death was surprising.

He: No.

5. What countries did you visit?
Me: I stayed in China all year.

He: Thailand & China

6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
Me: quiet

He: groove

7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Me: Sianna’s forever family day – 1 year together!, Sianna’s 2nd birthday, our 9 year wedding anniversary, meeting Joshua, Selah’s 1st birthday, Schäfer’s 5th birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, 10 year anniversary of 9/11

He: It was all a great year!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Me: nursing Selah. Seriously, I did not sleep through the night for all of 2011.

He: Consistent journaling. Somewhat.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Me: screaming at the kids.

He: sweatin’ the small stuff. seriously. not worth it.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Me: no

He: No

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Me: I can’t think of anything I personally bought in 2011. A bubble tea?

He: Proraso shaving soap and a shaving brush. A sauerkraut pot.

12. Where did most of your money go?
Me: I don’t know. Hubs deals with money. The money in my wallet went to meat and vegetables.

He: Food and helping others.

13. What did you get really excited about?
Me: in the fall we learned that we would be able to travel to Thailand in 2012. Knowing we would be getting a break from the cold winter got me really excited.

He: a great group of students at the end of spring semester

14. What song will always remind you of 2011?
Me: On Easter Sunday, we were in Hong Kong and I learned the song “Christ is Risen” by Matt Maher. We sang this all year.

He: Agreed.

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder?
Me: A little sadder perhaps. I was definitely on a pregnancy/home birth high in 2010.

He: Happier.

– thinner or fatter?
Me: well, considering that at this time last year, I had just given birth, I guess I am thinner, but not by much. Sigh.

He: Same.

– richer or poorer?
Me: richer thanks to a tax refund

He: Richer in love!

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Me: gone to bed earlier. woken up earlier. read more.

He: Hiked the mountain more. Taken a bike trip.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Me: reading blogs

He: Hacking my lungs out due to pollution.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
Me: at home with our family + Jen and a few friends

He: Aye. That it was.

19. What was your favorite TV program?
Me: Top Chef & Project Runway

He: Parks & Recreation, Mythbusters

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Me: Sadly, I didn’t have any favorite books this year. Do parenting and home schooling books count? They weren’t very fun to read. I did read The Poisonwood Bible for the first time in 10 years. Bless their hearts.

He: Tactics by Greg Koukl. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Me: hummm… I listened to a lot of kid music: Alpha Building Crew, Bob and Larry, Zane the Train, Hide Em’ in Your Heart

He: Hillsongs “Mighty to Save” and “A beautiful Exchange” albums. Indelible Grace is still a top artist.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
Me: The Help (I think this is the only new movie I watched.)

He: Source Code, A Day in the Life

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Me: hosted a Christmas party, made a birthday cake and watched home movies. Hello 36. sigh.

He: 36. Awesome! Had a 4th of July party with American friends.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Me: I wished we could have gone home this summer so my family could enjoy some of Selah’s baby days.

He: More community with people who understand.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
Me: I wore the exact same clothes that I wore in 2010… and 2009… Therefore, my personal fashion concept would be: consistent.

Hubs: I bought a suit. However, for most of the year it’s been too hot to wear it. Daily wear: the same. Well, I got a new man bag.

26. What kept you sane?
Me: Hubs, The Word, silence on the rare occasion when all 3 kids napped, caffeine

Hubs: Waking early, a hot cup of tea and good time in the Word.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011.
Me: Transition is inevitable. Yet, there is much joy in the journey.

Hubs: Children are precious. Don’t get riled up over the small stuff. Be an example of peace and love to them.

3 comments to 2011 December Daily :: 31 :: New Year’s Eve

  • Sniff, sniff. You have no idea how memorable.

    Your list speaks volumes about your life. You two are obviously a perfectly balanced match!

  • Amy

    Sometimes I find myself thinking – is 2011 really over? Oh, yes I gave birth on the last day of it. Really enjoyed the interviews. And the pics – I can’t believe how big Selah is getting.

  • Kurt & Heather

    I totally echo Answers to Q.#26. For me, my answer would be Kurt, The Word and moments of quiet, peanut butter or chocolate for caffeine about 4 o’clock. Thanks for that little tid bit and I’m so encouraged to know that I’m not the only one feeling the “mommy mush” factor. Sometimes I forget that. I too wish that we could meet up for coffee, a phone chat or a hotel swim with the kids. Love you guys~~~Heather

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