best of 2009 #31- resolution? what resolution?


#best09 December 31 Resolution you wish you’d stuck with. (You know, there’s always next year…)

As a rule, I don’t make resolutions. I just believe that for me personally it sets me up for failure and wallowing in my own guilt over failing. It’s not that I don’t have areas to improve upon: dropping five pounds, cleaning up my potty mouth, keeping the Big Top neat and tidy ALL the time, not drinking so much, and on and on and on…

I shoulder enough real and imagined guilt just being a mother of five. I don’t need anymore, thank you very much. It is for that reason that my family and I choose to reflect on the previous year as we anticipate the coming new year. Every year we make a list of our personal best and worst of the year. It is an opportunity for us all to appreciate the good in our lives and how it almost always outweighs the bad. I won’t lie to y’all. 2009 was a pretty rocky year here under the Big Top. Still, I have to say that in spite of the bad it really was a pretty good year after all. So here you are, with further adieu, the Big Top’s Best and the Worst of 2009.

Bill
best- Toni and Jesse’s wedding, Thanksgiving
worst- being unemployed

Laura
best- time with family at Toni and Jesse’s wedding, joining the Shredheads movement and running
worst- Bill’s unemployment and my under-employment, meningococcal meningitis

Holly
best-meeting Ben, moving out (again), watching Hazel grow and change and become cuter everyday
worst- none

Zoë
best- traveling to France
worst- losing friends

Abby
best- Best friends transferring to my high school.
worst- Breaking up with my boyfriend of nearly two years and all the drama that came with it.

Jodie
best- Dancing at Laurie Mittman’s fundraiser
worst- meningococcal meningitis

Daniel
best- Disneyland again, being the best ring bearer ever at Toni and Jesse’s wedding
worst- none

Hazel
best- moving in with BFF Ame, toddlers rule the house!
worst- that bad fall and nearly breaking her collarbone (again)

So long 2009!

Hello Twenty-Ten! Can’t wait to get to know you and the adventures you will bring!

searching for my lost days


Because I do love to take pictures and because it seems that I don’t nearly have enough inspiration or reasons to take pictures living here under the Big Top surrounded by this beautiful, busy circus act of mine, I took on this little project to take a picture every day this year. I won’t lie to you and tell you that it was easy. I struggled a little to be a little bit creative. Then there were some days, usually around 11 P.M. while I was at work where I realized, “Shit! I haven’t taken a picture today!”

But in spite of the little challenges, I did manage to take a picture every day this year…or at least I thought I did. Pictured above is the last picture for my Project 365-2009. This is picture #363. I can’t believe it. Somewhere along the way I missed two days.

As I sort through my photo files (because I am that anal) I am sure I will find those missing days. At least it gives me something to dpo because considering the life I live, I don’t have nearly enough to do. The 363 pictures in my Project 365-2009 certainly reflect that.