Friday, January 1, 2010

2009 in Review

In participation with a blog carnival over at Musings of a Housewife, I am going to begin 2010 with a little re-cap of 2009. For this look back, I give you the first line of the first post of each month of this year. Bear with me...there are, after all, only 12 months in a year.

January 2009
Unfortunately, I spent all of Sunday night and early in to Monday morning hanging over the toilet, thus securing a spot on my sister-in-law's couch for the duration of the day.

You'd never know from this line that I actually had a wonderful time in Chicago. Yes, even in winter. Although, for the record, I have never. I repeat, never. Been. So. Cold. In my life. Ever.

February 2009
I walked into the kitchen one day barefooted. This post was actually a Works-for-Me-Wednesday post, though, surprisingly, not for shoes. It was an ode to Max, my sweet Max. That puppy that added so much chaos to our little household I had to give him away. I still miss him. Sometimes I regret giving him away, though usually I just regret getting him in the first place because I put the kids through the sadness of losing him.

I found some pictures that never got posted:

March 2009
We've developed quite a love/hate relationship with this little puppy of ours.

Because this was also a post about sweet Max, I'll give you the punchline: "When he gets shocked, will we be able to see his bones?"

April 2009
Last night was the End-of-the-Year Celebration at co-op, and, although it was lovely to celebrate the end of co-op, it is certainly not anywhere near the end of the school year for us.

Since this post references the 2008-09 school year, this gives me an opportunity to reflect on the 2009-10 school year thus far. Honestly, I think this year is going much better. We're more focused. I'm more planned. It's gonna be a good last half of the year. Taking December off gave me some great planning time.

May 2009

I'm not proud. I'm 99.9% sure this is not the first time I've included this line in a post. Maybe not as the opening line. But discussing waxing my facial hair, well, that probably really was my most not-proud moment.

June 2009
I suspect every teenager does it; in fact, I'm sure I started as a pre-teen. I'm referring, of course, to that mental file we make called "What I Will Never Do As a Parent."

I cheated. I skipped the actual first post of this month. It was just rambling. Not that I ever ramble or anything. But this post about healthy's an important one for 2009. I took lots of baby steps toward more healthful eating for the kids and me. Baby steps, and we did pretty well. Like I mentioned a couple of days ago, I'm raising the bar this year. And not the candy bar, mind you. And, yes, I'll be returning to the deception in Jessica Seinfeld's book Deceptively Delicious.

July 2009
I'm on a three-month hike up the Appalachian Trail.

Remember this? Pedometer and all? I did make it all the way in the time allotted. It was a little anti-climactic at the end seeing as how there was no ribbon across the finish line. Or fellow runners keeping up with me. The exercise was good. Gotta get back to the exercising.

August 2009
Kerplink! Kerplank! Kerplunk!

OK. Cheated again. Skipped a coupla posts the first of August. More rambling. And some whining.

I'd rather remember fun homeschooling moments with Audrey and Little Sal.

September 2009

Post 1: More rambling.

Post 2:
In this crazy world of technology, my two outlets and only opportunity for adult interaction--Facebook and blogging--often pass each other in the virtual hallway.

Facebook and blogging. Two things that used up a lot of my 2009. I resolve to spend less time on both in 2010 becuase spending less time with Facebook and Blogger will mean spending more time with my kids.

October 2009
Pond Water, Math Facts, and the Flu. Had to go with the title this time. One of those more rambling posts again (who me, ramble?) but with a little more focus.

November 2009
As I sauntered into Target this afternoon, my oldest kid in tow, a sly smile spread across my face as I thought about how I was about to pull a fast one on Target.

A Target heist?

No, but a good reminder to get back to the coupons and the saving money thing.

December 2009
Many people think that since I'm a homeschooler, I sit at home darning socks while the children do their arithmetic on little tiny chalkboards sitting at one of those desks where the top folds up.
And it all comes back to homeschooling. Which it generally does. That is my life right now. And I'm happy about that.

In Conclusion:
2009 was a good learning year and reviewing it helped me set up my goals for 2010. Always trying to do better, right?

I wonder what my first posts of each month of 2010 will be about?

And, hey, does this Review of 2009 totally count as a family Christmas letter?


CrossView said...

You know, you might have something there with the Christmas letter idea. Hmmm.... ;o)

Nice walk down memory lane. I read all those posts when they were still new!

tsinclair said...

I think it is a great way to start the New Year.

And, yes it all ends with homeschooling and the kids here too. I guess this is what this season of our lives is about.

Thinking back 10 years to 2000, I had no idea I would be where I am. Wonder what 2020 will be like???

@nnie said...

Fun, Fun. I have to say you are a comitted blogger... the post numbers have gone up every year.... from 73 in 2007, to 133 in 2008 to 221 in 2009! Wow! Great job documenting your family's stories, and a great idea for a blog carnival. Here's to 2010!

Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

What a fun idea! Old blog posts really do serve as good documentation of our lives....I don't think I've journaled, you know with a paper and pen, since I took up blogging in earnest in '07.

Stop on by for a visit when you get a chance.