This will be my last post for 2007. I had a nice long soak in the tub tonight and reflected on the past year. In spite of the usual trials, it's important to end the year by counting your blessings and reflecting on the positive events. Here's my highlight list:
In January, Veto and I took the kids and both of our mothers to Florida for a week at the theme parks in Orlando. We are so lucky to have both of our mothers, so game and in good health to do these things with us. It was a great sight to see both grandmas squeezed into a rollercoaster ride and a trip for the memory book.
I turned forty in May, celebrated with much fanfare and a surprise party attended by friends and relatives. In spite of some sketchy health issues, I am happy to be forty years old and surrounded by so many good people. Plus, I'm looking fine.
Veto and I continued our travel adventures in San Fransisco and the Napa Valley for my fortieth, Arizona in March and again in December, and Chicago in December for our annual get-together with our dear cousins Kelly and Rick. I took my mother and the kids to Calgary to visit my mother-in-law in the summer while Veto was completing some post-graduate studies in Ontario. He traveled to Kansas City with the guys to see a Chiefs game in September. It was a far lighter travel load than other years and it was nice to spend more time at home.
Home. We moved into our new family home in February and have renovated over 3000 square feet of it. When I look back on what this place looked like a year ago... I am amazed we've done so much. I wouldn't say painless by any stretch of the imagination, but the renovation was challenging and rewarding. I'm hoping that the former owner and his five grown daughters will be able to visit us in the spring and will approve of the changes. We had a beautiful summer in our backyard with a steep learning curve about swimming pools and algae. The garden I'd longed for my whole adult life was thoroughly enjoyed and will grow and change in the years to come. We are home.
Buddy Budderson entered his senior year of high school. Miss Loopy only has one year left in elementary school. Time goes quickly when you're avoiding bake sales and fundraisers. Evan's Christmas gift to me this year was my own guitar, he gives me my first lesson tomorrow. Not many high school boys choose a gift for their mother that enables them to spend more time together. Loopy will pick up her pink guitar and join the lessons, too.
We continue to enjoy the company of friends and family. Now that Buddy is driving (he finally passed his test in December - whoo hoo!) he's taken to driving himself and the Loopster over to visit their cousins, Alex, Ben and Zach. Another blessing for me is that my brother's children now also have a Wii video game console and Guitar Hero is played over there now, for the most part.
And speaking about friendships, my little blog has offered me the opportunity to make new friends all over the world. I've corresponded with bloggers from Germany, Norway, Sweden, Australia and New Zealand as well as all over the U.S. and Canada. I love the connections that I've made and the friendships that have been forged. The opportunity to meet up with fellow bloggers during my travels (meeting Sweet Junie Moon in Tucson) has been a sweet note to cap the experience. Participating in blog events like Club Little House, Karla's Cottage Christmas, Natasha's Virtual Prom and the Red Velvet theme swap were also highlights.
Tonight, I'll fall asleep dreaming of the new year and all of the promise that it holds for better health, more friendships and time with family. I don't usually make resolutions, but I think I might make up a little list for your perusal. Have a safe and happy new year. What were some of your highlights for 2007?