I ran a half marathon. NEVER, EVER in a MILLION years was that EVER going to be on “My to do list.” I signed up and trained for it and I completed all of my long runs prior to the half. My only goal was to run the entire thing without stopping and that I did! It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I am so proud to be able to say that I have run a half marathon.
I also sent my first born off to high school this year. Tanner is a freshman. We are half way through the school year and it is still crazy to me. Tanner loves it. I, on the other hand am slowly getting used to the idea.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth in 2013?
As part of my Relief Society calling at church, I keep tabs on the ladies who are having babies and then make sure that we help with meals when those sweet babies arrive. We had 13 babies born into our ward this year! It has been so much fun to see and welcome those adorable babies.
4. Did anyone close to you die in 2013
This is the same answer as the last 6 years. None. Heck, I didn't even get out of the state of California this year. I am NOT the world traveler…maybe someday.
6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?
A real vacation.
7. What date from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
I have thought and thought a ton about this question. I can't really nail down a specific date. As I have been scrolling through our 2013 photos, the one thought that kept going through my head was that we lead/live a fun, wonderful life. I am very thankful for the blessings, challenges and moments that are etched in my mind...forever.
Training for the half marathon mentioned above and then actually running it. My boys are very active in sports, all year long. I had to get up and start my long runs at around 5:45 am on Saturdays just so I could complete them before anyone ever woke up! So thankful to have had my friend Stephanie to train with!With 4 boys playing sports at the same time, John and I are always dividing and conquering.
My biggest struggle this year was getting to the gym each morning! I did really well getting there for most of the year. I attended the 5 a.m. class and did really well. Once the Fall months hit, I kind of fell apart. Not sure why, but it was hard. I did stop attending the Cardio Blast class once Tanner started school/seminary! I wanted to be home each morning to see him/send him out the door. He would leave the house @ 6:15 a.m.(m-f) and would not return until about 6:15 p.m.(m-f) each night! Our family dynamics changed a little bit in 2013 and that was hard.
10. Did you suffer any illness or injury in 2013?
I had a foot injury after I ran my half (not related to the half). That seemed to slow me down a bit. It was painful. With time and some time off from running, it healed on its own.
Garrett was bitten by what we think was a spider. We originally thought it was a mosquito bite except that is kept getting larger. He and Brody had been out back playing/moving the boards from our old fence al around the yard, building ramps, etc... The bite area hurt, it was hot and it was spreading! After two visits to Urgent Care and some heavy antibiotics, it started to feel better. Poor guy! When Garrett is in tears, you know it is bad. He is one tough cookie!
11. What was the best thing you bought this year?
Running shoes were/are at the top of my list. Brand new shoes every three months is a must for me. Sounds silly, but each pair (except one) were really my best investments this year! I have learned that I become very attached to my shoes and have a hard time parting with them!
12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Tanner had an awesome 2013 year! He left/graduated 8th grade with straight A’s (having even taken advanced math and Advance Lit.). He received a special award at the end of 8th grade for that and a physical education award. He just finished his 1st semester of high school with straight A’s. He had a heavy load (Biology, Spanish, Algebra 2 and PE) and kept the straight A’s. He attended seminary for the first time (6:30 a.m.) and did not miss a day nor did he ever once complain about having to wake up so early. ! He played football and trained hard every single day! He did it all with a smile and we are so proud of him!
Brody is loving/thriving in first grade. He has learned how to read and it is awesome! I love to hear him read everything and anything! Big props to him!
13. Whose behavior disappointed you?
14. Where did most of your money go?
This answer will NEVER change .
SPORTS! SPORTS! SPORTS! SPORTS! FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! FOOD! These boys of ours play hard and eat us out of house and home
15. What did you get really excited about this year?
Oh my goodness! This question always takes me the longest to answer. I enjoyed and was super excited about so many fun things throughout the year. Here we go!
a). Going to the SF Giants game with our family! They won with a walk off and there were fireworks out on the Bay afterwards. So loved this memory!
b). Completing my first half marathon. I said I was going to do it and I did! Thankful I was able to train and run with Stephanie! She made it all bearable!
d). Continuing to exercise and stay healthy. This has become my reality and is just not a phase. Sure, I may have my off days but I know that I need t get out there and move even when I don’t want to!
e). Tyson and Gina’s wedding. It was such a joy to see how happy they were! So glad we got be help them celebrate their big day!
f). Annual Moms Gone tired weekend at Dillon Beach with awesome girlfriends. Such a great escape!
h). Super fun TRAIN(with Gavin DeGraw and The Script) concert with friends at Sleep Train. Seriously one of the best concerts EVER!
). Celebrating 17 years of wedded bliss at the Maroon 5(with Kelly Clarkson) concert. Never disappointed with a Maroon 5 concert!
j). Carter turned 12 and became a Deacon and received the priesthood. It was fun to have Grandpa Randy, Uncle Tyson and Gina here. Super proud of Carter and his choices.
m). the return of Buster Posey, our Elf! The little boys love this holiday tradition. It brings so much joy to our little guys.
Say Something - A Great Big World
Treasure - Bruno Mars
Can't Hold Us - Macklemore
Counting Stars - One Republic
Brave - Sara Bareilles
Next to Me - Emile Sande
Dark Horse - Katy Perry ( a family favorite, the louder the better).
*** I love the entire Katy Perry album!
17. Compared to this time last year, are you: much happier, much nicer or richer?
I am happier for sure! There isn't time to be anything but :-). I am always striving to be kinder. Hopefully others feel that I have been nice/kind to them as our paths have crossed.
18. What do you wish you had done more of?
Taking the time to record our life! I want to be better about writing it all down. Whether I do it on our family blog or take the time to actually write in my journal, there is room for improvement. My friend, Amanda gave me a journal that is called a ONE LINE A DAY – a Five Year Memory book. I am super excited to start writing in it today!
Thinking about and wanting to scrapbook and NOT doing it! Besides the grandma calendar pages, I have not scrapbooked in over a year. sad!
Yes. With my hubby! This too ,is an answer that never changes. I love John so much and am so thankful that he is who I get to enjoy this ride with. He is my EVERYTHING!
I am not a big TV person. The shows that I record are Ellen, The Voice, X Factor, The Biggest Loser and Nashville. Oh, and if I happen to catch Shark Tank on a Friday night, I will totally watch that. I am a big fan!
22. What was the best book you read this year?
Randy Roundy is a new artist for me. I have downloaded a few of his songs and love them.
24. What did you want and get this year?
Maybe a little silly but I really wanted a Polar FT4 watch. It is a watch that tracks calories burned, your hear rate and the length of your workout time. John bought it for me for my birthday and I love it!
25. What was the best movie you saw this year?
Lee Daniels' the Butler and Frozen were my favorite movies in 2013. The Butler really made me appreciate the good in people in this world. Those who stand up for others and want to make a difference. The Butler reminded me just how far our nation has come in terms of race/equal rights. While I don’t think we have it down perfect, it is so much better that it was back then.
27. What would have made your year more satisfying?
28. How would you describe your personal fashion statement this year?
Simple, trendy and comfy! I do love a good accessory (necklace/bracelets/earring) to match my outfits. I love to shop and do so often. I love finding a bargain. I am always on the hunt for new, fun clothes!
29. What kept you sane this year?
Workouts, family, John, friends, my Relief Society Presidency, power walks with my friend Stephanie (aka friend therapy)…sprinkled with a few naps along the way.
Fancy is once again not the word I am looking for. I am going to use the word ADMIRE. I will say that I do admire Robin Roberts from Good Morning America! She battled a horrible rare disease and did so with total grace. She let the world in on her journey and shared. In turn, she helped so many people through their own ordeals/battles! I think she is pretty amazing.
32. Who were the best new people you met this year.
I actually met Lori last year but really go to know her this year. I met Lori at church. I met her on the very first day she and her husband attended our ward. She is so sweet, kind, helpful, talented and just down to earth. She and I think a lot alike and she has been such a good friend and a good sounding board. She is organized and a g- getter. I am so thankful to have her in my life. She is wonderful.
33. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned this year:
It is a lesson I have heard/learned many times over. It is one that I constantly felt like I had to put into play this year. The lesson I learned is just to put a smile on my face and live my life. The saying “turn the other cheek" comes to mind. I know how to behave and how to treat others and it was something I worked hard to do this year. It is not always easy but in the long run, I felt better about myself and the life I live.
Whew...that was a lot for one post. It was fun to re-read my answers from last year. It is a great way to record my /our year, in one spot. Give it a try...you'll be happy to have it recorded…something to look back on and see where you have improved and where you might still need help! I hope each and every one of you have a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year. May 2014 bring you LOVE, HAPPINESS, and great JOY!