If you have been a reader for a while, you know that each year starts with lofty goals and resolutions. By the beginning of February, I have lost focus and end up setting new goals each month. It is a vicious cycle, and each year, as with this one, I am going to promise myself that this will be the year I really stick to my resolutions!
Yesterday I posted my resolutions, and I can’t believe I got over 90 views on my blog! That may not seem like much to some bloggers who receive thousands of views, but I usually average around 40-50 views. I don’t know where all of the traffic came from, but if you are new around here, stop by any time, and feel free to let me know how you found me!
A new year is not just about looking forward at what is coming, but also reflecting on where we have been. 2013 was my first full year as a mommy. I became a mommy in October of 2012, but this past year proved that I could survive mommyhood for a full 12 months in a row. 2013 has had its ups and downs. We have celebrated with friends and family, as well as grieved with friends and family. So sit back with a cup of joe (or hot chocolate in my case) and enjoy some reminiscing.
Here is a recap of how the year ended up…
In January, we started with the loss of Hubs’ grandpa. We were lucky enough to have spent his last Christmas with him, and I was excited that I was able to capture some truly timeless moments while we were there. We traveled out to Illinois for his funeral, and although a very somber time, we were able to celebrate the full life of a man, who I was sad I did not get to know better. We also faced a bit of a budget bump while we were away at the funeral.
February was a pretty low-key month. We had some issues with our dogs being very naughty and eating the trash while we were away. We had quite a bit of snow last February, which resulted in a few snow days at school. (I am hoping for more in the next couple months.) I also went to a consignment sale and bought some fun stuff for the little missy. They are a great way to gets a lot of clothes and toys for not much money!
In March we had troubles with our ding dong dog eating more things he shouldn’t, like the baby’s pacifier. And we had more snow. I had a very busy spring break, with 3 photos shoots in one week. And at the very end of the month, I made the decision to get contacts to help my photography business. (I hate them and only wear them for photo sessions. Usually I am just in my glasses.) Financially we accomplished a goal we had set and opened a 529 college fund for the little missy.
Apparently April was very busy because I only blogged once. It was a Sunday Night Chit-Chat. I had a couple photo shoots during the month, and we made a trip out to Columbia Missouri to celebrate our niece’s birthday! Always a good time when you get to see family! Besides that, little missy turned 6 months old!
Although I did not blog at all in May, the most important thing to know is that school ended for the summer! I had three photo sessions, and we had our family photos taken as well. I guess I was just too busy to blog or tell you anything about what happened in May. 🙂
June was a busy month. There is almost no free space on my planner for the month of June. We were working on buying a short sale house, which was a long process. We had to show our apartment a number of times, even though we weren’t sure when we were going to move out or if we were going to have to move in with my parents for a while. I had five photo shoots and was able to see and catch up with a number of friends. Not surprisingly I used the middle of the year as a perfect time to set some new goals. Hubs and I also celebrated our 4 year anniversary. And when I say celebrated, we may have gone to dinner and told each other “Happy Anniversary.” That’s about as much celebrating as we do around here.
July was a bit calmer than June. I did shoot my second ever wedding and loved every minute of it! The bride and the groom were so much fun and so easy to work with! Definitely makes my job so much easier! My parents, Miss C, and I made the trek out west to celebrate my grandma’s 85th birthday! What a special occasion! At the end of the month, after many months of headaches and heartaches, we closed on our house! (The last hurdle we had to deal with was the closing being cancelled the day we were supposed to close. Luckily the paperwork went through, and we were able to close later that day.)
August was another busy month, as I did not blog at all. During this month we moved into our new house and I started a new school year. I had two photo shoots, and we celebrated Hubs’ 30th birthday! (Again celebrations around here are quite low-key, thanks to trying to keep our budget in check.)
In September I got back to blogging. Although it still wasn’t a whole lot, I did blog more than I had. We had a bit of a snafu with the utilities company. I was lucky enough to buy a new camera, thanks to a photog friend who was getting rid of her backup camera. I did an ABC photography challenge so I could learn more about how to use the new camera. I continued on my quest to keep our budget in check, although it proved tough at time. Overall September was another busy and somewhat stressful month.
Our little nugget turned the big 1 in October! It was a very busy month for my photography business also. I had five sessions. (Remember, that my photography business really only takes place on the weekends, as I have a full-time job.) Each weekend was busy with a session. I set some new goals and then I did update them, which as we can see from the update were not going very well. I opened up and showed you the real me. Most importantly, Miss C dressed up like a bumble bee for Halloween.
November was another busy month, as was evidenced by only one blog post. I had four photo shoots, which kept me busy on the weekends. At the end of the month we travelled to Illinois to celebrate Thanksgiving with Hubs’ family. It was a great time! Our lives changed, as Miss C became a bona-fide walker!
And that brings us to December. This month has been very low-key. We have decorated for Christmas, done some splurging on Christmas gifts, and enjoyed a very simple holiday with my family. Now that we are wrapping up this year, I am focusing on what is to come. I have agreed to participate in a no/low spending challenge and have my resolutions written and ready to go!
Overall I have to say that 2013 has been a great year! I have enjoyed seeing my little girl grow from a infant to a toddler. I have enjoyed setting goals and actually achieving some of them. I have enjoyed blogging here in my corner of the internet. I am excited to see what 2014 has in store for us. I think it will be wonderful year full of surprises and smiles. There will be hard time and heartaches, but as I noticed with this past year, it seems as though the wonderful times of the year stick out in my mind more than the sad times. I hope that 2014 proves the same.
How was your 2013? Do you have big plans for 2014?