I was thinking back on the year today, trying to think of some favorite moments. It’s been a long year. So long that I almost forgot 2015 was the year in which Teddy was born. (Did Teddy even make it on the blog? I don’t think so. Oh wait, yes he did!) That happened so long ago! He's almost one!
What a year. For me (and I’m probably not alone in this) it takes a long, long time to feel normal again after a baby. Like a year or more. And I forgot that. We had gotten into such a nice groove as a family of 3 before Teddy was born, and then we had a newborn and our groove was totally lost. So there were so many—an uncountable number—sweet, sweet moments but the year overall felt hard. Lately life has been starting to feel easier; I think a shift is around the corner and I’m so excited.
(This sweet photo is from my sister's September wedding in Oregon.)
An incomplete list of my favorite moments in 2015:
- Teddy being placed on my chest seconds after his birth
- Being released from the hospital five long days later
- Watching my sister get married to a very good man
- When Sugar Shack opened the day Teddy was born, and Molly waited in the grand opening line to bring me a dozen donuts in the hospital
- The first sale at my first craft fair
- Going to see the cherry blossoms with Cara
- that time Nina the Dream, a Petite Upscale Chocolate Goddess whose phone number differs from mine by one digit, posted an ad for her *ahem* services online and her fat-fingered suitors started texting me
- Picking Joey up from the first day of preschool
- Watching my boys crack each other up all year long
- Joey's utter joy at Auntie Abby's arrival at our house
- Christmas with my whole family
And a few intentions for the new year:
I sewed so much in 2015. I took so few pictures of my finished projects. I made some beautiful things that I'm really proud of last year. I want to share more things that I make, either here or on Instagram.
I'm going to sew selfishly in 2016. I made so many things for other people last year! (Again, beautiful things that I'm proud of and was thrilled to give away.) But definitely this year I'm focusing on finishing some projects just for me and my family.
I need to move more this year. The first step will be digging my Fitbit out of the drawer and charging it. Second step, signing up for some Pure Barre classes, maybe doing a few yoga sessions a week in my basement.
I want to start a gratitude practice: taking a few minutes a night to list three things I'm grateful for. Jessica O'Brien does this and I love reading hers. I think it will do good things for my mood.
I am going to apply to more craft shows this year. Some juried ones. Some big ones. I did two small ones on a whim this year and enjoyed moderate success so I am eager to see what happens if I do some with real planning and focus.