But I did succeed sometimes, I really did. I was there when my baby gave up diapers and her pacifier, when she learned to ride her tricycle and learned how to successfully carry a plate full of food down the stairs. I watched her sound out her first word this year, and count to thirty, and memorize whole Beatles songs. I mean, it's really been an amazing year.
And do you know what I did? I got a real job for the first time since 2010, I successfully dropped my daughter off at several different locations without totally falling apart, I learned to cook countless new meals and trusted myself in the kitchen more than ever before. I got a haircut, started wearing makeup again, and at least semi-regularly, hopped on my exercise bike. I did things that made me happy, just because they made me happy. I sang solos in choir, sometimes even confidently. I became a member of my church, after not belonging anywhere for eight years. And I kept this little blog running on nothing but 5am inspiration and coffee.
Next year? Well, I don't really do the whole resolutions thing. But Brene Brown has taught me: Only Love Today. So I am aiming for that mantra, and I want to keep on trying to take care of myself, trying new things, finding new challenges at work and in writing, and being a better parent. You know, the usual.
But here's my quick photo year in review, in case you want to walk down memory lane with me.
|January girls' date while Daddy was out of town|
|Valentine's cookie decorating party!|
|Maeve's first carosel ride in March 2013|
|Happy 3rd birthday in April!|
|Rode her tricycle to the park in May|
|First Smores, first camping trip in June|
|Getting silly with Daddy in July, right before his surgery|
|Maeve and I were married in August ;)|
|Maeve loves the fall leaves of September|
|First trick or treating! Halloween 13!|
|Dressed up for a wedding in November|
|Helping Daddy decorate in December.|