Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Rewind, Rehash, Reflect, Renew

I was doing the dishes earlier, amid the noise of two televisions, one turned to Lilo and Stitch, the other to the local news, with one sick kid, a barking dog, all of us still in pj's, and thought how I haven't had a time to reflect on the past year, much less set goals for the new one rapidly approaching.

Then out of nowhere, I heard Joni Mitchell's River, which is the type of song that perfectly fit my mood. I located it's source, an ipod sitting under a book on the kitchen table that someone forgot to turn off, listened for a bit, took down the calendar, then sat down to think about 2013.

I feel like we've come a long way since last January, Mike and I were both unemployed, but happily, we are ending the year in jobs that we both enjoy, and hope to stay in for a long time.

I got out of the habit of writing down how many miles I run on my daily calendar, it seemed like since I had different races going on throughout the year, I didn't need to keep doing it. But now I'm curious as to what the final total was, so I'm going to start keeping track again.

There was the Shamrock Run:





Then I fell down some stairs and wrecked my ankle.






During the summer, I made some great new friends and we ran in the early morning, training for The Boilermaker.




Then came the Empire Half:





I tried Cross-Fit, and my arms blew up.





My fitness goal for 2014 is to get planking again, and I want to add more half's to my schedule. I really like that distance, the training is manageable, and it's long enough to feel accomplished at the end.


We spent lots of time in the Adirondacks, a place we truly feel like we can escape to.




Although there is a bench on the lake where you can get WiFi, just for a minute or two.





We were reminded again of how life can change in an instant, and how fortunate we are in so many ways.





Although I got tired of picking rubber bands up from every corner of the house.




I loved watching the kids challenge themselves in different ways this year.






Luke flipping off the high board:





Frank thinks he's the third child.




Every night at 7:00 he brings his bone into the kitchen, and drops it at my feet, which means he wants me to put peanut butter in it.  Every. Night.

Speaking of the kitchen, I once again cooked Thanksgiving dinner, and Mike mastered the art of deep fried turkey.





In 2014 I want to finally master marinara sauce.
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I really can't ask for a better ending to 2013.

I haven't made any major resolutions, aside from dropping some more un-wanted pounds before our next trip to Disney.

I'm going to keep moving forward, staying positive, hopeful, and grateful.





Wishing you a happy, healthy 2014.....
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!





4 comments:

Black Knight said...

Beautiful post with priceless photos!
Happy New year to you and family (3rd son Frank included).

ajh said...

Happy New Year! May you have a healthy, happy, safe 2014.
Your ankle looks like my ankle looked. That put me out of commission for a long time.

Michelle said...

Happy New Year Molly!

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