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.
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.
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!!!!!