Friday, January 1, 2010

Remembering 2009.

One of my favorite year-end rituals is going back through the year just passed.

I go back through my calendar to transfer birthdays -- and inevitably end up looking at other entries on the calendar and remembering some of the events of the past year.

And I do engage in the tradition of setting New Year's resolutions -- not always a successful venture, but it's an acknowledgement of the fact that there are goals I'd like to work toward. Heck, sometimes I even manage to meet one or two of them, but it's always interesting to look back at the goals for the year before and to remember what seemed important at the beginning of the previous year.

And, before I record my new resolutions in my journal, I always read back through the entries from the past year. I'm often amazed at how things (both good and bad) that seemed so important at the time I recorded them have faded into a distant memory. I think that's a good lesson -- both in how all bad things eventually pass and in how hard it is for us to remember to treasure the good times.

So, the 2009 Blog Recap Carnival from the blog Musings of a Housewife seemed a great way to take a quick look at my blog for the past year.


So, I'm including the first line of the first post of each month for the past year. (Well, except for those months when things got busy and I didn't quite get around to blogging -- that's one of those new year's resolutions -- to blog on a more consistent schedule (like maybe at least weekly) this year!)

I've linked back to the original post in case you missed it, or want to re-read it.

JANUARY
"But I don't like timeout!" Ashley shouts from the step where she has been sent after throwing a toy across the room because she was told she could not watch television.

Some things don't change much in a year! Ashley still has quite a temper (and still argues about being sent to timeout). Although, she is less inclined to throw things now, and more likely to stomp her feet or simply argue (often quite loudly). I suppose that's an improvement.

Although, this post was really about Luke's newly discovered temper. And a year later, he has definitely mastered the art of the temper tantrum -- although, he still is more compliant than Ashley when he's angry.

FEBRUARY
Oops . . .  that was one of those months when I just didn't seem to get around to posting.

MARCH
We have -- finally -- reclaimed our bed.

It doesn't seem possible that it's been a whole year since Ashley began sleeping in her own bed. Of course, it was only a short time later that Luke began making the nightly journey to our bed. And, I struggled with that for a while because I know Ashley felt very left out. But, then again, Luke was not even 2, and I wasn't quite ready to draw the line with him.

But, we have, once again reclaimed our bed.

Last week, we began telling Luke he had to sleep in his own bed. The first night was awful . . . he and I made many trips back to his room, accompanied by much sobbing and wailing on his part. (The timing of our decision was deliberate -- I had lots of time off work, so I figured if I wasn't sleeping at night, at least I'd be able to nap.)  But Luke has adjusted fairly well after that first night. We've had an occassional teary moment, but mostly he has delighted in telling me that he is a big boy because he sleeps in his bed.

APRIL
Oops . . .  Another one of those blogless months.

MAY
Ashley has been excited for Mother's Day to arrive since last weekend when she went shopping for her father for Mother's Day gifts.

This was a post of a variety of reflections on Mother's Day . . . thoughts about my children's birthmother, about my parenting style, and the ways motherhood has changed me.

JUNE
Hmmm. . . . there seems to be a pattern here for my ability to maintain a blogging schedule. Although, I'm happy to say that June was the last month that I didn't find time to do at least one post.

JULY
My "baby" turned 2 today.

Oh, dear, this one makes me a little teary just reading it. And, now, as he'll proudly tell you, he is 2 1/2. Where does the time go?

AUGUST
I think I'm fairly technically literate.

This post was prompted by an article about what parents do and don't know about the online lives of their children. Mine are still too young for this to be a big issue in our household, but I do sometimes wonder how I'll manage limit setting in a high tech world with children who may be more savvy than I am.

SEPTEMBER
It's definitely beginning to seem like fall here in New England.

This is one of those posts that made me smile just to look at it again. There were several photos of the kids at the fair, and just seeing the pictures brought back memories of that fun day!

OCTOBER
I don't often get to talk about my job.

I wrote this post about the program I work in at a social service agency. The program serves a group of young mothers in poverty and this year, the moms started a blog (http://www.familieslearningtogether.net/).

NOVEMBER
The kids and I stopped at a local diner for lunch yesterday.

I had forgotten all about this post, but it was definitely worth re-reading for it'slesson in finding the good in life and being grateful for what we have, rather than always wishing for things to be different.

DECEMBER
"I want to see Christmas."

This was a frequent refrain in our house this holiday season -- and it helped me look for Christmas in our day-to-day life.

Happy 2010!!

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