Well hello 2015.
And hello blog. :) It's been a nice winter break.
It is New Years' Day. Also known as the Pig Out. Football, summer sausage, club crackers, shrimp cocktail, potato chips with ranch, and Scott's special 3-layer dip have been the theme of the day.
The kids have been loving this lazy, no-responsibility day. Anna still has bedhead at 5pm and rosy cheeks from curling up on the couch with a blanket. They played with the fresh layer of ice in the pool, ran around upstairs like crazy hooligans, and grazed over the pig out spread.
We all kept our eyes open until midnight last night. Some of us until 1am to get the report on the church dance from Conner. It was his first dance! He had a great time.
Me, I've been working on Primary responsibilities . . . burning 50 music CDs to hand out to the kids at our Meet Your Teacher activity tomorrow, sending emails, updating my binder, etc. The laundry is done (we just returned from a quick trip to Utah) and I blended up some batter for crepes which is sitting in the fridge for 1 hour. I think I'm all caught up! Well, the Christmas decorations are looking at me from the front room, but that is for another day. Which means I can get on here for a bit to write. In order to write I am wearing my earbuds and listening to classical music in attempt to drown out the football noise. Love you, babe. :)
In my social media breaks throughout the day I've been delighted to see so many friends sharing their 2015 goals and declaring their One Little Word for the year. Yay! I've been thinking about the very same thing for the past week (well, actually for months). For me it's a simmering process and I have to think about it a lot, feel it out, and sit with the word for a while to make sure we're going to get along for an entire year.
But first, a little wrap up on STORY - my one little word for 2014. It has been great! I have loved thinking about my own stories and discovering the stories of my family members and ancestors. This word has urged me to do things like start a family blog for the sharing of stories, to attend a family history conference, and go out of my way to visit the graves of my great and great-great grandparents. Stories are just so so cool to me. How they connect us, inspire us, make us want to do better, bring on the goosebumps & make our hearts grow bigger . . . . I think I know that this is a word, a passion, a journey of collecting & discovering that will stay with me for a long time.
Now, for 2015
I get nervous when my OLW comes to me in October. I mean, it has to survive 12 months of ongoing inspiration and motivation. I worry that if I think of it too early I will be sick of it too soon! So I put it on a shelf and tried to keep my mind open to other options. But when it came right down to it I kept coming back to this word. I couldn't shake it, so it must be the one.
I'm excited. Pleased. Motivated and inspired. I have begun jotting notes about what this word means for me and what I want to do with it. I love that there are so many directions I can go. And I'll share those as they unfold through the year. I just signed up for Ali Edwards' One Little Word workshop (I'm such a sucker for this class!) and I hope to share my monthly assignments and thoughts here on the blog.
Until then let me part with a non-alcoholic CHEERS to the New Year! Let's make it a great one!