Saturday, January 04, 2014

2013 Wrap-Up

So it's already part way into 2014 and I'm just now getting to this, but I have an excuse and he's cute.  See?
I'm borrowing this from Rachel over at "A Mixed Tape" since that's where I saw it first (and actually the only place I saw this specific one).
Gained or lost weight?
Lost.  I blame, the minor shoulder surgery and major diet change of going gluten free, but really does anyone really complain when they loose weight?

Predominant feeling in 2013?
Anticipation.  I spent a large part of 2013 pregnant, not only with my Bean, but also with anticipation for Bean's arrival.

Predominant feeling for 2014?
Uncertain. David will be finishing up at Central in May and we honestly aren't sure what will be happening next. His immigration status is still in the air (if anyone knows anyone who is skilled in interpreting immigration law and sorting through paperwork and would be willing to help, we would not turn the help down.  Immigration paperwork scares me)

Something you did for the first time in 2013?
Had a baby - it's kinda  a big deal.

Something you did again in 2013 after a long pause?
In our first year of marriage, David and I mostly cooked for ourselves and left the Big House to themselves for meals.  When David went back to school in August I started cooking regularly over at the Big House, three days a week.  I wish I had something more creative to put here, but I can't think of anything right now...

Something you unfortunately did not do in 2013?
Finish Bean's quilt.  In all honesty, it's not even cut out all the way yet.  Good thing Bean has lots of blankets and quilts (and more coming I'm sure!)

Word of the year?
Listen.  It's the word that David and I decided on at the beginning of  2013 and something we focused on throughout the year...listening to each other, listening with our eyes as well as our ears, listening for what is said and not said, listening 100%... We haven't decided on our 2014 word yet.

City of the year?
"Alpaca-ville"  It's not a real city, but some days it feels like it.  So much has happened on the farm this year and I don't spend a huge amount of time in any particular place off the farm...

Hair longer or shorter?
Longer.  I haven't cut my hair since my honeymoon in 2012.  I get the urge every now and then to chop it all off again, but then I remember how much easier long hair is to take care of than short hair and decide that easy is what I need right now!

More or less money spent?
I'd say about the same.  I'd like to be able to say less and I'm working on it, but it's a struggle at times.

Highest mobile phone bill?
I honestly don't know.  My dad manages the cell phone bills for all of us and I don't pay a whole lot of attention to it.

Hospital stays?
Way too many, if ER visits count as hospital stays.  Excluding ER visits I was only overnight/admitted to hospital once - in November when I went into status epilipticus and ended up in University Hospital.  Including ER visits the following hospitals make the list for seizure related incidents: Guelph (October), Listowel (November) and Mt. Sinai in Toronto (November).  Grand River in Kitchener is the only ER visit for allergy related concerns.

(Fallen) In love?
I am madly in love with my son and continue to fall more and more in love with my husband everyday.  There are times I'm not sure my heart can hold all the love.

Most called person?
David.  With him being away at school, I called him about twice a day, every day.

Whom did you spend the most beautiful time with?
David and Bean.  The time that I was in labor with David supporting me and the moment when we first held our son...nothing is more beautiful than that.

What did you spend most of your time with?
Myself, the dog...beyond that my family in the Big House.

Song of the year?
"I Get to Be the One" by JJ Heller.
I have loved singing this song to Bean.

Book of the year?
I didn't really read much outside of school this year and none of that was super interesting.  Sad but true.  I mean, the books were alright, but it sure wasn't pleasure reading.

TV show/movie of the year?
I've watched a fair bit of Flashpoint, NCIS, NCIS LA, and Criminal Minds...especially towards the end of my pregnancy when I didn't feel like doing much and needed to sit with my feet up more than I would have liked to. TV shows helped keep me distracted.

Insight of the year?
Sometimes you have to do what is right for you, even if it is hard.  Close to the beginning of the year, David and I left the church I grew up in and started attending Listowel Mennonite Church.  It was hard to leave DRC, but 100% worth it.  We are so much happier at LMC and healthier.

Three things you totally could have done without?
Seizures, David being gone to school, and two prolonged periods without electricity (April and just before Christmas)

Most beautiful event?
Welcoming my baby boy into the world, hands down.  In fact, he is the most beautiful thing and I could stare at him all day...but I wouldn't get anything else done if I did that!

More short-sighted or more far-sighted than 2012? 
Didn't have my eyes checked in 2013 so I have no idea.

The most dangerous thing you did?
Went on a mass transit adventure with David in Toronto...we got day passes hopped on a bus and took off, no map, no idea where we were going or anything.  Just bus to street car to subway and back again over and over.  At night of course. :)

The most expensive thing you bought?
Probably Mom's Christmas gift (weaving program)...but my siblings are supposed to be chipping in on that.  We'll see if it actually happens.

The most delicious meal or food you ate?
The Valentine's dinner that David made for me.  Not only was the food delicious (bacon/cranberry meatloaf, sweet potato heads) it was prepared with love, which makes it all the more wonderful.

The best party?
I'm not much of a party-goer.  The best I can do is remember the potlucks we've had at LMC (Mennonites love their potlucks!) and perhaps Passover, which is a pretty awesome party - we didn't really "go" to Passover though, since we were the servants...

The most important thing you wanted to convince somebody of?
How loved they are. Not enough people realize how loved they are and how valuable they are to this world.

The most beautiful present you gave to somebody?
It's kinda sappy, and kinda repetitive int this post, but I "gave" my husband a baby and Bean is pretty darn beautiful.

The most beautiful present that somebody gave you?
After my really bad round of seizures, David decided that it would be good for him to come home from school earlier than planned.  However, we had already purchased his tickets.  We were given money to help with the cost of changing his tickets and that was beautiful.

The most beautiful sentence someone said to you?
"I love you"  three of the most beautiful and powerful words that exist.

The most beautiful sentence you said to someone? 
"I love you" - see above.

How will you celebrate New Year's Eve?
Well, I passed out from exhaustion about the time we finished dinner...David looked after Samuel and brought him to me when he was hungry.  I'm pretty sure I "rang in" the New Year, sound asleep, snuggling my baby in bed.

What will you have for dinner?
I don't even was food.  Probably chicken.

What drinks will be in your glasses to clink?
Water, water, and more water.

Will you ignite any fireworks? 

What are you going to wear? Comfy or glamorous?
Comfy.  Right now with a nursing baby I don't do glamorous.

Did you have any resolutions for 2013? And how about 2014? 
No and no.

What are your wishes for the new year?
That we will get David's immigration paperwork sorted out and maybe have some sort of idea how we are going to move forward.

In one word: 2013 was...

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