I wanted to take a few minutes & reflect on my One Little Word for 2015: Adventure. When this word found me at the end of last year, I thought, YES! I want to go on some adventures. But it didn’t quite start out the way I’d planned. I had to get my roof replaced, which was mostly covered by insurance except for my deductible (still $1,000 out of pocket for me). Then I came down with strep throat, which completely sucked.
My daughter got married in March, so that was actually a huge adventure. The following week, we went on a family vacation to Disneyland (which was a super huge expense). It was so much fun, though. We did 3 days at the theme parks, and the other 2 we spent at Huntington Beach & relaxed. We made so many fun memories that week!
May brought an illness for one of my children, as well as a new car for me (yet two more gigantic expenses)! My third child graduated from high school which was emotional for me, most definitely! My daughter & her husband found out they were having their second child, which was extremely exciting! I also got promoted at my job (thank goodness because this year’s word really should have been “expensive”).
After a year of living with us, my mom moved out of our home into an independent living facility in June. My son & his wife moved to Germany for the next four years this summer as well. That was really emotional for me as Las Vegas was soooo close to be able to go & visit them!
In July, we stayed for the 4th of July weekend with my best friend & her husband at her cabin in Prescott. I also had to begin the journey of having a dental implant, which has been super horrible. I hated every second of this particular adventure. The flipper, the awkward missing tooth, most of all the expense was humongous even with dental insurance.
I had a really fun, and memorable birthday in September. My daughter & her husband & my granddaughter moved in with us during this month as well. I do love having a full house (even if the pile of dishes does get a little old)… October, November, and December were fairly uneventful other than a really great Halloween, Thanksgiving & Christmas. Thrown in this fall were some fun football & basketball games watching my daughters cheer, and play basketball. My oldest daughter took me to see the Nutcracker, which was really special. That was something I hadn’t done with her since she was 8 years old, so it was a really long time coming.
For Christmas this year, my brother put all the family home movies onto DVD from the 8mm film. That was a really awesome present from him!
So I guess as I’m looking back over the past year, I did have a lot of adventures along the way. I wanted to take more day trips, or more photos, or get the adventures documented in Project Life (I made it to March & that’s it). I did have some pretty awesome experiences, so that’s super cool. This was a pretty fantastic year, and even though I’m carrying a ton of debt over into the year(s) to come, I made some pretty spectacular memories with my kids. I definitely had more adventures than I realized until now. I guess that’s the good thing about taking a minute to pause & reflect before moving into the New Year. I’m looking forward to tonight & ringing in the New Year with the people I love most in this world!