While I’m not starting new blog project until Jan, I wanted to post about the year. With one day left in 2019 it is a time to sit back and reflect.
This year we traveled on two Disney Cruises, traveled to Erie, PA then Niagara, NY and spent Thanksgiving in DC. I love these trips. While it means lots of planning and some frustration with travel and changes, it is a time of family. I love when the four of us can unplug and do something different together. These vacations were very different in style, but they were chances for us to reconnect.
Colby with Albert Einstein. Colby has always wanted to become a scientist and Einstein has always been someone he admired.
Blake reflecting on the stars of the WWII memorial. Blake enjoys history, especially American history. The fact that his shadow was cast on the word freedom and how solemn his face was at the time captured him perfectly.
The boys performed in High School Musical, Camp Rock, Peter Pan and Matilda. They have each seemed to find their space in the theater. Blake is also now working on the TV crew at the middle school and Colby is singing in the chorus and all-star chorus in his school. I love that they have found places where they feel at ease. They love to sign, act and even work behind the scenes.
This year found Richard and I celebrating our 15th Anniversary. It is hard to believe we have been together over 16 years, I can’t imagine a day without being by his side. We just celebrated our 3rd Christmas here in PA.
While this year found some drama in the fact that the boys learned that Santa is the Christmas spirit and not some magical man who brings you gifts (we told them at Easter actually), it brought about new traditions and experiences this holiday season. It was hard at times, but we each needed this year to adjust to the new magic of the holidays.
So now we wrap up the year. This was a year of unexpected. There were both positive and negative unexpected moments. Things that went right, and things that could have gone smoother. But none of these moments matter unless we realize that what matters most is who stands by our side in the good, the bad and the ugly moments of life. I always know that Richard will be at my side, and I his. But, now that the boys are getting older not only will we always be there for them, but now they are seeing that it is important to be there for each other and for us.
I hope that this next year and decade continues to bring about change. I hope we grow and thrive. I hope each of us learns to get up and dust ourselves off when things go wrong, and celebrate when things go well. Search… and you will find.