- I had 4 massive projects at work that took up a huge amount of my focus and energy
- we rescued a simply delightful 3 month old lab/great pyrenees puppy, Sasha, who is now 13 months old and still just as delightful (minus the chewing on stuff)
- I sang BGVs for a super fun concert with an R&B band, and continued to sing with my women's choir
- my youngest sister got married - it was one of the 3 best weddings I've ever been to
- my husband and I went on a family vacation with my parents and siblings to Tuscany
- he and I went to England and stayed in a manor-house with an Earl and Countess
- I went to Vancouver for the U2 concert and some much-needed girlfriend time
- we went away to the mountains for our anniversary
- the two of us catered a burgers and salad meal for 300 people
- my family camped every weekend for a month and a half of the summer
- we threw my parents a 40th anniversary garden party complete with formalwear, a bluesy dixie band, a dance, and an amazing home-grilled meal (that we cooked) for around 70 guests
- we grew our biggest garden yet but fought major drought
- we hosted out of town dear friends for a couple of weeks (and loved every minute)
- we did a road trip from Alberta to Oregon to Southern California and back... taking nearly a month and driving over 7000 kilometres
- we cooked a lot of great food, had some wonderful moments with lovely people, and learned a lot about ourselves and the life we want to have.
It was a great year. It was one with some incredibly big adjustments.
Last December, my wonderful and brave husband 'retired' from his job and tackled being a primary parent and working part time. He cooked, cleaned, home schooled the kids, and was amazing at every little and big thing he did. I came home from work to a clean house, a great meal, and laundry that was caught up with.
It was humbling for me, who always struggled to keep the house up to snuff at the same time as everything else. It was also a life-saver, because without him I don't think I would have made it through this crazy year. My work took a huge amount of my time and energy this year, and I struggled with the sense of missing out on things I really wanted to be doing for myself.
Then again, looking at that list above, it seems like we actually did a lot last year! More importantly I know I grew as a person. Better still, my husband and I got even more solid as friends and as a couple, which is phenomenal to me. Going into last year, I thought we were already a really tight team, and yet we managed to grow even more!
I have so many things to share, but it will wait until another day.
Goodnight, sleep tight, and we'll see you in 2016.