Friday, January 3, 2014

Looking Back at 2013 and Ahead to 2014

January 2013~

Night of the Moonjellies~David's birthday~Karate~Space unit study~

February 2013~

Domino Rally~Learning about Lincoln~Adventure Time

Disneyland family trip~Aidyn's first time on Indiana Jones~Beautiful memories~Screaming on Goofy's Sky School~ Laughing at the Aladdin show~

March 2013~

Chaffee Zoo trip~Forestiere Underground Gardens~India unit study~Water tornadoes~Forts in the living room~Bowling on Sundays~Birthday bowling with Grammy Tami~Easter

April 2013~

Some good and some bad in April...

Making custom shirts~Aidyn's first official running race in Lancaster, Ca~Family trip to Charlie Brown Farms~Mini-getaway to Disneyland~Aidyn's first time on Autopia~David in the hospital with double pneumonia~David SURVIVED double pneumonia~Apples unit study

May 2013~

Spooky Storytimes~Forts in the dining room~Avocado ice cream~David's recovery

Summer 2013~

Water balloon fights~Outdoor play all day with friends~Library shows with friends~Reading books~Playground fun at friend's house

August 2013~

First day of second grade~Spelunking at the Moaning Caverns

Back to school~Saxon Math~Story of the World~Ancient Civilizations~Making a Shaduf~Mama goes to school to finish Bachelor's Degree

September 2013~

Surprise trip to Disneyland for my best friend, Amanda

Surprise morning visit~Driving and chatting on the way~Paper sculptures at Denny's~Reservations mix-ups~Breakfast at Tiffy's~Excitement~Little Mermaid ride~Screaming ridiculously on Goofy's Sky School~Our first time on Radiator Springs Racers~Halloween decorations~Space Mountain~Indiana Jones~Star Tours~Matterhorn~A million restroom breaks~Yummy Disney desserts and coffee~Monsters Inc.~Dinner at Flo's Diner

Ancient Egypt unit study~Painting a map of Egypt~ Making the Nile River, papyrus and cuneiform tablets~ Apple head preservation experiment~Busy with college~Preparing to move

October 2013~

Moved to a new home in a new town~Yearly Walk for Autism~Enjoying our new backyard~Writing stories~My and David's 12th Anniversary and 11th Wedding Anniversary~Ukulele classes~Art classes

Halloween~Carving pumpkins~Trick-or-treating~Fundraising for AFSP~Running regularly~Still busy-busy at college

November 2013~

Training for the half-marathon~Stellaluna~Ukulele playing~Fall unit study~Friend's wedding

Fire Station field trip~Thanksgiving~31st birthday~Best birthday present ever~

December 2013~

End-of-semester stress for Mama~Running~Winter Stories~Christmas crafts~Making snow and ornaments~Watching Christmas movies~Christmas morning~Aidyn's 8th birthday

Many people claim 2013 was a bad year. It had some rotten moments, most notably David's health scare, but I see it as a year of success because he survived and is now in much better health and working on new physical goals. We had a busy but colorful year with many good memories. I'm thankful for the trials, the growth, and the solidarity each has inspired in us.


Our one-word goal for 2014 is Adventure. We enjoy those moments we spend outdoors, hiking, spelunking, exploring and traveling just as much as we love those magic moments at home. We'd like to create more of both this year.

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