Monday, December 29, 2014

2014 Family Newsletter

Merry Christmas! 

Once again, I failed at sending out Christmas cards. (Do you think it's just me or a generational thing?) 

Here's a virtual one that doubles as a reflection on the past year. I asked my family some of the same questions. 

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?
Me: I got a passport and flew out of the country. To Spain! For a grad school!

G: (he's 6) Played with my Ninja head-band.

Our walk on Thanksgiving 2014

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Me: I wanted focus my whole year on the craft, and as I've been in grad school all year finishing my memoir, I'd say, yes, I did. I'm querying my memoir right now, actually. My goal next year is to get an agent.

Gaudi's work

Cole: My resolution was to spend more time outdoors. I did.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
One of my former students, Kelci, had a little boy. And my sister is pregnant with her fourth.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

5. What countries did you visit? Spain.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?
Me: An agent.
Cole: A better paying job.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Me: June and July--the two weeks I spent in Barcelona studying writing. August--when the kids and I got to vacation in Vegas with my BFF, Melissa.

Hoover Dam. 

M&M Factory

G: The army men. Gramma's house, opened presents and I got an Indiana Jones hat and Indiana Jones whip.
When Short Round meets Indy...

C: When you [Rena] left and came back from Spain. It was a big deal, I was by myself for a long time. ha.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Me: Traveling to foreign country and almost picking up the language fluently. Plus, I finally got business cards. At work I received the Capt. American bear for being a hero because I write about our school for DH frequently.
My third teaching award. 
my business cards. 

G: My Lego Star Wars video game.
C: Maintaining my health. I took fewer sick days.
Layne (10): Piano lessons. And I won second place in the Reflections contest.
Her idea, her phrase. Love it. 

9. What was your biggest failure?
Me: Only running 3 races and letting my health go by the wayside. My word for 2015 is BALANCE.
Can still rock a backwards flip off a swing. Take that, thirties! 

C: I could've done better with my personal finances.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Me: I had bronchitis in November. It piggy-backed onto a cold so I was sick for quite some time.
C: Thyroid issues, but one of my healthier years.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Me: Plane ticket to Barcelona.

Reading part of my memoir at Atteneu Barcelones

I'm wearing one of my brother's tees. StatelyType. Oh, and delish squid. 

12. Where did most of your money go?
Food, mortgage, bills, grad school.
Feeding the free-loading chickens, until they started laying. We have 6 cluckers. They were a birthday present.

13. What did you get really excited about?
Me: LDStorymakers Conference, BCN, and Vegas. Also Christmas at my mom's in her new cabin.

14. What song will always remind you of 2014?
Me: Coldplay's "Magic"

And Meghan Trainor's "All About that Bass". It's just fun.
C: "Little Talks" by of Monsters and Men
and Pompeya's "The no. 90"

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder?
Me: happier
C: happier
– thinner or fatter?
Me: fatter (by 10 lbs.)
C: a little bit thinner, but not much.
– richer or poorer? 
Cole: richer. They gave me a cost of living raise in July.
Me: poorer (Grad school = More school loans)

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Me: Exercise.
G: Make snowman
L: Not be mad at Gav.
Luigi and Cleopatra

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Me: Stress-eating.
L: I don't know.

18. How did you spend Christmas?
At Mom and Dad's in their new cabin. My sister and her boys joined us.
The Grand Staircase, So. Utah

19. What was your favorite TV program?
Me: The Bletchley Circle. They're a group of women who decoded Nazi messages during the war, but later go on to live fairly domestic lives. They reunite when a serial killer comes to town and they are the only ones capable of interpreting his patterns.
G: Kirby
L: The Haunting Hour and Goosebumps
She wigged b/c of potential weeping angels.

20. What were your favorite books of the year?
Me: The Book of Mormon Girl by Johanna Brooks
Try not to read my daughter's note in the voice of Joey Tribbiani. It's just creepy. 

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan
Blankets by Craig Thompson

C: Why Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek

21. What was your favorite music from this year?
Me: Movie scores. They aren't distracting when I write.
My favorite Pandora stations were:

  • Indiana Jones
  • Star Wars
  • Star Trek
  • Bourne Supremacy
  • INXS
  • Coldplay
  • Weezer
  • Lorde

22. What were your favorite films of the year?
Guardians of the Galaxy
Veronica Mars (I assume. I haven't the pleasure yet.)

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Me: I turned 33. I worked furiously on grad school homework and went to a movie(?). The week before I took my family to Draper during the LDStorymakers conference. They did a lot of swimming and pizza-eating, while I honed my skillz.
G: I turned 6. Hang-Time (trampoline place) with my cousins.
L: I turned 10. Camping with cousins.
I totally made that. Call me: culinary mastermind!

C: 35. Popped fireworks? With Trevor?

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Me: A live-in masseuse.  
C: Less car trouble.

25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

Me: Yoga pants and 5K tees at home and boots and dresses at work.
C: A transition from jeans and tees to khakis and button-downs.
G: Ninja Turtle jammies
L: Snow boots and skirts. AND CHAPSTICK. I always have to have some close.
Batman seeking vengeance against the evil corn pit! 

26. What kept you sane?
C: Hope. Prayer. Family. Friends.
Me: Writing.

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014. 
Me: I learned that if I dedicate my year to the craft, I can undoubtedly improve, but I still have a ways to go. Plus, I can only be obsessed with one thing at a time, apparently, which is why my exercise tapered off.
Also, if you want to be something, stop making excuses and do it.

C: You're not defined by your position. The position is defined by you.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

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