Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Reflection on 2014

All in all 2014 has been another great year.  Some really fun vacations and family memories made.  I also had a chance to do some fun things work wise.

My biggest change this year was yoga.  As I said in said in the last post it has been something I have embraced whole heartily this last year.  When I look at how I'm going to spend my free time, yoga it is.  Last year if I had a couple of hours I would head out shopping, now I'm much more likely to head to the yoga studio.  My favorite thing about it is how good it makes me feel both physically and emotionally.  There is such an encouraging, family like atmosphere there.  I see my flexibility improve, but I also see my patience and gratitude improve. 

One of my favorite memories of 2014 was a trip we took for my Dad's 60th birthday at Panorama.  On the last day there we weren't sure what to do, most of the rest of party had left it was just mom, dad and our family.  We decide we would go to skiing in Panorama for the afternoon.  It was not very busy, the sun was shining, the runs were perfect.  We closed the hill that day.  

My resolutions from last year did not go great....  Here is a bit of a summary:

1. Personally and creatively I would like to take more pictures with my big camera. 

I did not do very well with this one.  It will be one I'm moving to 2015...  I explain more in the blog post tomorrow. 

2. The other part of that is blogging those big pictures more. 

See comment on #1....

3. Spend less money on clothes and more money on vacations. 

This did happen... although see comment one..... I've got a good plan for 2015

4.  I want to implement with myself and my kids is a healthy snack first. 

This went well this year.  My snack, especially in the evenings has been much better.  There are still treat for all of us, just not as frequetns.

5. Run a 10K race.

Done, check!

6. Parenting, I'd like to have more patience with my children.  Especially with Lucas.  He is a different person then I am and I find it challenging to deal with.  Not that I don't have challenges with Nathan too, but I would like to try and have more patience with both of them. 

This is getting better.  I'm getting better at recognize that Lucas has his own personality and accepting him for who he is rather then trying to change it.  

Here is the yearly video summarzing the awesomeness that was 2014!


Sunday, December 28, 2014

December Challenge

It's amazing how in the last year yoga has become such a big part of my life.  In September I did a yoga challenge where I went and did yoga at the studio every day for 30 days.

This month I did a yoga challenge on instagram.  It was a fun experience and caused me to try lots of different poses that I would have normally said I couldn't do, but with this I knew I just had to achieve them for a moment while Lucas got the picture.    Here is a copy of the challenge and the poses I had to do:

Day One:
Day Three

Day 24

Friday, December 19, 2014

A special 20 hours

In the last 12 hours I had two moments with my boys that I wanted to share and remember for when they grow.

First was yesterday after school, with one of Lucas's longtime friends.  They don't go to the same school so they don't see each other on a regular basis, but probably about once a month.  Yesterday Lucas's bus was late and he was walking home from school.  He saw me waiting for the bus and stopped to chat.  Once Lucas got of the bus, they were chatting and chatting like they had never been apart.  Lucas is lucky to have a few relationships like that where he just clicks with people.  As a mother it's such a good feeling to see your children have those relationships and get a long with people.  I took a picture of them walking together and it makes my heart shine. 

Later we had a dinner (albeit slow) at Swiss Chalet from the activity advent calendar and then went to see the lights at Spruce Meadows, which was yesterdays activity, but Alexis's birthday dinner took priority.  ;)

Then this morning I took Nathan to school and one of the other parents waiting in line asked me if I was Nathan's mom.  I said I was and she proceeded to tell me what a great kid he was.  She has had him twice over the last couple of months in her group at school and she said she told the teacher she can always assign Nathan to her.  He's polite and listens, takes his turn.  She said he was one of the best kids she's been around and she works at a school.  I'm sure I was blushing with happiness.   Again such a satisfying feeling as a parent that we are doing a good job. 

I was lucky to go to hot yoga after with my best friend, honestly the best 20ish hours.