I’m a sucker for year in review posts but they’re always so much work to do. I always seem to get lost going through old posts and finding images to accompany the memories. In fact, I started a Year in Review post for 2015 and made it to March before I got sidetracked by something and didn’t look at it again.
Then I came across this post by Stephany, who borrowed/adapted the idea from Kathleen, and the angels sang as my love/hate relationship with Year in Review posts was resolved! (Thank you, beautiful souls!)
So, I present to you, 2015: A Year in Review, survey style!
1. What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
Travelled by myself with Isla! Whenever I’ve travelled a long ways (i.e., more than an hour) with her, I’ve always had someone with me to help tend to her. This spring I made a trip down to the Lower Mainland to visit a friend and brought Isla with me, and it was a successful journey!
2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I’m not big on making resolutions, so I didn’t really make any. My only goal of the year was to have a healthy little girl delivered in June, and I think I succeeded there ;) I have a few goals in mind for next year, but I’m not going to get too wrapped up in making sure I meet them just yet.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I did. Can’t get closer than that!
4. Did anyone close to you die?
I’m fortunate enough to say that no one has, but a member of my slo-pitch team passed away in September and it really hit me hard. It’s still hard to think about, honestly, and it hurts my heart when I do.
5. What places did you visit?
We didn’t do a lot of travelling because of me being pregnant and having Norah, but I did go to a Maroon 5 concert in Vancouver, Langley, my hometown, and then we made a couple of day trips to the Little Shuswap Lake during the summer. Low key, but fun nonetheless!
6. What would you like to have in 2016 that you didn’t have in 2015?
More “me” time. My #1 goal is to get back to playing slo-pitch again, and even if that’s the only time to myself that I get, I’ll be happy with that!
7. What dates from 2015 will be etched upon your memory, and why?
Most definitely the day Norah was born, reasons being obvious.
8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?
Getting Isla potty trained was a huge achievement for both of us, and of course, delivering an amazing little girl in June was the best thing that happened.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Probably not starting my Couch to 5K training. I’m kicking myself for not being able to get in gear for that, but life just got all busy.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Other than the usual pregnancy aches and pains, and common colds, I didn’t have anything seriously wrong with me.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I didn’t necessarily buy it myself, but Kyle and I bought a new (to us) Ford F150 and it’s a wonder when we have both the girls loaded in it. So spacious!!
And it wasn’t necessarily something I bought, but enrolling Isla in dance lessons was one of the best investments I made. She loves to dance and I can really see her passion growing.
12. Where did most of your money go?
Without making an effort to look back at our bank statements, I’d say the majority of our income went towards the “usual” things like bills and food. Kyle and I both had some dental work done this year, but thankfully a decent-sized chunk of it was covered by our dental plan. We also put in a new retaining wall and fence in our backyard in June, so that cost a bit to do as well.
13. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
The arrival of our baby girl in June and going to the Maroon 5 concert in March top my list, for sure!
14. What song will always remind you of 2015?
“This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like a Mother–” by Maroon 5.
15. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
I’m definitely happier and thinner (having a baby will do that!), and I’d say our finances are about the same as they were last year.
16. What do you wish you’d done more of?
I wish we adventured a bit more, but it was hard because I was super pregnant and the summer was so hot that it was tough to do anything outside with a newborn. Next year will be different, for sure.
17. What do you wish you’d done less of?
I wish I had kept my patience with Isla a lot more. It’s tough to remember that she’s only 3 sometimes; she acts like she’s 10 years older than she actually is sometimes and I think I lost my cool too often because of that. As she works on her listening, I’m working hard on my patience.
18. How did you spend Christmas?
Christmas Eve was spend with my mom, brother, step-dad and step brother. Christmas morning was brunch with my dad and brother, and Christmas dinner was with Kyle’s mom, step-dad, sister, nephew, aunt & uncle. Whew!
19. What was your favourite TV program?
I didn’t adopt many new shows this year. Grey’s Anatomy, The Walking Dead, Big Bang Theory, and The Voice were all on my “must watch right away” list as per usual.
20. What was the best book you read?
Apparently I only read three books this year. *insert sad face* I gave Jennifer Weiner’s “Who Do You Love” 5 out of 5 stars, so I guess that was the best book I read!
21. What was your greatest food discovery?
The homemade Shake & Bake recipe I found was a pretty awesome find! I think it’s even better than the store-bought stuff too.
22. What did you want and get?
This is an interesting question because it’s tough to answer it without sounding completely self-absorbed and materialistic. All I really wanted was for my family to be happy and healthy, and I definitely think I got that.
23. What did you want and not get?
There’s wasn’t much that I didn’t get – my cup is full and I’m grateful.
24. What was your favourite film of 2015?
Man, I didn’t watch too many movies this year, to be honest! I can’t even think of the “new” movies I watched. “Wild” came out On Demand this year – I really enjoyed that movie! We’ll go with that.
25. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Honestly – I don’t remember what I did on my birthday. How horrible is that? I know I turned 29 though. Ugh.
26. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Honestly, 2015 was a ridiculously satisfying year for me! I can’t think of much that would have made it better!
27. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2015?
“If it fits, is practical, and is comfy, wear it.”
28. What kept you sane?
My husband. He’s been my rock and saving grace on so many occasions this year, I don’t know what I’d do without him!
29. What political issue stirred you the most?
Man, so much went on this year and I’m not one to publicly discuss politics, but I think the whole refugee crisis has made me think the most. A close second is all the mass shootings that have happened in the US. That’s all I care to say.
30. Who did you miss?
I still miss my grandma immensely, and it’s been almost 4 years since she’s gone. I don’t know if that space in my heart will ever heal, to be honest.
31. Who was the best new person you met?
I can’t say I met any new people. How sad does that make me sound? I did, however, build up some better friendships with other people, so that’s a plus.
32. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help, no matter how big or small the issue may be.
33. Show us one of your favourite photos from the year.
Our first photo as a family of four: