Thursday, December 31, 2009

Year end

This has been a year filled with days..365 of them.
We did stuff every day...I can not remember most of the stuff
we did, but it was a lot of stuff. I was a really bad blogger this past year,
so there is little evidence of such accomplishments here in our little corner of
the blogosphere, so you will have to trust me on this. Stuff occurred every single day.
Some of it was incredibly inventive and creative. Some of our days were fit for
publishing, with lovely sun dappled photos and joyfully smiling faces.
Some, well, some were not so lovely. Some did not need to be blogged about to be remembered.
Some, well, some were best forgotten along with the end of the Giants football season this year
and what we had for dinner last Wednesday. That is life. We all start off with good intentions,
big plans, high aspirations. In the end...we hope our loved ones remember the good times
and forget the bad. The Leprechaun's Treasure Hunt on St Patrick's Day, the Easter Egg Hunts,
the t-shirts made with love as a Birthday Party favor. And the week (yes..shameful am I)
that I kept forgetting to put the tooth under the pillow for the Tooth Fairy to pick up will be
forgotten along with the yelling and Barbie shoes that have been vacuumed up from the living room rug. I know this will not come as a shock to any of you who know me, even if it is only here
at this blog. I am not anywhere close to perfect, I am human. I try to be a good parent.
I really do. Sometimes I hit the ball out of the park, and the crowds (all 6 of
go wild! Sometimes, well...sometimes I wonder what I was thinking even having a child, let
alone homeschooling her. There. I said it. I have doubts. Are any of you feeling that way?
Have you been there before? This has been a year filled with change and upheaval for me.
It all started with a new cycle for me as a person.A whole new 7 years to change from
who I have been to who I will become. It is also my 7th year as a Mom. Which means my
little Princess has been undergoing some major turbulence as well.We started out with all of her baby teeth, and now she has adult teeth. Adult teeth! She gets taller every day.
She reads almost entirely independently from me. It is more and more rare to have her ask me
to spell something or tell her what a word is. She has her own taste in music and her own sense
of style. She knows what she wants and will not be deterred from her plan.
This year did not go "as expected", but go it will. Tonight. At midnight we will celebrate
the "New Year". 2010. I am not someone who makes New Years Resolutions, I am
already a gal who is likely to
"over think" my choices and like Anais Nin, who said,
"I made no resolutions for the New Year.The habit of making plans of
criticizing and sanctioning and molding my life is too much of a daily event for me."
New Years Resolutions, much like New Years Partying, is all just "amateur night".
I thank you all for being part of our lives this past year, and welcome you to join us
in 2010. There are plans afoot, giveaways, fun activities, and well, I may even write a blog post or two worth reading once in a while.
Happy New Year!! ((hugs)) Kate in NJ


Naomi said...

how could someone who's already so fabulous and amazing get "better"? I think you totally rock. I'm looking forward to more fun times w/ you my favorite nclp. Happy New Years!

Jenny said...

Happy New Year, Kate! I'm coming out of "blog hibernation" as I've decided to call it, and wanted say hello. I have had some doubts over the past year too, so I can totally relate. I also tend to over-think things as well- for me it's a by-product of too much time on my own (without an adult, I should say). I think I'm ready to get back into the blog swing of things, so I'll be looking forward to what you have going on this year. :o)

MamaGames said...

Happy New Year to you too! And yes, I've been there with doubt & uncertainty... I think we all have. And we all work through it! Can't wait to see what all you choose to share with us here this year. :)

Sara said...

Happy New Year!

Cher Mere said...

Happy New Year!

Very smart post.

8)(8 said...

Hi, Kate. Happy New Year!

There are no perfect parents or children. I try to find something nice about our day each day.

I'm sorry that school is not going as well as you would like. What's her learning style? If she writes does she need to draw?

I sent Ami to school when she was 5.

Seven was a hard year for us. Have you thought about trying some Waldorf ideas for growth issues? We did some of that when Ami was 7. It has lots of drawing, and you can always give her extra reading from the library.

Has she tried

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Anonymous said...

Keep on posting such themes. I love to read articles like this. Just add some pics :)

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My homeschool buddies and I are all posting pics of our "home schools" as part of our idea sharing.

Plato said...

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