I know everyone has labeled 2016 as a horrible year, but on a personal level, it wasn't so bad for me. We made more than one of my life-long dreams come true this summer by heading to Washington, DC. We saw Gettysburg, Arlington, panda bears, all the monuments, museums, the Shenandoah river, the Appalachian Trail, and a couple of black bears (could have done without the black bears, though they did make it memorable). Julia started up the violin and Irish dance (giving me much delight). Ella finally realized her destiny by starting ballet and tap. The transition to 3rd and 1st grade has been the easiest transition on record. We squeezed in a fall trip to Utah, where we got to attend a baby blessing and take Julia to the women's session of General Conference. Everyone was relatively happy, and relatively healthy. It's been a good year.
I revisited my 2016 resolutions and discovered that I actually achieved quite a lot. Here's the rundown:
- Read Jesus the Christ.
- Finish 30 by 30.
So I didn't do all those things. But I did do one: I learned to play William Tell. I picked up that music in October and said, "This ends now." I tried to play it every day, until things finally started to come together more. And I conquered the beast. Not to perfection, not to performance level, but I can play that dang piece of music, and I'm so proud of myself.
- Blog more.
- Walk 500 miles.
- Read 12,000 pages.
- Start my book blog.
- Visit Chicago when it's not the dead of winter.
So there you have it. I did just about all of the things I set out to do. Stay tuned for the 2017 resolutions!