Well here we are again. At the end of another year already.
I am happy to say that 2015 was a good year for me. As a matter of fact, it was a good year for my family too.
This was the year of the Job. Both my beloved and I experienced transitions into new jobs. He was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief, and I accepted an additional job as the art teacher for an elementary school. My official title is Art Director/Teacher of Marketing and Elementary Education. Long title to sum up both of my job responsibilities! It’s a one-of-a-kind title for a one-of-a-kind me!
This year my youngest son hit a home run during his Little League Championship game, resulting in his team winning the championship! Such a super moment.
My oldest son won second place in a national illustrating and writing contest. He also guessed the correct amount of candy pieces in a jar at school. He won the jar and all the candy. I have to say I’m a pretty proud mama!
We were blessed to be able to go on an extended family vacation to Walt DIsney World. Thirteen of us total and man did we have a blast! We made some memories to last a lifetime that week! I even learned about Hookah bars.
Yes, it was a great year. I learned a few things along the way and here’s my list.
What I Have Learned In 2015
- If you want to have dinner in Belle’s Castle, you need to make reservations 6 months in advance.
- It’s inevitable that the It’s A Small World ride will “break down” while you are riding it. Just expect this.
- Flying during a snowstorm isn’t very fun.
- Don’t expect garlic that you planted in November and then harvest in July to be much bigger than the clove you originally planted. It just doesn’t get much bigger. Elephant garlic? Where do you grow that, in Africa?
- If there is a crowd forming at the edge of the water line on the beach, just keep drinking your margarita. You can watch the sharks swim past you while sitting on the sand.
- It’s a given that if there is a monsoon, snowstorm, ice storm, or any other kind of storm, I’ll be driving in it.
- My boys are very artistic.
- My boys are very intelligent. Of course I knew this all along. I was reminded of this fact when one day at church, my youngest added up all the hymn numbers in his head. His answer was correct, I had to check it using my phone.
- Don’t freak out and scream if your Elf On The Shelf shows up in October. It will scare your kids.
- Kindergartners can sense fear so stand strong and firm and say what you mean, and mean what you say. I learned this the hard way. All I said was pick up the crayons off the floor and put the caps on the glue sticks. In a blink of an eye I had 24 five year olds belly searching all over the classroom floor for escaped glue stick caps and crayons.
- Always say you’re sorry afterwards when you get mad at your children. I believe this will teach them how to say they’re sorry to others. It’s a big word and sometimes hard to say. I learned this too.
- Never stop singing to your kids. Especially songs you made up for them. Don’t stop dancing or acting silly around them just because they are growing up. They will still laugh at you and occasionally join in.
- Family game night is very important. Just be sure not to break out Disney Monopoly on a school night.
- I learned how to play chess from my kids. They joined the Chess Club at school and are enjoying capturing my Queen.
- If you think planting four rows of potatoes are enough, plant another two rows. They are so good and they go fast in our household.
These fifteen things may not seem very profound to you, but to me they are simple life lessons. I know I learned a lot over the course of 2015, and I have changed for the better because of it.
Happy New Year my friends! Thanks for stopping by throughout the year to visit me here. I hope 2016 offers great things for you!