A Tale of a Few Words...

We are almost to the end of 2013 and I have to say I am not completely sorry to see it go. It hasn’t been the worst of year, but it has not been the best of years either. There have been things to celebrate, but also things to forget or tuck away to dissect at another time.
Not as epic as Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities-
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way. . ."
But at times I could feel as muddled as the quote relates. Not only in my personal life but in school, writing and learning. When I look back of course these ups and downs were apparent to only me, and maybe of only my doing. As I’ve often written before I seem to be in search of somethingmoreor maybe less. I’m not sure.
So now that the year is at last near its end I am looking into the horizon of the new. New Year, new experiences, new thoughts, plans, hopes, dreams, and of course like many of you a new “word.” My One Little Word that will hold me and guide me throughout our new year.
I have tried out many. As usual I want it to be just right. I always seem to put a lot of importance on my word. So much so that it almost seems it should be known as One BIG Word. THE word. A word to keep in my head, hold in my head, and live in my heart. So much to ask of one little word.
Like so many women I have a multitude of items I juggle day in and day out. It was these I thought of when I tried out my words. The first one that came to me was “Build.” I thought of building new relationships, building a new learning community, a new writing area, and maybe build just something new. But it just didn’t feel right.

So then I tried out “Mindfulness.” I want to be mindful of my life, home, job, growth. I just want to be more mindful. But it just didn’t fit.
I needed Drive. Drive to exercise consistently. Drive to get things done, and follow through. Drive to find new roads and discover new ways. I needed drive to find my word. But I was getting nowhere, because even Drive didn’t feel familiar.    
I tried out choices, discover, insistent, strive, purposeful, and serendipity (which is really fun to say), and yet none of them seemed like a good fit for all areas of my life.
And then it hit me. What I have been looking for. What maybe I have been searching for this past year is what I want to start my year with this year Balance.

Balance in all areas. School, work, home, mind, play, family, pleasure, experiences, purpose, building, writing, blog, creating, exercise and diet, choices, drive, and yes serendipity.  

So my One Little Big Word for 2014 is Balance. What is yours? 
Join up with Sunny Days in Second Grade to tell us the truth

about your OLW!

13 For 13 a Linky Party!

Good gracious it’s hard to believe it’s been three weeks since I’ve blogged. It hasn’t really even been on my mind until my mom (my most faithful reader) mentioned it to me the other day. It has just been a crazy busy few weeks that have come and gone in a whirlwind. I’ve not only not had time to write I’ve also not had time to read other blogs. Tonight I decided I’d do a bit of catching up and found this fun linky party from 3 of my favorite bloggers! Kristin, Hadar and Traci It’s called 13 for 13 and we’re supposed to link up with 13 things from this year. I’m not sure I can even remember the entire year but I’ll do my best!

Well that’s a tough one right off the bat. I don’t buy myself a lot of clothingso I guess I’d have to say the pair of “boyfriend” jeans I got at Maurice’s this past spring. They fit just right and every time I wear them someone asks if I’ve lost weight! Woo hoo that makes anything good.

Hmmmm favorite movie? From this year? This decade? Hmmmmm let’s see I liked Frozen the other day. We went as a school for a reward for those kids that passed the principal’s math challengeI can’t remember what movie I saw before thatbut it was really cute!

Favorite TV series? Well I do like the Big Bang Theory, Suits is good, and Justified is mine and hubby’s favorite winter show. But I really like the new comedy The Miller’s it cracks me up. Did you know that it is written by that kid that won Survivor last year? The nerdy one with the weird nameanyway it is fun-ny!

We have TWO new restaurants in our town count them TWO it is way exciting. One is a sit down place called the Ground Round. I guess it’s a chain of some kind. They have FRIED Oreos. I don’t really like Oreos but my hubby does! They are really rich I took a bite of one. That was enough. The other new place is FREDDY”S I love Freddy’s I could become addicted. I try not to go to town!

A favorite new thing I triedhummm I’d have to say Whole Brain Teachingin the classroom. I did some reading about it this summer and tried a few things at the start of the year, and I have to say I really like it. I’m not an expert, but I do think I’ll do a bit more research on it this summer.

My kids got me this super cool pair of Ray Ban sun glasses for Mother’s Day. I love them and wear them always. I get a lot of compliments on them they are sooooo fashionable. That’s me a fashionista!
 Yikes pinning I do. A LOT. I have been some really great recipes and tons of school ideas. It’s hard to pick just one. Here is my page of just Christmas ideas. I wish I had enough time to do them all. http://www.pinterest.com/bloggygal/christmas-ideas/

Favorite blog post.I have not had as many as I’d like this year. At times my usually wealth of gab seemed to be dry this year, especially since school started. I really enjoyed my month long challenge of classroom smiles and think I will redo it as a weekly post in the New Year. I guess my favorite would have to be the one of my slices (from the Slice of Life Challenge) that made me think about my life, future, and directionmuch like this linky party is doingJ It's a Tough Question

My best accomplishment this year and every year since 1989 has been my children. They never cease to amaze me with their generosity, love and beautiful hearts. And this year I got to add one more to my flock, and sweet girl my son will be marrying in 2014. My cup forever runneth over with an abundance of pride I have for these young adults that came from the love of their father and I.

Ahh so many pictures of these kiddos as well too many to choose just one. Each one shows a glimpse into their personalities and lives. Here are just a few.

I have two. This summer Hadley and I took a road trip to Dallas and her cousin from Arizona surprised her at the hotel it was priceless. And then when my son sent the picture of the ring he had just placed on my daughter in law to be’s hand. We all cried.

So many goalsso little time. One is to tone up for Kanten and Deanna’s big day. Another is to blog more. Another is to find something productive to do in the evenings for these long winter months. Another is to learn something new. And another is to be more giving and grateful. That is just a drop in the bucket of the goals I haveI’m not sure the year is long enough!

I’ve been thinking and thinking about my OLW for this year. I want it to be relevant and useful. Something that is not easily forgotten and in the forefront of my mind each day. It has not come to me yet. You’ll be the first to know when it does I promiseJ  

Your turn! Jog on over to one of the blogs and link up too!