This time of year lends itself to look back and take stock of the year that is about to finish.
Looking back I can feel nothing but gratitude for our many blessings. Although everything was not all rosy! I think that the key to counting blessings is looking everything as a whole. I always ask myself two questions: are you alive? are you healthy? If I can answer positively to these questions, then I’m in much better position than millions of people…right? If we add that I have 3 wonderful and healthy children, a fantastic husband, and a job that I love … So I cannot ask for anything more!
Another amazing thing 2013 brought me was discovering my passion for photography and see my new passion fits perfectly with my old passion: cooking. I still have much to learn. One of my goals for the new year is to improve my technique little by little.
Undoubtedly 2013 has been the busiest year of my life. Try to keep the balance between kids, home, work and family has not been easy. In fact, I think I still have not achieved what everyone calls “balance”. Does it really exist? I swear that I am trying to fill all my roles without going crazy. Sometimes I think that the whole “work-life balance” is just nonsense, invented by someone who was trying to sell us a planner. Keeping balance is just one more task that frustrates me every time I see that I did not accomplish. So for 2014 I will forget about balance and I am going to do just my best.
Holiday Season 2013
For our family the holidays are a very special season. After Thanksgiving we are in Christmas mode and we try to enjoy it to the fullest. Our cars’s radios are tuned to Christmas music until the first week of January and of course I watch Christmas movies all month long.
This year we took the kids to a train ride with Santa. It was a fabulous experience. The children’s face when they saw Santa enter the railroad car was priceless. Walkersville Southern Railroad is located in a beautiful town in Maryland. It’s like 90 minutes from home. I’m not a big fan of driving long distances with children. Thank goodness for such occasions we count on the safety of Britax’s carseats. And yet, I make my husband check that everything is properly installed like 3 times. Yes, I know! Slightly paranoid. Well… the train ride was totally worth every minute we drove!