I have thought about doing a year-end post. I have. I just didn’t. It loomed as one of the things a little too much for me to handle.
This same time a year ago, I did several year-end posts. In my mind, I considered last year’s offering more than enough to cover the end of this year, no?
Then? WordPress has to go and give me that nudge, and offer their Weekly Photo Challenge.
What do you know? A year in photos.
I guess I will get to hem, and haw over every pick (pic?) I choose this year too….just like year. Because, good gosh, I have a hard time choosing.
However, I will give you this. I am not using a single photo I posted in my blog this year (I hope?).
I plan on selecting NEW photos to charm you with. Maybe? Hopefully? I can’t promise to remember which ones I posted, or that I will even check. But, I will try…..
And that is all I can do….try. Which pretty much sums up my year.
I had stumbles this year. Big ones. Set-backs. Big ones. Things from my past that caught up with me, and hurled me back to about five years ago. A time I was lost, but finding myself. A time of learning, growing, and most importantly needing to love the core of me.
How did I get back there? I can’t say. I suppose it is the same way you gain weight back after you spent so much hard work losing it. And you SWEAR, you will never gain that weight back again. You look into the eyes of your skinny self in the mirror and PROMISE them (while wearing a mini-skirt, meh) to never re-gain what you lost. And boom, five years later? Reality. So, I lost it. I gained it. You win some. You lose some.
And finally, you give in and start taking a daily anti-depressant that changes your world. Except that it still presents a niggle of guilt for having to TAKE A PILL, and not being able to handle the world with your own might, and fortitude.
But, I am over that. Almost.
And this year? This year will be better than ever. I have my grip, and grit firmly in place. Heart-breakers of life? You don’t want to mess with me.
So, for WordPress, I will look back, but only to keep going forward, and KNOW…..I own my future. And the over-all picture I have……is not too bad at all.
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January – Brothers make Chop Suey in their Mom’s kitchen New Year’s Day. Momma Sue raised some wonderful boys! And they sure love her.
February – A visit to Cowtown (Fort Worth), Texas to see the Longhorn stampede. Such a fun atmosphere
March – A very tough month. My mom was put into rehab for alcoholism. I ended my blog for a few months. But the bluebonnets stayed true…in color and performance.
April – A very busy month. I went to Chicago & Minneapolis. Took more pics in the bluebonnets and helped photograph a big wedding. Phew! In the end, I have to pick my daughter’s Senior Prom.
May – Another busy month where I took a trip to California, Clark Gardens, Mt. Scott. But as always, my daughter’s milestone wins out. Sydney graduates high school. Photo of her and her boyfriend Brandon.
June – My blog was re-born. My youngest step-daughter turned six. I tasted my first crawfish at my first crawfish bowl. I was lead photographer at my first BIG wedding. My company moved our offices to our homes and I became a virtual agent. But all in all, I chose my sister and her husband’s hands. She wanted photographs for her birthday (also in June). I think they turned out beautiful.
July – Spent the Fourth at Momma Sue’s with family. The following day on the River Brazos. I had several photography jobs- one with four generations of daughters. I visited a horse farm and fell in love with them. My oldest step-daughter went to photography camp and the youngest to dance class. I chose Bridget at dance. This was her hip-hop class (and she LOVED it).
August – Jason drove his girls and Mom to Ohio to visit family for a week. I turned 41 and the girls went back to school. One to college, one to first grade, and one to third grade. Wow.
September – Another wedding! My best furry friend Salem turned 10yrs old and we had a party. I did engagements photos of Sandi Jo and John by the 7th Street Murals. We ate Sushi for the last time at Sushi Zone. And we spent the day at the Great Wolf Lodge. But, I picked this photo from Rachel’s wedding of her and her Dad coming down the “aisle” (the park aisle). I just love the joy in their eyes.
October – My favorite month! The weather is so beautiful here. It was my 2nd wedding anniversary. We went to Hall’s Pumpkin Farm, the Bishops Art District, and took a ghost walk at the scary Baker Hotel. You met the mustache family. And we took the girls out to walk, scooter, and bike. Fred came too. But he got a little winded and Dad helped him out. Someday, I’ll tell the story of Fred. He is my sweetie pie. So, he is my pic(k!) for the month.
November – Already! My eighteen year-old daughter voted for the first time. We actually got Christmas decorations up before December. I was pretty sick Thanksgiving week. :-( My fave of the month is my Senior portraits I did of Joey. I have known him and his family since he was 18mos old in my daughter’s daycare class. He is a Senior in High School now. I got a lot of great photos, but love this one of the ring.
December – So many good things in December. We finally got cooler weather (after taking our Christmas photos in shorts). Our leaves finally turned orange. I discovered a new favorite spot with my favorite buddy Fred. Our family had a fabulous Christmas with the kids. I got to visit with my mom and sister for a weekend. And I took a trip to Hot Springs, Arkansas for the day. And with too many Christmas to choose from. I chose a photo of the Hot Springs. Lovely place.
I would like to thank the community of bloggers, friends, and family. For your comments, encouragement, and support. I am deeply grateful to you all.
I am terrible at awards, and I know I have missed many, but big thanks to all of you that mention me and for these lovely awards.
Masadiso’s 79 Blog
Chronicles of Illusions with the lovely Jo
And last, but not least for the mentions and links: One of my favorite bloggy friends from California Sophomore Slump. We call Rommel the Prince of Blogs, since we all know Island Traveler: This Man’s Journey is the King.
Final thanks to Being Arindam for introducing me to Rommel and featuring me on the same day this year.
To you all……..HAPPY NEW YEAR!