It’s that wonderful time of year filled with cookies, ribbons, broken childhood ornaments, impossible to assemble toys, and just enough magic and laughter sprinkled throughout to give parents something to hang onto so that we gleefully repeat the whole process each year. While Tucker did break a Frosty the Snowman ornament that had my 1977 signature on the back, I can’t really complain about anything from this merry season. I still have my 1978 Frosty, as well as my thankful things.
Thankfulness Over the Holiday & a 2013 Review
First, the thankful.
This holiday season, I’m thankful to have experienced an amazing light show at the botanic gardens,
that Tucker found some new friends to hug,
and that he had belly laughs in a secret and wondrous world with his best friend.
I’m thankful that our trip to Denver to see family and friends was relaxing, fun, and that Tucker did really well interacting and playing, in spite of the fact that none of us slept perfectly with his squirmy sharp-kneed self. I’m also thankful that he has his own bed, here.
And that the lovely Stephanie (Mommy, For Real) is just as awesome and adorable in person as she is online.
This holiday season, we had important life lessons, like how to make a duck face using a few chips from the $5 mini Pringles can that the airline so generously stocks.
We had bravery,
and more bravery.
We had a tranquil place to wash off the day’s grime.
And we had magic. Magic that I didn’t plan.
Stress-free magic and wonder.
We found very big magic in the very small.
We had Merry, Thankful, and Life. We had good.
We also have about 27.5 hours to complete our 2013 New Year’s resolutions! Whoot! Which means that I’d better start organizing, running, and being a better me. Rightnow. Er…just as soon as I wrap up the year, that is. What’s another 30 minutes in the scheme of things, right?
And now, a 2013 Review.
It’s hard to believe that another year has gone by. It seems like too few yesterdays ago that Tucker celebrated his first Christmas.
This year, we did not receive a diagnosis, and so we continue to inhabit The Middle World – a place where the autism spectrum exists but a diagnosis does not. This year, we also learned that a diagnosis has little to do with finding amazing community from so many different places. Places where you’re raising typical children, Middle World kids, special needs kids, or still hoping for them, whoever they will become. This year, I found you.
April brought me wondering about Tucker’s school photo, and wanting a land of empathy and wonder, which led to the lovely Our Land Series, which has taken off in ways that honor and amaze me. Thank you to each author for continually growing our awareness and kindness. With that great joy also came heartbreak, when I had to say goodbye to my keeper of secrets, Chief.
In May, I talked about why I blog.
H%LYF$cK this post is getting long. Did you all leave? I suppose this should’ve been two posts!! Sorry – too late. In August, I shared my bucket list (using the year 2059), the best Halloween costumes, and what I think it sounds like sometimes, in Tucker’s head.
Still here? OMG you people rock.
I really want to link up with Joy for her end-of-year post because she rocks, and not just ’cause she started her blog after finding Finding Ninee. However, I’m hoping she forgives me for skipping some of her 40 questions…
1) Gained or lost weight?
Really? Our scale ran out of batteries. So I’ll assume lost, although my boobs are looking larger.
4) Something you did for the first time in 2013?
Had a four-year old.
6) Something you unfortunately did not do in 2013?
7) Word of the year?
13) (Fallen) In love?
Over and over. His name is Tucker.
18) Book of the year?
The ones I’m in!!!
20) Insight of the year?
Worrying does nothing but eat my guts.
26) The most delicious meal or food you ate?
The ones that other people made.
31) The most beautiful sentence someone said to you?
Tucker saying “I you” in reply to my “I love you.”
33) How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve?
Still waiting for a great party invite that will warrant me calling a sitter and a car service.
37) What are you going to wear? Comfy or glamourous?
38) Did you have any resolutions for 2013? And how about 2014? 39) What are your wishes for the new year?
Tucker, getting language, and having a smooth transition to kindergarden in September (EEEP!!!). Me, remembering to be here, now. Always, and no matter what.
40) In one word: 2013 was…