Adieu 2018, bonjour 2019!

It’s New Year’s Eve, and I’m feeling fresh. I wanted to write down some of my goals and resolutions for 2019, and some reflections on this past year.

To recap: 2018 was good to us overall, and busy! The boys have grown so much physically and also mentally, and their personalities blossom more each day. I’ve been working to better my photography skills, and realizing that I need to have creativity in my life, whether it’s through photography, art endeavors, crafts, sewing-and that the kiddos too love to be included in these pursuits (for the most part, they get tired of the Mamarazzi). I got on the substitute teaching list for our local school district, and ran my first 10K with Trevor. I joined the local gym here in FL and plan to continue this wellness endeavor with more gusto in the coming year. I’ve been doing yoga more regularly again for the first time in years, and it feels great. Trevor had a busy year as well, culminating with his final flight with the F-16 after 12 years and now our move to FL for his F-35 TX.

In February we spent a weekend in Phoenix for my brother’s wedding, and then spent the majority of the winter skiing with the kids. Both boys got on skis for the early 2018 season which was pretty cool. Levi was raging all on his own, going up the T-Bar and down every trail. Silas was skiing the Mighty Mite and even did some runs at Jay Peak with his dad. Our driveway washed out completely in early spring, and it was pretty devastating. A freak flash flood (more than an inch of rain in under an hour) cascaded down the hill and the driveway became a raging river, and all the material was washed away down to the landscape fabric. Luckily, we have amazing neighbors and friends, who helped us out to make it accessible again quickly.

We spent most of the summer working on house projects and getting ready for our move.  The boys spent their days outside playing and exploring with friends, or at Gretchen’s where all the big kids were out of school which is always a fun time for them. We (by we mostly Trevor) completed quite a few projects on the house-Trevor built the woodshed, sand shack and new stairs and railings for the front porch which we painted, we expanded my garden and built brand new raised beds out of hemlock and a cedar post fence encircling it, planted some apple trees and berry bushes, poured a cement foundation in the garage and downstairs mud room, added a fire pit, and smoothed out the main yard area. Trevor also got a backhoe which he had been eyeing for quite some time.

We did family camp at Camp Ohana in August, which was a perfect finish to a summer replete with swimming at the river, hanging out with friends, Lake Monsters games, and attempting to backyard camp (Levi and Trevor successful; Alana and Silas not so much). It was a great time and we would love to go back and do it again someday when the kiddos are older. After that we kicked our butts into gear and got ready for the FL move. So far, we are enjoying the warmth and beach access. We only have a few more months and back to VT we go. We drove down to St. Petersburg for Christmas to spend with Trevor’s 92 year old Grams, and I would say it was worth the long drive to see her face watching the kiddos open gifts Christmas morning. She confided that she never thought she’d see little boys have Christmas again. I do not think we will be driving to Orlando for a Disneyworld trip however; nine hours with a two and five year old and almost 10 year old dog is no easy feat as it turns out.

Right now they are watching Avengers, Levi is boogered out, and Silas just woke from a nap. Trevor is hunting, I’m getting dinner going. This is NYE 2018 and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Silas’ major development was speech-it has really taken off and now he’s a chatterbox, telling stories, using his imagination, and going on adventures with his big brother whom he adores. He is always following in Levi’s footsteps, and especially with our move, an incredibly close bond has really come into fruition between them. He skied for the first time in January; it’s bittersweet because we feel he really would have taken off this winter back home, but it is what it is. He finally gets to do gymnastics (Mommy and Me style) and is now somersaulting everywhere. He had his second birthday in March, and we celebrated by inviting his own friends from Gretchen’s for pizza and cake, and it was a good day indeed-little toddlers with playdough, music, and just hanging out. He is really into superheroes and beating bad guys like his big brother, and enjoys Mama School time, even though morning meeting is just not something he can be still for. He loves to ask “Are you my Mommy” because he loves to hear me respond “Always your Mommy,” then tells me he is always my Silas and he “lubs” me. He wakes up every day when the sun comes up and tells Trevor and I if we aren’t up that it’s morning time. He’s our rough and tumble wild man, and this year has really grown so much. With him being our last, it’s bittersweet but awesome (another of his current favorite words) to think that this child is thriving after his rough start in life with ISO.

Levi is also burgeoning, and is always examining, making connections, and now using his brainpower (for better or worse) to push his limits and see what he can and can’t do. He loves to be outside and explore nature. This year he skied all by himself from the T-Bar all the way down the mountain, and had a great season spanning from January to April. He really misses skiing right now and says he prefers snow to the rainy warm winter season here in FL, but enjoys going to Rocky Bayou and going on trails. He learned how to ride his bike sans training wheels at Camp Ohana, and has really taken off here with all the biking paths. He had his first season of T-Ball this year starting in May and ending in June, which was a great experience for him. Trevor has been working with him and now he can catch and hit a ball without a tee! Plus one for a mild winter sans snow. We are continuing gymnastics in Florida and he also does soccer. He ended his soccer summer camp with a smash kick into the goal! He also had his first day camp at the Audubon center, and then a Gretchen summer. He finished his first year of preschool in June, and began his second year in August with Ms. Arielle. He really misses his class since we moved but he gets to rejoin upon our return in the spring. Thankfully his teacher has reached out and we have been able to Facetime a story which has helped ease the transition here. He longs to learn how to read and so we are starting a basic phonics program when Silas naps on our Mama School days. Sometimes he has a hard time handling his anger; we are working on strategies to temper his temper. He is a very emotive child and feels with all his might, for better or for worse. We ended our time this past year in Vermont with his fifth birthday party, which was a Megalodon shark theme, at his request. His grandmother made a 30 ft long Megalodon for the kiddos to play inside and it was a hit. It was a great party, and we were able to hang out by the fire and enjoy time with friends before our Florida sojourn, a perfect celebration of Levi, fall, and the community we have found. He discovered superheroes this year and that’s been the theme for a few months now-he loves to dress up as whoever his current fav is (Batman for Halloween, Captain America the past few days, Spiderman, Power Rangers, he loves them all) I can’t believe how far this kid has come and I am relishing the time I’ve had with him as of late. He is so curious and loves to build-legos, blocks, cardboard, you name it; we may have a future engineer on our hands. He still loves Mama snuggles. I wonder how many more years we have of that.

So after recapping my year I’d like to make a few resolutions-my husband always says they must be tangible so-

  1. Make 2019 my year of wellness in all health domains-less wine, less screen time, more presence with my kiddos, more exercise, and more awareness of my food choice/intake
  2. Being present with my family-so less screen time, less distraction, more patience, less nagging, more connection
  3. Sewing resolutions: a quilt for each boy, a couple timeless garments for myself (maxi skirt, shift dress, tee), shorts/pants and shirt combo for boys
  4. Better my photography-take courses, shoot every day, allow for critique, build portfolio, start business

Happy 2019 everyone!

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