Happy Tuesday all! This year has been quite the year and while I love the Fall Season (actually from October – December as I think everyone is happier this time of year!), I have to say I am definitely ready for 2015. Is it too early to say that? I have started and stopped this same post so many times in the past few weeks. There is part of me that uses my blog to talk to you all about all of the challenges and fun things we experience in life, some food related, some not, and there is also part of me that keeps certain things quiet. I think part of me didn’t want to put any of this in writing because then I’d have to admit it and it would be real.
2014 started out with me getting Pneumonia after the flu – something I’ve never had which was awful and I never, ever want to repeat. Although I did manage to fit in 3 weeks of Simple Start during this time which I have no doubt helped me get better.
The Husband surprised me with our first trip to Seattle to see all the cools things I’ve always wanted to see. The recaps are here.
Then, it got pretty crazy with work.As so many of you know, when I switched jobs over two years ago, it has been a challenge to balance it all. I love my job and my co-workers, but, it has also been a bit challenging as we have built everything from the ground up….all in the name of wine! Definitely a good cause, right? I am hopeful that I can find a way to balance this out.
The summer turned into a summer I will always remember ~ We went on our usual Las Vegas Trip and then spent the 4th of July Camping with My Sis/Family watching fire works at the lake.
It ended with us celebrating birthdays with both our families on our trip to Alaska and Seattle (I still plan on doing recaps!)
We also had that crazy Earthquake in Napa that has taken some time to rebuild.
In September, we unexpectedly said goodbye to my Dad and I helped plan my first funeral ever. I wasn’t sure if this was the part I wanted to share or not – maybe it’s because it makes it permanent, maybe because it’s so personal. I’ve read so many nice messages people have posted and know what an amazing person he was. This is where I keep stopping every time I go to put a blog post together to share with you all. He raised me, taught me so much about life and every day he inspired me to be a better person. I loved him more than he will ever know
Putting it all in writing is too hard….but, I will say my favorite thing was visiting the Master Garden he built and we will all pitch in to finish.
I miss him more than he would probably ever imagine too…..
The Husband brightened up October by busting out our Pumpkin Family….now I just need to go get some pumpkins so they have “friends” to hang out with.
I am looking forward to our Annual Halloween Costume Contest at work, celebrating our anniversary in the Caribbean on the island we were married and celebrating the holidays with my family. I know that my life is forever changed this year, but, I also am committed to finding my new normal. I am not sure what it will be but I know I need to find a way to balance it out all and follow I value most in life.
Last, but, not least….I have not been doing too much cooking, but, like my Dad…I am always randomly snapping pictures of anything that catches my eye.
I love these pumpkins!
And this sign totally makes me smile every time I see it.
I can honestly say I miss working on my monthly resolutions and sharing my daily adventures with you all. I have so much to catch up on (so behind on emails, comments, getting back to you all) and I need to start watching this year’s Biggest Loser! I am definitely sad Jillian is gone but at the same time, I want to see what the new trainers are all about.
I am reminded how many friends I have here whenever I end up taking too long of a break. I am going to work on not staying away too long this time and work towards getting back to my dailies. I am not sure what my new normal is going to be, but, I plan on finding it and then chatting away with you all about how “normal” my day was…