If you missed the first post, I am doing #weVERB14 this year. Loving it so far. I am skipping #6 for now, so here's week 2.... And I apologize, I feel like this is turning into (or always has been) an internal dialog to celebrate the last year and feel grateful for the new year!?
Day 7: Send, what is the best thing you sent in 2013? What will you send in 2014?
It's funny, this prompt seems so boastful and selfish. It feels like a self proclamation- I am such a super friend that I gave great things?? But at the same time, it's reminding me that I really do get joy out of sending gifts to folks!! Thus, adding that to my 2014 list- send gifts/cards/thank yous/notes of love, etc.
I really do love sending packages- I may bitch and moan about postage, but I get super gleeful (is that a word??) at myself when I think about the person opening the package at the other end!
My favorite package that I sent was a belated wedding present! I got to welcome a friend back to the West Coast by sending her and her new hubby wine and wine glasses to celebrate their return!!
And in 2014- I am over the moon excited to send them a baby present!! I want to send her a package of all of my favorite baby things that I never knew about. I have a running list in my head!! Another note to self- don't forget to send said baby package!
I also love sending Thank You notes- I don't do it often enough and I really need to stop thinking of it as a chore!
I also 'sent' our entire family down to LA for the week after xmas. I could tell it meant a lot to my Mom- she did so much for us in November!! And the week was beyond fantastic. It was also great to see that the Thank You note that we sent was on her wall of cards!!!
Day 8: Accept, what imperfections have you learned to accept?
Again, another tough one for me. I have totally accepted that life is more chaotic with a little one; our house will always be messier and I will almost NEVER feel on top of everything that is happening around me.
That said, in the last couple weeks, I've realized that I really don't like living in chaos. My heads been spinning with thoughts on declutter our life and 'living with intent' ever since 2014 hit.
So, I accept that my home and life won't ever be free of chaos, but I am really doing my best to eliminate it in the first place. Does that count as acceptance??
Day 9: Laugh, biggest belly laughs of 2013!!
Having a kid is full of extremes and one of the extremes is how FREAKING funny they can be without ever realizing it. For instance, blaming Mommy's fart on Daddy, which was pretty awesome (yes, I am a 12 year old boy). Or parroting back anything we say- the good, the bad, and the ugly; espeically the ugly- hearing an 18 month year old say ass hole is both hilarious and terrifying.
Or when talking to my 9 year old neice about my awesome alma mater- University of Washington. I said, 'Don't you want to go to school where your favorite Aunt went?' Without skipping a beat- "Yes, where did Aunt Jen (my sister) go!??" Zing.
But really, those moments are fletting and hard to capture- expecially the extremes of being surrounded by much poop that you just have to laugh at yourself.
I think the real belly aching has come from amazing dinners with close friends at our house and hanging out with my brother and sister in law over NYE. Laughing, drinking and eating so much over stuff that I can't remember. And constantly laughing at the little silly stuff that happen every day with a 2 year old.
Those are the memories, I can't put into words, but really make my heart happy!!