I love the beginning of a new year. It is a great time to reflect and a great time to plan.
2011 was a year of change and challenges for me personally as I went back to graduate school, starting a second Master's degree in History with a concentration in Romance languages. Learning French at 40 has been a challenge and in January that challenge grows as Italian joins my courseload. I am still figuring out how to manage homeschooling and homemaking with being a student again...mainly, I miss sleep and my laundry has not been caught up since August. LOL.
2011 was a year of travels for us. We got to experience history when we went to England for the royal wedding...we were in that throng of people at Buckingham Palace when my husband snapped this picture...
and it was a great learning trip for our daughter, age 7, who we took with us... if she looks tired, its because we were at the palace that morning at 5am to get our spot. Totally. worth. it.
Of course, one of the highlights for me was starting a Jane Austen Book Club here locally that met once a month throughout this past year (to start your own, see this post) and visiting the Jane Austen House in Chawton...Seeing the house; the exact table, where she wrote my favorite story (Pride and Prejudice) was a thrill.
The whole day was a teachable homeschool, literature loving, moment. Here is my daughter Audrey and I walking the Gardens at the Jane Austen house.
I also marked a big thing off my bucket list by finally seeing Paris. I went alone and got to indulge my adventurous spirit by exploring the city for 5 days with nothing but my newly learned French, a dictionary, a walking tours book and a map of the city. I'm not exagerating when I say this adventure changed my life and I think a big adventure now and again is good for the mind, body and soul.
On the family front, the kids had a great year and I love love love being their mother. There are still alot of challenges in our home with two of our five children having special needs. We continue to persevere. For now, everyone is happy and healthy and you can't really ask for more than that.
favorite outdoor activity: riding
favorite indoor activity: skating
favorite homesteading activity: the chickens!
Baby Brooke turned one!
Mr. Darcy is used to my adventurous ways...who knew there was a rock wall at the SD Zoo?
All my best,