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2008 – a year in review

Just like last year I have completed the survey that Sundry has on her blog. Its interesting how many answers would remain the same and how despite there not being many big changes in our lives, how happy we still are.

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
Flew from Australia to England and back again with an eighteen month old.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Last year I said I wanted to make more resolutions as a family and stick to them and that didn’t really happen this year so I suppose I am going to ask for a do-over.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Yes, as always our friends continue to give birth and get pregnant which is very exciting. One of my oldest and bestest friends Erica gave birth to her very own baby girl, Genevieve and although I miss her madly, its been wonderful to share in her and J-P’s joy and happiness, even from afar. My special friend Rosie had her baby girl Tahlia on Mother’s Day this year and she continues to be my parenting inspiration, I only hope our second child is as much of a delight as her daughter!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, not close although there have been a few sad passings in Ron’s rugby club.

5. What countries did you visit?
We went back to England for a close friend’s wedding. It was a wonderful trip, my Mum and Dad met us there so we could all spend some time together. Sadly our age of international travel has passed so we probably won’t be travelling to any exotic destinations in the near future. There is more than enough of Australia for us to explore though!

6. What would you like to have in 2009 that you lacked in 2008?
Confidence in my abilities, both as a parent and a wife and woman. Leaving the UK and moving to Australia was more difficult than I anticipated and my confidence in myself has been lacking. I hope to have more strength of character and motivation.

7. What dates from 2008 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
The 6th July 2008 is a special one, it was Amy’s second birthday and also the date of my last period meaning it’s the date on my medical records for dating my pregnancy. Although at the time I was sad to get another period, especially on Amy’s birthday, looking back it was the start of this next adventure in our lives.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Falling pregnant can’t really count as an achievement but I am still proud of myself for maintaining a healthy pregnancy and taking care of myself at the same time. There are a hundred milestones in Amy’s life that I am proud of, our little baby is really growing into a proper young girl now.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Managing my anxiety and fears for the future. Its been a hard year for so many and I allowed my worries to overcome me at times. Thankfully I have been able to get these fears under control and I spend a lot less time worrying about things that are out of my control and more time concentrating on those things that I can change.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Does morning sickness count as illness because I had it bad! I look back on those first few months of my pregnancy and its all a blur, I really was sick. Thankfully despite it lingering well past the first trimester I am no longer sick and actually feel really, really healthy in this pregnancy.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Our bran new deck, we will enjoy it for many years to come.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Once again I have to say my husband and my daughter. Ron has continued to work tirelessly both at work and here at home to make our lives as full and happy as possible and Amy is blossoming into a gorgeous, funny, clever little person.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Robert Mugabe.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Our gorgeous new deck!

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
My positive pregnancy test!

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
Definitely still happier
b) thinner or fatter? Fatter, but I am pregnant, give me a break!
c) richer or poorer? Still poorer, but still better off.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Last year I said I wished I had worked harder on my friendships near and far and I still feel like this should be a priority for the coming year. I want to stay in touch more regularily and talk on the phone more often with the people that I love.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Worrying, definitely worrying. I wasted a lot of hours when I should be asleep lying in bed feeling anxious about the future.

20. How did you spend Christmas?
With my husband’s family at home on our new deck.

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
No, not in the romantic sense of the word, but I love my husband and my daughter more and more as time passes and I am growing to love the wriggling baby inside my uterus that keeps me awake at night with its jabs and hooks!

22. What was your favorite TV program?
I loved “Packed to the Rafters”, a good aussie program about a family and their dysfunction, love and relationships. Ron and I watched season 1 of Dexter which we adored.

23. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nope, I am definitely not a hater.

24. What was the best book you read?
Once again I have read too many books to begin choosing a favourite. I do have a confession to make however. I managed to stay away from the Twilight phenomenon for a long time but finally succumbed this festive season. I have read the first and second books and although I can say without a doubt that these are not the best books I have read all year, I have enjoyed them on some levels.

25. What was your greatest musical discovery?
No real musical discoverys, Ron and I are still trying to decide if buying a new ipod fits into our budget, until then I will continue to listen to talk radio and feel completely out of touch with whats going on in the music industry. I am still sulking that The Killers, Coldplay, Snowpatrol and Elbow will be out here in March when I am 9 months pregnant. Hurrumph.

26. What did you want and get?
A positive pregnancy test, eventually. A new camera, a new deck. I was spoiled again I guess.

27. What did you want and not get?
Nothing worth mentioning.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Once again watching movies is so low on my list of priorities that I can’t really think of a favourite. I did get to see the Sex and The City movie which I enjoyed, its not a favourite though. Ron and I are going to use our fancy Gold class cinema tickets to go and see Australia later this week, we stupidly missed Quantum of Solace when it was on at the movies.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
It just shows how much older I am getting that I had to refer back to my blog to find out what I did this year! I turned 32 and Ron and I went to see a movie, had a lie in, ate pancakes and maple syrup and then went to lunch with friends at a lovely pub on the water before going to Ron’s parents house to see Amy and going out for a drink.

30. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Not one thing. Seriously, I could get all whiny and talk about financial security or more travel or other things that have no consequence but my life is very simple and very satisfying.

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
The same as last year “Practical, comfy? Covered in crumbs and vegemite finger prints.” And of course sized maternity towards the end of the year.

32. What kept you sane?
This is the same as last year too: “The love of a good man and the absolute joy that has been watching my child develop into her own little person”. Amy continues to marvel and delight us and each stepping stone or milestone reached is another chance to beam with pride at what we have created. I feel infinitely blessed to have had these two and a half years with my daughter before we decided to increase our family and the relationship I have with Amy is a source of joy and wonder.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Ewan Macgregor all over again in “The Long Way Down”

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
The US Elections made me weep with joy and the dire situation in Zimbabwe has made me cry and rant and rave.

35. Who did you miss?
Everyone, you know who you are.

36. Who was the best new person you met?
I have made wonderful new friends through two playgroups that we joined this year and feel very lucky to continue to meet women who support my parenting choices and have lovely children themselves.

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007.
Patience is not an easy virtue to nurture and I struggled to remain upbeat whilst trying to get pregnant. I also know that worrying needlessly is a waste of time and energy.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
“Well open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you’re free
Look into your heart and you’ll find that the sky is yours
Please don’t, please don’t, please don’t
There’s no need to complicate
Cause our time is short”
Jason Mraz – I’m Yours.

Happy New Year to each and every one of you! I wish you all the best the coming year could bring you. 2009 is going to be a very big year for the White family with the arrival of our new baby in April, we are excited, nervous and apprehensive all at the same time! Right now we are off up the road to some friends for a bbq and a few drinks.

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