2008 – The Year in Review

2008 was in interesting year, so I thought I’d do a little recap on it for you. Those of you who have been following my blog all year probably already know most of this stuff, but I know I’ve picked up a lot of new readers recently.

Work – This year work has been insanity in a can. We “upgraded” to a new computer program and I use the word upgrade with a definite edge of sarcasm. Basically this new program has essentially tripled my workload with no particular benefit that I can see, but what can you do? 2009 promises to be even worse as we are getting another “upgrade” in a couple of months and will be processing a major acquisition for the company. Still I’m so grateful to have a good job in this economy, so I’ll keep slogging along.

Kids – I’m grateful that my kids are all healthy and doing reasonably well. Ryan has four kids now (wow!) and they are doing remarkably well with that. Matt is unemployed and driving me crazy, but he’s still a pretty good kid. Blake is having some issues with bullying at school, but we’re working through it and trying to help him act a little more mature, which should help.

Family – Been an interesting year for family. My sister moved a couple of hundred miles away, so I get to spend even less time with her. We lost our last remaining parent this year – my father-in-law, which was very hard and created a lot of extra stress and hardship in our life as we sorted through his estate, but we’re getting through it as best we can. Plus we’ve had the joy of a new granddaughter.

Travel – We did a LOT of traveling this year, some of it for fun, some of it not. Started the year with a 3 day trip to Phoenix for a business trip. When I came back, my FIL was failing so we headed directly out to California for his final days and funeral. Then, due to a freak of timing, we headed back to Utah the day after the funeral to pack for our 25th Anniversary Cruise to the Caribbean. So literally, we flew coast-to-coast within 10 days. Despite the circumstances, we had a fabulous time on our Cruise and it made for a very memorable anniversary for Tony and I. Had several more trips during the year – one to clean out the house and get it ready for sale, one for a mini vacation to Evanston Wyoming (fabulous 4th of July fireworks!) and our most recent trip to CA to see the grandkids for Thanksgiving. Hopefully, we’ll be staying put more in 2009!

Stamping – Continued to keep pretty busy with my stamping business. Went to numerous weekend stamping events with my friends, including a girls stamping weekend in April, and a 4 day Convention in July. Continued to teach my monthly classes as well as my work with the Ronald McDonald House team.

Church – As always, we are very busy and involved with our church. Matt plays in the band, I sing in the choir when I can, and we have numerous service events we help out with, such as making 500 sandwiches for the homeless shelter. This month, I’m looking at putting together a chili cookoff. Said goodbye to our minister, which was hard after 9 years, but we’re hopeful that we’re going to get a great new leader.

Other – Created my Messy Mom’s classes and have taught four classes so far. I really enjoy making a difference in the lives of these women and seeing how excited they get to make changes in their everyday lives. I’m starting a new round of classes in January, so if you know anyone in the Salt Lake area who could benefit, send them my way.

Weight – I’m just putting this in for the sake of honest reporting. Managing my weight in 2008 has not been my shining moment. Despite 3 rounds of Weight Watcher’s classes this year, I have basically been losing and gaining the same 5 pounds all year long and I think I’m even a few pounds heavier than I started the year out. Hard to tell, because I got a new scale half way through the year and it weighs heavier than the old one, but I guess the point is that I didn’t really LOSE any weight in 2008 (sigh). Not that I’m going to go off the deep end with any New Year’s resolutions or anything. I’ve just done that too many times and I always end up not sticking to it, so I think I’m just going to make up my mind to be fat and like it! Or something like that….

So, how about you? Are you happy to say goodbye to 2008? Got any interesting Resolutions? Feel free to share.


  1. 2009 will be my first school-free year, so resolutions are important to me. In the past I’ve done goals by semester, but that’s hardly an option anymore. The two most challenging goals I have this year are to exercise 3x a week and to write a novel, both which will require perseverance.

  2. It sounds like your life ran the fill gamut of emotions in 2008 and that’s a good thing. I am thrilled to leave 2008 behind – it was so difficult. So far 2009 promises to be rough as well with my MIL’s illness but I am still optimistic…

    Happy New Year to you!

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