Friday, December 27, 2013

2013 In Review

I'm inspired to write this post after reading Josie's.

Now that 2013 has almost come to an end, it's time for me to sit down and look through my life this year.

Instead of depending on my rusty memory, I read through my blog and how I documented all the special things we did throughout the year. I'm so glad I am a blogger.

Then I took out my Project Life album and see all those routine stuff we do each week, see my kids funny antics and read about the things they say. Project Life has been fun documenting routine stuff with beautiful papers. The small things matter.

And then I took out my iPhone and scrolled through the photos in Camera Roll. Through there I see even more things. My life is basically captured through my camera, and my phone and most of all my blog. Do you know I have like 9000+ random photos in my phone Camera Roll?

2013 has been a year of challenge for me. It's basically life with having 2 kids. Khye came to our family late of last year and then we grow as a family of 4 this year, going for family holidays in Singapore and KL, and doing many things just the 4 of us.

Being a mum to two is not easy. As Shern grows up to be a very active and cheeky 4 yr old, the duties of caring for a newborn and now toddler starts all over again with Khye.

I learned to be more patient and less hysterical when it comes to dealing with two kids.
I also learned there each child is so different. Shern with his prolonged breastmilk jaundice and being a late talker, and Khye with his nipple confusion and delay in taking solids.
I learned to take one step at a time.

When it comes to friendship, it has also been a wavering year. Some friends just shut me off just because I am now a mother of two and no more joining them for some sessions. Other friends understand. So I learned to stick with friends who accept me for who I am, for the boring mum I am.

And I've got a group of really good childhood friends who we chat almost every day in whatsapp (thank God for smartphone apps!). We are all worlds apart, with some living in another country. But it has been great that we all kinda support each other no matter what.

And being a stay-at-home-mum, I don't have colleagues and many friends. So I really appreciate those few close friends that I have.
Sure, I have so many hundreds of friends in my Facebook account, but only a handful of them whom I'm really close to.

This is also the first year we've been invited to a real Christmas Party. Actually there were 2 invitations this year. So this year is the first for me to buy so many Christmas presents, and guess what, it was fun. It was a good feeling to buy gifts for people and see the smile on their faces.

I'm also grateful of my family support throughout, especially with my kids. And my sis's firstborn, Ethan joined our family in early December. He's such a cutie and I can't wait to see him. My sis is like so many thousand miles away and I do miss her. That's when I'm forever thankful to Whatsapp and Facebook Chat and emails.
And for that also I'm grateful that I have my little sister still in Penang, and that I have my parents staying so near to me.

2013 has also been a fruitful year for me as I do more product reviews. I had the opportunity to work with many great brands and many wonderful people. Doing the thing I love and seeing how the work being paid off is great. It's the little accomplishment that makes me feel good.  

This is the year that we went for house hunting. It has been a tiring yet fun searching for our dream house. We searched for more than half a year before we found something we both like. And now we can strike off #5 in my Life List:
5. Buy a landed property with a spacious garden.
And we hope to move in soon, but first I need to go for furniture hunting and do some really tight budgeting.

And most of all, I am grateful for my hubby for providing us the love and care. It is he who loves us unconditionally even though sometimes I can be the crazy wife. Although hysterical at times, he still showers us much love and being so accomodating. Thank you hubby for everything.

So overall, I think 2013 has been a great year.
After all, I have now learn to be contented and to live life to the fullest in every way we can.

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