My mate Mrs D plus 3 put together a little list to wrap up her year. I loved her list so much I thought I'd sit down and answer it while the kids hid from the heat on the lounge yesterday afternoon. You can read Robyn's answers and get a black copy of her list here.
Lucy bunting me in the vajayjay on New Year’s Day.
Taking the Little Sister to the toilet right as the Big Sister’s class went on stage to sing at this year’s Christmas carols. I’ll never let on that I missed the performance and I was lucky enough that other mums had videos I could watch.
In June some mates and I headed to Orchid Beach on Fraser Island for a girls' weekend. After a few piña coladas we thought it would be funny to slide our bikini straps off our shoulders, take a pic and tell our husbands we were sun baking nude. We thought we were hilarious.
Favourite photo I took:
Emma Ruddle has been taking our family photos for a few years now. We celebrated Bearhands’ 40th and his Dad’s 70th birthdays in January, and Emma came to the farm the following day and snapped this one of the bar we’d set up for the night.
Back in March (can it possibly just have been March), I had my first freelance article published in a print magazine called Out and About With Kids.
One day, when Bearhands says we’re finished farming I’m going to pay our away camping around Australia with writing work. Seeing my first byline seemed like a step in the right direction.
A couple of nights at the Paradise Resort on the Gold Coast with the kids. I hope I remember the look on their faces when we pulled back the curtains for the rest of my days.
This frock I wore to Anthony and Felicitie’s wedding.
Anthony’s mate David snapped this one of us outside the church at Ant and Flic’s wedding - it’s another favourite photo taken by someone else.
September was a cracker month for me. It started on the Gold Coast where I was staying for a big blogging conference. Then along with my new friends Claire and JJ, we were whisked away by Tourism Queensland to explore Southern Country Queensland. While we were away, blogging glitterati and nice bird Mrs Woog allowed me to guest post about toasters.
This year has been filled with lots of little wins, picking one is tough. Let me think about it.
Favourite Movie/TV series:
I don’t see many movies and I let Bearhands have the remote at night. My favourite movie is Charlotte’s Web. Sure it was made in 2006, but we only saw it this week. The Big Sister cried; she understood the undertones. I doubt she would have appreciated it last year. There’s something bitter sweet about watching her grow up.
Most memorable News headline:
Peter Cowan being convicted of Daniel Morcombe's abduction and murder. I spent several years working with the team looking for Daniel. I hope next year will see Cowan's appeal quashed and justice served.
What made you belly laugh:
Sliding down and falling off things.
I’d had high hopes for my digital magazine and it was a tough decision to stop producing it. I was grateful to Beth from BabyMac who was generous with her counsel when I bailed her up at the Voices of 2014 launch party. I wanted to continue Flossie in some form, so I turned it into a digital eCookbook which launched earlier this month. You can download your free copy here.
A lesson learnt:
I’m not much of a dancer, but in August Bearhands and I learned how to do the Queensland Backstep. There’s a part that involves kissing your partner, and I had to split my share with the Little Sister who was backstepping on my hip.
What made you cry:
Missing David always makes me cry. I’m very lucky to be surrounded by fabulous family and friends, but there is a David-sized hole in my life and there’s no filling it.
Most random thing you did:
I woke up one morning with a harebrained idea that bloggers reading mean comments written about them, would be as funny as celebrities reading mean tweets. I was overwhelmed at how many lovely people joined in. The day I published it was the busiest day on the blog ever. Pretty cool!
And that my friends, is my last post for 2014. I know not all of you have had an easy 2014. I wish you all a safe and happy new year. See you in 2015!