Friday, January 2, 2015

2014 Reflections and Favorites

Before we look ahead to 2015, I wanted to reflect on 2014.  A year in review of sorts.

Our year began with an anniversary trip to Bend.  As it goes with many of our trips and getaways, we talked a lot about future plans and what was next for our family of six.  I started off the year inspired with a exciting new lengthy reading list, with more books than I had ever planned to read, and a determination to read more in 2014. I began sharing Book Reports, updates of the books I was reading each month.

Favorite Author of 2014 || Kate Morton

Favorite Book of 2014 || The Secret Keeper & The Forgotten Garden

I also shared our Weekly Art With Kid's Posts.  I talked about the proper place for crafting.  We had some snow in February and loved having a few days off together as a family.  I worked my way through sharing the rest of our 2013 Project Life pages.  We headed off to Utah and spend our spring break with family there.

Favorite Kid Art Project ||  Sunflower Paper Plate

Favorite Craft Project || Yarn Wreath

Favorite Failed Project || A Winter Scarf

Favorite Project Life Pages || 2014 Pages

I was able to share a few room reveals on the blog.   I was able to go to a few movies this year, spending some lovely even outs with my hubby.  I also had so much fun spending time with friends this year, crafting, going out for dinner and movies, attending a book group, starting a motherhood book group, and just hanging out.

Favorite Room Reveal || Our Baby Room

Favorite Movie || The Hundred-Foot Journey

Favorite Motherhood Book || Motherhood Realized

Favorite Blogs || Enjoy It & Jones Design Company

I played a lot with paper this year.  I worked hard to establish a weekly routine, saving Friday for crafting, decorating, and scrapbooking.  I didn't scrapbook as much as I would have like to this year.  I shared my favorite girly movies and some lovely Spring Picture Books.  I also shared some photos from my working kitchen and a series on planning a great summer with your family.

Favorite Picture Book ||  Piggy and Gerald

This summer we hiked to Pittock Mansion and took three trips to the beach this summer.  We traveled to Utah for the 4th of July.  I listened to podcasts.  We read a lot, celebrated a few birthdays, did a few more art projects with the kids, and enjoyed some lazy days.  I worked a lot on simplifying, decluttering, and shared some thoughts about this on the blog.

Favorite Hike ||  Pittock Mansion

Favorite Podcast || Elise Gets Crafty

Favorite Chapter Book ||  Watership Down

My favorite time of year is in the fall.  We were able to spend some time on the river, I was able to share my thoughts on the first day of school, and I shared some suggestions for great autumn reads and some favorite autumn picture books.  I love that my youngest and I share a birthday month and I so enjoyed his fox themed birthday this year.

I also shared a decorating series this past October, sharing my tips and tricks of decorating our very much lived in and loved home.

Favorite Autumn Read ||  Bread and Wine

Favorite 2 Year Old Birthday Gift || Balance Bike & Jellycat Fox

Favorite Decorating Tip ||  Use Handmade Items

We headed off to Utah again for Thanksgiving.  We have used a lot of essential oils lately to recover from little colds and one 2 year old boy with croup.  I also have been making and purchasing natural items for skincare and beauty products and have been so happy and excited for these new products.  I watched a bit more TV then usually as I cross stitched some fun Christmas gifts.   I shared our fun Christmas Home Tour.  I was also able to share some thoughts on simplifying Christmas and some of our favorite Christmas picture books I shared here and here.  We spent Christmas and New Years with friends and family.

Favorite Christmas Movie ||  While You Were Sleeping 

Favorite Current Series ||  Larkrise to Candelford

Favorite Cross Stitch Book & Blog ||  Storyland Cross StitchWhat Delilah Did

2014 was so good.  I loved reviewing and sharing some highlights here before we head into the next year.  2015 goals and book lists and a couple new projects are in the works to be shared here in the next few days.

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