Friday, December 10, 2010

2010 Review Extravaganza, Part 1

I've found a new bloggy friend. We've only been acquainted for less than a week, but I already like her approach to life and blogging.

Emmy Mom is holding a linky party for the next four Fridays--review the year in four successive Friday posts. Read about it here.

Many if not most of you haven't read my blog for this entire calendar year, so I thought I'd participate, just for fun!  And I'm sure she'd love to have you join in, if you're so inclined.

January brought this entry about a blanket, a baby, and a funeral--and my goal for 2010--make everyday count.  As I look back on the year, I kind of lost sight of this as my goal throughout the year, but I think I've done a lot better appreciating those little things that happen daily.

January also brought the hilarious retelling of our family picture misadventure and my best glamour shot ever.

And my first public admission that I have a boot addiction.
An addiction for which I will not apologize nor will I forsake.

February came, and so did my famous $1 garage sale (yes, everything was $1), a completely unwasted day that I'd forgotten, and Heidi's engagement pictures and bridal shower. So too, did my knowledge on how to enlarge my pictures on my blog.  Photography at the Sanatorium would never be the same again.  Thanks, Sarah at Clover Lane.

March.  Wow. I did a series of posts on milestones in my kids' and my life (Evie and Micah and Hyrum and Ben and Lily and Heidi and Tucker and Brad, and even bemoaning my own midlife crisis).
I tried my hand at a writer's workshop, didn't love it, but found a great bloggy friend (Hi, Paige!) in exchange.
I had one of my favorite moments ever, recorded before it faded from memory.
And I also discovered who I truly am--Jane Jetson.

If I were to pinpoint any moment in my blogging history that was pivotal, it would be March.  That's when I really felt like I found my voice--no longer trying to imitate others or sound smart or political or funny or perfect.  That's when I let my blog be me.

This was such a fun exercise.  I can't wait to complete the rest of the year, since April-June were the biggest changes in my adult life, that's for sure.


And if you want to come back here on Monday, you can join our linky party of favorite Christmas baking traditions!


  1. Love this post! Had to go back & read a few that I missed. All we have to do is add an "a" and you will be Jane!! I loved the Jetsons. Wouldn't that be an awesome Christmas gift to kids, The Jetsons on dvd?

    You have had quite a year! It has been an honor to read your blog & follow along with you & your family!

    If you decide to post your holiday card, please link up to my current post. It will be active until Dec. 31st. hugs, Cathy

  2. ohhh goodness...i'll have to participate...this one looks like a great reflection of the year and i need some happy reflection...i'm starting to feel the pregnancy and the blahs and it's overwhelming effects.

  3. What a great idea - I'll see if I can get something out by the end of the day.

  4. Gosh, the year has just flown by! Going back and reviewing is an interesting idea. I don't usually do that with my journals and haven't with my blog. Am I brave enough to see if I have done or changed what I wanted to? Hmmm... Here you are making me think, again. ;)

  5. this year has flown..glad we're friends! going to check out your new friend!

  6. This review was fun to read, even though I never miss a post of yours.

    (In case you hadn't noticed, I'm a big fan of the Sanatorium...)


  7. I love Jane Jetson and your ever present wit and charm. Glad you found your own blogging style- I really like it!

  8. I am off to check out her blog now! Thank you!
    Have a pretty day!

  9. mentioned me! Wait, was it me? Don't you know about 12 Paiges? Okay, I'm going to think it's me because that makes me happy. :)

    I'm with you on the Christmas cooking traditions. I'm home this year for Christmas and my mom and I will be making Christmas candy - just like the good onld days!

  10. Just found your blog, I'm excited to get to know you!

  11. I missed a few I went back to check them out! I'm glad you found your writing style...although, when did you not have it?! ;) You're a fantastic writer...and a joy to read.
    This link party looks fun...but a LOT of work!

  12. Thank you for your kind comments. I will definitely be back around to read some of those posts.

    I love that first picture. And it really is a great moment when you learn to blog just for you..I think we all go through it, well those who last at least.

  13. I've had the best time reading through your blog and looking at your lovely photography. This was a great recap of the first quarter of the year!

    You have a beautiful family!

  14. This was a great post. I haven't followed you for that long but I've totally had a great time reading each post. Interesting thoughts on blogging.
    I agree with you.

    I'm off to check out your new blog friend.

  15. Thanks for letting us peak into your year!

    I loved the story of "L"...beautiful

  16. I was so excited to you had linked up! Great post. I look forward to next week.

    Jane Jetson, hehehe.

  17. Jen, I loved reading this! What a year. It was fun reading older posts before I found your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  18. you are my mama idol.
    so glad you're doing the extravagazna with us:)
    -em (from emilisq)

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