Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 in books & pictures {+ our first broken bone}

2015 will begin in T-minus 2 hours! Hard to believe, both because it is the year Marty McFly visited in Back to the Future 2 and also because it is the year Thomas and I will both turn 30. Yikes!

2014 was obviously a big year for our family, as it brought us the addition of our second baby boy. It was so wonderful watching him grow and develop this year. We also loved watching Jamie continue to develop, and it has been a joy to continue seeing him learn new things. He finished his co-op preschool and started regular preschool in the fall, he became a big brother, he has become more social, and his drawing, writing, and budding reading skills have improved like crazy over the last few months. Also this year, my parents left Kirksville, Thomas went to Europe twice, we had our first real family vacation, we said good bye to our first car and purchased our second, I lost my grandmother, and we had our first Christmas at home.

our year in pictures--January: saying good bye to my childhood home and Thomas's birthday // February: snow! and Valentine's Day // March: Jacob Wilder joins our family // April: family comes to meet Jacob and Easter // May: fire station field trip and Memorial Day in Atlanta // June: more family visits, Jamie's birthday, and swim lessons // July: vacation to Charleston // August: another visit to Atlanta and a fun camping trip // September: my birthday // October: Benj's visit, including a family day in Chattanooga, and Halloween! // November: Thanksgiving in Atlanta // December: my grandma's funeral and Christmas

And right as the year wound to a close, it brought us our family's first broken bone. On Monday, Thomas had an accident while riding his bike home from campus, and he broke a bone in his forearm. It's awful, but we are all grateful it wasn't any worse.

And because this represents how I spent nearly all of my free time, I'd like to review my year in books. Thanks to a certain baby, I didn't read nearly as many this year as I have in the last few years, but hopefully that will improve in 2015! Many were rereads, because, as my favorite Oscar Wilde quote goes, "If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all." 

Without further ado, these are the books I read in 2014.

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Ex Libris by Anne Fadiman
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein
Birth Day by Mark Sloan
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them / Quidditch Through the Ages / The Tales of Beadle the Bard by J. K. Rowling
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Dear Mr. Knightley by Katherine Reay
MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche
Now I’ll Tell You Everything by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan
Austenland by Shannon Hale
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
The Lost Child of Philomena Lee by Martin Sixsmith
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Mary Poppins by P. L. Travers
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Dracula by Bram Stoker
I’m a Stranger Here Myself by Bill Bryson
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
As You Wish by Cary Elwes
Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris

Here's to a year filled with new books, milestones, trips, family visits, and hopefully more sleep than this year brought. Happy 2015!

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