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Wednesday, January 03, 2007


Year In Review

Looking back through my archives for 2006, I realized, "Hey, I'm finally keeping a diary!" Because that's what it is at times. I thought my kids might appreciate this in the future, but I'm the one who's going to have the most fun reading old posts and reliving fun memories.

Here's my Year In Review, with the highlights from each month:

January: My son discovered a love for shoveling snow. My jaw still drops at the thought.

February: My daughter flipped off a PTA mom at her brother's school. Also, Don Knotts' death hit my son hard.

March: I first became serious about homeschooling after witnessing the chaos of a substitute teacher. And, we went snow tubing for the first time.

April: I packed up the kids and took them to Iraq. And then I did something even scarier... I coached my daughter's soccer team!

May: My son found us out.

June: I began moving the first of what would eventually be about 10,000 pounds of granite into my backyard. By myself. With a furniture cart. Meanwhile, my son learned to fish.

July: This was a slow month. I was attacked by wolves, roasted in the heat, and stranded on a ferris wheel.

August: At the beginning of the month, we took an awesome 5-day family trip to Mt. St. Helens and Kalaloch Beach. New country for all of us. I hope to get us back to Kalaloch real soon. At the end of the month we made a monumental change in our lives... We started homeschooling.

September: My daughter started kindergarten. No homeschooling for her. Yet.

October: I explained why we homeschool. But it was my "Unhappy Meal" post that made my comments explode.

November: I finally changed my template. Then I had a wonderful epiphany about my son.

December: My son's first semester of homeschooling concluded as a great success, and socialization was never a concern.

2006 was an interesting year. I'd forgotten quite a bit of it. The years go by so quickly, it will be nice to have this record of our family.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! That's quite a year.

I think I ate fried chicken a few times and went to a movie. That's about it.

12:01 AM  
Anonymous Daddy Forever said...

The year went by quick, didn't it? I see you were at Mt St Helens, which is only about an hour from here. I have not been there since I got married. The wife is not into hiking. The only time I took her hiking, she almost knocked me off the trail and into the river 200 feet below.

12:24 AM  
Blogger Philip said...

Like the retrospective! Nice to have these memories written down, isn't it?

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy New Year and thank you for your blogging too. It is great to have a family record...and be interacting with people at the same time.

And Creative-type Dad went to a movie? A grown-up one? I'm jealous.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a treat to read back through your links. You are one of the most remarkable men I've never met!

7:09 PM  
Blogger Word Tosser said...

Great going, #1 Dad.....
these are great memories that your children will always have...

12:45 PM  
Blogger Hliza said...

You had a very interesting year! You've been to Iraq? That is so awesome! And with a good mission ! Happy new year..wishing to witness a more interesting for you on 2007!

2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You've been to Iraq??
Wow, I missed that one because I was still new to Blogging then. I would have done the same if I was chosen, t.i. take my kids. I can't wait either to take them back to Africa again one day so they can more learn to appreciate what they got and experience different cultures.
What a great memories you have!

4:02 PM  
Blogger sunnyday said...

Time sure does whiz by. Sounds like a wonderful and productive year you had there, Phil.

Have another great year of blogging and homeschooling your son! I look forward to reading all your stories =)

5:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You must fess up to these poor people that think you went to Iraq ... let alone on a "crayon mission" with your kids :) ... hope you're feeling better. I started feeling "odd" in a sick sort of way Friday ... but after a tablespoon of my "ward off the sickness/flu" medicine (cognac), I'm much better. ;) (Mrs. Mac)

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Spokane and recently found your blog. I liked your review of the year and reading some of your stories. I blinked the other day and my kids were all a foot taller and not so innocent anymore.

11:45 PM  

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