Goodbye to 2009

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 31, 2009

It seems 2009 has passed by so quickly. In some ways I am sad to see it go… This year brought many blessings and happy memories, new friends and strengthened friendships. But, this year also presented a lot of challenges for me and for my family. Some that I blogged about. Some that I didn’t.


Just as I did at the end of 2008, I have compiled a list of some of the highlights (and even low times) of this last year.

I hope you’ll enjoy the walk with me down Memory Lane.


*Many people want to know: “How do you do it?”
*Everyone deserves a day just to be grumpy
*Do you ever…?
*I know I’m not an expert
*I had a bit of a blogging identity crisis, but y’all really came through for me and I rediscovered the REAL bloggin’ me

In January, my travels took me to New York City, New Jersey, and Philadelphia


*With all of my traveling, some people wanted to know why and I felt guilty. Or was I really just worried about what people thought?
*There’s no place like home, this is true, but does absence really make the heart grow fonder?
*I was frustrated and went on a rant about how hard it is to find good babysitters
*We’re not the typical homeschool family. Or, maybe we are
*Want to know what my kids do while I’m away? They reek total havoc!
*My children reminded me not to forget to laugh out loud

In February I went to Nashville, for the BlissDom conference, where I spoke on a panel about how you can make money using affiliate programs. I also had the privilege of attending a red carpet event for the premiere of Only in a Woman’s World in Hollywood


*Because of all of the sponsorships I was blessed to receive I answered questions about creating buzz for your sponsors
*From my heart came the reasons why we homeschool
*All of my kiddos seem to prefer daddy these days… Perhaps it’s time for another?
*There is nothing quite like being a mom!
*There is a lot to homechooling. I shared my 7 Habits of Highly Effective Homechooling
*Special nights are one of the ways we spend one on one time with each of our kiddos
*I became the spokesmom for Johnson’s Baby!
*We are organized chaos

March took me to Austin and our family to Las Vegas, where we discovered many things you should know if you ever plan to take your six kids to Sin City for a week


*One of my favorite songs these days helped me remember where to find my hiding place
*Migraines began to grab a hold of me and I was feeling like I needed a time out

I went to Ohio in April.


*Everyone continued to wonder why I was being invited to all these bloggy events
*Our family was blessed by the fact that I became a Frigidaire Test Drive Mom
*I had one of those days, but had to remember Who is in control
*I thought I discovered why I was getting migraines

In May I went to Orlando with Ray and Josh, which inspired Ray to write a whole series on which Mouse House is better


*Summertime learning is fun and carefree
*Bullies were a huge topic in our house
*We had a very “stressful” day, with Ethan ending up in the hospital, causing me to turn into the type of mother I never thought I’d become.
*Then I ended up in the hospital, leaving the kids in the hands of many trusted friends and family members for days


*Ethan had his EEG and all came back clear, thank God!
*I, however, was robbed, yet again.
*Nine months after it happened I was finally able to write about it, but the memory of it makes me cry, even to this day
*There just may be 3 things you didn’t know about us
*I spent the afternoon with Lisa LaPorta!
*Boy, how we love the the days of summer

BlogHer was in Chicago, in July, and it was so much fun!


*Warm nights and wonderful sounds filled our last days of summer
*I revealed a secret
*Dreams can be odd
*I got rid of what was causing my migraines (and haven’t had a single one since!)
*Ray and I celebrated 10 years of marriage
*We got ready to get back to school by making some “School Years Eve” resolutions

In August, Ray and I headed for the Carribean and made a stop in Jamaica and Grand Cayman


*Ray and I returned from our cruise and I began school with the kids, refreshed from the time away
*The fam and I gave Moxie (and you!) a tour of Sacramento
*Noah, being… well, Noah says, “You do it”

I saw Chicago in September, as part of a team of bloggers sent out to tour the Sears Design Center.


*With the new FTC guidelines looming, I gave my two-cents
*The kids and I went shopping with Phil Lempert – The Grocery Guru
No, we don’t do Halloween. Here are our reasons

I first went to Los Angeles in October by myself. Then Noah was most excited about our trip to see Mickey, but our weekend in Los Angeles was really much more than that.


*Looking for some tips for getting the kids to bed quickly and effectively?
*We had quite the scare when we received a visitor
*I was quoted in a Los Angeles Times article that caused a bit of rukus. Ray decided to give his thoughts on the matter

In November my sisters, Mom and I headed to Hollywood


*I sat in wonder – “Where did my baby go?”
*I was sick. A lot.
*Thoughts on my big family
*Date nights are so very important for Ray and me
*Santa? Nah

2009 was quite a year. But, I do love new beginnings and changes, so I’m excited to see what God has in store for us in 2010!

What are some of YOUR favorite 2009 memories?

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

duongsheahan December 31, 2009 at 9:08 pm

Christine, I love reflections as I’ve been doing some of my own and just haven’t gotten around to getting it onto the blog…well, maybe b/c I was busy trying to get a New Year’s post out. I look forward to going back and reading some of your highlights. It was so great to finally meet you at Blogher! You’re a beautiful person inside and out! Wishing you a new year filled with new hope, new promises fulfilled!!


Christine January 3, 2010 at 2:11 am

Our encounter at BlogHer was no accident, Duong, of this I am certain… Thank you for being YOU! xo


Kasey @ All Things Mamma December 31, 2009 at 10:19 pm

It looks like you had an interesting year! I’m looking forward to going back and reading some of your best posts. Happy New Year to you!


Joyce January 1, 2010 at 12:00 am

If the kids don’t wake up from fireworks, Hubby and I hope to sit down to reflect on this year. Definite highlight was the birth of our 2nd daughter….and equally amazing was watching our older daughter grow in every way. Happy new year!


Susan (5 Minutes for Mom) January 1, 2010 at 4:51 am

Wow, how awesome of you to look back through your archives and find all those posts.

January 2009 seems like a lifetime ago. I can hardly remember it… I will have to back back to my archives to figure out what happened.

But overall I think it was a good year for me… but I have a really bad memory, so don’t trust me.


Christine January 3, 2010 at 2:13 am

I, too, have a HORRIBLE memory, Sue! I would never have remembered even half of these events and activities, if not for this little corner of the blogosphere I call my own.


Luv2CUSmile January 1, 2010 at 10:23 am

Oh wow! Christine, I seem to stay up so late as it is… LOL I have so much to go back and read! LOL I am so glad I found your Blog. Still praying for Ethan as well as your family.


Christine January 3, 2010 at 2:14 am

Thank you so very much for your prayers!


@Elizabeth_N January 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm

2010 is going to rock. trust me I feel it!!! Lets meet sometime/someplace ok? :)

“Do what you want, but you’re never gonna break me.

Sticks and stones are never gonna shake me.


The song will be stuck in my head all day long :) I will thank you later!


Nicole January 2, 2010 at 4:43 pm

Happy New Year. Thanks for adding links so I can refer back. All that you endured & enjoyed was for such a time as this. It’s a new season.


Christine January 3, 2010 at 2:17 am

It’s a new season. AMEN!


kristin January 3, 2010 at 12:43 am

I love this. I’ve been working on mine for two days. So I’m dying to ask how long it took you? haha!

May 2010 be filled with more blessings!


Christine January 3, 2010 at 2:18 am

FOR.EVER. No, really… days!

Lemme know when yours is up, Kristin.


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