Weekend Favorites: My Favorite Memories from 2009

I believe, just as Vincent Van Gogh said, that ‘in order to know life one must love many things.’ So I am going to blog a few of my favorite things. And I’d love to know about your favorite things too! This week, the topic is:

My Favorite Memories from 2009
Last year was a big year for me, and it would be hard to pick one favorite moment so I’ll share a few…
My happiest moment of 2009, was meeting my new, precious niece, Hannah. She fills my heart with a love that is stronger than I could have imagined prior to holding her. She’s beautiful and happy and lovely, and I am so excited to be her auntie. I can’t wait to see her grow!
And, of course…my weight-loss journey began. On April 2, I made a commitment to change my lifestyle and learn to be healthy. And I remember walking into a room full of strangers and leaving with friends. I remember sitting with my WW leader and receptionist, knowing that my life had just changed.
We went on some awesome beach vacations last year too. I really enjoyed Aruba in spite of my broken foot, but it will be fun to go back with properly functioning limbs and a smaller body. 🙂 I can’t wait.
(This iguana thought it was a good idea to steal the cherry from my drink.)

I also have some fond memories of my 29th birthday. We celebrated a week early because my childhood friend came in for a visit, and we started our day sailing on the Hudson. It was beautiful until the black clouds opened above us leaving us drenched. We could not have been wetter if we had been swimming in the Hudson River, but we changed clothes and finished up the evening with my friends eating Thai food then dancing the night away before walking aimlessly around SoHo until we finally went to sleep as the sun came up.
(Notice the sky turning black in this photo moments before the storm.)

And, of course, I will never forget how excited I was when I rode my new bicycle for the first time. It was an incredible and freeing experience, and I cannot wait to get out and ride tomorrow. It’s supposed to be in he mid-forties here tomorrow which means I’ll be out enjoying it.

I have been so utterly blessed that it would be impossible to list all of the wonderful memories I created with friends and family last year. And that makes me thankful. What did you enjoy most last year? What will you look back on and remember for years to come?

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    January 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Some of my favorites – going to the spa with my mom and SILs, seeing my son happily greeted by his friends when dropping him off at his second year of college, buying skinny girl pants (although I no longer fit in them… it was still a great moment), catching up with old girlfriends on a getaway weekend.

    Thanks for making me think back to happy things:)

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    January 16, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Wonderful memories…and you are blessed!

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    January 16, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    Great memories to have!

    I have something for you on my blog, check it out if you want!

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    New England Girl
    January 16, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    What a wonderful set of memories! I hope 2010 is even better for you. 🙂

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    January 17, 2010 at 1:00 am

    I love this post and what terrific memories you have!Without question, I will look back on 2009 as the year my husband and I became pregnant with our first child together!

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    January 17, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Cheers- I am this boat with you. I work out pretty regularly too. I did WW before- its a good program. Keep up the good work. You are so motivated!

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    January 18, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Hi there… I found your blog a few days ago, can't quite remember how I stumbled upon it. But, I just felt compelled to comment. You are such and inspiration to me. I know, it sounds seriously weird, but really you are. I am a big girl and I have been thinking and thinking about changing my lifestyle for the past few months but have never been able to really take that step and do it. This is going to sound crazy, but I read your entire blog this weekend and I have to say that I ready to start my new lifestyle tomorrow. I just wanted to tell you thank you for writing this blog!


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    {ALL} for a Better Life
    January 18, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    What great memories and I love the pics to go with it. I am a scrapper and I love photography but far too often I dodge the camera because of the old weight.

    This past year had many great memories for me such as: Savannah, WVU football, OBX, Getaway – most importantly rediscovering me!

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