Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Blog in Review 2008

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.
~T.S. Eliot

I'm going to try this blog review 2008 I found on UK Bookworm's blog. I had been puzzling over how to manage a retrospective when I remember practically nothing of what we did last year, and my blog seems to be no help. It lists minutiae of daily life and what was going on in my thoughts but nothing much more... so no way of telling what the Big Memory of each month was.

(Check out my daughter's blog for her photo retrospective, though; she kept better track than I did. )

This blog in review idea is from Kelli of "There is No Place Like Home", and you can go there and leave a Mr Linky link if you do this:
Post the first sentence of your first blog post of each month. You can also add a favorite picture from each month.

I have to say I am not one of those who is longing to get back into a normal routine. I wish these days after Christmas, before academics start up, would simply last forever.

The famous chocolates of happiness from Amy!


(For Lent, I gave up blogging -- so I guess that explains the big empty space in my archives???)

Picture of our deck taken by me


This evening we have the privilege of participating in an Easter Vigil mass up at our "station church" -- this is a first and we are looking forward to it. My daughter will be cantoring, and my two sons will be altar servers and help light the candles for our procession into the church .

Picture of Paddy taken by Aidan R.


Liam was describing to me his stay at the Benedictine monastery and the balance between ora et labora, study and meals, active and contemplative.

Picture of Liam taken by Clare R

This morning, Sean and Kieron played the Age of Imperialism game again for some time. They don’t play by the rules — their interest is in employing their formations.

Picture of Paddy taken by Clare R.

Now for the venting. I am so bad at planning! Once I get into gear I do all right. My problem is that I can’t seem to settle down to plan until I’m almost up to the wire.

Picture of Dora Clare and her toddlers taken by me

Virtue, then, being of two kinds, intellectual and moral, intellectual virtue in the main owes both its birth and its growth to teaching (for which reason it requires experience and time), while moral virtue comes about as a result of habit, whence also its name (ethike) is one that is formed by a slight variation from the word ethos (habit)
Picture of Paddy taken by Clare R


Haven't had time to write much. We went on a ten day trip to our extended family's lake cabin..and now have friends visiting.

Picture of Brendan and Kevin on Mt Tom taken by Clare R


Whenever Aidan’s really into something, he brings his Pikachu pillow over to share the experience...

Aidan playing on the keyboard with his Pikachu sharing the moment.

Back Home Again.... Yes, that is the title of a John Denver song, and yes, we did listen to it on the Ipod during the journey.

Picture of Aidan and Clare on Oregon coast taken by me

I did a lot of moving of posts this weekend. If they showed up on your reader, I apologize.

Picture of Sean (#14) and team taken by Clare R

Sean had to read The Scarlet Ibis today and answer questions on it for his Language Arts class at high school.

Picture of Aidan taken by Clare R.

Well, there you go, 2008 in blogging! Note to myself about New Year's resolution -- blog about things that happen, at least sometimes : ).

Happy 2009 to you all!


The Bookworm said...

It's surprising how the random selections create a sense of flowing through the year, isn't it. I hope you enjoyed doing this as much as I enjoyed doing mine :).

Anonymous said...

What a great post and fabulous pictures! I think my favorite is the one with Paddy grinning in the corner. That particular glimpse of him is priceless. :-) I wish (as I often do with blogging friends) that we lived across town so he and "Missy" could hang out together. Two little rulers of the universe with fertile imaginations -- I can just see it now. LOL!!

Happy New Year, Willa.

Amy said...

Thank you for the trip through your year! I like to be famous for "chocolates of happiness" LOL!