Year in Review 2014

As 2014 comes to a close, I thought I would blog about my 2014 in review.  The good, the bad, the fun, the sad....

The sad?  My creative juices are very much not flowing right now..I think my veins are full of fat and sugar from all the not-usual foods in my diet as of late.  Because of this, I got these great thinking questions from here.  

1.  What do you wish you had done more of?

Relaxed.  Not lived by every.exact.minute.

But, as a pilot wife it isn't so easy to do.  When Steve is gone, and I have put the kids to bed, but yet they keep calling for me, I can't ignore them.  I wish I could stay on the couch with my glass of wine, but motherhood calls.

And when Steve is home?  Relaxing still doesn't happen.  When he is home, things are scheduled and things need done.  I am running the kids to a birthday party, or we are doing a family day at the museum.  We have to squeeze a full seven day week until a short three or four days...not too relaxing.

As for living by the minute...what time do I get off work? 3pm.  Exactly.  One minute late, and my drive home is thrown off.  I have to get Cici by 3:30p, leaving her school by 3:40p at the latest, so that I make it home to get Ben off the school bus at 4:15p. If I don't keep things to the minute, then I may not make it home to get Ben off the bus.

Ben has picked up on this "to the minute" behavior.  I need to stop being so exact...I don't want him to be hung up on exactness of minutes in life.

2. What do you wish you had done less of?

Stressed out.  

What do I stress about?  Work - client issues.  Home - when the kids act out.  Steve's 40th Birthday - planning took a lot of time.  Pilot wife - life is hard when you have little ones and your husband isn't always home.

And you know what stressed has done to me?  PVCs and teeth grinding.  My heart does these premature ventricular contractions (PVC) that make my pacer fire prematurely, then my heart stops, and then there is a kick-start beat to get it back into a rhythm.  It feels like a flip-flip in my chest...sometimes it feels like anxiety in my chest...sometimes it feels like my heart has stopped for that second and then I feel that pounding beat.  As for the teeth grinding, I now need a mouth guard.  I am wearing away the enamel on my teeth.  Steve says I grind my teeth in my sleep.  

3. Who were the three people who had the greatest impact on your life last year?

My children.  They, without a doubt, rule my life right now.  My day-to-day is scheduled around them and their needs.  This will continue until they are more capable of being independent.  

My Father-In-Law is the third person that has had the greatest impact on my life this last year.  He had a near death experience in May.  The MD said that "he was over the edge, and we brought him back."  It was scary and Steve was on a trip when it all went down.  I blogged about it here: First Time for Everything.  Because of the series of events, I have a constant reminder of how important health and wellness is to me and my family.  I have taken strides to make my family well and healthy, like eating the right foods and being active. 

4.  Did anyone close to you have an important milestone birthday?

You bet!  Steve turned 40.  I had been planning his party for a couple years, and I am serious about that.  It was a fantastic night, that went by too quickly.  He sure does age well!  
Steve with his Father and Sister.  See glad he was able to enjoy the evening with us!

fun night with friends!

with the birthday boy

3 pilots - all met in college -all turned 40 within days of one another

5. What vacations did you take or where did you visit last year?
Disney cruise 

Washington DC

White House selfie

Las Vegas  
Pool side at Caesar's 

Sandbridge, VA

6. What is one miracle you witnessed this year?
The miracle of modern medicine.  See #3. 

7. How did you spend your Sunday evenings this past year?
Glass of wine, in front of the tv watching our favorite shows (usually on Showtime, so Ray Donovan, Shameless, Homeland, ect). Steve used to fly out on Sunday, so to have him home on Sunday evening has been such a wonderful thing.  I don't take this evening for granted, that is for sure, since so many Sunday nights together were missed.

8.  What was your favorite meal?
I actually have two. 

The first thing that came to mind was the grilled octopus that we had at Milos in Vegas.  Outstanding.  I mean, just fantastic. But, that was just one dish in an otherwise overly stuffed evening.

The next thing that came to mind was Christmas Eve.  We are Polish, and Christmas Eve is a really big deal.  My parents hosted and it was the first time in about 5 years that all three sisters, and respective families, came.  5 years!  It was so great to have everyone together.  We had good conversation, good food, and good drink.  Let me just say that I was glad that I wasn't the sister that was hungover the next day.  

9. I am most thankful for...

My husband, my children, and our health.

Steve completes me.  Ok, Jerry McGuire.  But, it is true. My life is complete when he is home.  Our children bring me joy and truly fulfill my life.  Health...I think everyone understands that one.

10. What is the greatest lesson you have learned this year?

Who cares if people don't do things the way you do them.  
This goes to anything from raising children to relationships.  The sooner you realize that people do things differently, and that different is okay!, the better off you will be. 

Wishing you a very happy and healthy 2015!


  1. I wish you and your family all the best in 2015, your blogs give great insight and your an excellent writer - Student pilot from your northern friends (Canada)


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