Ringing in 2018!

It's not too hard to believe it's 2018.  At least for me.

I am happy to leave 2017 behind.  It was a year full of accomplishments, goals, expectations, along with sickness, disappointment and failures.  Last year brought me to my humble knees along with lifting me up and giving me great highs.

One of my favorite highlights from last year was a trip to Rome, Italy I took with my husband, brother and brother-in-law.  I had great expectations of writing and sharing my entire trip on my blog, but life got in the way and I didn't get the opportunity to share.  But let me just say, it's was a trip I will never forget in the best way possible.

And somethings I could have lived without would be coming down with Shingles.  Ugh!  It was not pleasant, and it was brought on my stress.  I do not want a repeat of that.  And I could have lived without my 5 year old son breaking his arm two weeks before Christmas and sitting in an ER for 7 hours.  Then having to have surgery to fix it three days after Christmas.  He's still in a cast and will be until mid-January.  I'm just thankful it's finally fixed properly.

As for 2018, I have goals swirling around in my head I need to write down on paper.  Photography goals, business goals, and personal goals.  I find I keep myself a lot more accountable if I write them down in a place where I'll see them throughout the year.  They will go into my 2018 Planner that also has my monthly calendar.

I'm looking forward to the New Year.  I want to make positive changes not only in my life but my family's life.  I'm determined to be more positive and optimistic.  I tend to be a pessimistic, glass half-empty type of person.

Here's to a new year.  More blogging, writing, and sharing myself with you instead of just my client's photos.

Tough Guy

When you look like you've won a prize fight but in fact just had a scooter accident, I take a photograph.

Apparently, the power boost Jackson put on his scooter was a little too much.  A tumble and fall later, he looked like this.  His knuckles and elbow were scraped up and bleeding as well.  He seriously looked like he stepped off the mats of his Mixed Martial Arts fight.

Good thing he's tough!

Taekwondo Belt Testing

Happy Friday!  We made it through another week!

Jackson had his Taekwondo belt testing Tuesday night.  He tested and earned his green belt.  He is now officially an intermediate student. (gasp!)  He was definitely exhausted afterward and slept really well.

I'm crazy proud of him.  He earned it all by himself.  I sat on the Black Belt Board, but I refused to grade him.  I made another instructor do it (thanks Candice!).  Apparently, 'I'm too hard and critical of him' or so I've been told.  I expect the best from my kids, no questions asked.  If they can't do it correctly, they need more practice.  Of course, I have to sit back and remind myself he's only 6!  And seeing as I have my black belt, I see things from a completely different perspective.

Long story short, he passed!  He even did an extra round of sparring to help out another student.

I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!  Happy Easter!