Sunday, December 29, 2013

Some of the Real Moments of 2013

This year I've posted about days full of sunshine, beautiful views of our mountains, and a few rainy days that were brightened by rainbows.

As I think back on 2013, though, I realize that I've often only shared half the story -- the pretty half.

Before I pull out my new planner for 2014, I'd like to come clean and share some of the real moments from 2013. The pictures that I didn't pin on Pinterest, share on Facebook, or even post on my blog (until now).

Real life is sunburned cheeks and messy faces:

Real means math homework that needs an engineering major to help:

Real days might also include video games:

Real pictures don't always turn out the way I hope:

Sometimes real days are more fun than good hair days (especially when the youngest child is in charge of fixing my hair):

And sometimes real hair days mean more curls than we know what to do with:

Real life in the desert means unfriendly critters stopping by unannounced (and uninvited):

Real gardening means savoring the bountiful harvest:

Real life means Nerf guns:

Sometimes real life means broken arms and hospital stays:

Real life means insulin pumps and glucose meters:

Real life on vacation means wading in just a bit too far:

Fortunately, real life also means propping up the camera to take family pictures:

I'm thankful that I have photographic proof of some of the Real Moments of 2013. I look forward to more everyday moments to treasure in 2014.

I'm adding this post to the collection on the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog. Click the cute button below to see what other homeschooling bloggers are remembering about 2013. (Link goes live Wednesday, January 8th.)

Some of my fellow bloggers are also "Remembering the Real 2013" this week. I'd love for you to stop by their blogs and see what's on their minds. (Note: all of the following links should be live by early Monday morning, December 29th.)

2013 - a messy but blessed year by April E. @ ElCloud Homeschool: Busy Minds, Busy Hands, Busy Feet

2013: A Look Back by Leah @ As We Walk Along the Road

Five Revelations From 2013 by Clara @ A Slice Of Homeschool Pie

2013 is Almost Gone by Kristen @ Sunrise to Sunset

2013- A Reflection on our Year by Jennifer @ Conversaving

Where Did 2013 Go? by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

Embracing the Bright, Shining Moments and Growing in Our Struggles by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Saying Goodbye to 2013 by Tess @ Circling Through This Life

I'm the Mom of three teen boys, and other highlights of 2013 by Debra @ Footprints in the Butter

Looking Back Over 2013 Adventures In Homesteading & Homeschooling by Kim @Homestead Acres

2013 ~ The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful by Audra Silva @ Simply Audra Marie

Real Moments of 2013 by Cristi @ Through the Calm and Through the Storm

It's a Beautiful Life--2013 Edition by April B. @ Coffee, Cobwebs, and Curriculum

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  1. Loved this post! Thanks for being "real"

  2. I love this! Beautiful family, beautiful words. Real life is always the best, even if it's not perfect! Happy New Year!!

  3. Fun, lovely post! Can't be more real than that. Love it.

  4. Loved your post! Wishing your family a Happy New Year!

  5. Great photos! Loved how you used them to show us your year.

  6. I love this, Cristi---and honestly, your real photos look awesome, lol! Happy New Year!

  7. I loved this post - for real! Thanks for sharing!



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