Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Look Back on 2010

Taking a moment to look back on this year, I'm remembering the highs and lows, the joys and challenges.  Taking all the good with the bad, it turns out that I'm blessed beyond my wildest imagination!  What a joyous feeling!

I was so fortunate to have spent another wonderful year with my husband and my two kids.  I am so proud of all of them!  We had a lot of fun times this year, and I'm sort of wishing that time would slow down, you know?  All too soon, the kids will be out on their own.  But I'm savoring every memory that we're making together!

As for my own accomplishments this year, I'm especially proud of my participation in the Susan G. Komen 3 Day 60 Mile Walk for the Cure.  I blogged about it all summer long, and I'd love for you to read all about it   In fact, come to think of it, it's not too late to donate and receive a tax deduction for 2010.  If you feel so inclined, I would love it if you'd consider making a contribution to the breast cancer cause here.  

Also of importance to me this year was the progress and changes that were made to my quartet, Lustre.  You can read our website at  After five years and lots of memories, we said goodbye to founding member and took on a new member.  All is well with our quartet; we were very busy singing throughout the Christmas season, and now we have our sights set on competition in April.

My chorus, the Harbor City Music Company, had a banner year, winning the Sweet Adelines International Harmony Classic competition for mid-size choruses.  You can find out more about HCMC at .

Finally, I want to mention how fun it has been to start this blog, and to participate in the blogging community with all of you.  I'm humbled by the kind comments that folks have made here, and am looking forward to continuing this new and exciting hobby in the new year!

Happy New Year everyone!

Here's a photo tour of my year...

In our hotel - the Virginia Inn
January - Took a weekend getaway vacation to Cape May, NJ as a Christmas gift to my husband.
Kim's Sweet 16 Birthday
January - celebrated our daughter's 16th birthday
Snowmageddon 2010
February - endured the largest snow storm ever in Maryland - "Snowmageddon"

Lustre performance at Baltimore's Women's Fair
March - Lustre quartet performed at the Baltimore Women's Fair
March - Signed up for the Susan G. Komen 3-day 60-mile Walk for the Cure, and blogged about it all summer

Weekend trip to Cape Cod, MA
April - Went to Cape Cod to visit family
Training for 3-Day 60 Mile Walk for the Cure
April - began training for the 3-Day

Lustre performance prior to Regional competition
April - Lustre prepared for then went to Sweet Adelines regional competition

Training for the 3-day 60 mile Walk for the Cure
May - Continued training for the 3-day

Kim's band award, spring 2010
May - Our daughter won an award from her school for her switch from bass clarinet to trombone

Iris in bloom
May - enjoyed beauty in the garden
Baby sparrows
May - found baby sparrows in the garden birdhouse

At Winterthur Estate in Delaware
June - took a family trip one Saturday to visit Winterthur Estates in Delaware

Girl Scout Silver Award, June 2010
June - Kim received her Girl Scout Silver Award

Lustre with new member, Kate
July - after five years together, Lustre welcomed new member Kate singing tenor

July - enjoyed more beauty in the garden

Training... again!
June - more training for the 3-day

Visiting Oklahoma
July - visited family in Oklahoma

Harris cousins and Grandpa Jim
July - visited more family in Oklahoma

In San Diego with Sam and Katie
July - visited family in San Diego

July - visited Disneyland

Fundraising for the Cure
July - held a fundraiser yard sale for the 3-day

First performance with new member
July - Lustre performed for the first time with new member, got kicked out of the restaurant for singing!

More Training for the Cure
July - more training for the 3-day

First day of Junior year of high school
August - first day of school for our daughter

Work trip to Hawaii
September - took a trip to Hawaii for work

Singing for the Cure
September - Singing for the Cure

U-MD vs. Navy game at Ravens Stadium
September - U-MD versus Navy at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore

Mike and the Mighty Sound of Maryland
September - our son in the Mighty Sound of Maryland

Junior trombonist
September - Our daughter in her high school band

Grandpa Jim and Grandma Donna visit for a MD game
September - Grandparents visit and go to a U-MD game to see our son in the band

Kim got her driver's license
September - Kim got her driver's license!

Howard HS Homecoming Parade
October - our high school homecoming parade

The Harbor City Titty Committee finished the 3-day
October - I completed the Susan G. Komen 3 Day 60 Mile Walk for the Cure with my friends

HCMC won the 2010 SAI Harmony Classic!
October - Lustre competed as members of the Harbor City Music Company Show Chorus, and won the Harmony Classic competition for Mid-size choruses

November - I started this blog!

Dave's award dinner
November - my husband won an award for his work

Christmas Eve 2010
December - enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season with good friends and family - and you!


  1. Sounds like a fantastic year! You certainly achieved and accomplished quite a bit! I love Cape May - try to visit in the summertime if you can - and have always wanted to visit Winterthur. I hope 2011 is even better!

  2. wow! what an awesome year! and what a great way to count your blessings! I am going to have to try this!

    Happy New Year!

  3. Sounds like a wonderful year! I believe you need to have the lows to appreciate the highs! Your singing group sounds so fun. I am thinking of taking singing lessons. Just a crazy thing I've wanted to do. I'm almost 40 so why not! Thanks for stopping by today!


  4. It sounds like you had a wonderful year! Lots of travelling and lots of singing!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  5. Sounds like a great year! I went to Winterthur at Christmas and it was beautiful. Longwood is too! Hope 2011 is even better for you! Congrats on the 3 day!!!!!!!!!!