Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009 Lemonade in Review

In looking back over 2009, I've selected and linked my favorite posts.  I've also included a tiny portion of text from each post for your reading enjoyment. (In case you don't want to click on the link for the whole thing.) You're welcome. Really, it's a lot like People Magazine's Year in Review. Minus the celebrities. And the Brittany Spears drama. And millions of readers.

Okay, so it's actually nothing like People Magazine. I just wanted to pretend for a minute.

One of my favorite Solutions of 2009:
Magnetic Personality
In homeschooling, and in general life, I find that I need magnets. Lots and lots of magnets. I'm one of those people who clutter the front of my fridge with bazillions of photos of people I love, so I already have a ton of magnets. But I wanted magnets that actually served a purpose... You know, something worthwhile like um, oh I don't know... organization.



Favorite Funny/Romantic story of 2009:
Some enchanted evening...
Recently I was standing quietly, in a crowded room. I happened to look out across the tops of heads, as I felt some sort of magnetic pull to the opposite side of the room. My eyes scanned the laughing, chattering faces until they came to rest on the one I'd been inadvertently seeking...

Favorite Mishap of 2009:
Are you ready for some football?
...I laughingly jumped on top of the sled, thinking, "Of course Adrain won't actually tackle this thing with his wife on it..."
He laughingly thought, "Of course she would grab onto a handle and expect me to bump it a little if she actually jumped onto this thing..."

Favorite Photo of 2009 (1995):
A Picture worth a thousand words...
Look very closely at this photo. It's my all time favorite photo of our wedding. It encapsulates our marriage perfectly. If you know us in real life, you know exactly what I'm talking about, and if you have read my blog for a few months, you've got a pretty good idea.

There's me, laughing and socializing with friends on the way down the aisle and being generally sidetracked into party mode on the way to the reception. And then you see my Adrain. Strong and steady, leading me, looking straight ahead to the future and protectively covering my hand on his arm.

Favorite Organizing like a Mad Woman post of 2009:
Because you just can't be too organized...
...I could have a bag for everything under the sun, so long as it was clearly labeled. Labelling is my love language...

Favorite Aha Moment of 2009:
The difference between Daddies and Mommies
...I wrinkled my nose in disgust at the apparent lack of concern, and began edging toward my husband who was out of earshot. Certainly he would have something a little more protective to say when he quickly saw things my way. (snicker) When I finally got to him, I said "Honey, should JJ be up so high? What if he falls?" My husband gave me the look. You know, the adorable one that says, "You are a girl. You clearly don't get it, and I can't help you." And then because of the horror spasming across my face at all of this manly disconnect from would-be danger, he was careful to reassure me. "Oh babe, he'll be fine. If he does fall, he'll just know not to do it again."

Favorite Kids World Moment of 2009:
Let me tell you how I feel about Kites...
...You lick your finger and hold it up to see what direction the wind is blowing, and your baby begins to unravel the string, pure joy lighting up her features. She has no idea what's in store for her with this kite. And frankly, neither do you. You've been semi-imagining laughing children, running back and forth with a kite gently swaying, high up above. You can see it dip and dive, and everyone is smiling in your little ignorant daydream. You are under the false impression that this kite is your friend....
...Next thing you know, people are quitting all over the place. Key people. Star people. Kite runner types, that are supposed to be in charge of this operation. They are just throwing down their kite in disgust, and letting the wind take over...





Favorite Popcorn Moment of 2009:
Does this post make my butt look big?
...Once I got home, I tried them on and they appeared to be rather cute. But before I could get excited, I had to know the harsh truth about the butt pockets. No one was around to ask, unless you count a six year old who wears brown and pink striped shirts under an Easter dress and thinks it's beautiful. You just can't trust that...


Happy New Year!!

I love ya to pieces. Can't wait to blog with y'all in 2010.

74 comments:

  1. Okay so I love this review...you should do it every year and that just make me laugh everytime I visit. I love that! Happy New Year to you!!!

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  2. Great assortment! I'm going to make those peanut butter bars if it's the last thing I do this year... :)

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  3. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. I actually remembered all those stories. Yikes, does that mean I'm a stalker....yep, guess so.

    Happy New Year and thank you for my daily laughs.

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  4. Great wrap up of a year!! Love the jeans post because I so can relate!

    Thanxs for stopping by my blog! Can't wait to start the New Year 2010 blogging all together!

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  5. I have so enjoyed getting to know you , you are such a funny girl! Always upbeat and positive, I like that. A great review of your year too. Have a very HAPPY NEW YEAR..I look forward to blogging with you! Come say hi :D

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  6. Great year in review! You are so funny and sweet and clever!! Have a great New Year's Eve and wonderful 2010!

    Janet

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  7. Loved reading your review. Those Peanut Butter Bars will be perfect to make this evening for the herd of teenagers coming to my house tonight. I think I have all of the ingredients - woo hoo! Happy New Year Sasha!

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  8. Love, love, love your review and love, love, love your blog...as always... I'm looking forward to having read all your posts firsthand in 2010...and not in review! Did that make sense? Possibly not but it's very early and I am still waiting for coffee! Happy New Year, sweet lady!

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  9. Those peanut butter bars are a big time favorite in my house! Great review, I will have to come back later to read each post in it's entirety.

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  10. I love you to pieces too! I love the jean story. I need to remember that the next time I buy some - although I desperately DESPISE buying jeans!

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  11. what a wonderful reflection :) does it just make you want to pat yourself on the back and say "Wow, I'm awesome!!" Because if I were you, I'd totally do it :)

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  12. Oh yeah, forgot to say, I was just thinking about those peanut butter bars yesterday, my mom has a very similar recipe... YUM.

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  13. Girl, it's 10 minutes past 9 (am) and my angels are still sleeping - and I'm feeding my LMM addiction and laughing my butt off! You rock - please never stop bloggin' 'cuz sometimes a little LMM is the only way to make it through the day <3

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  14. What a great review Sahsa!
    I am going to make the peanut butter bars.... I forgot all about that one! YUM.

    Have a great New Year!

    Beth

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  15. Thank you for the review! and, I agree with, well I agree with all of the previous commenters, but, dont' stop bloggin'. I enjoy reading your blog and hope to meet you and your family some day!

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  16. What a great review...and that recipe looks to die for...gonna have to try it out!!! :D

    Happy New Year's Eve!

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  17. Enjoyed the walk down memory lane! Happy New Year!!!

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  18. what a great way to reflect on '09! i love the rock post- that is really great!

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  19. Oh my gosh girl you DO love to organize. You crack me up so much. I love just love your blog and get a kick out of you daily. So glad we have formed this friendship...it really does mean a lot to me. Hope you have a rockin' good time tonight at your thingy:) May 2010 be the best year ever!!

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  20. i love your year in review! happy new year!

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  21. Great year in review. I didn't even think to do this.
    Have a blessed New Year!

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  22. Happy happy New Year lady. I'm so glad to have found your fab blog this year! Oh and I needs some peanut butter bars right now!!

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  23. how fun was THAT!

    great idea... i can imagine i'll come back for a double dip! :)

    hAppY New YeAr to you & your family!
    good one coming!!!!
    ♥... and BIG hugs!

    carissa

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  24. It's been a great year!! Happy New Year :)

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  25. Your perfect jean butt post cracked me up!! : ) I'm afraid that I will soon be having to look for a new favorite pair... My "sisterhood of the traveling pants" wonder pants might be forcing themselves into retirement soon....

    Have a blessed New Year!

    : )

    Julie M.

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  27. Hi there, I saw your blog on Farmgirl Paints and love it!! I just had to tell you...last week I accidentally broke the glass of a perfectly good shadow box. I have it set aside in a trash bag because I was going to throw it away, thinking it was useless. Just yesterday I told the Lord He would have to show me another way to use this glass-less shadow box or else I was going to pitch it. Well, just today I happened across your blog and saw your super cute pink and orange frame with the great design and now I am inspired to make good use of my shadow box as it is. I'm glad, too, because I don't like to throw things away. You have a great talent, thanks so much for sharing!!
    And...I love your peanut butter bar recipe- those are a family favorite at our house. Happy New Year!! Erin

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  28. Great picks Sasha....
    You have such a knack for writing.
    I always smile when I visit your wonderful blog.

    Happy New Years sweetie~~
    Chas

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  29. Thanks for the review! I actually missed some of these, since I didn't find your blog until Fall. I truly enjoy reading your adventures each week....looking forward to many more in the coming year. And...for the record...I love my label maker so much I want to give it a hug :)

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  30. Oh those peanut butter bars are delish! I have made them several times thanks to you!!
    Happy New Year, cheers to 2010!!

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  31. Happy new year to you friend! Love this post and reading your thoughts! I have got to try that recipe, oh my oh my how yummy!!!

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  32. Great review....the jeans story...i have done that and been caught by my husband. That poor man!

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  33. This is so neat and happy you shared it with us. I remember some of the stories but not all.
    I have missed you and wanted to wish you a Happy New Year
    Maggie

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  34. Hi Sasha,
    This is the very first time that I have ever posted on someones blog. Today is New Years Day, and I was just playing around on my computer and I found you. I called my daughter and read her parts of your blog for over an hour. I laughed so much over the funny things that you say, that my stomach hurts! I even snorted. I am going to read your blog every day. You know what? I was sitting here today missing my Dad, Mom,Big Sis,and little Bro. I lost all of them. I was really feeling sad, and you changed my whole day. You are wonderful do you know that? You should write a book. I would buy every single one, as presents for my friends and family too. I hope you have a wonderful year, with your delightful family. I want to start a blog but I don't know how to and I'm not sure if I could do the photos and stuff. But PLEASE keep blogging. You will never know how it made a difference in my life today. I will write again. My name is Robin, and so nice to meet you. warmly,

    Robin

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  35. Very fun post! - glad to 'get to know you' a bit better new bloggy friend!

    Cheers!

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  36. What fun! I loved reading through some of the old posts. I adore your craft spots. Like the frame for holding hair bows? Fantastic! I'm going to do that! You totally transform me from wishy washy scaredy cat to confident crafter!
    I remember the kite post--so funny!
    Thanks for making me laugh and inspiring me so often last year! Looking forward to many more 2010 posts!

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  37. So much better than People's Year in Review! They should hire you!!!Your blog has been a warm, friendly place to go this year where humor, good dishes, creativity, are served in abundance! Happy New Year!

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  38. What a year huh?!
    Here is to many more fabulous one's.
    xo

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  39. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet note. I will be sure to send a picture of how my broken shadow box turns out after its been spruced up.

    So glad to have "met" you, too. It's going to be a great blogging year!!

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  40. Love the year in review...Happy 2010!!

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  41. ok-ive been here for like an hour... i had to click on each of your highlighted posts... you gave too good of teasers! :)
    also like how you decorated after you undecorated, in a way.. that would be good motivation! :)
    happy new year

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  42. I love these articles! I didn't find your blog till October I think so these will help me get to know your blog a bit better :) I love those bars, they look SCRUMPTIOUS!
    And can you help me get more organized? Oh I need to so bad LOL

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  43. This was such a neat post. I really enjoyed it.

    And one of my favorite pictures of my own wedding is the same exact picture. Funny.

    Happy New Year.

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  44. How did I not see that chocolate peanut butter recipe before? And the hair clip frame - I'm copying that idea! I just love how every LMM post contains a heavenly surprise & how-to instructions or a hilarious story.

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  45. I so enjoy all your posts! thank you for keeping me laughing!! i can't wait to share 2010 reading your posts, happy New Year,
    xo,
    LuLu

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  46. Awwwe, love this post! Especially when you describe yourselves in the wedding photo. :)

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  47. fun! happy new year
    dallas
    http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

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  48. I did not know Labeling was a love language! Now, I understand my daughter better. I think the two of you have alot in common. It will be fun following you. Claire

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  49. Those pb bars are calling my name. Your 2009 recap was fantastic. I love that hair clip frame. Happy new year. I'm looking forward to more great posts.

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  50. What a great way to review your year! Those peanut butter bars look incredible. Happy 2010 to you and your family!

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  51. you had me at peanut butter=bliss ... happy SITS day :-)

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  52. Hope 2010 is awesome for you! Happy SITS Day.

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  53. Great year in review! I love the little teasers of text you added, so we get an idea of what it's all about!

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  54. This is an incredible post! I loved it! Well done! Great idea to give a little excerpt from the posts along with pictures.

    Congrats on your SITS day!

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  55. Awesome post! Especially awesome organizing bags, I love those!

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  56. Congrats on your SITS glory!

    I love the idea of doing a year in review like this. How fun it must be to look back on everything in such an organized way.

    I love me some organization!!

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  57. I love this year in review - I will have to do this for 2010! Happy SITS Day!!

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  58. I think blog reviews are great, especially for new readers! It looks like you had a productive and fantastic year! My favorites: the outings and library bags (great idea) and the ribbons and hair barrettes! Great ideas!

    Happy SITS!

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  59. What I like about visiting other blog sites is that I learn stuff! I enjoyed your year in review. Like the others, I'm going to try this.Happy SITS day!

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  60. Super fun and cute year in review! Loved the illustrations too. Congrats on your SITS day!

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  61. I love your line about labeling being your language of love. You speak my language, Sasha. I'm an organizer, too. Can't help myself.

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  62. Visiting you via SITS. Love your blog! What a great idea to have a year in review post. :o)

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  63. I thoroughly enjoyed your lemons in review!

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  64. What a great idea! I loved this post! Worth the tons of work I'm sure you put into it!

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  65. You win an adorable blog award! I'll be here forever looking at the posts!

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  66. You are such a great writer! So much fun! I am so glad you are the SITS girl of the day!

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  67. Damn you SITS days!! Now I have to spend hours and hours reading your blog b/c it looks awesome! Damn it!! :P Can't wait....

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  68. Great review! And happy SITS day!

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  69. How did I miss this one before. It is Great...what a wonderful way to wrap up the year!
    Holly

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  70. Great year in review post! Love your wedding photo.

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  71. I love magnets too. I like to think I'm magnetically inclined. Also, I really don't know what that means other than it makes me feel importanty.

    I loved the hot pink/orange frame. that's the colors for my girls' room and that would make a sweet decoration/organizational thingy for them!

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  72. After reading this one post, I'm hooked! And those labeled rocks couldn't be any cuter! :D

    Happy SITS day! :D

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