A List Maker's Life: 2013 Predictions Reviewed

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Predictions Reviewed

Anne Hope
~Princess Kate will have a baby girl (or maybe a boy)

~It will rain more in 2013 

Gavin
~Our family will get one more Apple product (Just to replace the one we left at good ole' Helen Devos)

~When I turn 9 I will get my own pocket knife (He got one)

~This winter I will really learn to snowboard even if I have to practice in the sand on the dunes

~Hopefully we will see the Titanic exhibit again when it is in Grand Rapids (The lucky guy was able to see it with his Grampa)

~By the end of the year I won’t be afraid of cats anymore (Still not fond of cats, but after living with Samson for a couple months he has warmed up to big dogs)

Gibson
~I think I will get my own cowboy boots (Yes, giddy up!  He is certain these boots were made to be worn with EVERY outfit in EVERY type of weather.)

Kevin
~We will finally replace our front door (We did and then we decided to buy a front door in another neighborhood too)

~It's gonna be another HOT summer (When it wasn’t hot enough for us in MI we headed to Florida in August)

~Tigers WILL win the World Series (So close…again)

~A former president will die (I am certain Kevin was thinking of American presidents, but it is important to note that former South African president Nelson Mandela died in December 2013)

~It's obvious...everything will fluctuate, the housing market will hardly change, and the economy will stay bad.  Those are all stupid things to make predictions about now. (Hey, grumpy prediction...do you need a happy pill?)

~We will listen to annoying one hit wonders on the radio (Perhaps it will be a one hit wonder, but after hearing Royales during a fall getaway to Mackinac Island neither of us can get the tune out of our heads)

~I will do my best to avoid any news this year (or, maybe not)

~Daniel Day Lewis will win best actor at the Oscars for his role as Lincoln (an unsurprising victory)

~Taylor Swift's dating life will continue to draw lots of attention and inspire song lyrics

Katie
~Bachelor Sean will be so entertaining that Kevin will even be sucked in to the series. (Perhaps the first season ever where I could discuss the show with Kevin and he didn't roll his eyes)

~One of our children will continue with piano.  One will continue with soccer.  (Anne Hope had a fantastic soccer season with 13 personal goals.  Gavin is still practicing piano but his teacher moved away and we are still on the hunt for a great place to continue lessons)

~Our camper will get out more in 2013 than it did last summer (Well, it wasn't too hard to meet this goal since we didn't take it out at all in 2012.  We had a great summer of camping and even found a new family favorite campground in South Haven)

~I will unnecessarily stress over Gibson’s preschool decision and he will love it no matter where he goes. (Gibson's preschool enrollment was a bit stressful as we waited for a lottery spot for 2 school of choice kiddos, but are blessed to be one of those 2 lucky families.  Gibson is loving his time at Little Hawks Discovery Preschool)

More letting go.  Transition.  Revised Focus.
The unexpected will be a whole lot more significant than the planned!  

There is so much more truth to these last four prediction than we could have ever imagined for 2013.  We didn't expect Gabe to have a major surgery in early spring.  We didn't expect to be living in our new home by Christmas.  We didn't expect to find family with dear friends who took us in during a major transition.  We didn't expect to be invited to Universal Studios Orlando for Family Forward.  There are many unexpected moments whose significant dates we we will always recount: March 13, March 22, August 25, October 2, October 23. Lessons in learning to let go, transition, and revise focus.
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