2013 What happened at the Haaks?

Another shot of the sunset from my house.

Another shot of the sunset from my house.

Foggy sunrise, Aug. 30, 2013.

Foggy sunrise, Aug. 30, 2013.

Wow! I didn’t realize just how full 2013 was until I looked back at the pictures on the blog, and I know that isn’t all of what it was about, it is just the part that was published. So what did we all do in 2013? Let’s start with the animals. This was more than just a cat year for us. It was also a bit of a dog year, so here are some shots of the animals. Sophia and Roger love the outdoors in the summer.

Sophia and Roger enjoying the morning in the flowers.

Sophia and Roger enjoying the morning in the flowers.

Tigee taking a nap after supper. She does this more and more.

Tigee taking a nap after supper. She does this more and more.

Raja enjoying the day.

Raja enjoying the day playing in the snow.

Audrey the pea eating thief.

Audrey the pea eating thief.

Biscuit jumps for joy to see Victoria.

Biscuit jumps for joy to see Victoria.

Turkey vultures in the trees.

Turkey vultures in the trees.

Parent bird listening to me talk.

Parent bird listening to me talk.

Hens under the tree again.

Hens under the tree again.

This year was all sort of things in terms of children. We had lots of Jaxon visits, we celebrated lots of  birthdays at home and on the road, a nephew turned six, a niece was confirmed, another nephew came home on leave from being stationed overseas, the oldest daughter dug into politics, the youngest went through prom, track, high school graduation and heading for college, while the middle daughter moved and moved again and finally moved to a new home.

Elisabeth with her aunts. Left to right, me, Adie, Elisabeth and Kathy.

Elisabeth with her aunts. Left to right, me, Adie, Elisabeth and Kathy.

Jessica and Kylee, the youngster award winners, with United State's Senator, Heidi Heidtkamp.

Jessica and Kylee, the youngster award winners, with United State’s Senator, Heidi Heidtkamp.

Victoria couldn't quite laughing at him. Just like Grandpa Albertus when the kids were naughty.

Victoria couldn’t quite laughing at him. Just like Grandpa Albertus when the kids were naughty.

Paulina with her sisters at graduation.

Paulina with her sisters at graduation.

James and Paulina in the lounge outside her room looking over finances.

James and Paulina in the lounge outside her room looking over finances.

There was early gardening, family dividing, more gardening, taking a tree down and harvest. The harvest started in June with the rhubarb and went through lettuce and spinach and herbs and continued with plenty of cucumbers, cabbages, beans, peas, corn, beets, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, plums, pumpkins, cantaloupe, zucchini and ended with apples. And there were flowers, real flowers not just some after thoughts.

About half the beet harvest, many have already been blanched and frozen for soup.

About half the beet harvest, many have already been blanched and frozen for soup.

Near the end of the tree removal.

Near the end of the tree removal.

Apples picked from the tree today.

Apples picked from the tree today.

Some of the tomatoes to go. There is another counter full in the laundry room and more in the vine. Happy news is that six plants have been pulled because they are empty.

Some of the tomatoes to go. There is another counter full in the laundry room and more in the vine. Happy news is that six plants have been pulled because they are empty.

Mist on the flowers. Hollyhocks in the background with zinnias in full bloom in front and cosmos about to bloom soon. The lacey cosmos seem to fit right in with the mist.

Mist on the flowers. Hollyhocks in the background with zinnias in full bloom in front and cosmos about to bloom soon. The lacy cosmos seem to fit right in with the mist.

The bounty was so great that we ran out of canning jars and filled the freezer. Jessica says we are a place to go in case of a great need. Ha, she would be surprised how fast this will be consumed. The rest of the year included reading and crafting. I made one shawl, three headband and scarf sets and six beanies. Paulina and I also completed a fleece quilt and worked on another. Those posts still get hits, weird. I must admit reading has slowed since returning to Herreid. Perhaps it is because the sermon writing has increased. Doing that on a weekly basis will be a big change for 2014.

Three finished beanie caps.

Three finished beanie caps.

crumpled quilt

crumpled quilt

And finally what were some of the best, or not enoughs of this past year. In looking back, the times I enjoyed the most were being together with family all around the yard. Being her all together. Spending time in the pool, on the porch, eating and eating and eating then having fire pits and that Labor Day Sunday night when we had the out-door movies. Looking ahead, I would say that we need to do lots more of that in 2014.

Last night we had a fire pit. We started it before dark so that we could end early. It was a fun time sitting around and talking.

Last night we had a fire pit. We started it before dark so that we could end early. It was a fun time sitting around and talking.

Here is my version of fancy coffee. It is a home made mocha-fatta-lotta cafinne.

Here is my version of fancy coffee. It is a home made mocha-lotta-fatta caffeine.

I spent plenty of time in the early mornings sitting on the porch with breakfast, my readings and a good cup of coffee. My great resolution for 2014 is that WE not just me will sit on that porch in the evening watching those great sunsets, sharing a cup of whatever, a laughter, we need lots more laughter all through the sunsets. Yes pool parties and movies and fire pits, but here is the picture that I want to epitomize 2014. I want us to dance more. That is my resolution for the year…WE WILL DANCE!!

Victoria dancing with her Superman.

Victoria dancing with her Superman.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jesshaak
    Dec 31, 2013 @ 08:48:36

    I love this!

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    • lucindalines
      Dec 31, 2013 @ 08:51:24

      Thanks, I just wish that I could set up the pictures all in a collage type thing. I know there is a way to do that, but I can’t figure it out. I guess that is why they teach computer classes. Ha!

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