Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Best of 2013


For last year's words belong to last year's language

And next year's words await another voice.

And to make an end is to make a beginning.

~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"


Here is the collection of my favorite blog posts of 2013. Do you have a favorite that didn’t make the list?


::  The Good Life ~ My Answer

I spent a bit of time exploring the elements of a “good life.”

::  Blub. Blub. Blub. or I Used to Be a Dreamer

And the follow-up post:

::  Tuesday


A little house tour after my open house party in April:

::  Welcome

::  Home

::  Living Room

::  Kitchen

::  The Master Bedroom

::  Hallway Display

::  The Princess Tower

::  Little Learning Spots

::  The Live and Learn Studio

::  Keeping It Real (the office/library/school room)

Out and About

::  Adventuring

I loved looking back at all the pictures from this Amtrak field trip with the boys.

::  Checking Out the Wildlife

Some of my favorite pictures of the year happened at Wildlife Safari.

::  Our Private Beach

::  More Columbia Gorge and Falls

::  A Day on the Water with Friends

::  A Day in Paradise (and Another Day in Paradise)

::  1st Day of School ~ A Gazillion Photos

I love our new tradition of hiking at McDowell Creek Falls on the first day of school. This was our 2nd annual celebration.


::  Mt. Hope Academy ~ New Resources and Curricula: 2013-14

I spend many hours putting together this detailed curriculum series. There are links to posts for specific subjects at the beginning of this last post in the series, as well as a link to our Medieval history-based book list link at the end.

::  Notes, Quotes, Links, and More

This was a six-part series on my speaking notes from the local Classical Conversations Parent Practicums. I shed a lot of blood, sweat, and tears over this one.

::  A Memory Master in the House

We had three Memory Masters this Year! Luke, Levi, and I put in a great deal of hard work to earn those titles!

::  History Studies ~ Integrating CC and SOTW

Food and Health

::  Let’s Celebrate

I think this 2 minute Paleo chocolate-cake-in-a-mug post was the most-viewed post of the year.


::  Seniors

My niece Ilex and her friend Adelaine. Gorgeousness.


::  Let’s Talk About Luke

::  Let’s Talk About Levi


::  An Anniversary Party

I will treasure these pictures of my grandparents!

Favorite Book

::  Gilead

Favorite TV Show

::  Arrow

Favorite Movie

Did I watch a movie in the theater this year? Catching Fire is the only one I can remember. (Is that sad?)


And next year's words await another voice.


Hen Jen said...

I love the quote! I don't think I saw any movies in 2012 at the theater until December, and then I saw 3!

Happy New Year to you!

Kellie said...

I enjoyed these all the first time, and I couldn't help myself from going back to read several of them second time (or at least look at the lovely pictures)! When bloggers write on a variety of topics I usually just skim for the things that interest me, but I love all your posts. And I'm convinced you live in the most beautiful area in the country. Happy new year!

Heidi said...

Hen Jen~ Same here! I don't know if I saw any in 2012 until 3 in December, back to back.

Kellie~ Thanks! I'm pretty sure I *do* live in the most beautiful area in the country. ;)