bring on 2009!

You know what’s one of my most favorite things??


I just love mondays. I love the fresh start to the new week. I love the smell of laundry going. I love picking up after all the weekends activities and getting back to the routine of the week. I even love the Sunday night before as I think about all I did/didn’t accomplish that week, what needs to be added to next weeks to-do list. Organizing our schedule, planning meals…getting ready for the brand new week. I kindof find it fun? Is that weird?

Uh. Wait, don’t answer that!

Mondays around here are laundry day. A stay-in-your-pajamas-all-morning-day (ya. ummm. Sometimes that turns into an all day thing.). A don’t-leave-the-house-if-you-don’t-have-to day. A day for cleaning, and recommitting, and easing back into the routines of life. Today it was back to school for Emily, back to work for Randal and back to regular bedtimes and all that fun stuff after a fun filled holiday.

It’s for a lot of the same reasons I love Mondays so much that New Years is one of my favorite holidays. I just love the feelings surrounding the anticipation of a new year and equally as fun for me is reflecting on the year gone by. I usually sit down at the computer at some point at the beginning of January and go through all of last years pictures and am always so amazed at how the kids have changed. Its pretty much guarunteed I’ll shed a tear or two at how fast they’re growing. I put together a quick slideshow of the year for the kids tonight for family home evening and they thought it was so fun to watch!

2008 really was a great year.

Sure, it wasn’t without its difficulties but I feel like I am at a point now (a place I wasn’t at a few short months ago) that I can say with all my heart that I’m grateful for the challenges that have come our way. For all that I’ve learned, for all of the fun times, for all of the growth and all of the joy I’ve experienced in 2008 I’m so, so grateful.

2008 was the year for a lot of things.

brotherly love was big around here. 😉

Stepping outside my comfort zone to teach a scrapbook class, that was big too.

Baby giggles and solid food and loose teeth.

Soccer games and trips to the Lake.

A doctors appointment that changed everything. How I see my life, what I worry about, where I spend my time. What I was calling stressed out-over-tired-nursing-mom-itis turned out to be a little more than that. My doctor called it Lupus.

Learning to ride two wheelers, swimming lessons and a trip to the zoo.

Watching my Sister-in-law battle cancer. Her strength and her positive attitude in the face of all that she went through has had such a profound effect on me. I’m so grateful for her example in my life.

An extra year at home with my little man. (preschool is next year for this november birthday boy)

The start of Grade one.

We said good-bye to Aunt Ashley.

My baby turned 1.

We went trick or treating.

We visited Santa at the mall, went Christmas shopping and then spent a quiet Christmas here at home.

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Rebecca Cooper is a 38-year-old wife and mother of four from Alberta, Canada. As a photographer, crafter, author, and blogger, she finds joy and fulfillment in celebrating everyday moments. She loves to read and eat chocolate, and is a firm believer in afternoon naps. Rebecca shares her family’s adventures, photo tips, simple craft projects + more right here at Simple as That.

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  1. Jewel says

    Great post Rebecca! Good to see you back blogging again. And extra fun to see shots of your little ones! Love your idea about a slideshow for FHE!!!!

  2. Anonymous says

    So glad I kept your blog on my favorites. I’m glad your back! Boy, have your kids grown in the last couple of months. Would love to see what you have been working on scrapbooking wise since you left blogland!

  3. Stephanie says

    So glad to see you back. It sounds like you have had your share of triumphs but great things too! Your kids have grown a lot in the last couple months. Make 2009 the best yet!

  4. Sara says

    Amazing pictures and a great attitude – I also LOVE mondays and routine, back to school today for my 7 year old son and my 3 year old daughter starts pre-school tomorrow!

  5. Anonymous says

    I’ve wondered how your health was since that post last summer. I’m glad to see you back in the swing of things! So sorry about your sister-in-law. I’m impressed by your great attitude about 2008 despite the difficulties.

  6. Diane Herman says

    What a wonderful surprise to find you are back blogging. I am glad to hear you are well. Hears hoping 2009 is a very happy and healthy year for you!
    Diane Sydney Australia

  7. Clair says

    First and foremost- welcome back to blogland, and I wish you continued strength and blessings through challenges.

    Do you do ALL the laundry on Mondays? I have a friend that does and I’ve been thinking to give it a try. My current plan is NOT working. Ha.

    And thirdly, I love your vintage conversions- referring to your little ones 1 yr picture in this post (and others I’ve noticed especially on baby photos.) I’m probably one of thousands that would love some tips!

    God bless.

  8. Jules says

    I’m so glad you are back too! Love your perspective on life and how you are so real! =) Your kids are just precious, as are you! Praying for you and yours~Julie in smalltown, TX

  9. says

    rebecca… i’ve missed your blog. even though i don’t know you in person, I was concerned months ago when you said you had a health issue. I’m sorry you have dealt with some hard things. Your family is so beautiful. I love the photos from your year. Best wishes and good health in 2009!

    p.s. thanks for the happy thoughts about Monday and your schedule. It has inspired me to enjoy my Mondays and see it in a new light.

  10. Brooke says

    Rebecca – so happy to see you are to a place where you seem to be feeling a little more peace. I’ve been thinking about you since your last post. Your family is beautiful and your words are inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Marne says

    Hi Rebecca, great idea for a slide show. Sorry you have had to deal with such difficult issues this past year. I wish you the best for 2009. Your attitude is awesome! Oh, and I also love Mondays and the smell of laundry! So you are not wierd! :)

  12. sara b says

    I am so glad to see you back and sounding refreshed. I had a hard year too but the thing I love that you pointed out, is the outlook you come away with. Life is so short but precious, enjoy it! Can’t wait for more of your inspiration!

  13. Katherine says

    It’s so lovely so have you back and haven’t your children grown! I know we haven’t met but we are one big family here and I missed hearing your updates. Katherine x

  14. Debbie says

    So glad to hear you’re doing well. I was a regular checker of your blog, and did feel sad to hear of your health issues. I’m glad you’re back and feeling better. Love your beautiful photos.

  15. azarrella says

    Thanks for updating all of us who have been wondering…
    Emily is so big! She looks just like you! It is uncanny!
    Hope you have a wonderful 2009 and I am so happy to see you back to blogging!

  16. Lisa E. says

    I’m a “Monday-lovin’ mama” too! I love the anticipation of really not knowing what the week will bring. Sure, many things are scheduled, but there’s still the thrill of not knowing everything! And I actually love doing laundry, too! The smell, the warmth, the ability to get it done (yeah, I know it has to be done again, and again, and again…but I do love it!) Here’s to Mondays and fresh, warm laundry!

    On a serious note, I was sorry to hear about your diagnosis of lupus. A friend of mine has it, and I know it can be debilitating. Take care of yourself, Rebecca, and know that you are being prayed for. I’m SO glad you’re back in the blog loop – missed your thoughts and seeing pictures of your family. Hang in there – Monday’s coming! :)

  17. AndreafromNoVA says

    Can I just say I am sooooo happy you are back. I love checking the blogs of all those that inspire me and I will have to say that I missed you. Happy New Year to you and yours!

    Andrea J

  18. Barbara says

    Welcome back, Rebecca. I’m one of many, I’m sure, who’ve missed you and thought of you often. Glad to see you blogging again (and your photography, which I look to for inspiration)

    Here’s to a happy and healthy 2009!

  19. Kathy F says

    Hi Rebecca! I am sitting here smiling ear to ear with joyful tears as I read your post and look at your beautiful family over the last year. You have had your share of difficulties , that’s for sure, however, you still have the positive outlook on life and you sound like you’re back, better than ever!! We missed you and look forward to lots of posts and photos in 2009!
    Kathy F

  20. MAM says

    So happy to see you back. Your online followers have missed seeing you. You have a beautiful family and amazing perspective. Not forgetting your scrapbooking prowess of course. Here’s hoping for a blessed 2009 for you & your family.


  21. Heather says

    I’m so sorry to hear about your sister in law. She looks so young. I’m also sorry to hear about you having Lupus. Arer you on the road to recovery?
    Wonderful photos. Emily is such a beauty and I just love the photo of Carson in the goggles!

  22. says

    welcome back. I have been tested 2 times for lupus.. strangely they can not tell me if I have it or not. One test said yes, one test said no. So what gives. I am now being treated for adrenal fatigue and I am feeling a bit better.

    Keep up the good work and welcome back

  23. scrappylibrarian says

    Ohhhhhh Rebecca it is so good to have you back on your blog…. i have so missed seeing pictures of your kids. I am so sorry about your sister-in-law. We are so glad to have you back!

  24. Anonymous says

    I’m so glad I found your blog. A friend from work told me about your work and I am greatly impressed. I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis. My doctor thought I had Lupus and after running the tests, they found Thyroid Cancer. Keep your head up, find hope in your children’s faces and take one day at a time. You are truly a blessed woman.

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