I am ashamed to say how slow I was to think of even ONE. I hemmed and hawed and searched my mind. Dean's birth was a given, but that was also a top 5 bad in many ways. I looked to Andrew for help, and he pointed out a few. I realized yet again how 2010 wasn't an awesome year for me. Clay's question got me thinking and I couldn't stop wishing I had answered differently. So here is my new and improved (and way expanded) answer, for Clay and everyone else, but mostly for me.
Best Moments of Age 26
1. The Skagit Valley tulip festival. It should be one of the 7 wonders of the world - it was breathtaking.
2. Watching the kids play in the snow at Grandpa's house over Thanksgiving.
3. Going to the airshow at Nellis and going inside Andrew's good old C-17. Also the day I successfully wore a hat publicly for one of the first times in my life.
4. Watching my Dad meet Dean for the first time, and having him stand in the circle to bless Dean.
5. Having my family come visit at Christmas - best Christmas gift ever.
6. Joining my boxing gym! The rush of going for the first time after so long literally brought me to tears. I love me some punching.
7. Going to St. George spontaneously for a fun trip with the Culvers and Noyeses.
8. Getting a yard put in and watching the kids play "lion hunt" in the bushes.
9. Going to Mt. Charleston in August and feeling the cool breeze and smelling the trees. It was the first time I felt content (weather-wise) since moving here.
10. Riding 4-wheelers in Mancos while camping with the Webbs.
11. Eating yummy seafood and playing on the rainy beach with the Schmeils, Minettos, and Smurthwaites right before moving from WA. Eva found a snail in the sand and brought it home. (Unfortunately, it was lost in the car and never found again.)
12. Our trip to the Oregon coast over Eva's 3rd birthday.
13. Making my first quilt.
14. Going on a cruise with Linds and Kenny. A perfect week! (Linds, we're about due for another cruise, don't you think?)
15. Watching Eva and Leighton learn so much during preschool.
16. Getting to touch Dean's soft little cheek for the first time, and then later getting to hold him. Actually, the first 2 weeks of his life were magical. (Thanks in part to pain pills and my sisters and Mom!)
And just for the record, because a few of these cropped up in remembering events, here are a few of my worst memories of last year.
Worst Moments of Age 26:
1. The Sunday where we were living in a hotel and I prayed so hard someone would invite us over for dinner and nobody did. I bawled on the way home from church and then we ate dinner at Chili's.
2. Every time I had to go outside in June, July, and August.
3. Thinking I was going to be murdered in my own home Andrew sent me emails from my own account that Google was going to kill me. (Long story that I wish I could forget but I probably never will. I truly believe that is when my heart problem was born.)
4. Having to drive 12 hours home to NV from CO 24 hours after getting there and stopping every 2 hours to give Leighton a breathing treatment.
5. Saying good-bye to our home in WA and living homeless for 2 months. Those were REALLY bad months.
So I'm not as pessimistic as I first felt when trying to answer Clay's question. It just took me a little longer than it should have. :) Looking back, I did remember a lot of lame things that happened, but I thought of WAY more than 5 things that made me cry from happiness. Actually, probably everything on my good list either made me cry or almost cry from my heart being so full and grateful and happy. I know being 27 will be even better than 26 in so many ways, and I can't wait to make my list next year!
P.S. Thanks to all of you who sent kind birthday messages! It meant so much to me to have you all think of me.