Monday, January 05, 2009

2008 in review

I always hated it when TV shows did the cop-out flashback episodes. You know the ones where everyone sits around the couch and reminsces about older episodes, just because the writers couldn't think of anything better? Well that's what this is, a totally cop-out post. Especially since the vast majority of you won't be clicking on any of these flashback links, because you hated it when the sticoms did those darn episodes, too. But, whatever. It's my blog and I'll link to a bunch of old posts if I want to.

Memorable moments in 2008 month by month.


Sophia turns 18 months and finally gets to go to nursery! It is a day for celebration throughout the land (and a photo shoot).


I go down to adjudicate a music festival in St. George, not realizing that I was putting my life on the line and nearly dying on the drive home.


We wire our entire life savings (not much at all) to Spain so Joel can compete in a conducting competition.


Entered the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking Hall of Fame for the third (and final) time. Did not win.


Entered the Five Minutes for Mom 1,000 dollar photo contest, and actually won, thus sort of making up for the life savings being depleted so Joel could conduct Pierrot Lunaire in Europe.


Celebrated 9 years of marriage. It's an accomplishment worth mentioning.


Called 911 and tattle-taled on the person who left their kids in the car in the Wal-Mart parking lot.


Cried like a baby after dropping Chloe off at her first day of Kindergarten.


Had a hankering for some "What's Up, Doc?" but couldn't find it at Hollywood video. Instead, it miraculously came on my television that very night. Miracles really do happen.


Temporaraily lost my mind and sewed Wizard of Oz Halloween costumes for the entire family. I had so much fun being insane that I'm thinking of doing it every year.


Cried like a baby after seeing my oldest child baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Realized that I am extremely blessed, even though this was an extremely difficult year for me.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. I love this rundown. Being a few months into your blog I had no idea about some things especially the kids left in the car. This made me cry of course because I read that story and then the other one. Very sorry you had to go through that back then and glad you called the police last summer. You just can't be THAT careless with precious little ones.

    Here's to '09 and all the goodness that I know will come!

  2. I've been off-line for a couple of weeks, and therefore have major catching up to do. But When I'm done with that, I will check some of these earlier links out. Nice to read some of what you wrote before I started following your blog.

  3. I don't know what happened, but for some reason, I read that sentence for February as you came down with jaundice.

    Oh, and we called 911 on parents who left their kids in a Target parking lot! I was shocked! I mean, at Walmart, one would expect it, but Target?

  4. Had fun reading your clips from 2009 - didn't click on every link - but still enjoyed it. I loved reading about your girls "What is ... doing now?"

    Laci and Sophia must have been best friends in heaven because you're descriptions of Sophia sound EXACTLY like Laci. It's nice to know that someone else understands what I face everyday - even though I certainly wouldn't wish it on you, or anyone, just so they could understand! I'm currently gearing up to get Laci tested for ADD. It wouldn't surprise me b/c I have siblings with it and it is hereditary. It just makes me sad. She is very intelligent and I always marvel at her capacity due to her energy. One of my ADD brothers is much like her in that way, but even at 18, he still struggles to focus and doesn't accomplish as much as he could because of that. (Does what I'm trying to say even make sense?)

    ...and I often wonder how Jacob is ever going to be able to go on a mission without me.

  5. I really love you blog and have actually read those links before! Keep writing the good stuff you do and taking the great photos! Love them!

  6. It's not a cop-out! lol I just might copy you and do something similar.

    Anything that happens in a Wal-Mart deserves a call to 911, BTW... lol

  7. Just found you because we have lots of bloggy friends in common. I enjoyed the run down of the year and congrats on winning the photo contest.

  8. My little girl goes to nursery in a little over two months. I'm already counting down. They should seriously think about starting nursery at 12 months!! But maybe other people's kids are better behaved than mine...

    Kudos for the 911 call, too.

  9. I clicked over to the 911 call one. Then I clicked over to the link that was about the girl dying in a hot car. And I sat here and cried. Now I'm glad I have never been the RS president, and I kind of hope I never have to be either! :)

  10. It is so amazing to me how all of the temporal trials mean very little as long as we recognize that we are in the right place spiritually. Best wishes in '09!

  11. I remember ever one of those posts. Blogging is such a great form of journaling. If i didn't blog, I wouldn't remember half of my year.

  12. I loved this post. I just got online and decided I needed to do the top of 2008 and thought I would check your blog out first and I guess we are thinking alike. Happy New Year. We miss you guys being in our ward.

  13. I love your flashback episode..because I didn't start reading your blog until like November....So thanks for the falshbacks. That was a fun ride.

  14. I don't remember seeing the darling Halloween photos (or the pic of the baby in May) so I guess I have found you since then. In light of that, it was great to read this (woulda been, anyway, too!)