Tuesday, January 2, 2018

best of 2017

2017
2017 has just begun and I wanted to quickly jot down some of my favorite moments from this past year. The last time I wrote in this little space was in August and one thing that I want to do more of in 2018 is write and document better and more consistently. It can be hard to find time with working and kids and just life in general but I always come back to this space and I miss writing and documenting when I don't. And now some of my favorite moments from 2017:

Favorite trip: By far, this would be Disney. Josh and I both said that our Disney trip this year was up there with our trip to St. John. It was that good. The time spent together was priceless and a trip I know I will never forget and hope my girls don't ever forget. We really loved going in the summer and staying at the Beach Club was amazing.

Favorite book: It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too). Nora writes about living life and about death. Her writing is spot on and it's like she is next to you telling her story. It's heartbreaking and funny and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

Favorite show: I would have to say it's a tie between Shameless and Dexter. We watched seasons 1-7 of Shameless and were super obsessed with it. Once that was over we tried a few different series but couldn't really get into any. We found Dexter and I thought it was going to be really dark and way too fucked up of a show to actually watch, but I was so wrong. We are on season 8 of Dexter right now and of course it's dark and fucked up, but not in the scary way that I thought it was going to be. It has humor and great acting and you can't help but become team Dexter :)

Favorite artist: I have been loving Chris Stapleton lately!

Favorite part: I would say 2017 was a pretty low key year. My absolute favorite part was our Disney trip for sure, but some other parts of the year that stick out to me include: doing a fair amount of hiking and exploring new trails with the girls and dogs, Nicole turning 4 and how adorable she was in cheerleading, Kennadie turning 8 and watching her horseback riding and winning 1st and 2nd place in her first small horse "show", Josh coaching Kennadie's soccer team and watching these girls (we had such a great team!), my little sister getting married, taking Kennadie on her first haunted hayride and her loving it, and finally getting the ball going on re-doing our home! So far we have done our kitchen, living room, foyer, and front porch. I still have a few little finishing touches that I want to do in these rooms but the major things are pretty much done in these spaces. And we have a company that is going to remodel the sunroom so it can be a regular room off the kitchen. I am so looking forward to this in 2018!

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Christmas 2017

Winter reimagined

A few years ago Kennadie was sick on Christmas so we did the majority of our present opening the next day once she started to feel better. Last year we spent the entire day slowly opening gifts here and there stopping to play with a new toy or eat breakfast or watch a Christmas movie. We were so slow at opening gifts that we still had gifts left the next day. I joked about it last year saying that it just made our Christmas last that much longer. Well, it has become a new little tradition- we don't let the girls just rip through the presents on Christmas Day (they do that on Christmas Eve with Josh's side of the family!). But we take our time throughout the entire day on Christmas and Kennadie actually really loves doing gifts this way.

We started the holiday season off walking around with Jess and all the kids looking at Christmas lights and visiting Santa. We attended the High School's Christmas concert (one of my favorite things to do around this time of the year) with my mom and Amy and the kids. Santa photo's with the girls and dogs were a success. We played in the snow, slept in the living room by the Christmas tree, watched Kennadie in her 3rd grade Christmas concert, and we baked cookies for co-workers and teachers and the staff at the dogs daycare. I was able to volunteer at Kennadie's school to help her and her class make their gingerbread houses, the lights at Tower Hill were beautiful as usual, and the girls made Christmas ornaments for our tree and for a few family members.

Josh's side of the family came over on Christmas Eve. We had a huge buffet of food, the kids all played and we all hung out and opened gifts together. After everyone left we put the cookies and milk out for Santa, tracked Santa and left out the reindeer food before the girls went to bed.

We woke up to snow on Christmas Day, which we were really excited about! I got up extra early to get our coffee and then we all went downstairs to begin our day and open presents. Later in the day, my parents, Opa and Oma, and Krista and Tim came over for Christmas Dinner and gifts and to just spend the rest of the day together.

We had a wonderful Christmas (the entire Christmas season, really) and a nice long break from work and school. Hope you had a great Christmas, too!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

florida 2017: part 2


Day 4 sunrise/ animal kingdom/ evening swimming at sunset at resort

For the most part our mornings were pretty much the same every day- Josh would get up early to run (the resort has a great jogging path) while I would get ready and start getting the girls ready and then we would all head upstairs for breakfast. Wednesday we spent the day at Animal Kingdom and had dinner at Cape May Cafe which is located right at the resort we stayed at. The dinner buffet was so delicious and definitely worth the money. The rest of the night was spent swimming in the resort pools- one of my most favorite things to do while we were here. The girls made a friend at our resort who they spent a good amount of time swimming and playing with during our trip, which was definitely nice for them.

Thursday morning we took a boat ride to Hollywood Studios. I have always loved the vibe here :) The Beauty and the Beast show was so good and we dragged Nicole on the Tower of Terror when we first arrived and she was terrified of it, but what a trooper she was! Late afternoon was spent at the Beach Club swimming before we had dinner at Ariel's (again, the food was great here too). Most afternoons we saw a quick thunderstorm come through, but they never lasted long at all and they set the stage for the most gorgeous sunsets while we were swimming- dark purples and blues in the sky and rainbows. Absolutely perfect. After swimming we walked to the beach area to watch Epcot's fireworks which was another really cool thing about where we stayed-we could watch fireworks right from the resort most nights.

Friday was our last full day here and we booked the breakfast buffet with the characters downstairs at Cape May Cafe and spent the entire day in the pools. Before dinner we took a nice walk around the resort and ran around in the grass. We loved the Cape May Cafe dinner buffet so much that we ate here again. We ended our last night in Disney with ice cream from Beaches & Cream and swimming until the pools closed.

This was definitely one of my most favorite trips and I had such an amazing time with my three favorite people. So, so special.

In case you missed it you can check out part 1 of our trip here.

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