I can’t even believe it is the end of another year.  You guys, I still remember when it became YEAR 2000 and I was too scared to leave my family on NYE in case anything crazy happened!  Now here I am, married for 7 years, raising two little girls, and welcoming year 2018 in Warsaw, Poland.

I just spent the last couple of hours looking through old blog posts from this past year.  I read about the happy, the sad, the frustrating, the silly, and the exciting.  It was so nice to see it all here and I was reminded of an article I read in The New York Times.  It’s called “The Stories That Bind Us” and Bruce Feiler concluded his piece with this:

“The bottom line: if you want a happier family, create, refine and retell the story of your family’s positive moments and your ability to bounce back from the difficult ones. That act alone may increase the odds that your family will thrive for many generations to come.”

Every time I come to this place, I think back to this.  It’s not a waste of time, the hours I spend here.  And so, my goal is to spend EVEN MORE TIME HERE in 2018.

With that, here is a little recap of our 2017….

JANUARY

We returned from a wonderful trip in Budapest.

Phil went to Cyprus to chaperone a tournament and I reflected on being an unrealistic optimist.

The girls at Fisherman’s Bastion on the Buda side of the Danube.

FEBRUARY

Nory got her first report card and we celebrated with a family trip to Build A Bear.

Grandma came to visit for Nory’s 4th Birthday Party.

Juliet was in the thick of her BITING PHASE and VOMITING IN THE CAR PHASE.

Three pajama girls at Nory’s Pajama Party :)

MARCH

We shared how we keep busy while Phil is at work (ah-hem, something he’s at ALL THE TIME!).

The Glue was featured in Kuwait’s Bazaar Magazine!

Em and I planned a Mother’s Day celebration for the lovely mamas in our community.

APRIL

We had the most relaxing and BEAUTIFUL holiday with Coco at the Shangri-La in Oman.

The Glue had it’s first birthday party!

Playing at what HAS TO BE the world’s prettiest splash pad at the Shangri-La.

MAY

Kumari flew home to Sri Lanka due to the death of her six year old nephew.  We were heartbroken for her family, but were fortunate to find her an almost-immediate flight to Colombo.

I got emotional about certain expat mamas leaving our community.

We had a professional FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT by the beach.

We celebrated A WHOLE LOTTA THINGS.

JUNE

Juliet celebrated being two and a half.

Nory and Jet went to the salon for the first time, Nory decided she wants to be a fairy when she grows up and we flew home to Canada for the summer.

Painting in our Canadian backyard…in long sleeves…because we just weren’t used to the cooler temperatures YET.

JULY

We celebrated Canada turning 150 and I HAVE ZERO BLOG POSTS to share with you about that.  I also have very few summer blog posts to begin with.  WHY?!

We thought about what it means to have a GOOD DAY.

We drove to Toronto and back and NEITHER CHILD VOMMED IN THE CAR! #ThatIsAFirst

I introduced you guys to Naked Ken.  (He’s still thriving, btw.)

Rooftop BBQ with the HOIT CREW at Uncle Graeme’s and Auntie Aubrey’s.

AUGUST

Nory launched her YouTube channel, “Goggle Girl“.

Nory turned four and a half!

We returned to Kuwait for another school year and reflected on the kindness of strangers.

A 4.5 year old SWEETIE <3

SEPTEMBER

Nory started kindergarten and she also became obsessed with gymnastics.

I went through a bit of a rough patch.

We got a Hilton membership for the school year!

First day of KG1!

OCTOBER

Everyone was sick, but we still managed to celebrate stuff.  Such as Thanksgiving.

We had a Halloween Crafting Party with Nory’s friends from school (plus Juliet and Omari).

My heart melted over my Beauty and her Beasts.

My heart still can’t handle the cuteness! <3

NOVEMBER

We acted so Christmassy.

I was in the thick of a course, got sick AGAIN, and had to rally for two holiday bazaars with The Glue.  (Ah-hem, LIMITED POSTING!)

HOLIDAY CUTIES <3 <3

DECEMBER

Grandma came to Kuwait and we had a surprise day off on Juliet’s ACTUAL third birthday!

The Glue had two more holiday bazaars!

We had a Paw Patrol Party for Juliet.

I turned 32.  Oyyyyy.

We flew to Warsaw, Poland for the holidays!

PAW PATROL OBSESSED.

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