This has been quite the year for us! A year of traveling, new adventures, old adventures and celebrations.
We put London in swim class this year, which she did amazing at. A real natural in the water, unfortunately with most infant/toddlers they lose interest and it wasn’t fun for her anymore. But even to this day, London still does her kicks and even puts her face in the water by herself if we’re at the pool or even in the bathtub.
I attempted to go back to work this year. Yes attempted. I was hired for a great part time position that worked good with my home schedule and Arthur’s work hours. I really did enjoy working, unfortunately with working there comes unnecessary drama and cattyness with some people and going to work wasn’t even fun anymore. But as it turned out, that was the start of Arthur working more in Minnesota and I had to be home more often.
We celebrated London turning 1! A whole year of being parents to the coolest princess. A year of firsts and a year full of memories.
We traveled quite a bit this year. Our first vacation to Minnesota right after London’s birthday, before we even knew we would be moving. Our first trip here was incredibly fun because we got to be tourists and explore everything, including paying respects to Prince at Paisley Park. Which led to more trips to Minnesota, and during that time, hoping to find our future home. And of course, my 29th birthday in Disney World. I was lucky enough to be able to take a mom vacation with my soul mate that I met a little to late in life, to Philadelphia for a Harry Potter Festival.
Just like everyone, we had our downs which was basically in fault of our previous apartment that we called home. It was the beginning of Arthur being two states away for weeks at a time, missing out on multiple milestones of London’s life. But it was also a blessing in disguise. It gave my parents more time with London, it allowed Arthur to find the beautiful house we call home now, it gave me a little bit of break and help with London, and it gave me time to bond with my parents again.
I had a few of the greatest friends be there for me when I needed a friend during the hardest months. That will always be special to me and they will always have a place in my heart for being there for not just myself, but for London as well.
We moved. We finally moved. If you would have asked me four months ago where we would be I would say still in Illinois trying to figure out how to make life stop slapping us in the face. But we did it. Arthur did it. But of course, meeting Luke Perry, Jason Priestly, Tori Spelling and Jennie Garth had to happen before we moved.
Just like everyone else, we had our ups and downs and then some more downs, but more importantly our ups went up again. Do I wish we did more this year? Of course, but that’s what next year is for.
“Old ways won’t open new doors.” This quote is my quote to live by in 2017. We are surrounded by opportunities and you can bet I’m going to be taking advantage of those opportunities with London, Arthur and even just myself.
I hope you have a chance to look back on the year and smile at something you’ve accomplished, got to do, or even realize there’s something you want to do next year.
One of my focuses for this coming year is to organize myself and make each day a goal that I achieved. You can find my goals that I set for myself in the Best Me I can Be section at the top.
Happy New Year!