Happy Friday! I’m so thankful that the weekend is finally here. All the cool bloggers have been doing “Best of” posts, but alas, I’m not a cool blogger. Yet.
Actually, it’s just because I only started this little project back in July, and don’t have enough material. I do still want to take a gander at the old year though, so let me share with you my seven favorite memories of 2017, in no terribly particular order.
1. Baby #2!
Welcoming the newest member of our family in April is a no-brainer for the top of my list, but his birth was especially wonderful. My first was an unplanned C-section and not the most magical of experiences. Baby #2 went much differently, ending as an unmedicated VBAC. (Woman power, yeah!) The 24 hours after his birth I felt like a million bucks, instead of like I had been hit by a truck. If anyone out there is contemplating a VBAC, I highly recommend it.
2. “I love you”
This year, I got to hear a tiny little human that I gave birth to tell me he loves me. It was the sweetest sound I have ever heard in my entire life. He was just about asleep, and I was on my way out of his room. Just like I always do, I gave him a kiss, and said, “I love you, good night!” and a little voice came back at me with an “I love you too, mom.” Terrible twos are a real thing, but moments like this make them so much more than worth it.
3. Family Aquarium Trip
Summer was rough. I’m not a fan of the newborn stage. I always feel exhausted and frazzled. My husband had been working insane hours making it even worse. At the end of August, my husband accepted a new job, and had a week off in between. We took a day that week to go down to the aquarium. Both boys loved it, but my oldest was adorable. He loves sharks, and all fish. He was so excited when he saw what he correctly identified as a “Black Tip Reef Shark!!” That trip was definitely the highlight of our summer family staycation.
4. Wedding Season
Okay, so this one is really three memories. Three sets of our good college buddies got married this year. I got to just attend each wedding, which was nice for a change, my husband was a groomsman in all three, and the Best Man of one. His speech, which he based on Ephesians 5, was beyond excellent. I was (and still am) so proud of him. ❤
5. My Dad’s 60th Birthday
Early August, my dad turned 60 and we had all his kids and all their families out to the big family farm for the day. The grandkids played games, and we ended the festivities with a hayride. My dad’s goal was to have a dozen grandkids by the time he was 60. He made that with two extra. The next goal, he says, is to have 100 descendants by the time he is 100. I wouldn’t be surprised if he did.
6. 3rd Wedding Anniversary
For the life of me, I can’t remember what film we went to go see for our anniversary. But I do remember that we went to the local gastropub and had some mushrooms that straight up tasted like chicken, and mesquite flavored beer from a local microbrewery.
Three years of being married are definitely worth celebrating, in my opinion. Marriage is wonderful and I wouldn’t go back if you paid me an amount equal to the national debt, but it is hard work. I’m going to take each year of work and wear it as a proud badge of honor.
7. Christmas Morning
This was really the first Christmas where I got to experience the real magic. My family didn’t do Santa growing up, which I didn’t mind. I don’t really feel that I missed out. But my husband wants to with our kids, and I really love how he explains it, incorporating the story of St Nicholas heavily into the popular lore.
The oldest understood that Santa was going to come, and we carefully set out milk, cookies, and carrots. He actually went to bed (waaaaaat) without a fuss on Christmas Eve. I loved watching him open his gifts, and we were able to go to Mass as a family and sit together for the whole Mass too! I’m glad we have one day left for Christmas proper, and I’m looking forward to next year already.
2017 was a year full of blessings for our family. I could list another seventy-five good memories and still have more to go. I think I covered the best ones though. Here’s looking forward to all the great memories that 2018 will send our way!
Happy New Year!
I’m linking up with Kelly over at “This Ain’t the Lyceum” for the 7 Quick Takes Series.