2018: A Q&A

Another year has come and gone, and as always, what a year it was!

This year I decided I’d do something a little different as I’ve seen a Question & Answer-style recap floating around the blog world. I actually started writing a “normal” review post but couldn’t gather all my thoughts efficiently, so I figured this would be the a good way to recap 2018.

For those who’d like to perhaps play along, here are the questions as compiled by @definitelyra on Instagram:

1. What did you do on your birthday?

My actual birthday fell on a workday, so Kyle took me out a couple days early to celebrate. We made reservations at a nice restaurant, and while we had intended on going to a movie, we ended up skipping that and went for a really nice walk because the weather was so good. While it was a pretty simple evening, it was perfect just to spend some time alone with him!

2. What are you strongest memories from this year, and why?

Having to make the decision to send Daphne over the Rainbow Bridge will always be a reminder of 2018 for me. After being a part of my life for nearly 14 years, letting her go was the toughest decision I had to make all year.

3. What did you do this year that you’d never done before?

Trail races! While it started out with the Foam Fest back in June, I ran two “true” trail races in September and loved them both! Road racing is great, but trails bring an extra element to running that’s a bit more exciting. Maybe it’s because you have to concentrate on not beefing it while you’re trying to keep pace?

4. What did you want and get?

This summer Kyle and I both wanted to be able to do more when he was on days off, and I think we managed to accomplish that fairly well. Between going to the lake, taking the girls to the waterslides and everything in between, we spent a lot of quality time together as a family and I’m happy about that.

5. What did you want and not get?

This is honestly a tough one to answer with a heartfelt response. I think I really “got” the most out of what I could this year, and I’m pretty content with the positive things that happened this year.

6. What would you like to have next year that you didn’t have this year?

I don’t think I can ever say “No” to more time together with Kyle and the girls, so we’ll go with that.

7. Did you make new year’s resolutions, and did you keep them? Will you make more for next year?

I sure did! I made a half-ass attempt as resolving to run three 5km races in 2018, and not only did I meet that goal, but I ended up running nine! I finished one 3km race, one 8km race, and seven 5km races. #humblebrag ;)

In 2019 I’m hoping to step up my game and complete longer distances, with my main goal being to finish a half-marathon distance by the end of the year. We’ll see how it goes!

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?

I think my biggest achievement can be seen when I look at my kids. Isla is excelling at school and Norah is such a feisty little force to be reckoned with … Knowing that I’m raising those two kids to be amazing human beings is something I’m pretty proud to achieve.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I don’t know if I had any true failures, per-say, but I think I’ve learned some lessons this year, like remembering to take time for myself and to not feel guilty about it, or being more present with Kyle and the kids – which means putting the my phone down and being more in the moment. I know it’s something that I can still work on, but it’s something I need to remind myself to do.

10. What did you rely on when you were overwhelmed?

In the final quarter of 2017 I was suffering from some serious jaw pain that was likely stress-induced. While I was prescribed a night guard in an attempt to stop my clenching, it was uncomfortable and didn’t really work. At the beginning of this year I started running 3x a week on the treadmill, and I noticed that not long afterwards my pain went away. So, running has definitely been a new-found way for me to decompress when life is getting to be too much.

11. What are your top recommendations for entertainment from this year? (books, television, movies, music, etc.)

That’s such a tough one because everyone’s tastes are different, but I’d highly recommend everyone watch Ali Wong’s Netflix special, Hard Knock Wife. (Watch Baby Cobra first, if you can!) I laughed so hard! I didn’t watch a lot of movies, but definitely read Crazy Rich Asians before watching the movie. (It’s way better, IMHO.) As far as music goes, I’m like a dinosaur so I’m not down with the hip beats, haha!

12. What song will remind you of this year?

Would you hate me if I said “Baby Shark”? (You’re welcome!)

13. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year. (Not necessarily from the song that reminds you of the year)

Oh gosh, I really have no idea what song sums up this past year.

14. What was your most enjoyable purchase?

This is an odd question, but I would have to say the Joe Rogan comedy show tickets I bought for Kyle and I. It was a total spur of the moment decision in which I attacked Kyle with the question of going while he was still sleeping, but we bought the tickets and went and saw his show in August down in Abbotsford. (The show is now also on Netflix, just search Joe Rogan: Stranger Times, if you like crude but politically relevant jokes!) We managed to fit in a visit with our friends during that weekend as well, and it turned out to be an amazing time!

15. Did you travel? If so, where?

We didn’t do any serious travelling as Kyle and I went to Las Vegas late in 2017, but we did burn a few tanks of gas doing here and there in BC. There were a few trips to the lake, a visit to my dad’s, our Joe Rogan show in August … Like I said, nothing crazy!

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

I wish I got out and ran outdoors more in the mornings. I didn’t “discover” the route outside my front door until late in the summer, and I wish I had sooner!

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Overindulging! I feel I used my new-found interest in running as an excuse to perhaps shove a lot of treats into my face … Oops.

18. Compared to this time last year, how are you different?

I think I’m more anxious that I was last year, after a few things happened that has created a bit of a heightened sense of awareness. I’m working on resolving it, but it’s taking time. Thankfully Kyle and I both have an amazing support system who have been wonderful in just listening, and even that helps.

19. Compared to this time last year, how are you the same?

Well, I’m still working to get my Administrative Assistant. I’m still doing my best ding-dang job to raise Isla and Norah to be respectable human beings. I’m still crazy about my husband.

20. What’s a life lesson you learned this year?

Take help when it’s offered to you. Don’t be afraid to say what’s on your mind and express your feelings. Communicate. You are loved.

Here’s to another year!

Feel free to answer 2 or 3 of these questions in the comments below, I’d love to hear your answers!

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2017, a Year in Review

Another year has come and gone, and so in true blogger fashion I sit here and attempt to recap the past 365 days.

Every year Kyle and I say to one another, “We need to do more!” So often we look back on the year an wonder where it went, what we did, and more times than not our list falls short. If there was a goal for 2017, it was to do a better job at getting out there and just doing. I think we made a fairly decent attempt at doing “more” this past year, both individually and as a family, so here are some highlights: (And a couple of humorous “lowlights” as well.)

  • Kyle and I made a daring dash to Langley in the middle of a snowstorm in February to visit friends overnight! Were we crazy? Yes! Was it fun? Totally! Were we amazed by how bad Lower Mainland drivers are in the snow? Absolutely!
  • Norah had her first visit to the emergency room when she decided to shove some pieces up cork up her nostrils. Thankfully, it wasn’t affecting her breathing and we were able to see a specialist the next day to remove the pieces. Also thankfully, she’s only stuck things up her nose twice since then, and those didn’t require trips to the ER.
  • Kyle completed four 10k races and one 15k race this year! He also trained really hard to do his first half marathon, but due to the forest fires that race was cancelled. He’s already gearing up to do it next summer though!
  • I did two 3k races with Isla and one 5k! In 2018 I hope to tackle more 5k races. Running does feel great once I get my legs under me, it’s just getting there that’s a lot of hard work.
  • Despite the forest fires, Kyle and I did manage to take advantage of a break in the smoke to take the girls to the waterslides! They had an absolute blast and we hope to take them again next summer.
  • My mom and I did our annual road trip to Vancouver to visit my grandpa and brother in May. We had an awesome time and I hope we can figure out a way to keep doing them in the future.
  • We had a year of renovations to the house! We redid the counters in the kitchen and put in a tile backsplash, and we also tore down our old deck and put in a bigger one. I really love how the kitchen is looking these days and I cannot wait to relax on the deck come summertime!
  • In February I scored Kyle tickets to go see Metallica in August with his friends. They had an awesome time and I’m glad he was able to go have some quality “guy” time.
  • Isla had a busy year of dance and learning! In June she completed her third year of dance and “graduated” from preschool as well! She started kindergarten in September and she is doing SO well. We recently got her report card back and we couldn’t be any prouder.
  • Norah completed swimming lessons in the fall and loves the water. She’s now constantly asking to go swimming, lol
  • In August the girls and I went to Vernon to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday! We had a fun time visiting the orchard there and we even hit up the beach for a few hours one afternoon, which was a lot of fun!
  • At the end of the summer Kyle and I went and visited his dad and we took the girls to Horstings Farm, where we both used to work. They had a lot of fun visiting! (Driving the golf cart around the yard with Grandpa was a big highlight for them!)
  • Thanks to a whim and an invitation from friends, we rode the local steam engine train! It was a fun little touristy adventure and it was good to visit with a pair of our oldest friends for a couple hours!
  • I went back to school to get my Administrative Assistant certificate! I’m doing it all via distant learning and while it is difficult to sometimes balance the kids and school I’m getting it done!
  • Thanks to the kindness of our parents for taking in our kids and furkids, Kyle and I were able to escape to Las Vegas for a few days of “adulting” in October. It was a much needed vacation and we really enjoyed just being together and reconnecting as a couple! We already can’t wait to go back one day.

Of course, there were birthdays, anniversaries, celebrations and spontaneous get togethers all throughout the year, and I cannot be more thankful for all of our family and friends for being a part of some of those amazing memories. It’s always shocking how quickly a year can go by, but when I look back I have no regrets!

So, I wish all my amazing readers the very best in 2018!

Happy New Year!

 

 

So long, 2016

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Into the sunset it goes …

I’m really quite awful at these Year in Review posts; I’m never quite sure what to include or omit and posts usually wind up as a garbled mess, and yet here I am at the end of 2016 trying to gather my thoughts.

Overall, 2016 was a pretty good year for our household. The good definitely outweighed the bad, and we had some wonderfully memorable moments both as a family and individually:

  • Kyle entered his first road race in February and did so amazing! I’m so proud of how far he’s come as a runner and while a foot injury pushed back his training over the summer I’m excited to see where 2017 takes him!
  • Norah turned 1! It still baffles my mind that she’s getting so big so fast, and she’s developing into quite the little person full of personality! It’s said that every child is different, and Norah has definitely set herself apart from her sister in so many amazing ways.
  • Isla started preschool! While it’s just twice a week for a couple of hours, she has transitioned so well to her morning routine on those days. She loves school and her friends and I’m so glad. Fingers crossed that continues when she heads off to kindergarten next September! *sob*
  • I got back into playing slo-pitch! I missed playing so much when I was pregnant with Norah, so it was great to get back on the team and have some “me” time. I’m already pumped for the season to start next year.
  • We raced together! Back in May we all signed up for the Blackwell Dairy Race, with Kyle running the 15K and the girls and I doing the 3K Fun Run. It was an awesome day and we’re already looking forward to next year’s race, amongst others!
  • Kyle got LASIK eye surgery! He’s worn glasses/contacts forEVER, so the decision to finally have laser eye surgery done was a huge one. Our eye doctor finally gave him the go-ahead, and he’s now been rocking perfect vision since August!
  • We road tripped! Isla, Norah and I got in some travel time with my mom, heading off to Vancouver, the Kangaroo Farm, and Kelowna for some fun and adventures. We’re already plotting our Vancouver adventure for next spring ;)
  • We had lake days! While the weather wasn’t fantastic this past summer, we still managed to get a couple lake days in, visiting friends at the Little Shuswap and banking some SUP time.
  • We renovated our basement! After a disappointing house hunt, Kyle and I decided we’d stay put for a bit longer and make our basement into a space that was more family-friendly. Thanks to the help of a friend, we were able to transform our oddly-configured basement into a more inviting space!

I know I’ve left about a million things off this list, but that’s not to say that they don’t matter. Like I said, it’s been a good year and I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to spend it with so many of my favourite people. I already know that 2017 is going to be one for the books as well and I’m looking forward to everything it brings our way!

Happy New Year, my amazing She Writes Words readers! May 2017 bring you all the very best!

What were some of your favourite moments this past year?