It’s the last day of 2017 and I am having mixed emotions right here, right now.
I am excited to welcome the new year but at the same time I don’t want to be another year older. Isn’t that funny?
Enough of my foolishness, how about I give you a recap of my year based on each month?
In January, I flew back to Malaysia for almost a month with my family and we managed to reconnect with a lot of friends and extended family when we were there to celebrate Chinese New Year. My mom was definitely the happiest person on the planet when she picked us up from the airport. This trip has inevitably filled up my love tank to the brim as I do not get to visit often.
In February, Valentine’s month came and left. At least Mike and I went on a lovely lunch date together after Valentine’s Day. It was definitely cheaper to do it before or after. The prices are astronomical on Valentine’s Day itself so we try our best to avoid it. It’s hard sometimes because it is also our dating anniversary. How do you not do anything on your dating anniversary? (*growls*) In addition, we promised each other to go out on a date once a month and you can’t say no to a foodie like me.
March was probably one of my favorite months besides November and December. It is no brainer because my birthday is in March. Not only that, Mike’s mom, dad, and younger brother were also March babies. So you can imagine all the birthday celebrations throughout this month. In March, we also welcomed Spring Equinox and put away the winter stuff. We also decluttered a lot and held a yard sale to purge.
April was probably my second least favorite month because it rained so much this year that my hubby and my son were slammed with tough colds. And this year, my son had wheezing problems and the pollen count with whatsoever environmental allergens in Virginia definitely made it worse. However, it was also in this month that my hubby and I found a new favorite restaurant, Foo Dog near Carytown. Foo Dog offers some good ‘street food’ from Malaysia such as the Chicken Satay with peanut sauce, Curry Noodles (Malaysian Ramen), fried chicken wings with malay curry sauce and many others which will unquestionably satisfy your tastebuds.
In May, we celebrated Mother’s Day and my daughter graduated from preschool. At the end of May, we visited OBX for the very first time and the children had a blast at the beach with their daddy. We also managed to obtain free preschool pass to Kings Dominion Theme Park for our daughter and my hubby gifted me a gold pass on Mother’s Day. It was a perfect gift because I enjoyed taking my little daredevil daughter to Kings Dominion.
In June, we celebrated Father’s Day and my sister-in-love’s high school graduation. Also, we had a summer pool party with our beloved friends to kick start summer. When it’s hot and sticky, all I wanted to do was to jump into the pool and stay in there all day long. Maybe not. I did not want to be a prune for sure.
One of the most hated/disliked moment in June was my blog being screwed by Photobucket website. I had always utilized the third party hosting through Photobucket for free for more than ten years (as long as I kept my usage under a certain bandwidth limit). Without any notice, all of a sudden, they announced a ‘hasty’ decision to charge all the users $399 a year to host pictures. I totally understand that there is no such thing as free lunch but at least have the decency to notify us a month ahead. 90% of my blog is ruined right now because all the pictures were blocked by Photobucket and I would probably need a whole month (with no distraction from the kids) to sort out all the pictures attached to my blog. I felt like strangling them seriously. But what can I do? I might be in the wrong for putting all my eggs in one basket. However, I was really disgruntled because all the years of hard work were messed up. So please forgive me if you come across any archived post (before June 2017) which have blocked pictures by Photobucket.
July was probably my LEAST favorite month of 2017. Not only it was the hottest month of the year, we had to deal with Asher’s hospitalization due to his labored breathing and wheezing problems. My poor boy was having breathing difficulties that he needed proper care at the hospital. As his mother, my heart was troubled and I wished I could take his place so that he did not need to go through all the medical stuff.
August came fast after a busy July. We started to teach her Chinese characters and reading Chinese books with her. It was also in August when I finally decided to homeschool her in the fall. Besides that, we also threw a birthday party for her (combined with two other friends). We were extremely blessed to have friends who would agree to combine a party together (to save cost) and after all, we shared mostly the same friends. Towards the end of August, I started to feel a little sad because the fun in the pool was going to end soon. Nonetheless, I was thankful. I was thankful that we had a pool to bless others and have so much fun doing summer splash!
September rolled in too quickly for me because I started out with homeschooling my Kindergartener girl with the Classical Conversations curriculum, and before I knew it, I was already on board to be a tutor for the abecedarians. Talk about lightning flash. That’s what happened to me in September. With my busyness homeschooling, tutoring, and actively involved with church ministries, there was no slowing down at all.
October sneaked in and I had no complains about it. I went with the flow and enjoyed my fall favorites. I had my friends visiting me from Malaysia. We did the usual apple picking, pumpkin patch visit, celebrating birthdays, and enjoyed all the pumpkin spice (and everything nice)!
In November, I had the word “THANKFUL” hanging on my fireplace mantle. It was a great reminder for me to be thankful for everything. Sometimes I tend to desire for the greener grass on the other side but I was constantly being reminded to be thankful throughout the month. Oh November, how much I love you!
In December, it was all about joy, love, feasts, and gifts! Christ is the source of joy and love. Christ is the reason for the season – and hence, the feasting and the gifting. Even after Christmas Day, we continued to gather and feast all the way until New Year’s Eve. It pretty much summed up December as a month of glad tidings.
In general, I had more happy memories than not-so-happy ones. It was definitely way better than my previous year. I learned to trust in the Lord and seek joy in little things. After all, my word of the year was JOY.
And tomorrow, we will be celebrating a BIG HAPPY NEW YEAR and I will be updating on what’s in store for 2018 when I get my schedule (and my act) together. I am a little off schedule at the moment and I will be back.
Lastly, I hope each of you will have a fruitful 2018. Happy New Year!
Disclaimer: This post was written on December 31, 2017 but pictures and post updated on January 3rd, 2018.