Wow, I cannot believe the year is gone, its been a wild one. With 11 months of it on maternity leave I feel so incredibly blessed to have gotten to spend so much quality time with my kids. This year was a big year for my husband and I, he started a new job, we had a new baby and we realized how busy life truly can be!
I think I will always remember this year for how great it was. It brought us so many blessings, and a few bumps but at the end of it all I feel so blessed. I like taking time at the end of the year to look back and talk about some of my favorite memories. So, I put together my top 12 Favorite Memories of 2019! I also reviewed my goals for 2019 – how’d I do? and made some New Goals for 2020! Check it all out and then leave me a comment with your 2020 goals!
Top 12 Moments of 2019
Sasquatch Mountain for my husband’s birthday
This takes the cake for January; my husbands Uncle was in town whom he shares a birthday with. So, we headed to Sasquatch Mountain – his Uncle is a bit of a dare devil. Decided to get lunch and go tubing, it was an amazing day the sun was shinning, and it was truly so much fun!! Pearce loved it and we could barely sneak him away. Brooks had a lot of fun watching but mostly just slept which made things easy! My husband and his Uncle forced me to go down too and I was so glad I did it was so much fun! I see us going back this year, but it will be a little harder to wrangle our busy little Brooks.
SNOW FUN! – Tubing at Nana’s House
My Favourite memory in February was tubing down the hill at my mom’s place in Mission. Growing up we had the best hill for sledding and all the neighborhood kids would come and go sledding. I was so excited for the snow this year and being able to take Pearce to my moms to go sledding. He is such a dare devil that he was running and jumping on the sled. I don’t think I have ever smiled so much! I absolutely love watching him and seeing how brave he is. We also had my best friend who used to be my childhood neighbor come and join and it made me feel young again!
Family Trip to Gibson’s!
March was a bit of a tough month; our close family friend was in a motorcycle accident and for a few days we weren’t sure what the outcome would be! But we managed to sneak away to Gibson’s to visit our amazing friends and make some memories with the kiddos. My husband even snagged a picture of Brooks and I sleeping with our mouths open! It was a quick little trip with some amazing food, but it was needed!
Easter at Maan Farms
This one is an easy one, every year we take Pearce to Maan farms for their amazing Easter Egg Hunt and every year we have the best time! This year Pearce was super into it and it made the experience a lot more fun, we even searched for the golden egg – but we’re not successful at finding it! I had a little scare and lost him for about 10 mins but thanks to my amazing friends I attended the event with they managed to keep me calm and help me find him. We learnt a big lesson that day about not running away from where we are playing!
Our Family Trip to Vernon for the Laverman Wedding
It was hard to narrow it down, May was such a good month, but going to Vernon for 5 days and getting away from everyday life was amazing! I got to spend some quality time with my kids and sister and family. We rented the cutest house which made it so amazing to enjoy our stay with 2 kids. The wedding was stunning, and Vernon must be one of the cutest little towns to explore in the Okanagan. Stopping at the Kangaroo Farmwas a highlight for us and made us want to go back and stay in Lake Country next time! We also lucked out and were in Vernon at the same time as my Dad’s annual soccer tournament, so we got to watch 2 of my dad’s soccer games – which I haven’t done since I was a kid. I drove home that weekend feeling so refreshed, and so happy!
Top Mom Blogger Event
The top Mom Blogger event in downtown Vancouver put on byVancouver Mom was an amazing event. I got to meet so many amazing women who are doing awesome things. I have bonded with many of these women and became friends. The event truly had me step outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself and for that I am forever grateful. The second part of the event was Leading Moms was an incredibly inspiring event where so many wonderful women spoke about just ways, they have bettered life, struggles they have had. For me I walked away from the better feeling better about myself and having a few extra skills to take on life.
Cultus Lake Adventure Park
July was an amazing Month, we did so much, so many trips to lakes, beaches, water parks. But the best day was when we went to Cultus Lake Adventure Park for their 30th anniversary event and literally put a shift in staying they’re for 8 hours. I only made it through the day because of my waterproof baby wrap that Brooks slept in. But wow it was so much fun! Pearce went on so many water slides, played nonstop and had 0 tantrums! He still talks about it, “Remember when we went to the big water park in Chilliwack, wasn’t that fun mom?” I love that we were so graciously given the experience to make wonderful memories with our kids.
August Long Weekend/Pearce’s Birthday!
August was another fun month, and I pulled one over on my husband which was super fun! I planned a surprise golf day with him with a ton of his friends and then we had a huge BBQ at our house after with our close friends, and headed to whistler the next morning for some R&R. It was an awesome weekend, and the perfect quick get away.
Pearce’s Birthday started a little stressful for me getting in a tiny accident before the party but after dealing with that it was such a fun day. We had his party at Play Abby as per his request and it was a Life of Pets theme. He played so much and ate so many goodies and was completely spoilt. Gone are the days of Mom’s pinteresting party ideas, because he has already planned what his themes are for the next 4 years and what fun place will be hosting them!
The Sunflower Festival at Maan Farms
A huge highlight was attending the Sunflower Festival at Maan Farms – What an incredible display they put on! Everything was done so well, and the kids absolutely loved it!! I think my favourite was the blue truck parked in the middle of the sunflowers. I was so impressed! We spent the day running through the sunflowers and enjoying the delicious Mama Maans Butter Chicken. I know you want to know the wine is delicious! We sipped wine and relaxed while the babies napped, and it was one of my favorite memories with a few of my favorite people.
Hallowe’en & Brooks is One!
Hallowe’en was my favorite day in October. We had the best day, starting it off nice and early by checking out the events at the Mission Leisure center – CRAZY, but so much fun. Then we went home for a nap and headed to Historical Downtown Mission for trick or treating, which the kids loved. After dinner it was back out Trick or Treating in a nearby neighborhood and after each house the kiddos had to show each other what they got – so genuinely excited for their little treats. Our little baby also turned one and we did a Time Flies theme that was so much fun!
Kaitlyn Bristowe Fall Crawl Tour
One of my highlights of this year was getting to see Birds Papaya and Kaitlyn Bristowe in Vancouver with my gf. I absolutely love Kaitlyn she can always put me in a good mood with her sense of humor, but bird’s papaya aka Sarah is just so inspiring and beautiful and brilliant. I left leaving feeling so motivated to change my mentality.
December all together!
I absolutely loved December, it seriously brought so much joy! From going to glow with the kiddos and getting to spend extra time with my hubby and the kids. It was the best. It was so nice to have extra time with the kids after returning to work last month. But I also got interviewed for a podcast which was HUGE for me, and seriously one of the biggest highlights of my life. If you haven’t listened to it, go check it out, its all about Self love and motherhood.
My Goals For 2019:
Get myself back – Take time each day doing something for myself – I am more than just a mom
Wow that statement – I am more than just a mom, I am so glad I made this a goal for myself because I can honestly say that for the most part I totally crushed this goal!
Stop and Enjoy the children – Sometimes I get so caught up in each day, and getting through it, I don’t take time to stop and enjoy how beautiful little boys are
I think every parent wishes they did this more, Hopefully I can continue to take time to enjoy each of my children just a little bit more each year.
Go on a family trip – Now that we are a family of four, I really want to go on a trip with our little fam and start showing the kids all the cool places this round thing has to offer.
Well we didn’t go on too many trips, but we did make it on a few that were fun! Hopefully more in the years to come 🙂
Stress Less – This past year did nothing if not show me that all things work out. So, I just want to spend less time stressing myself out and more time just having faith in life.
This is another goal I can honestly say I have accomplished. I stress so much less about the small stuff. Not only does it make life easier, but it has really helped with my anxiety.
I have been thinking long and hard about what I want my goals to be for 2020 and what is going to be important for me to accomplish, Here goes:
Spend less time on things that aren’t important to me and more time focusing on the good things around me:
I spent a lot of time this year putting effort and time into things that weren’t important to me and into people that don’t return it. I have so little time that I can put towards things I want, so for 2020, I want it to be about things I care about. I can sometimes get in my head and be a negative Nancy so I am hoping that by focusing more on what’s important to me I can also focus on the good things around me also!
Learn to Run:
This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, I have always been a sprinter, and I am trying to spend less money next year and be a little more frugal so I want to look at spending less money on fitness, Running outside is free!
Cut debt in half:
So something that has never been huge to me is getting out of debt. Everyone seems to have debt, so it never really seemed important. But something that is the number one cause of divorce is money, so my husband and I want to ensure that money is never a reason for us to divorce. How are we doing that, by getting rid of debt, and spending less on things that are necessary. I’ll be sharing our journey on how to cut costs and reduce debt in the coming months!
Do more things to the house:
When I first moved into our home, I had a lot of ideas on how to make it be a home I could love. But over the last year I let a lot of things around me really bring me down in this department and I got comfortable with just hating things around my home and doing nothing about it! So, I’ve decided that this year I want to do more projects around the home!
Those are my 4 New years goals, I hope that 2020 brings everyone everything that they desire and a lot of happiness, love and health!
I would love to hear what your New Years goals are, feel free to tell me in a comment below.