post by casey.
this was initially going to be a combined New Years/Resolutions/Goals post by BOTH Courts and I. But then I uploaded 50+ photos and booted her ass to another post;).
looking back at the last year, 2017...holy cow. I can take back any times that I wondered what we did to fill our days! Even while not traveling or camping or adventuring...our days were FULL!
i was going to include my hopes and dreams and goals for the coming year but I think I'll bombard you with that after the 1st:) After looking through all of last years photos, I'd just like to leave you with my breakdown of 2017.
i think it's impossible to say what will 'make a great year'. I could (and will;) tell you all my plans and hopes for 2018 but none of that will really matter on Dec. 31, 2018.
This year held travel and shopping and haircuts and road trips and family reunions and camping and things that took planning and coordinating and time away...but it included last minute beach days and lazy Sunday mornings and sprinklers in the yard and quiet camp fires and not so quiet camp fires and game nights with the family and birthday celebrations and early morning walks.
it's impossible to measure what makes a great year because mine and Jacobs solo trip to Tulum, Mexico is right up there with the Sunday night we spent at Courts', watching the kids wrestle and holding babies and standing around the island and Peyton's no-holds-back laugh/smile:).
our days and our years are what we make of them. I see a lot of the same in 2018. Phone calls with my mom. Random pop-ins by my dad. Coffee mornings with Courts. Late night grocery runs with Pigg. Vacation scheming with Mal. Concerts and sporting events for the kids. Date Days and hand holding and late-night-life-dreams with Jacob.
I can only hope for the mundane. For the expected. For the birthdays and hugs and fights and making-up. The diapers and exhaustion and sleepless nights and 1st days of school and broken toys and markers on the wall and flowers at the table and candle burning and lights being hung and milk being spilled...whether it's a trip to Paris or Jacob letting me sleep-in on his one day off...I know 2018 is going to be pretty perfect:).
"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
- Mary Oliver
The Smiths. 2017
theo daisy gets a bob:)
annual Dells Weekend
we find out we're pregnant before boarding a plane to Mexico!!!
i turn 34 and receive a guitar that I - feel ashamed to admit - that I haven't touched since:(
That IS a 2018 goal!!!
theo daisy turns 3!!!:)
we announce we're pregnant:)
homer turns 5
we spent a lot of the summer without Jacob:( While he was busy working, the kiddos and I had so many adventures and shit-shows;) together!!!:)
jacob goes to Colorado!
homer feels the baby kick:)
jacob's 34th birthday
impromptu dance parties:)
zimmerman-ewalt Family Reunion in Iowa! - minus Jacob:(
annual Renee & Lore Family Weekend!!!:) - minus Jacob:(
homer's 1st day of Kindergarten!!!!:)
happy 6 years, baby:)
chicago Renegade Craft Fair
grandpa's Honor Flight:)
another brewer game!
feeling like a queen:)
peyton's last High School Football Game:')
great friends and Brewery Tours:)
rocky peyton turns 2:)
see ya next year!!!
XO. The Smiths.