Life has been busy (as it always is) and I haven’t been able to stop and reflect on 2017 and I truly feel that doing so is important. Filled with joy and some disappointments, it is so easy to focus on the bad. As I try to take on 2018 with an attitude of being better and not bitter, I want look at all that came with 2017 and count it all joy. Yes, even the car accident I had at the beginning of the year, loved ones and/or friends that hurt me in some way, the opportunities I didn’t get, the money we didn’t make, etc. That is why I thought that this year I’d create a best of 2017 digital recap.
By doing this, I have been able to see God’s work in my life, even the things that didn’t go as planned, I didn’t want or expect. As I went through my photos trying to choose my favorite moments of each month, I was reminded of all of the blessings we received (even midst the pain). I learned a lot from this past year and that is really all we can ask for right? Life is not perfect, it is messy and beautiful but if you walk away a better person because of it then it is all good.
I am ready for 2018 because I know that God has got this!
The Best of 2017 Digital Recap
***We attended the last Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Out Of This World circus. It was bitter sweet because we loved going to the circus each year as a family.
***Our Kia Sorento Winter Adventures trip to Lake Tahoe. *Even though the kiddos were sick the ENTIRE trip.
***Because we were flying into and out of Reno, I was able to visit my 2 sisters while we were there which was icing on the cake.
***My press trip to Las Vegas where I interviewed Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer for the movie Snatched.
***While I was there, I was also able to meet and interview John Cena for his role in Ferdinand.
***I attended the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Red Carpet World Premiere Event where I was able to see the film and get 9 celebrity selfies (which you can check out in my post).
***My husband, Art, and I celebrated our 14th wedding Anniversary with dinner at The Tuck Room.
***I attended the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and its World Premiere.
***While in LA, I was also had the opportunity to learn a dance routine from the talented Alan Bersten of Dancing With The Stars. Not only was it fun, but my daughter and I love watching that show together so she was impressed (and maybe a bit jealous).
***My daughter’s 5th grade graduation.
***I also attended the Cars 3 World Premiere Event where I was able to go to California Adventure and I was able to get 13 celebrity selfies (pictures can be seen in the post), which I think is one of my highest # of celebrity selfies at an event.
***My baby girl turned 11 years old!!!
***My press trip to Massanutten Resort which I hope to one day attend with my family.
***Our Family trip to Orlando where we were able to visit Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon today for the first time.
***While we were there we were asked to do a video for Back to school shopping at Disney Springs.
***I have to mention my hubby taking me to the Lionel Richie concert that I had been wanting to go to for years. It was an amazing concert and we had the best time.
***Our trip to check out Volcano Bay
***Helping those affected by Hurricane Irma in The Keys
***My baby boy turned 9 years old
***Helping those affected by Hurricane Irma in Immokalee by handing out care packages.
***Attending the Thor: Ragnarok Premiere
***Visiting Gatlinburg, Tennessee with my Husband
***Seeing my baby boy get Gold Honor Roll for his first semester in 3rd grade.
***Doing our first Christmas Toy Drive