130 things that made my year (2019)

100 130 Things That Made My Year (2019)

(This idea stolen borrowed/stolen from Austin Kleon)

130 things that made my year (2019)

  1. Celebrating the first day of the new year (2019) by walking on the beach (at Carkeek Park) with my two little ones. I even set up a tripod so we could get a picture! Success.
  2. The view from our little cabin at Alderbrook Resort – overlooking the Hood Canal and watching the planes land on the water there. Also that entire babymoon.
  3. Hiking to Colchuck Lake with Tim during our day date in Leavenworth
  4. Eating at a German restaurant with Lilly (so she could tell us what to order)
  5. Listening to live music while eating outdoors in Leavenworth at Nudeln
  6. Thrifting
  7. The crazy amount of snow we got in Seattle in February – and playing in it for weeks on end
  8. Walking Ozzie around the neighborhood
  9. Laughing with Tim (mostly at ourselves)
  10. Prenatal massages and acupuncture
  11. Girls’ nights out
  12. Seeing Clara learn to ski for the first time
  13. Rolling our eyes as Isabelle learned to skate and spent most of her time trying to eat the ice
  14. Watching the girls during their ballet class together
  15. Celebrating birthdays
  16. … And baby dedications
  17. … And new additions to families
  18. … And friends moving away to embark on new adventures
  19. … And holidays
  20. … Basically, all of the celebrations
  21. Getting to know the people working on our house remodel
  22. And seeing them give the girls all of their snacks
  23. Deciding on when we would have Phoebe, and finally picking her due date – April 8th
  24. Dropping Isabelle off at her first day of preschool
  25. … And then seeing her make so many friends those first few months
  26. This sling
  27. And this baby carrier
  28. Walking through the tulip fields
  29. Adults only small group dinners, where we had time to really connect and finish our sentences
  30. Buying Isabelle ice cream on her birthday
  31. Feeling Phoebe roll around in my belly
  32. Strolling and biking along the Burke Gilman Trail on day dates with Tim
  33. Witnessing my girls become even closer friends. They were the sweetest besties all year.
  34. The moment I saw Phoebe for the first time
  35. Tim telling me that we had a third daughter
  36. And then being able to tell our family and friends the happy news
  37. Seeing my older girls meet the youngest
  38. Snuggling Phoebe in the newborn phase
  39. Celebrating Phoebe’s birth with my best girlfriends at my sip n’ see
  40. Watching the girls play in the mud at preschool
  41. Running on the beach at Cape Disappointment
  42. Meeting our new little friend, Griffin
  43. And meeting Reeve, who visited with his family from Portland
  44. Road trips and seeing the beauty all around us in our state
  45. Our first trip to the Washington coast (at Long Beach)
  46. Seeing a psychiatrist who validated me
  47. Watching my dad play with the girls on the beach
  48. Eating dinner with my family, Tim, and the girls the night before I was to be induced
  49. Watching Clara kick the soccer ball for the first time in a game
  50. Sitting by the fire with friends at summer barbecues
  51. Taking Isabelle to get her first pedicure
  52. Seattle thunderstorms
  53. Our church – and a few other churches we tried out and enjoyed
  54. Seeing the small town Independence Day Parade near Mount Baker – where we vacationed with friends
  55. Sledding near Mount Baker on the Fourth of July
  56. Walking around Green Lake with Annie (consistently)
  57. Spending the weekend with Laura during her visit to Seattle
  58. Witnessing Phoebe’s firsts
  59. Changing leaves
  60. Attending a neighborhood bonfire with the ladies in the area
  61. Crossing the bridge from Washington to Oregon, near Astoria
  62. Seeing a shipwreck on the Oregon coast
  63. Dance parties with my girls
  64. The Bible study I joined
  65. Sipping cocktails (outdoors!) with Tim during date nights in the summer
  66. Meeting new friends at my MOPS table
  67. Taking a boat ride on Lake Sammammish
  68. Sitting on our deck, talking to friends
  69. Hosting our community in our house (Superbowl, baby shower, casual dinners, playdates…)
  70. Playing card games with the girls (this one is their all-time favorite)
  71. Watching Schitt’s Creek and laughing a lot
  72. Figuring out my personal (home) style
  73. Dressing Phoebe in the cutest outfits – some of which her sisters wore
  74. The view at Pearrygin Park
  75. Outdoor movie night – when we watched Moana
  76. Swimming with the girls
  77. Reading almost 100 books
  78. Watching the girls eat s’mores
  79. Lattes
  80. Roaming around bookstores (and ALWAYS buying something)
  81. Eating dinner with friends in a floating house
  82. Welcoming Lilly (our au pair) into our family/lives/chaos
  83. Seeing Diablo Lake and the Northern Cascades during a drive to Winthrop
  84. Staying at our first KOA campground with the girls
  85. Getting a part-time job (for the first time in 5+ years!)
  86. This vacuum
  87. Hiking with friends to the Big 4 Ice Caves
  88. Learning to curl my hair – kind of
  89. Paddleboarding on Green Lake
  90. Spending time with our families when they came to visit
  91. Getting professional family pictures taken by Ashley Scheider, whose work I just LOVE
  92. Visiting with my good friend, Lisa, when she was in town for work
  93. Working out at the YMCA at classes my neighbor Katie was coaching
  94. Hiking with the girls and pointing out all of the bugs, slugs, flowers, etc we would see along the way. One time we even saw a baby bunny!
  95. Planning so many (hypothetical, and sometimes real) trips for the future
  96. Watching Isabelle do her first gymnastics class (by herself) and jumping joyfully on the trampoline there
  97. Getting to know other moms at the preschool a bit better
  98. Soaking in a hot tub under the stars in the summer
  99. Soaking in a hot tub while it was snowing in the winter (in Bend, Oregon)
  100. Spending Thanksgiving in Bend with best friends
  101. Ice skating outdoors at a resort in Oregon
  102. Singing along with Caspar Babypants (who we saw live quite a few times)
  103. Trying new recipes out of a few different cookbooks
  104. The girls’ preschool festivals
  105. Seeing the girls in their Halloween costumes and taking them trick or treating
  106. … And also getting dressed up
  107. Laughing as Isabelle fell asleep in the most random places
  108. Listening to Christmas carols for the entire month of December
  109. Finding our Christmas Tree and then decorating it
  110. Taking Clara to pick out Isabelle’s Christmas presents and seeing her excitement to give a great gift
  111. Getting serious about my health and finally figuring out why I’ve been sick for years (I’m fructose intolerant)
  112. Catching up with friends during phone calls which lasted hours
  113. This documentary
  114. Reading to my girls before bed
  115. Being in disbelief when Phoebe started easily sleeping through the night
  116. Taking Clara to VBA/VBS and watching her sing/dance on stage
  117. Hearing Clara recount that she got on stage in front of all the VBA participants to talk about what she learned about Paul (in the Bible) and being so stinkin’ proud of her
  118. My new (mirrorless!) camera
  119. Watching some great (Seahawks) football games on TV
  120. Christmas markets
  121. Attending The Nutcracker Ballet with the older girls and Lilly
  122. Allowing the girls to pick out their own outfits, and seeing what they put together
  123. Listening to podcasts. All of the podcasts.
  124. Coordinating MOPS (with my friend, Renee) and getting to know a great group of women through that
  125. Playing with the girls outside, riding bikes and scooters and just running around
  126. Our church campout, where the girls got to play with their friends and even go ziplining
  127. Sledding on Christmas at Hyak for the second year in a row
  128. Eating a German Christmas dinner with Lilly’s parents, who hosted us
  129. Wearing matching Christmas jammies
  130. Feeling my love for the girls and Tim grow and grow and grow!

2019 wasn’t perfect, but it was good. I hope you’re able to look back on the past year and list a few things that made your year great, too!

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