2017 in a Nutshell

2017 has been an amazing year for sure! So many great and exciting things. And a few not so great.

Here’s our 2017 highlights.

We kicked off the year with a trip to Wisconsin Dells where the big kids learned to snow board while Momma and Sweet M played in the snow.

Sweet M had his first trip to the ER after jamming a mechanical pencil into his cheek and needing the lead extracted.

We spent a week in Florida where we got to enjoy Legoland and four days of Disney!

Our sweet darling Bobo turned one year old! What a mischevious little blessing he is!

Miss H and Mr. B has their tonsils and adenoids removed. It was a rough week but definitely worth it for both of them! A few weeks later Sweet M had tubes put into his ears, which made a world of difference for his tiny world!

Our darling H turned seven years old! What an amazing young lady she has become!

Both big kids had their very first sleepover at a friend’s house (okay, so it was with M’s godmama, I’m not that adventurous, ha).

We spent Easter with my grandma Mary. I never would have dreamed that that was going to be the last time we saw her. But I am so thankful that we had that day with her.

We bid M’s godmother adieu as she headed to Portland; just a taste of what saying goodbye was going to feel like in another month when we moved across the ocean.

Miss H finished the first grade at what is unquestionably the most fabulous school where she had two of the most amazing teachers who she still talks about daily.

And then we were Aloha bound. Across the mainland and over the ocean to a beautiful island paradise where rainbows are in abundance and the waves are unending.

My grandma passed on, followed a few days later by my grandpa. It was an extremely challenging time for me with a lot of feels I still haven’t quite gotten under control.

Then my dear friend came too spend a month with us while we prepared to bring our 4th baby earthside and transitioned into a family of 6. How very, very grateful I am for such amazing friends.

Our extraordinary Mr. B turned 6! I can’t even begin to tell you what a smart, curious, loving little man he is.

And then our wonderful little Bean joined us on Labor Day in the most calm, beautiful way possible.

Sweet M got croup which landed him in the ER. Definitely one of the most scary and heartbreaking events as a momma.

H and B were so excited to have their cousins also move to the island!

And the little girls and I traveled back to the mainland for a whirlwind weekend to see my baby sister get married and let our family meet our amazing Beanie Lu.

My best friend from my childhood visited us for the week of thanksgiving. There isn’t really anyone we trust much more with our kiddos, so J and I got to venture out alone for our first date as parents to four.

We had an interesting week where we got to the know the local ER doctors well. Miss H swallowed a few foreign objects and Sweet M dislocated his elbow.

I ran a marathon. Like 26.2 miles. Completed.

We vacationed on the Big Island. It was some much needed family time. While there, we went whale watching. Got to check that off my bucket list.

We celebrated our first Christmas is Honolulu!

And we finished the year with Mr. B losing his first tooth!

I cannot wait for 2018. There is all ready so much to look forward to, and I can’t wait to see what all is in store for our familia!

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