This past year has been grueling. I’m still panting and trying to keep up. But I’m really excited for what’s to come in 2018, which will hopefully be successful after all the prep that’s gone down. More to come on that. Before I get ahead of myself, here’s a look back at 2017.
Satski had his first snow day at Fish Camp near Yosemite.
Russell and I went on our first solo trip away from Satski to New York. I worked the whole time but spent evenings with Russell eating good food and we visited the Whitney Museum.
Satski made his first Valentine’s Day cards, with some help.
In late February, we took a family trip to San Diego to visit Russell’s brother.
March was tough, I’m not going to lie. I traveled to Chicago and Seattle for work. And I spent every week and every other weekend finishing up my last month of a 5-month 200-hour yoga teacher training course. Meanwhile I was suffering from major mom guilt for being away from my son so much. I was running on all cylinders for work, home, and yoga training, but there was a light at the end of the tunnel.
I graduated from teacher training! One of the hardest and best things I’ve ever done for myself (besides becoming Satski’s mom).
Immediately after graduation I took a vacation away from work and the internet and visited Olympic National Park in Washington state with my family. A much needed break! Then I took a girls get-away trip to Palm Springs. And got a private yoga lesson in a yurt. We celebrated Satski’s 2nd birthday! He had a Minions themed birthday party at the park with some of his buds.
My brother graduated and got his engineering degree. I’m such a proud sister!Didn’t do much else this month. I was in serious recovery mode after a frenzied first half of the year. Russell finished his year of teaching and we prepped for another big change.
We brought our puppy, Nama, home! She’s cute, but boy is she a lot of work… I often still ask myself, “What were we thinking?”
Satksi’s first visit to a county fair. We toasted Russell’s brother for completing his PhD and said good-bye as he left for Okinawa, Japan. We took a quick trip to Southern California and visited Disney’s California Adventure. And I continued to study yoga.
We took one last family vacation to Sea Ranch before Russell started school again. Russell and I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary! And then we took another quick trip to New York. I was there for work again and Russell came in on a red-eye to spend the weekend with me (to go shopping).
I completed my kids-specific yoga training at Yoga Garden in San Francisco. I learned so many fun ways to teach kids how to do yoga.
Celebrated Korean Thanksgiving with good friends. And also started the Whole Life Challenge, where Russell and I cut out dairy, gluten, and sugar for 6 weeks. I turned 34 and spent my birthday relaxing at Cavallo Point Spa in Sausalito. Satski started going to a sports camp. It was a 10-week course complete with soccer, basketball, baseball, track and field for toddlers age two-and-a-half to three. Amazingly cute. And yay, happy Halloween. Satski got to trick-or-treat for the first time and we had too much fun with our matching family costumes.
Russell turned 35. I treated him to a Japanese bath house and fancy dinner at Onsen in San Francisco. I visited my brother in Milwaukee where he’s working as an engineer. It snowed for the first time since he moved there. Ate lots of cheese during my visit. And perhaps the most epic part of the year was potty training Satksi!
Lots of fun holiday activities. We bought a tree, a wreath, visited Santa, and went to lots of parties.
Satski got a guitar for Christmas and lots of other presents from friends and family. We spent the last week of December in Southern California and Joshua Tree. And came back home in time to have a New Years noon party with Satski and his friends. Happy New Year everyone!