2017 Year In Review and My New Year Resolutions for 2018!

2017 Year In Review:

Going back and looking for pics for this post was so much fun!! We definitely had a great 2017 and a lot of good memories were made and not many bad memories for this year!! Even with having our second year in AZ you would think that we would be a little more settled but we are still bouncing around all over with still changes happening.

Im super picky with everything for my kids. It has to be as close to prefect as I can get. But I think we are making some progress this year and some activities might finally have settled down. School is still one I'm having a hard time with but I have a few more options to try but of course don't want to keep moving my kids around. We are getting more familiar with all the areas around us as far as where we want to move. Hoping for that big move to happen in 2018 but we will see.

Jolby Joins Club Soccer

 Jolby started Club soccer. NSSC Strikers and is loving every minute of it! He is obsessed with soccer since he was barely walking. Josh is not super happy about it since he was hoping baseball would be his thing. Luckily this past year it worked out perfectly where he had Soccer practice Tuesday and Thursday and weekend games and then had Baseball Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

Jolby started Club soccer. NSSC Strikers and is loving every minute of it! He is obsessed with soccer since he was barely walking. Josh is not super happy about it since he was hoping baseball would be his thing. Luckily this past year it worked out perfectly where he had Soccer practice Tuesday and Thursday and weekend games and then had Baseball Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

Nyla's Dance Season Without A Teacher and Company

 Nyla had an interesting season beginning of 2017 but she survived and it turned out to be a good learning experience.

Nyla had an interesting season beginning of 2017 but she survived and it turned out to be a good learning experience.

Jolby graduated from Kindergarten

 His first year in Arizona in a public school with full days of kinder and riding the bus. In Orange County they still did a Preschool like schedule which I always thought was weird.

His first year in Arizona in a public school with full days of kinder and riding the bus. In Orange County they still did a Preschool like schedule which I always thought was weird.

Nyla turned 8

 Nyla turned 8 and we had so much fun celebrating at the waterpark!!

Nyla turned 8 and we had so much fun celebrating at the waterpark!!

2 Week Family Vacay in Vegas!!

 Our best family vacation to date was our almost 2 week stay in Vegas!! I had a Backstreet Boys Concert which turned into 2 BSB concerts!! Nyla had dance Nationals where she got to see all her old studio dance friends. And so much Pool, eating and sightseeing!!

Our best family vacation to date was our almost 2 week stay in Vegas!! I had a Backstreet Boys Concert which turned into 2 BSB concerts!! Nyla had dance Nationals where she got to see all her old studio dance friends. And so much Pool, eating and sightseeing!!

 Concert #1 with super far seats for my and the hubby!

Concert #1 with super far seats for my and the hubby!

 Concert #2 by myself with super close seats!! We just bought this ticket a few hours before the show started. Even had AJ walk right in our row! I was in heaven!! Highlight of the trip for sure!! My kids are obsessed with BSB after this trip for some reason so im excited to take them!

Concert #2 by myself with super close seats!! We just bought this ticket a few hours before the show started. Even had AJ walk right in our row! I was in heaven!! Highlight of the trip for sure!! My kids are obsessed with BSB after this trip for some reason so im excited to take them!

New Charter School Adventure

 The Kids started a new school this year. I wasn't a fan of their school from the previous year. Charter schools are really popular here in AZ and seem to be the better choice for education here. So happy the kids got in here at San Tan Charter School even though Nyla has still been having some issues.

The Kids started a new school this year. I wasn't a fan of their school from the previous year. Charter schools are really popular here in AZ and seem to be the better choice for education here. So happy the kids got in here at San Tan Charter School even though Nyla has still been having some issues.

New Dance Studio - Club Dance

 Another year of new everything it seems. Nyla also started a new dance studio since her previous commitment fell through and the 45 min drive was too hard for me to do. We luckily have one of the top dance studios in the US 10 minutes from our house and where she was originally gonna dance when we moved to AZ. She is having an amazing year so far at Club Dance. Learning so much in all aspects of dance. And she still has one of the best ballet teachers out there!

Another year of new everything it seems. Nyla also started a new dance studio since her previous commitment fell through and the 45 min drive was too hard for me to do. We luckily have one of the top dance studios in the US 10 minutes from our house and where she was originally gonna dance when we moved to AZ. She is having an amazing year so far at Club Dance. Learning so much in all aspects of dance. And she still has one of the best ballet teachers out there!

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Jolby turned 6!! 

 We celebrated in the morning and then he headed off to school for a half day. We got the kids out early to go to the Odysea Aquarium which just opened here.

We celebrated in the morning and then he headed off to school for a half day. We got the kids out early to go to the Odysea Aquarium which just opened here.

Jolby loses his first tooth! 

 He ended up pulling it out on his own. I didn't even know it was that wiggly.

He ended up pulling it out on his own. I didn't even know it was that wiggly.

Nyla Started Pointe This Year For Ballet And Got Her First Pair Of Pointe Shoes!

 Nyla started Pointe this year for ballet and got her first pair of pointe shoes! She is starting off really slow since she is the only 8 year old on her team and she is starting pretty early for pointe. The shoe fitting lady said she will for sure be a Grishko girl since she has a really nice arched foot but since her feet are still too small to fit the smallest Grishko shoe she is in Russian Point in mean time. I got my first try at pointe shoe sewing. Never knew you had to sew your own straps and ribbon.

Nyla started Pointe this year for ballet and got her first pair of pointe shoes! She is starting off really slow since she is the only 8 year old on her team and she is starting pretty early for pointe. The shoe fitting lady said she will for sure be a Grishko girl since she has a really nice arched foot but since her feet are still too small to fit the smallest Grishko shoe she is in Russian Point in mean time. I got my first try at pointe shoe sewing. Never knew you had to sew your own straps and ribbon.

Another great year at the AZ State Fair!

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Halloween 2017

 My favorite holiday!! 

My favorite holiday!! 

Nyla's 1st overnight field trip at the Phoenix Zoo

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Winter family trip this year to Park City Utah! 

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Christmas 2017

 Christmas 2017 was interesting. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas there was Flu's going around like crazy and we were getting hit left and right. We survived it though and luckily Christmas Eve and Morning everyone was pretty much normal so we could enjoy the gift giving. 

Christmas 2017 was interesting. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas there was Flu's going around like crazy and we were getting hit left and right. We survived it though and luckily Christmas Eve and Morning everyone was pretty much normal so we could enjoy the gift giving. 

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My 2018 New Year Resolutions:

  • Gym regularly (3-4 times a week)
  • Meal plan my meals (I do this every now and then but need to do it every week)
  • Make time to read everyday (I have a hard time turning everything off and just reading)
  • Blog more consistently (I did a little better this year but still not good with consistency) 
  • Organize the house (this is the first house that feels so completely disorganized. Its hard when its also a rental and I hate the way their cabinets are done which makes it hard to figure out a good system. But this is my #1 to do this year!!)
  • Document Our Year Better (That goes along with blogging but I also need to document better with picture taking. Sometimes I want to live in the moment and not be thinking about having my phone out but afterwards I do wish I documented it.)
  • Stop Procrastination (This is such a big one! I really need to not put things off until its a panic. Im going to be on top of things for 2018 and have things planned and ready to go.)

Some Posts To Look Forward To In The Coming Months Of 2018:

  • What we got for Christmas (Posting some pics of what the kids got.)
  • Store Finds (Posting about all the goodies I find at a particular store wether it be Trader Joe's, Home Goods, Michaels..........)
  • Target Tuesday Finds (Posting about my top 5 finds at Target because I am there all the time and all their brands keep getting better and better!!)
  • 2017 Amazon Favs (Another place I shop 24/7 is Amazon Prime. There are way too many good finds that get delivered same day to up to 2 days!! So fast!! I'll post on some good purchases plus my purchases that I continuously buy.)
  • My 2018 New Year Must Haves (I will do a post pretty early on on January on what I think are great things to stock up on to get your 2018 New Years off to a good start)
  • Favorite Food Finds (I am always on the hunt for healthy for you food products since my kids do not like to eat veggies, and I like to try and keep their immune systems up especially Nyla since she had a little health scare when she was 6 where her body was fighting off a cold and the infection started attacking her body and causing inflammation in her joints.)
  • Health Products (Similar to the food finds but all gathered into one post for reference with food/drink products, supplements, and aromatherapy.
  • Organizing My Pantry and Fridge (The two main ones that need a lot of help)
  • Dressing Rm Try On Sessions (Did a few this year but hoping to do it more regularly)
Natalie Hemsley