Hello everyone! :)
It's been so long since I've written here that I had to re-familiarize myself with the settings. Hmmm...I wonder when blogger made these changes.
Anyways, before anything else, and because it is the first day of 2017, I want to wish you all a very
HAPPY and AMAZING 2017!!!
We started the year vacationing in Qatar.
Then it was work, work, work, and more work. MR is still working at the same retirement home. He works at the Alzheimer's section, so it's not always easy. But he truly loves his work. I am also still primarily working at the same place, but I've gained lots of new clients. It is still as interesting as it was when I started. It's not routine work, which is perfect for me. Sometimes I think it's hard and I am tired, mainly because I work long hours, but stopping? No way!
SO and I went to London. This was her first time and I was super happy to give this to her. I want her to love travelling as much as I do. Although I know that perhaps ultimately our only child will probably live her adult life far away from us. But this can only be good for her, I think. This trip also allowed me to meet high school friends from the Philippines in Paris, right before we went to London to meet up with childhood friends. It was amazing. SO is 8 years old now and I met these friends when I was 8 years old. Just wow!
We moved out of our countryside home to move in a city apartment. It was hard to accept the change and being 1 hour away from my family, but it has changed our life a lot. MR and I both work in the city and driving time has reduced by 45 minutes. This is great especially during the cold season. And the best part ... decorating our new place!
So we settled down successfully in our new place and after much hesitation we got a dog. The 4th member of the family. We originally wanted to adopt a dog in an animal shelter, but there were only big dogs. Not at all adapted for us and our lifestyle. For the past 4 weeks, we've had a 5 month old Pug or Carlin in French. Sometimes naughty, sometimes nice - but loved a lot.
But things were going too well. And based on experience that's when something bad happens. It did. We had a car accident mid-December. A man completely ignored his stop sign and hit the right side of my car. Although SO flew forward and hit her head on the passenger seat, we are all fine. Thank God. The car, unfortunately, isn't. According to the expert, they can't do anything about it. We're not sure about getting a second car yet. We'll see how that goes.
Anyways, here are pretty much the highlights of our year. Lots of things going on.
I'm excited about starting a new year. In fact, I am stealing an idea I found on the internet. I think it's a pretty cool way to look back on the year (especially since I haven't been very present here) and most especially to be grateful for all the good things we are blessed with.
If things go our way, we won't celebrate the start of 2018 in France. We'll be back home.
It's time. These past weeks have been quite emotional for me. I've broken down in tears a couple of times. My birthday, Dad's birthday, Christmas, New Year's. Sometimes it's too much to bear. SO mentioned Dad last night and I cried. This is why I'm hoping this trip back home will bring me the closure that I need. It's been 3 years, but the wound is still fresh.
Growing up, New Year's Eve was celebrated in hotels. When Mom passed away, Dad and I started a tradition of checking in for the New Year's Eve. Marriott, Marco Polo. There was food, entertainment, and fireworks.
This year, I celebrated at home. With the 2 most important persons to me - MR and SO. There was food, we entertained ourselves, but unfortunately no fireworks. I did bring back some traditions my mom followed. I had the traditional 13 fruits, we wore polka dots, made lots of noises with coins in our hands, and jumped multiple times. Heyyyy, no judging!!!
So to end this post, again I wish for a happy 2017. For you and for me. I know there will be ups and there will be downs, but that's the whole point of it. I particularly like the sayings that goes something like "when you're all the way down, the only way to go is up". We can get through any obstacles life throws at us and we should be grateful and enjoy every blessing we are given.
Happy thoughts to all! :)