I’ve heard a lot of people lamenting 2016 – and bidding it a quick and eager farewell. For us, though, 2016 was a good year. Sure, there were some less than stellar moments dotted throughout (but that’s generally the case isn’t it?) but for the most part, we finally managed to strike an ok work / life balance. We also made it through the year with good health and in good spirits, such that we enter 2017 with a sense of anticipation for what the new year might bring.
But before I turn to our hopes and aims for the year to come, it seems only fair to recap the year that was.
Summer holidays continued in full swing. We celebrated a late Christmas linner, devoured a 8-course Australia Day ‘tasting menu‘, and spent time playing tourist in our home town.
Josie turned ONE(!), Charlotte started Pre-School(!) and we took a week-long cruise around New Caledonia (see here, here, here and here).
Charlotte turned FOUR, we celebrated Easter and took lots of family hikes.
We took more family hikes, cheered on the Brumbies, went camping and got all dressed up for a costume party!
We celebrated Mother’s Day, took more hikes, and had lots of little adventures – both indoors and out.
With the Canberra Winter having arrived, we had lots of fun indoors. We also took a girl’s road trip down to Melbourne to catch up with family and visit the zoo!
We had dance classes, visitors in town and lots of good food.
We celebrated Book Week, took a quick trip to Melbourne and then a family holiday to Fiji!
We celebrated Father’s Day – Italian Style, painted, created a fairy garden and flew a kite.
We took another trip to Melbourne, the girls dressed up for Halloween and the husband and I went on a “Bloody Long Walk” for charity.
We baked, we went to the Circus, we visited the Show and we celebrated our dear friends’ wedding in Thredbo (where we played in snow!).
We ate, we drank, we partied. We took a quick trip to Melbourne to celebrate my nephew’s 1st birthday. Then we had lots of family arrive into town, and celebrated Christmas accordingly.
And so our 2016 came to a close. Filled to the brim with new memories, time spent with family and a seemingly better balance between work and play (well better than in previous years, that’s for sure!!).
Here’s to an even bigger and better 2017!