Today is Christmas Eve, which is weird because it feels like December just started, and I’m not actually sure what happened to November. But overall we’ve been doing Christmas well, I think. We’ve packed a lot of great stuff in.

The kid and I had a night together when I took her out to see the movie Coco, and then for dessert followed by a trip through the lights at Wesley Clover. (Pretty freaking cool). We spent a night at the Brookstreet, swam and played games.

We picked out a wonderful tree from the Royal Ottawa, which is a great cause to support every year.

 

We’ve done quite a bit of baking. Cookies and my mom’s fudge, and I passed on the tradition of letting my daughter lick the spoon.

All the gifts are wrapped and under the tree.

Yesterday we spent the morning in the snow, and I took pictures while my family skated in front of the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. Then the kid got some quality time with her Auntie while Joe and I snuck off to see Star Wars and have dinner.

Right now I feel at peace. Happy.

Yesterday was a really nice day, today will be a good day, and tomorrow we will visit my Gramps and have a Christmas dinner with him. This time last year I never thought that would be happening. And our puppy is still with us, which I wasn’t sure would happen either.

This year has been quite something. The world hasn’t exploded yet, which is good. I finally got to see New York City and I experience some Broadway shows that were once in a lifetime. I will never forget them. I’ve become more and more appreciative of the friends I’ve made. All these fantastic women I met through Twitter. Women I don’t necessarily get to see in person very much, but who I can interact with and who offer kindness and support and laughs.

I have some priorities for the new year. I have signed up for two 10k walk/runs so far and may add in an 8k, so that’s going to take some preparation. I need to find a physiotherapist who can make sure I get there. I’m also planning to open myself up to more fun, give myself time for the things I enjoy doing.

I learned a few lessons at the end of 2017 that I’m going to put to good use in 2018. I’m planning to spend 2018 being honest, open and brave.┬áIt serves me well.

I’m going to relish this year.

 

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