Monday, December 18, 2017


2017 has been the best year of my life!!  We are loving life here in Pickerington.  We've made so many new friends this year.  Daniel is loving his job.  I'm loving being home with the kids and doing VIPKiD.  The kids are all doing great.  We've gotten to travel and see family and make new memories.  The Dews are truly blessed!

I thought since i haven't blogged really at all this year (eek, sorry) I'd give you a quick run down on our year.  It's been a great one!


We started the year off with Mamma-Dis and Grandpa Carl visiting from California.  We always love 
when they come to visit!  It was fun for them to get to see our new house!  Daniel took Logan to a Cavs game.  He's such a huge fan of LeBron!  I took Reagan to Disney on Ice.  She's such a huge fan of princesses!


In February we had our good friends, the Faiths over for the kid's first sleep over.  They loved it, but didn't get a lot of sleep!  We completed our basement remodel- the kids love having their own space!  We are blessed to have friends that will not only dress up to go see Lego Batman, but also try and brave free zoo day, too!


In March, Reagan started soccer!  Her favorite part was the outfit! We took the kids to Ohio State Men's Volleyball's only loss in the past 2 years.  We decided we are bad luck and probably shouldn't go again!  We celebrated Ansley's first Saint Patrick's Day with friends.  We didn't get a lot of snow this winter, but we were determined to go sledding with Grandma Hinton and Aunt Laura.  We also made a trip up north to visit Grandma and Papa Dew.


In April Logan started t-ball.  He loves to play first base, which is perfect since he is left handed!  He had a great season!  The girls celebrated Easter in their new dresses from Momma-Dis.  Daniel decided to celebrate Easter in the hospital getting his appendix removed.  We were so grateful for all the help we received while he was in the hospital.


In May, I performed in my first piano recital in over 10 years.  The kids and Daniel surprised me with flowers!  We also celebrated Mother's Day.  I am so blessed to be a mom to these three awesome kiddos!  In May, we finally wrapped up our kitchen remodel!  Goodbye brown, hello white!  Reagan had her last soccer game and we were blessed to have Grandma and Papa Dew, and Aunt Rachel come down to watch.  We were also lucky enough to go to Kingwood Center with them!  Finally, Logan graduated from Kindergarten, and I took a girls trip out to Amish Country! 


In June, we spent lots of time at the pool!  We celebrated several milestones in June.  First, Ikea opened in Columbus!  I had been counting down the days, and am now a frequent visitor!  Second, Logan learned how to ride his bike without training wheels.  And third, we celebrated Grandma Barbara and Grandpa Roy's 50th wedding anniversary!  We were also able to celebrate Daniel for Father's Day.  We ended the month heading to California to visit Momma-Dis and Grandpa Carl!


We spent a lot of July with family.  We celebrated the Fourth of July the only way I know how- in a golf cart on Maple Ave!  We took trips to the Redwoods, the tide pools, and the beach!  We always love to visit California!  When we got home, we were able to spend sometime with Aunt Bekah, Uncle Michael, and cousins Carmen, Violet, and baby Ross.  We celebrated our sweet Ansley turning one! (howwww?????) and I finally got the run the Color Run!  I've been wanting to do it for years and finally have friends crazy enough to do it with me!  We had Logan's birthday party before heading off to Minnesota for fishing with my family.


In August we spent a week up in the beautiful North Woods of Minnesota fishing with my family.  This is a cherished family tradition that we always look forward to.  On our way home, we were able to stop at the Mall of America to celebrate Logan turing 6 (hoowwww?????).  We ended our fun summer with an outdoor movie night with friends!  Logan started 1st grade this year!  He is doing great and loves his teacher.  Daniel and I were able to visit the BEAUTIFUL island of Puerto Rico to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary.  We were blessed to go right before Hurricane Maria hit.  It is such a gorgeous island, and the people won our hearts.  As they are still trying to rebuild, please keep them in your prayers.  While we were gone, Ansley learned how to walk.  And then Reagan started preschool.  My babies are all growing up!


In September, I finally succumbed to my doom, and we bought a minivan! We had a girls day out at the zoo with Aunt Laura and Grandma Hinton and Reagan and Laura road a camel!  Logan also started flag football, and did great on defense!  He was a flag pulling machine!  He also started taking piano lessons.  He loves piano less than he loves sports... but I'm hoping he'll come around!  Reagan was also able to start dance class, which she is loving.  She is always happy to show you her "moves" and "poses." 


October was a really fun month for our family!!  We took a family vacation to Florida!  We lounged by the pool, went to Legoland, went to Disneyworld, and went to Universal Studios to see Harry Potter World.  We were grateful that Momma-Dis could join us.  It was such a fun time!  When we got home it was time to celebrate Halloween.  Daniel and I dressed up as Wayne and Garth from Wayne's World, which was a big hit at the Ward Party!  The kids also had fun dressing up!  Ansley was a ladybug, Logan was a vampire, and Reagan was a unicorn princess- a character from her own imagination, brought to life with such a cute dress made by Momma-Dis. 


In November, I took a huge leap and started a new job as a VIPKiD Teacher. I teach ESL online to students in China every morning.  This has been sooooooo much fun, and a huge blessing to our family.  I also celebrated turning 31.  My sweet friends and family took such great care of me that day!  We also started getting ready for the holiday festivities, and Logan started basketball.  He is "the best on the team."  Just ask him.  He'll tell you all about it! 


December has been all about getting ready for Christmas!  For the second year, we were able to go to the Chinese Lantern Festival, which has become a fun tradition for us!  My kids also enjoyed dressing up for our Ward Party's nativity scene.  And of course, we all loved seeing Santa.  Well... everyone except Ansley!  We celebrated our sweet Reagan turing 4 (howwww???) in style with the biggest, loudest, craziest party ever!  (That's from Trolls if you didn't know).  We also had a fun sledding party at Aunt Laura's house!  We are SUPER DUPER DUPER excited for Christmas and Santa to come.  And we are looking forward to another fun year in 2018.