Beth Nate Oliver

Thinking Out Loud – 2017

It’s Thinking Out Loud Thursday with Penny’s Passion and Running with Spoons. And what am I thinking about today? How a year goes by so fast!!

It’s a cliche, I know it is, but my god, how does the time go so fast? I feel like we were just sitting here discussing 2016. Now it’s time to take a look back at 2017. And while I still think the larger world is definitely a dumpster fire thanks to our incompetent leadership in the US, in my own little world, things were pretty darn good. We had a chance to do a lot of fun things and we especially had a lot of fun this past summer. There were a few little bumps in the year too, but you can’t have the good without a little bad too.

We traveled a little bit this year. In May we went to Branson, MO for Nate’s cousin’s wedding. I’m still so proud of Ollie for how well he traveled on that trip. It was a short flight, but a long drive, making for a long day of travel overall and he did so well with it. In June we spent a week at a cabin in Itasca State Park where Ollie had a chance to catch his very first fish. And I had a chance to go to Duluth on two different occasions, once with Nate, Ollie and my parents for the Day Out with Thomas experience and once with Jen for a little mom getaway. Both trips were a bit on the rainy side, but we made the most of them!

We went on many adventures this year. The newly re-opened Minnesota Children’s Museum is a big hit with Mr. Ollie. And we discovered the Twin Cities Model Train museum this year as well, he also loves going there! We visited the Science Museum of MN early in the year and saw the Mythical Creatures exhibit. This summer we played LOTS of disc golf and started a tradition of a Saturday taproom lunch with board games.

We also had a blast when Nate’s relatives came to visit this summer doing a Puzzle Room experience and visiting the MN State Fair. And this Fall we did our usual fun activities of going to the apple orchard and the pumpkin patch. We also had fun checking out the pumpkins at the Landscape Arboretum.

I had a goal to do 10 5k races this year and well…I got over halfway there. I did six – The Valentine’s Day 5k, the Hot Dash, the TC 5k, the Color Run, the Turkey Trot and the Reindeer Run. I’d like to try to do more in 2018. It keeps me moving, even if we’re just walking most of them. I finally got myself some new running shoes after the Turkey Trot nearly killed my ankle!

Nate and I made sure to make time for ourselves as a couple and did some fun things this year. We did the Surly Open Disc Golf tournament, we went to Crayfest, we tried a Jerk Chicken festival and we got out on some fun dates to restaurants where there isn’t necessarily mac and cheese or pizza on the menu. We celebrated 11 years of marriage this year and we’re so in love we’re that couple that makes you want to gag. But for real, I love spending time with him.

Ollie has really grown this year. We moved him into a twin sized bed instead of a toddler bed. He started his second year at Montessori school. He’s starting to learn to write letters and numbers and read words. He had some challenging threenager days earlier this year but in the weeks leading up to his fourth birthday we started seeing a shift and he’s starting to mature a bit. We’re not getting nearly the amount of frustrating tantrums and we’re able to talk through things when he does get upset over something. And he’s just a neat kid. He makes us laugh multiple times a day. And I’m pretty sure he’d tell you his favorite thing to do is go places with mom and dad. He loves going on adventures with us, he’ll ask on a Saturday morning right when we get up “Where are we going today?” He doesn’t care if it’s Home Depot, a museum, disc golf or even just a walk to the park, he loves doing stuff with us.

And I’ve grown a bit this year too I think. I’ve let go of some past issues finally. I set out on a mission to live my year with purpose (word of the year), I was going to give back and make this a better place in light of election and where things were heading. I did the Women’s March, I joined a feminist book club, I joined a political group aimed at taking action. But about halfway through the year I was so fatigued. So I took a hard look at what living with purpose really meant to me. I prioritized things a little differently. And I found myself in a much healthier place and realized I need to focus on my own health and well being a little bit more than I was. And that will be a big part of my 2018. I learned a lot about myself this year – in a good way. Now I need to nurture this person I’ve discovered.

Overall, it really was a good year. I’m so excited for 2018 and what’s to come. There are changes a foot, on January 1st I will be sharing my new blog name and vision. I hope you will come along for the ride. Thank you all for being here and sharing my life. You will never truly know what it means to me! Here’s to a great 2018!

11 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud – 2017

  1. I love this look back – and I’m glad that despite some hiccups here and there, you had a really nice 2017. I did too, despite the world at large being insane and stress inducing. Sigh.

    It sounds like you got to do some awesome things this year and visit some cool places, which is always fun. I love that Ollie likes doing things with you- that’s too sweet.

    -Lauren

  2. It sounds like you had a really good, successful year… despite what’s been going on in this country, it’s nice to know that in one’s personal universe things can be ok, or even better than ok! 😉 <3 So glad I met you this year and to follow along with your blog!

  3. 6 – 5ks is awesome! I found that the 5ks I was doing were so expensive that I cut back on that spending, but am super impressed that you continue to go out there and rock it!

  4. Sounds like 2017 was a good year for you! Lots of love, fun and adventures 🙂 . New blog name and vision? I can’t wait to hear about it!!!

  5. I was really expecting part of this retrospection to have tattoos! Then again, I can’t remember whether you just got the one in Duluth or if the other(s) were this year too.

    I have the urge to do a year in review post but I know I shouldn’t. It won’t be healthy. We are lucky up here to get 12 months to look after our babies with partial pay (now for 18 months, but that’s a whole other confusing kettle of fish) which makes it really easy to be a mom, but really hard to be a person. I have to look back at this year and think “I raised a kid” and accept that as accomplishment enough. But 2018? That’s when it’s going to be all about me!

  6. I love “in review” type of posts–it’s just so much fun to see highlights and favorite moments and then think about my own favorites as well. It sounds like such a good year for both personal growth and great family moments. And thank goodness for that–we need something to balance all the CRAZY that is happening politically 🙂

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