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2017 in Review

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Brennan Family

My oh my, was 2017 a doozie! I was happy to see it come and I’m thrilled to see it go!

Yes, there were a bunch of fun things that happened this year, but there were also a lot of memorable, crazy and hard things that happened this year too.

The year started out as any other year, ringing it in with friends and loved ones in our fresh and newly built dream house in Boise, Idaho. We played games with friends, ate lots of treats and headed to bed by 10:30. Being parents is so magical, isn’t it?!

Our sweet Eddie turned ONE at the end of January and started walking, running and even jumping off of things in the months that followed.

Brooke’s 8th birthday soon followed two weeks later in February and we were off to Disney World to celebrate. We technically didn’t go to Disney for her birthday, but we didn’t tell her that 😉 We also went cruising into the Caribbean in February too! Lots of fun and lots of sunburns! (Mostly just for Gordon and I.) Surprisingly, Eddie started sleeping through the night ON the ship, so those tropical waves changed his biorhythms to work in his (but really my) favor.

March started off with Brooke getting baptized! After that first weekend is when the madness really started because Gordon got a job offer that he couldn’t refuse. A job that would mean 8 months of training away from his family. A job that would mean leaving beloved Boise and moving to New York City. A job that would mean selling our huge house and moving into a tiny apartment. YOU GUYS. He took the job. And then left a week later for training. So, that was March.

April was a lot of cleaning and selling and general “trying to stay sane” activities for me. Cleaning the house for showings, selling lots of clothes, toys, kitchen items, furniture and more in preparation for our move. Blake turned FOUR, and we had a small little celebration for him, monster truck cake and all. Me and my three kids also got a really bad stomach virus, thankfully not all at the same time. Of course I got it the worst.

In May, I sold our house, traveled to New York City to find an apartment (and see my husband for a quick 48 hours because I hadn’t seen him since March), sold my husband’s Jeep, hired the worst movers in all of America and packed the rest of our house.

I closed on our house June 1st (my husband was able to sign all the papers electronically) and then me and the kids started driving across the country as soon as school was over for the year on June 2nd. It took us about a week and I only went slightly crazy. My kids made a pit-stop at my parents place in Canada so I could meet up with my husband again in New York so we could “set up” our apartment. (Of course the movers were a month late because they were incompetent, so we couldn’t really set anything up, but I digress.) By the end of the month, Gordon and I were as ready as we could possibly be to pick up our kids and bring them to their new 900 square foot home in a very busy city. Brooke and Blake were so so excited to see their Daddy again. It had been a while.

July and August basically consisted of us seeing Gordon on the weekends while me and the kids pretended to be tourists during the week. We traveled to visit my parents once more and went camping with them, which was so so fun, and I mastered the art of not freaking out in Manhattan traffic.

Labor Day weekend in September meant a quick trip to Montauk and trying to hunt down very random and odd school supplies. Blake miraculously got placed into a preschool class at the same school as Brooke (he was 42nd on the waiting list…have no idea how that happened!) and both kids started school and have been thriving!

October brought my 8 year blogging anniversary, abnormally warm temperatures and Halloween! The kids had so much fun dressing up and going from storefront to storefront collecting candy. We started trick-or-treating after school around 3:30 and were done before 6pm! I am in love with the way NYC does Halloween!

November was a big month because…drumroll please…it meant the end of my husband’s training! Halle-freaking-lujah. After the graduation ceremony, we drove home together as a family and I couldn’t stop smiling. I was SO happy!! This had been a long time coming for all of us. (235 days…not that I was counting or anything.) Gordon started work out of his New York office and we now get to see him every day!! He works long hours, but at least he gets to come home and the kids can feel like they have a Dad. We also celebrated Thanksgiving! I made ham because I’m a rebel. And pie. Oh, how I love pie.

December brought cooler NYC temperatures, a few small snow storms, the stomach flu (again!), Christmas, good food, my 32nd birthday (with accompanying wrinkles) a cold and celebrating New Years Eve in Canada with my family. So so ready to ring in a new year!! Holy moly. Reading over our year makes me happy and tired and emotional but mostly proud. Proud of my husband for lasting through 8 months of crazy training, but more proud of myself. I can’t believe I did it and I made it. There has never been a more stressful or trying year. Holy Moly.

Bring on 2018 because I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a lot of smoother sailing from here on out.

In 2018, we will all turn a year older! We will still continue to explore more of New York City! And we will enjoy being together as a family.

A lot of people choose a word of the year. My word this year is “Generous”. I hope to be more generous with the time spent with my children and husband, my charitable donations, compliments for others, time for giving service, giveaways for you readers and more.

May your new year be peaceful, successful and joyous.

Much love,

Lauren xo

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40 Responses
  1. Stella

    Lauren,I enjoy reading about you and your family.Your kids are adorable.I have 10 grandchildren and two new great grandaughters.God bless you and your precious family.

  2. Laura

    I’ve been following your blog for about three years now, and just wanted to comment that I not only appreciate the recipes, but your honest and open family reflections. Change isn’t easy for anyone, but adding in an absent spouse and a move across the country really can try one’s faith. Way to hang in there. I know it wasn’t easy, but your kids will only benefit from a mom who supports their dad–even when it’s not easy. Kuddos and keep it up. You’re an encouragement to me!

  3. Lori S

    I am coming back to comment on this post as part of the gift card giveaway. I love d this post – I followed your journey to NYC and am so impressed with everything you tackled in 2017!!

  4. Melanie

    I’ve been following your blog since before Blake. I’ve loved watching how your family has changed and the different places you’ve gone. Loved this post with pics of a beautiful family!

  5. Sherauna Provensal

    Per my New Year’s Resloution of leaving work at work and enjoying my home time with my husband and kids, I decided to indulge my youngest and make copycat Cinnabon cinnamon rolls. I made the original version (we just finished eating at 2:00pm-but hey, I made them!). They were phenomenal!!!!!! Now I have had a little time to sit nad read through your blog. Your site will definitely be a favorite! I love your blog and look forward to more visits.

  6. Donna

    I have been following your blog for many years. You are nothing short of AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You truly are. Happy New Year.

  7. Christie

    I’ve been following you for a few years, but following more closely since you moved to NYC since it was obviously a hard time and transition for you. I do hope it’s getting better and easier. I’m sure it will never be Boise, but it is a great city and surprisingly friendly- but admittedly I am biased living in the area and having grown up here. Best of luck in 2018 and here’s to it being more stable 😊

  8. Julie TAylor

    I compliment you for only being 32 years and doing all that you do. Kudos to you. Nice blog and well written. Happy New Year. From Flint Michigan

  9. Rita

    I love your word. My word is “mindful”. I want to be mindful of my surroundings, other people’s feelings and opinions, of opportunities and the things I already possess.

  10. Heather

    You are an amazingly strong, capable, and lovely lady, wife, and mom! I love reading your blog. Wishing you peace in 2018. 🙂

  11. Denise F.

    Lauren, you have definitely had a busy 2017! I’m sure 2018 will be a wonderful year, with Gordon at home and so many amazing things to explore in NYC. I live about 3 hours north of the city, near Albany and get into the city for a play or shopping every so often. Happy 2018!

  12. Gina B

    You have a good looking family. My hat is off to you for all you did this year on your own. You are a strong women and should be proud of yourself. So happy to hear that your husband has a permanent job. Love reading your recipes and your blog about the family.

    Wishing you and the family happy and healthy new year.

    Take care.

    1. Judy DeLacy

      Happy New Year Lauren.

      As I read your review of 2017, I realized how similar our lives are in some respects. I was 32 years old when I moved from New York to California with my three kids. They were 5, 6 and 7 years old. I was a single mom at the time and it was a traumatic and emotional experience. I think I cried myself to sleep for a few months. God and I had several conversations per day, and with His grace, it all worked out for the best. It’s amazing how strong women can be ~ especially when there are children we’re responsible for.

      I’m so happy 2017 and its challenges are behind you. May you and your family have many blessings in 2018. I look forward to reading about all the milestones your family experiences. Through your blog, I feel like you’re someone I’ve known most of my life.


  13. Annabelle González

    Happy New Year! I have enjoy your journey this year and I must congratulate you on making it thru, so you are stronger for it and a great role model for your kids. Can’t wait for the new recipes and adventure. God bless

  14. Bonnie

    Wishing your family the best new year. It just has to be better than last year, you are to be admired for all you had to do on your own. I enjoy and look forward to your blog, family, recipes, sights of NY, and everything else.
    God bless all of you.

  15. Jane S.

    It has been so inspiring to watch your journey this past year, Lauren. You have taken on many challenges that would have been difficult for any couple, much less, having to navigate almost everything alone! So happy that you have a new, hopefully less stressful year ahead. Wishing you and your family all this best this New Year! Can’t wait to follow along!

  16. Ruth Wasser

    I have no idea how you accomplished all you did by yourself this year! All I can say is wow! I’m in awe!! Here’s to a healthy and more peaceful New Year!!

  17. Suz

    Love your blog and wow, what a year you had! Following your story this year, I just kept thinking how does she do it! You’re an amazing and strong person, no doubt about it. Wishing you a happy new year!

  18. Pat

    I thoroughly enjoyed my year through your journey. You are such a strong woman! Many Prayers and Blessings for your 2018. May you all have Health, Love, Peace, and Enough…….

  19. Anna

    You had quite a busy year. Glad you have been able to enjoy NYC. Amazing all that you had to accomplish on your own, considering your husband’s job demands.
    I had a very busy year rehabilitating from a back injury, multiple procedures, and surgery. Hoping to get back into he workforce.
    I like that you choose a word for the next year. I am choosing confidence. Confidence in my rehab, in my job search, and confidence in myself. Thanks for the thought.
    Thanks for sharing your experiences with us, along with recipes. Have a wonderful new year, and I hope you continue to enjoy NYC. I live in Delaware, and although not far from NYC, life is thankfully much slower.
    Happy New Year 🎈🎆 🗽🎩 Blessings to you and your family!

  20. Corrie

    Happy new year! I just wanted to say that I love your blog, and keeping up with your family. Hopefully 2018 will be an easier year for everyone (us, too, since we had a baby in late December of 2016).