Saturday, December 31, 2016

Good-bye 2016!

The last day of the year is here and I have to say 2016 has been great to us but it went by way too fast! There have been so many wonderful things to celebrate this year for our family. Here are some of our top moments from 2016:


Sofia started gymnastics and loved it!

We went for Winter walks and Ethan showed Ethan how much fun it is to jump in puddles!

We went to the Morton Arboretum train show

We went to a model railroad show


We signed Ethan up for swim lessons to get him over his fear of water

We made Valentine's crafts, it was Sofia's first ever craft

We celebrated Valentine's Day

We went to Wild Fest and Ethan got to ride Bubba again


We went to Kline Creek Farm to see the newly born lambs

We went to the park for the first time of the year

We put in an offer on a new home for our family and it was accepted but we would have to wait more than 90 days to move in

We went bowling with family

We decorated Easter eggs and had an egg hunt for Ethan and Sofia

We celebrated Easter

We became and Aunt and Uncle for the 5th time


We celebrated opening day for the Chicago Cubs and had no idea what a historic season it would be!

We went on a lot of walks and park trips while our house was being shown to potential buyers.

We stocked a local pond with fish

We made our first trip of the year to the Zoo 

We received and accepted and offer on our house. The countdown was on and the packing began

This guy really started to take to swimming and moved up to the next level

Ethan went to a how to be a firefighter class and loved every second of it


We celebrated Ethan's 4th birthday

I had a wonderful Mother's Day

We visited the Morton Arboretum's new frog exhibit

Packing continued

We celebrated Memorial Day

We closed on our new family home


A day after closing, work began on our new house

A week later we said good-bye to our first home

We began our new commute to daycare which is just a short walk or bike ride and it was amazing

The unpacking and decorating began and we returned all our boxes in 2 weeks time back to the movers

We celebrated Michael on Father's Day

We soaked up the sun in our new backyard, a new thing for our family after townhouse life

Two of my favorite pictures of Ethan and Sofia that I took all year


We celebrated the 4th of July with fireworks, fun and family

We took on a landscaping project to re-do most of the landscaping in our front yard

The kids fell in love with our sprinkler system

We continued working on lots of house projects

We discovered a new to us waterpark 5 minutes from our house and the kids wanted to go every day


Sofia went to her first movie, Finding Dory

We made several trips to the Zoo

Day out with Thomas

We soaked up every bit of Summer we could

We attended fun Summer festivals

We did a lot of house projects this month


Michael and I spent Labor Day weekend in Lake Geneva for a weekend away

Sofia became pacifier free and got to choose a toy for turning it in!

Sofia got her first haircut

My little boy had his first day of school at Pre-K

We celebrated a big milestone in Michael's business

We went to the fire and police stations open house

You guessed it, more house projects!

We hosted our first party at our new house, pierogi fest!

We celebrated Michael's 34th birthday with a day at the Zoo

We had family pictures taken


We celebrated our little girl's 2nd birthday with a panda-riffic party!

We decorated our new house for Halloween outside!

We made our annual trip to the pumpkin patch, Goebberts

We played in a lot of leaves

I celebrated the start of my 34th year with my favorite people and a visit to the Zoo for Boo at the Zoo

I got to be a room mom for the first time for Ethan's Halloween party at school

We had an amazing Halloween with our little superheroes

We were deep in Cubs stress from the World Series


They did it, the Cubs won the World Series for the first time in 108 years!

We continued to have a beautiful Fall and enjoyed the weather for as long as possible

We saw the Trolls movie and the kids became obsessed

Ethan had a fun Thanksgiving party at school

We hosted our first Thanksgiving at our new house

We began decorating for Christmas

We started all of our fun holiday activities, our first stop, the Chicago Botanic Garden


We had our first snow

We made crafts, baked cookies

Admired a lot of Christmas lights

We saw Santa

Ethan had his first Christmas program at school

Michael and I went on a Christmas date in the city and to see Jerry Seinfeld

We had wonderful celebrations with our families and we hosted Christmas Eve for the first time at our new house

Santa came

We've had a wonderful Christmas break with the kiddos doing so many fun things, going to the movies, ice skating, bowling, going to build-a-bear.

We even had a 50 degree day where we got to go outside and go for a walk and jump in puddles

What an amazing year! We made so many amazing memories and we are so blessed. We are in such a great season of life that I always want to remember these moments. I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for the Dworianyn family!