Each year the saying remains true, “the days are long, but the years are short.” Chop it up to having my own family and our daily commitments, there’s no better line to express 2017.
2017 has been a blessed time. Mid year we found out we were pregnant. I shared our announcement here. At the end of December, we will be welcoming our baby boy. Although, at time of publishing this, it’s the day before New Years Eve and I’m 40 weeks pregnant. Ugh.
Our two other son’s are prospering. Lewis, our 2 year old has started both preschool and swim lessons. Both of which he is loving. Additionally, Lewis loves the outdoors and the beach is his preferred playground. Harrison (“HB”) is 5 years old and is in Pre-K. He continues to enjoy swim lessons where he’s swimming laps and working on proper strokes. Over the summer he started tennis lessons and has been enjoying it. Another summer accomplishment was learning to ride a bike.
Over the year I shared most of our family adventures on Instagram and created family videos shared on YouTube. Unfortunately, my preferred space to share; my blog, didn’t get too much loving this year. It seems as though, “insta” just proved to reign in my book. So if you’re enjoying keeping up with the Barlows, I’d suggest following me on the ‘gram.
In 2017 we ventured to Disneyland several times as we we became annual pass holders. Crazy thing is, we even went when I was 37 weeks pregnant! Something that I was for sure would have caused me to go into early labor! Otherwise, most of our adventures were local to California which didn’t bother us much because the truth is, Santa Barbara is paradise for us. A vacation in our backyard if you will 😉 .
We did however, go on a big trip to the New York coast for most of June. Starting off our travels in the City and then headed to both Greenport and the Hamptons for relaxation. Our New York trip was especially memorable for me, as I was giddy with excitement to be 3 months pregnant and we even brought along our drone for some awesome video footage.
Then in December we were thrown an unexpected curveball. We were greatly affected by the Thomas Fire. For those unfamiliar with the fire, it was a fire that started off in the Ventura and Ojai counties spreading north into Santa Barbara county. At the current rate, it’s burned over 280,000 acres and is now the largest California wildfire. Fortunately it’s now 90% contained and estimated to be fully contained by January 7, 2018. My community was affected either by loss of their home, mandatory/voluntary evacuation, and/or poor air quality. Leaving most Santa Barbara families to flee their homes for most of December. We ourselves have been away since December 7th. Originally for poor air quality but later due to mandatory evacuation as our home is situated in the Montecito hills. We’ve since ventured back to Santa Barbara a few times this month, but are currently about 45 minutes south of town enjoying a beach rental thru the new year. After the December we’ve had, we needed this place to settle and relax.
As for my blog space, I’m in dire need to update it. So my intention for the new year will be to continue to document and share our life, but to also modernize this dusty space I call Sincerely Kymberly.