Thought I would round out the year with kind of a personal post.

This year was easily one of the hardest years of my life and I don’t know that I’ll ever be ready to talk about the things that happened. I did finally wrap up the divorce – which took 18 months and 4 days, not that I was counting or anything. And everything with the Army is finally wrapped up and that’s the part I’ll probably never be ready to talk about.

The kids and I fell into a routine of it being just us 4 and that’s had it ups and downs. I swear there were weeks when I was in the principals office every other day. But we had lots of adventures along the way. Most importantly, I finally got them to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. I’ve waited for this like most parents wait for their kid’s first Disney trip.

I spent all spring hiking with the husky, all summer at the lake with the boys, and all fall hiking with the husky again. If you’d told me this time last year that I’d start to appreciate Texas, I would have never believed you.

I fell in love with the kind of guy that changes my tire without yelling at me and leaves me cups of hot tea by my bed when I’m sick and I know that probably sounds totally normal to most people but I’ve never had that.

And most importantly, the food! We started our year with puffy tacos in San Antonio and finished the year at a conveyor belt sushi place in Austin that spits out capsule toys when you eat enough sushi. My kids had more pho than chicken nuggets this year, last week my 6 year old ordered lamb at a Halal place, and the lady that owns my favorite sushi restaurant sits with us every time we’re there because she cant believe my 2 younger kids actually eat sushi. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have kids who not only love food, but are willing to try all the interesting restaurants with me (and not order chicken tenders and fries!).

Finally, I want to thank you guys for hanging out with me all year. I’m pretty excited for what’s to come in 2018, both in my life and on the blog. Happy New Year, y’all!