This year has been quite the roller coaster year. I definitely didn’t see the year coming to an end on the down side though. Here’s a quick recap of how our year went…
January started off with a lot of festivities with friends from E’s school. We enjoyed a Japanese New Years dinner followed by a Epiphany celebration a few days later.
Then we had snow. Lots and lots of it.
Oh, and K starts walking!
In February, we celebrated Chinese New Years with friends. We also celebrated K’s 1st birthday and squeezed in a trip to Tokyo Disney before E turned 5 in early March.
There was a sports day event followed by a school birthday party where E got a pretty cool My Little Pony cake. We also took part in the science fair at E’s school and then spring break happened.
My in-laws visited us in April and we got to see cherry blossoms with them. Then K started going to daycare part time so that I could get things done at home. Putting her in daycare was a good idea since we found a new apartment in a different school district and I had to clean and get rid of things before the move.
I also organized a very big get together with other moms from a facebook group I am a part of. It was pretty epic and something I don’t know if I can pull off again on my own.
June was a big month since it was E’s Kindergarten graduation. Lots of proud moments there. Jason and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and we tried to make the most of the apartment we lived in before moving to our new place in July.
July was busy since it was the month of unpacking. E was also home for the summer and we found ourselves getting an annual pass to Legoland and playing at the splash pools nearby.
I sent E to summer school in August for a little just so I can have some peace and quiet. The summer ended with us being able to invite friends over to our new place for a play date for the first time ever. I love playing hostess :)
September meant the start of E’s last year of kindy before she starts Japanese elementary in April. We also had to say goodbye to out dear friends who moved to Hong Kong.
Then everything came crashing down at the end of September when I found out that my grandmother was hospitalized and later sent to a nursing home where she went through elderly abuse. A week after she moved to a better nursing home, she went into a comatose state where my family discovered she has had a growing brain tumor on her skull that she hid from the family for the past 3 years. It was because of the swelling caused by the tumor that led to her comatose state.
I flew back immediately with K to be with my family for most of October. It was heartbreaking to see my grandmother but I got to spend time with her even though she never regained full consciousness again. At least I know she knew I was home because she moaned and cried when she heard me.
The live-in housekeeper that has been with Jason’s family for over a decade also had a sudden decline in health and passed away in October. I was able to attend her funeral while I was home.
Jason and E also made it back to LA to see my grandmother for a week and we flew back to Tokyo together.
We were able to come home and go to E’s school’s Halloween parade and even had a big play date at our home with a bunch of her friends and their parents.
November was a bit calmer and we were able to host a nice Thanksgiving dinner for our group of friends from E’s school. We also had another farewell party for another family we knew who left for Germany at the end of December.
December started off with our last Winter Carnival at E’s school (I’ll post up videos later). Then suddenly on the 9th, my grandmother passed away and we found ourselves coming back to LA a few days earlier than planned.
December has been filled with funeral related things since my grandmother’s funeral happened 3 days before Christmas. We’ve been spending time with both sides of our families for the past 2 weeks since then.
And all throughout this year, I’ve had wonderful mama’s night outs with a group of wonderful ladies I’ve had the privilege of knowing and Jason has gone out with several dads a few times too. There were also plenty of play dates at our friends home before they moved too.
So there you have it. My year in a nutshell. I never would have imagined that this December would be so depressing…. I’m truly hoping for a good 2015 for my family after all that we’ve been through the past few months….
I hope everyone has a safe new year!