Here we are again, sitting at the end of another year. Time for me to reflect and sum up the year just gone and ponder the year ahead. If you’ve read my yearly review before, you will notice I’ve updated the questions this year. I hope you enjoy. Pictures are in no particular order.
This Year - 2017
What was the best part of 2017?
For my 10th year of teaching I had my very own class for the whole year. I thought it would feel very different because normally I just take over from other teachers however it was no different. I’ve done so many long term and almost full year contracts before that I felt really well prepared. I had a wonderfully behaved class and we had such a fun year together. I am genuinely sad to pass them on to another teacher in 2018 but feel very blessed to have taught them during year 4.
I was also offered a full time, permanent teaching position which begins in 2018. For any teachers out there, you’ll know this is very exciting because it’s extremely difficult to get a permanent teaching job on the Sunshine Coast.
I always really enjoy my short Gold Coast holiday just before Christmas and that hasn’t changed this year. We shared it with Rachael this time and had some very special family dinners and breakfasts together. It was also fun to test out our tennis skills while we were down there. Chris and I played tennis through some of primary and high school, so I was impressed to see I could still remember how to play. Might I add, I beat both Jeff and Chris in a game!
We made many special memories this year so it’s very hard to pick the ‘best’ but just scroll through all the photos for some highlights.
What was the worst part of 2017?
No big lows this year, just some life lessons. Quite a few colds and sore throats but nothing a day of rest couldn’t fix.
Jeff had to have surgery on his mouth from a root canal gone wrong. That was a very stressful day for the both of us but it went very well and this mouth healed up nicely.
What did this year teach you?
In my work life, this year taught me that I should have confidence in my ability as a teacher as I am competent at what I do. At some point during the middle of the year I was asked to teach a lesson for the regional director of ED QLD. I felt the pressure of that but also through I must be doing an okay job if admin are willing to bring someone from ‘high up’ to visit my classroom. I also really enjoy teaching. I feel very blessed to have a job that not only pays the bills but makes a difference in little peoples lives!
I was given the opportunity to help re-write some of our schools Year 4 English curriculum. I learnt that I did not enjoy writing curriculum documents and will stick with my classroom teacher role!
Each and every year I think I gain a little more knowledge on being a better wife, this year is no exception. It would be quite sad if we stopped growing each and everyday and I believe in learning from every opportunity, good or bad.
What was the biggest surprise of 2017?
This one is easy, we became pet owners again. One morning in October I arrived at school to find a kitten behind my classroom. My teaching partner and I caught him and as they say, the rest is history. We named him Marvel and we’ve fallen totally in love with our hyperactive kitten. No need for an alarm clock anymore, he lets us know when it’s time to get up.
2017 was the year of teaching and very little sleep ins.
What will you be doing on new years eve?
Jeff and I are planning a very low key New Years at home watching something good on TV and enjoying delicious snacks together. After an extremely busy year it seems appropriate to slow it down for a while.
What have you been listening to in 2017?
I’ve been listening to a lot of Christian music this year, in particular a group called Anthem Lights. Lots of Ed Sheeren too.
What was the best TV show of 2017?
My kids at school were obsessed with Dr Who and with some persistent nagging from my friend Phil I got stuck into watching it. I found it REALLY hard to get into but by halfway through season 2, I was hooked. If you easily get attached to characters, don’t want it. Everyone keeps leaving! Also I’m quite excited about a female Doctor!
I kept up with The Big Bang Theory and Grey’s Anatomy. I also started watching Young Sheldon which links well with Big Bang.
Another great series I discovered is The Crown. I’ve found the royal history immensely interesting and am currently watching the second season.
Finally, after busy days at school I needed something funny. Comedians fit that criteria perfectly and I laughed away to Michael Mcintyre and Jack Whitehall. Seriously google them, so so funny!
What was the best book you read in 2017?
I read Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Twits to my class. With so much to teach, it took me the whole year to get through them! We also read about half of Thomas Appleby, Convict Boy which was quite a depressing read for year 4 kids.
What was the best film of 2017?
This is a hard question because I can hardly remember what I ate for breakfast let along the films I saw. The re-make of Beauty and the Beast stands out for me. Mum and Dad took Chris and I to see it while we were down in Canberra. It was really special because it’s the first movie they took us to see when we were young.
However, my favourite movie was not Justice League. I went with Jeff to see it one Sunday afternoon and promptly fell asleep. Dark theatre, big comfy chairs and nearing the end of term 4… it was bound to happen!
I’ve got a list of movies I’d like to see over the Christmas holidays, but we’ll see how I go.
The Year Ahead
What are you most looking forward in 2018?
2018 is a mystery to me as I’ve nothing planned. Maybe that’s what I’m actually looking forward too, all the surprises 2018 has waiting for me?
Is there anything you are not looking forward to in 2018?
Waking up in winter! This year I found it extremely difficult getting out of bed in winter. I know it doesn’t get ‘that’ cold in Queensland but still I was freezing, and it was dark. A miserable combination! I’ve got reverse cycle aircon in my classroom now so I can warm it up but it still doesn’t get that warm. Maybe I should invest in a heated jacket?
What are your top goals for 2018?
Being more organised with food. It’s safe to say, I’m a very organised person but I can sometimes find I’m too exhausted to put much effort into what we’re eating. Breakfast I have sorted – green smoothies. I’d like to be a tad more organised with lunch and dinner. Maybe I’ll practise meal prep and find a way to make it work better for me!
Spending alone time with my husband. We are both so busy that we often find ourselves together but not together. I’m marking assessment in one room and he’s doing computer work in the other. Next year I plan to set aside time for us to spent quality time together.
What change would you like to see in the world in 2018?
People thinking for themselves. We’re a bit like sheep sometimes, following the pack. I fall into this often too but I’d like to see us all think for ourselves and check out facts before we believe something we’ve read, seen, heard.
New Years 2016 in Brisbane
Welcoming in the New Year
Watching the fireworks, drinking tea in bed... yup we're old
Enjoying the Gadenne pool in January
Gracie's first movie
Mochi ice cream
Perfecting my dumpling skills
Letter boxing for Jeff's computer business
Getting ready for 2017 school year
PD first few days back
Playing with Miss Ada
We discovered a nice Thai place
Chinese New Year
Sunnybank for Chinese New Year
What a mess... first few days back finding my feet
Fresh pineapples from the farm
Date night at the beach
Rachael came to visit in March
And made up Scottish pancakes
Only a short visit but we had fun!
Puss enjoying her deck chair
Craft with Gracie
My travel book arrived
Visiting Good Shepard Baptist
How I survived term 1
Beautiful view on my way to work
We had lots of rain
School was cancelled for 2 days due to severe weather and flooding
Not very often you get to send this message to parents
Romeo and Jasmine came to visit.... in the middle of severe weather and flooding
We lost power for almost 48 hours and payed yasi
Photo with the Gadennes
Not able to get out of Mooloolah
Huge tree feel down in the park, destroying a BBQ area
The boys went fishing
Misty watching Laree dance
Waffles on a stick and listening to Jason
Abbie came to visit
Free ice cream day at Ben and Jerry's
Beauty and the Beast in Canberra
Mt Stromlo was very rainy
We got Gracie a pony for Easter
Dana's pretty Easter cookies
I made these delicious cinnamon scrolls
Green smoothies became our breakfast
Jeff took up cooking
Puss helping me use the Pro-bots
ANZAC Day craft
Visits to Nana
We grew grass heads
We used them as our Mother's Day presents
Sunset at Eat Street
We celebrated May the 4th in my classroom
Mother's Day at café Envy
Mother's Day with Nana
Lots of Dr Who watching
Waffle Time in Montville
Monty's is a milkshake place in Montville
I learnt to make spring rolls
Ginger factory with Buchanans/Wests
Brisbane trips with JDG
I got myself a fidget spinner
When Uncle Jeff says you can't have ice cream :(
Frozen on Ice with Rhonda, Laree and Gracie
We all enjoyed the show!
Lunch dates with these two lovely girls!
Fresh strawberries at school to support our chappy
Winter isn't my thing
Jeff's new favourite ice cream
Went to Harvey Bay... Gracie hit her head within 5 minutes of arriving and needed a hospital visit.
Jeff, John and James enjoyed fishing
The ladies went to the beach
Harvey Bay coffee
Walking the beautiful pier
My class artwork sold to a parent for $150
A few Noosa Chocolate visits
We went to the Marvel exhibit in GOMA
Brisbane city lights
A huge fire broke out near Jeff's parents place.
Father and son
We took 90 year 4 children to the Glasshouse Mountains
Book week - Miss Frizzle (or Miss Grizzle as my teaching parents called me).
Dinners with Nana
Jeff's swollen face after surgery
Visiting my 3rd cousin Ruby
Kooralbyn hotel was really cool
Meeting Ruby's rat
Trying for a whole group shot
New Review shoes
It took me all year but I found sunflowers
Aled Jones live
7th Wedding Anniversary
Took my little black bag to the theatre. Got it from Mum and Dad when I was really young.
City lights again
The Next Hotel - everything operated from your phone
Mocktails and people watching
Puss was my bed buddy when I stayed at Mum and Dads.
Misty lunch at Montville
Oliver Brown dessert
Morgan and Gary's wedding day
Morgan and Gary's wedding
Photos with Nana
Mum and I took ages to curl our hair
Father and son
Teacher aides put on an ice cream bar for World Teacher's Day
Birthday kisses from Gracie
New willow tree
One of the parents grew beautiful roses that smelt amazing.
JDG putting up our tree
My willow tree nativity
Fireworks from our back veranda
A parent made these gorgeous cupcakes for our breakup party
So much party food!
A beautiful break up lunch for the staff
Our principal was my Secret Santa, she gave me this. Clever!
Until 2018, goodbye classroom!
Huge storm on the coast the ripped out loads of trees.
Marvel got an ornament on our tree
Lighting up the house
Trying to grow my hair longer
The most epic loaded shake ever!
Rachael came back to share Christmas with us!
Says it all!
Kings Beach Carols
Gadenne Christmas tree
At the carols
Jeff's friend Liam came to visit and do advanced data recovery training with him. Liam also taught us to cook Chinese food!
Our multi cultural family for a few days
This photo is a mystery to me. I took it at 4:36am but I don't remember at all!
Father daughter love
I made and decorated over 80
Mum's Christmas lights
Arrived at the Marriott
Love the view
Rachael and I by the pool. I may have napped
Mum and Dad on holidays
Night view is just as good
I love seeing all the decorations
Pro tennis player...
Family dinner at the Gold Coast
I was a Christmas Fairy for Laree
Ready to make some Children's day!
Laree, Dana and I made this cake... it almost killed me!
At the holiday park
We got a dryer for Christmas!!!
Gadenne present opening
Gadenne Christmas lunch
Merry Christmas to this gorgeous girl!
Dad putting in the new dryer
Merry Christmas from us!
Family on Christmas
Sharing Christmas with Rachael
We celebrated so many birthdays
The Churches birthday
And finally we met and welcomed our beautiful kitten Marvel
The day we found him
He loves attention
Chill out life now!