Sunday, December 31, 2017

{2017} Year In Review

"You're going to go through tough times - that's life. But I say, 'Nothing happens to you, it happens for you.' See the positive in negative events." -Joel Osteen

Hey there, I realize I have neglected this little blog space of mine but I wanted to still share some of the highlights and low-lights of 2017. It's been another challenging year for Heinz and I but I know these down times won't last forever and it makes the good times that much better. Hey, looking back at the year we were really able to have a lot of happy, fun moments and we really have so much to be grateful for, always.

                                                                                                          First I want start by talking about last years ski/snowboard season.... It was E P I C !!! Probably the best snow of my life. We had a ton of fun riding all the POW and getting endless face shots. So many great, unforgettable days that kept Heinz and I smiling from ear to ear.

In April, we adopted Wasatch from the Human Society of Utah. Heinz and I had been talking about getting a dog for some time and when we saw Wasatch on Fox 13 New pet of the week one morning we looked at each other and said lets go get him.

We had many adventures with Wasatch. From running and hiking in the mountains, camping, sliding on the snow (his favorite), chasing the deer (also his favorite), belly rubs, evening snuggles, he was the best dog. We couldn't believe that someone would give this guy up. Wasatch was a true gentle men who loved everyone. He had the cutest butt wiggle when he got excited, oh so many great memories with our boy that tragically got cut short.

Wasatch died a mere 4 months after we adopted him when he went in for a routine dental cleaning. He died at home suddenly in Heinz's arms, it was awful and one of the worst things that we have ever experienced. We had a third party autopsy done by the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Utah State University and they concluded that part of Wasatch's heart was dead, (the photos showed that part of his heart was black) possibly from trauma that had happened to him early in life (he was about 2 when we adopted him) and that when he went under anesthesia, his little heart wasn't able to recover and ultimately had a heart attack.

We still have a lot of pain from Wasatch's death (even writing this now is painful for me) and we feel like we were robbed of such a special being in our life. We feel betrayed by our vet who has 20+ years of veterinary experience, the person who we trusted and took Wasatch back to numerous times when he wasn't getting better, who kept telling us everything was fine, who let us down and who ultimately let Wasatch down.

We hold on to the good memories of Wasatch tightly. We are thankful that we were able to do so much with him in the limited time we had him. This was by far the low-light of the year......

In early May, we were finally able to move Heinz's grandma (Oma) up to SLC from Nevada and get her into assisted living 5 minutes from our home. There was so many problems in Nevada and the commute that both Heinz and I were doing was wearing on us. It's so nice to have her close. Heinz is the ultimate grandson and advocate for Oma and her needs. He's amazing!

In July (shortly after Wasatch died) we adopted another dog from the Human Society of Utah, a one year old female lab mix that we named Liv. She has been a light in our life and has really helped us heal after Wasatch's death. Liv is so fun, spunky, a power napper, great eater and very much a puppy with lots of energy. She is such a joy. We've had her just over 6 months now and we've already had many adventures with her. Heinz and I are obsessed.

 In August I was able to fly to Portland, OR for a few days to see RJ and his family along with my best friend Sandy and her husband JR. It was wonderful playing with the kids and catching up with my Oregon family.

In October I went on a road trip with one of my girlfriends, Amber who was moving to AZ. It was a wonderful trip that took us through some amazing desert landscape of the southwest.

This year I hit my 10 year mark at work and I am thankful everyday that I work for such a wonderful company and that I've had so much stability when other areas of my life haven't been as stable.

Looking back on 2017 I can see the positives. In going forward into the new year I want to lead everyday with this quote at the forefront of everything I do:

“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance.”  
― BrenĂ© Brown

Happy New Year!

♥ Juliette