Well hello there! Welcome to the final Top Ten Tuesday of 2010.
To cap off the year, I thought I would count down some of Sluiter Nation’s biggest memories of 2010. Not all of them are necessarily big or happy, but they are what make 2010 what it was.
#10: The Sluiter Family Christmas Retreat (January)
We love going up north with all 64 members of the Sluiter family! Little did we know that this would be Eddie’s only Sluiter retreat with Grandpa Sluiter. We weren’t able to go this year, and now Grandpa is gone. This will always be remembered as a very special trip to us. (seriously…click on that link and go see just how bald my baby was. seriously.)
#9 My birthday in Chicago (March)
This year, my best friend (who lives in Chicago) and my husband (who lives here with me) decided that I had gotten the short end of the stick on birthdays 3 years in a row (pregnant for all three of them…only one of those pregnancies turned out). So this year, they decided to celebrate my 29th, 30th, 31st, AND 32nd birthday! We spent the weekend in Chicago with her and her hubby and a few more of our awesome friends. It was a great time.
#8 Adoption from Ethiopia
In April, Cort’s sister MacKenzie and her husband, David came over and told us that they had started the process to adopt from Ethiopia. We were ECSTATIC! Eddie would be getting cousins on the Sluiter side! And the gift of a child? Nothing beats it! They have been blogging their adventure in adoption here.
#7 Tulip Time (May)
Every year we go to the Holland Tulip parade. This was my 32nd year attending. Seriously. I don’t miss it. And yes, I have a Dutch costume and wooden shoes. And yes, I did the Klompen dancing when I was in high school and for a bit after. And yes, I had a Dutch costume made for my little guy. You can read about our adventures here, here, and here.
#6 Mother’s Day and Father’s Day (May and June)
This year we both celebrated our first Mother’s and Father’s days. Eddie was born less than a week after Father’s day in 2009, so this was the first year we both had the little man on the OUTSIDE. We had great days with him. You can read about my first Mother’s Day (where I reflect on becoming a mommy) here and Cort’s first Father’s Day here (where I try to talk about father’s but sort of fail since I’m not one).
#5. My PPD/A diagnosis (March)
In March I found out that the empty, horrible, bad-mom feelings I had been having and the angry, self-hate and the lack of bonding with my son were due to a mental condition, NOT because I was a bad mom. I came out with it on the blog in May here, and my life has never been the same. Aside from getting the help I need, I have also met some of the best friends and awesome people.
#4 The beach (and other summery fun) (June-August)
#3 INDY!!! (August)
This list would not be complete without Eddie’s first road trip. And where did we take him? To Indianapolis, of course!
Eddie had his first road trip, his first McDonald’s, his first Children’s museum, and his first hotel stay! Plus we got to hang with great friends! You can read about it, of course!
#2 My brother getting engaged (October)
My brother, Chris, who is 2.5 years younger than me got engaged to his six-year old son’s mom this year. I almost burst with pride and love.
#1 My baby turning one (June)
sigh…I can’t believe this was six months ago already! This day was so much fun…and so much WORK!
1. Thanksgiving: I love seeing our friends from all over the country. LOVE. See?
2. Cort’s birthday: This day was so fun because we got to go on a REAL date: the museum and dinner at Six One Six. Plus I think Cort had a pretty good weekend too. See?
3. Grandpa going to heaven: This is not so much a happy memory, but it is part of 2010 that we will never forget.
We made many, MANY more memories than that, but as you see, I already broke the rules of this being a Top Ten, so I need to stop. What memories make YOU Top Ten? Link up below!