Top Ten Tuesday: 2010 in Review

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)

Eddie's first Sluiter Retreat

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)

my best friend, Tonya helped give me the best birthday EVER!

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)

my wee little dutch boy

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)

Our summer fun memories are almost too numerous to count.  We went canoeing and to the beach and on boat rides and to the zoo and just had a great summer.

#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!

Emily and Cort navigate the kids around the Indy zoo

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)

my blue little one-year old

sigh…I can’t believe this was six months ago already!  This day was so much fun…and so much WORK!

Honorable Mentions:

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!

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Great post! I love the photo of E with the tulips- precious!

  2. It sounds like you had such a great year! I’m sorry to hear about your grandpa’s passing, it’s always hard to endure a loss. The pictures are adorable- I love a good icing face pic! 🙂 Happy end of 2010!

    • thank you! yes, we had a great year despite the PPD and the passing of grandpa. we really are quite blessed! happy end of 2010 to you too!

  3. Despite the poop when we really look back, we find little gems. It’s important to remember those rather than the poop wouldn’t you say 😉
    PS. Can’t get enough of that picture of Eddie with the cake!
    PPS. 2011 is going to be a great year for you…I can feel it 😉

    • yes, gems are WAY better than poop. WAY.

      I hope you’re right…2011…I have a good feeling. for BOTH you and me, friend!

  4. i did it! so proud of myself! 🙂

    that pic of eddie with his blue face is precious.

    • hooray! I am proud of you too 🙂 and thanks…that one is one of my favorite pics of the whole year!

  5. Lovely list! I even finished mine and it’s still Tuesday! WOOT! Will be back for a better comment, but I have to put Darling Girl to bed! 🙂

  6. I wish I could “like” Kim’s comment, because even in the midst of the poop, there are little nuggets of gold. Which is weird, when you think about it. Because you probably shouldn’t eat gold things.

    And I just word-vommed in your comments and now you’ll probably never want me back here again.

    But YAY for 2010!

    • girl? you come back and word vom my comment section anytime you WANT! And yes…our piles of poop DID have nuggets of gold…but not gold to eat. just gold to love. what? I can word vom too!


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