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                                                                                       There's something sparkly special about what a New Year brings us. Three-hundred and sixty-five days of unknown potential. Three-hundred and sixty-five days to fill with whatever you choose. Or at least that's the idea right?

How's your 2017 going so far? Yeah, same here. Bedtime battles, dishes stacking in the sink, ice storms locking us in our homes for days. I'm ready for all the snow and rain to stop, so I can actually get out of my house and enjoy the outside. I'm so looking forward to shiny sunny days in the park and into my summer mode. I don't like all this rain and snow that keeps me trapped inside. Indoor fun only takes you so far with a 3-year-old.

2017 started off with a bang. It's been interesting to see how everyone dealt with the snow and ice. Kids were happy building Frosty snowmen all over town, parents were worried about school delays and how the school will deal with the missed days. Not to mention the activities. How many activities did you miss because of the snow and ice? Too many to count right? I have been personally disappointed during the snowy weather twice because of cancelled events that were never rescheduled. Granted, I got my money back, but it wasn't the same. Talk about infuriating! Can't we all agree that while, yes, it wasn't safe for anyone to be on roads at that time can't we think of a better policy than to just scratch the event? I suspect the snow isn't going to be leaving us alone during future winters and perhaps we need think a better way of not just dealing with the roads, but also how to handle events. Think how much the parents and children look forward to the event and maybe realize that it would be in everyone's best interest to reschedule? How hard or impossible is that? Those situations are so incredibly infuriating to me as a parent who enjoys those types of activities with my child. I know I can't be alone in my thinking.

It seems more the same usual life stuff in my world, but I don't think it's the case for 2017. New Year, shiny new President elect, and shiny new resolutions that you swear you are going to be upholding. It all sounds so promising. There's something so uplifting about those shiny new resolutions in early January, but once grounded in normal it's just back to the same grind. Am I wrong? I hope not. I hope 2017 is set apart in a special way for you. How are you going to choose to make it set apart from the last? Will it be losing that last lingering 20 pounds, or dropping that annoying habit at last? As of this publication, we have 10 months to go. I sincerely hope that your days are filled with events (that don't get cancelled), and people you love. So bring it 2017, let's do this!

Allison Browning is a Wilsonville wife and mother just attempting to figure out adulthood one day at a time. You can reach her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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