2016 year in review

I’ll backlog this post soon. 2016 was totally amazing, but exhausting and sad all at the same time. I wasn’t sure how to handle the beginning of my pregnancy, we also lost some amazing artists and sadly some pets.

You can view the other years over here: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 or 2011!

Start of the year! I am in my second trimester. The year starts of shaky with the death of my first real rockstar crush: David Bowie. As a young girl I was obsessed with Bowie. Maybe it was my hormones – maybe it my inner girl hurting but I took this really hard.

Final Fantasy Explorers came out this month – it was my escapism, it was fun but when we hooked up with a team when we got higher level the game became glitchy and annoying.

My bump officially is showing! At this point I’ve been going to the doctor monthly. Cravings at this point just last for an hour or so. I do love milkshakes though!!! Fire Emblem Fates came out this month, there are 2 versions plus a continuation of the story in a 3rd story. In times like this, it is very lucky to have a hubby who has a 3DS as well. He took Conquest while I played Birthright. This was my first official FE game!!!! I know, what took so long? I am usually not into this style of game but oh man, I totally was obsessed with this game. Restarting it twice just to get the perfect children through mating.

We skipped the kite festival this year because my family threw us a baby shower! It was amazing how many of our family members came to celebrate! Even my husband’s mom came from NOLA. I made invites for the shower.

We took my parents to see CABARET! It is my favorite musical, and my 3rd time to watch it live. In March, Pokken came out and to celebrate our friends threw a party, I made a Pokeball cake for the event.

Our friends threw us a GAY-BY Shower (Gay Baby Shower) – basically all our FABULOUS friends came and threw a very Totoro shower! You can see more pics over here but seriously, our friends are sooooo amazing!

Speaking of AMAZING friends – Joy sent us a beautiful embroidered Totoro piece to put in the baby’s room!

Sister Kim graduates college! Our baby finally arrived in May. What a wild roller coaster! I was lucky for a nice pregnancy and awesome labor/delivery. She was 7lbs, 14oz. My last thoughts before baby time are posted here. My first intro post to our daughter is over here.

A week after her birth we went to get got her photos done. The photographer is my friend and she also did our wedding photos!

We celebrate 4th of July with the family. It is my birthday AND my time is up with staying at home. My office was lovely and let me take 2 whole months off to be with our daughter. Mom also moved in to take care of Vera while we go to work. I miss afternoon naps during the week with my poogie.

We also got to host a Monster Hunter themed dinner with some of our friends! We have a nice hunting group since the first version on the 3DS. More pics of the dinner party over here.

My parents lost their cat KΓΆzi. He was 11, had kitty aids and in 2012 was attacked by dogs losing his tail and almost his life. He was the most gentle, loving cat you could ever imagine. His health was deteriorating, I just hope he didn’t suffer. This was the first out of 3 cat deaths we dealt with in 2016.

We took poogie to see Kusama’s installation over at the Museum of Fine Arts. She was so amazed by all the colors and lights.

Baby’s first Halloween! She has these knitted Leia buns so we dressed her up as Leia!

Beginning of the month we lost our old lady cat, Missy. She was 18yrs old. We had to put her down, she suffered a stroke and was in pain. She lived a long and full life with my husband. Even though I only knew her for 7yrs, but it felt longer. Our other cat Tomo was a bit sad for awhile.

On the bright side, we went to our friends’ wedding. They met while playing Animal Crossing and fell in love. They are so sweet and adorable.

Last kitty death in 2016. Mr. Mistofflees was 17yrs old. He died of old age, passed before his birthday. He was our very first pet growing up, I was 14 when we got him – I wasn’t even a cat person, but he won me over and I loved cats ever since.

Poogie had her first Christmas and sadly Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia died. The buns came out again in honor of the rebel.

That was our year, lots of ups and downs but ready for 2017.


  1. Kya Said:

    on April 2, 2017 at 12:41 am

    It was certainly a big year. It’s great you got to meet your adorable bub. It was sad to hear that you lost many of your precious feline friends. They did have a good life!

    The pictures included are great! πŸ˜€


    Mija Reply:

    @Kya, we had those kitties for many years, sometimes I still think they are here around the house ;o;!! Vera has been so fun, especially when she goes after our only kitty: Tomo!!


  2. Brandy Said:

    on April 2, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    What an eventful and exciting year you’ve had. πŸ™‚

    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of Missy. It’s always so devastating to lose your pets as they become a part of your family. Congrats on your new bundle of joy!


    Mija Reply:

    @Brandy, Thank you so much, missing the kitties but so happy with the baby!!


  3. Georgie Said:

    on April 4, 2017 at 2:02 am

    Oh no. πŸ™ First off, I am sad to hear about the loss of so many loved pets in your family, it must have been really hard to deal with. At the same time the birth of your daughter must have brought so much joy. The rest of the year looked like a lot of celebrations. ❀️

    I have to say that I love the Pokemon cake. I love strawberries and I love that you’ve used fruit instead of just icing… makes it just a tad healthier haha! πŸ˜‰


    Mija Reply:

    @Georgie, Thanks for the sweet words! It was terrible to lose all of those kitties. I still have Tomo, my maine coon kitty – he turned 11 this year!
    Our baby is such a blessing, I am so surprised how outgoing she is!

    Oh thank you!! I am not a huge icing person so luckily strawberries and blueberries make for a better substitute!!! And the cake was super easy to make!


  4. Xian Said:

    on April 11, 2017 at 11:33 am

    OMG!! Those cat losses!! It so saaaaddd :((((
    And your baby is so cute! Friends are so awesome for that totoro party! πŸ˜€


    Mija Reply:

    @Xian, ;o; so sad!!! 2 were very old but the other was always ill. I am going to miss them, we’ve had them all for over a decade!
    We have some awesome friends!


  5. Cat Said:

    on April 13, 2017 at 12:24 am

    Aww, I’m sorry to hear about those 3 pet losses πŸ™ That must have been really rough to go through and have them all in the same year. I’m glad you had other highlights in the year though, especially with your baby! I can’t believe it’s almost a full year since she was born!

    I hope 2017 is going well for you so far!


    Mija Reply:

    @Cat, Two were very old but poor Kozi was just sick all the time. It was! Now I only have Tomo left so I am giving him too many cuddles!!

    It’s crazy how much she has grown! I still look at her and wonder…..is this all real?! It has been so fun seeing her grow and change!


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