The 2017 100 Wrap-Up β€” 31 Successes.

Several weeks, a few dozen photos and four thousand words later, we’ve finally made itβ€”the Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad 2017 wrap-up, filled with stories aplenty of 365 days spent in my not-so-orthodox life.

After wrapping the year up on a quiet note (because two sick children under five will do that to you), I still felt it necessary to do this. These year-to-year changeovers offer a lot of perspective for meβ€”with so much happening all the time, I often forget what I had for breakfast, so I write everything down. And if the height of the pile on my desk is any sign, 2017 was quite the year. But it’s also the time where I’m the most transparent, looking back objectively at everything I’ve done and celebrating successes, owning up to failures, hoping all the while that I’m somehow growing from the process.

But yeahβ€”let’s do this as we did in 2016: look at the year in excruciating detail, figuring out what’s worth taking with me into 2018 versus what doesn’t feel part of my world anymore.

Ladies and gentlemen, let me presentβ€”the 31 things I did well in 2017! Let’s get it!

Sherkston Shores | How to Make Your Vacay Matter More!

Let me tell you a little bit about Sherkston Shores.

As a family influencer, the issue I have with aΒ number of my pitches is that they requireΒ time away from my family! It sounds nice inΒ theory to explore different cities and celebrate in festivals across the globe, but taking care of two boys under four as a solo parentΒ ain’t easy, and it’s a fate I wouldn’t wish onΒ any parentβ€”least of all myΒ wife!

So it was great when Port Colborne’s Sherkston Shores invited theΒ entire family for a weekend stay at their Lake Erie resort, letting our boys experience something different from what they’re used to in downtown Toronto!

Sherkston Shores Day 1 β€” A Time to Learn

Make Vacay Matter More with Stays at Sherkston Shores! β€” The Sherkston Shores Sign

While theΒ commuteΒ to Sherkston wasn’t the greatest (rookie mistake leaving Toronto at 4Β PM on a Friday), the accommodations were impressive! The three-bedroom Premium Rental Cottage provedΒ plenty for a young family of four!Β It had a living roomΒ flush with furniture and a cable TV withΒ far more channels than we had to offer at home; a spacious deck where the boys could run around once they felt too penned up; and of course, high-speed Wi-Fi for someone like me who never wants to beΒ too far from the interwebs! It didn’t hurt that the team at Sherkston put a nice care package together of fruit, snacks, and local wine to welcome us to our vacation!