2016 :: Year In Review

Happy New Year's Eve!

2016. The best year ever? The worst year ever? I'm sure people could go either way on that one. Overall, I can't complain. We had ups and downs like everyone but for the most part, 2016 treated us well.

I'm so glad I have the blog; I loved going back through my posts and reliving the highs (and some lows...) from this pas year...

 // January \\

I attempted a weekly photo challenge (spoiler alert: I didn't last the whole year...) and pretended to be a web designer when I gave the old blog a fresh look. The girls and I made the drive to Sioux Falls to surprise my mama, Gracyn turned T H R E E and, sadly, we said goodbye to Justin's father after a hard-fought battle with dementia.

// February \\

Gracyn was funny, we celebrated Valentine's Day with our littlest loves, sisters did sister-things and we decided to sell our home! Eeee!

// March \\

We put a contract in on a new house, listed our home on a whim and sold it within 4 hours, Leighton turned 15 months old and we celebrated Easter!

// April \\

Justin and I took a vacation! Oh sweet glorious vacation, when will I see you again!?! We hurried to finish the DIY bathroom remodel while dreaming up a wish list for the new casa.

// May \\

We MOVED! Said goodbye to West Prairie Terrace and hello small-ass apartment. I attempted to learn how to properly use my big girl camera and we welcomed summer with a trip to Omaha.

// June \\

We swam and made mud and ran through sprinklers. You know, summer things!

// July \\

We celebrated 4th of July in Oklahoma where Justin took G fishing. We MOVED! AGAIN! Goodbye small-ass apartment, hello gorgeous forever home. And I mean forever. I'm never moving again... ;)

// August \\

We skipped town for a long weekend at the lake, Gracyn started school and soccer and totally rocked them both.

// September \\

We really settled into the new house, I forced my family to look at sunflowers, channelled my inner Jojo, and turned the big 3-1!

// October \\

We hit up the farm, took in the pumpkin patch and did all the other fall things. I swooned over our family photos and loved watching the girls get into the Halloween spirit.

// November \\

I prefer to block out Election Night 2016 but I'm reminded daily of the work we have cut out for us at home trying to raise our strong, smart and independent daughters. I'm so thankful for my people and loved the family time over Thanksgiving.

// December \\

It's really the most wonderful time of the year! Our elf friend came, we enjoyed Kansas City at Christmastime and attempted to spread holiday cheer throughout the house. Leighton turned T W O and while actual Christmas was kind of a bust thanks to sickness, we still managed to have a happy holiday. 

See?! 2016 wasn't all that bad. And I have a feeling 2017 will be the best yet. 

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  1. Wow! Those moves seem so long ago ... sort of, not really but love, love, love your new home and neighborhood with all the kids! Happy New Year to you and your beautiful family!

  2. Happy New Year to you and your family and yes, the best is yet to come!

  3. Love it!! Happy New Year to you and your family and cheers to 2017!