2016 in Review
I’ve been trying to write my year in review post for a couple of days now. I keep dwelling on the negative, terrible things that happened in our world in 2016. It doesn’t help that George Michael and Carrie Fisher passed away this week adding to the list of icons from my childhood that are suddenly just gone. I can’t listen to or read any headline about the President-Elect still because it makes me want to vomit. I’ll forever be saddened at the way Jacob Wetterling’s story ended and chilled by the words he said before his kidnapper killed him. And then there are all the senseless attacks this year, the innocent lives lost because of the color of their skin or the fact that they love someone of the same gender. So yeah, 2016 was a giant clusterfuck and I kind of can’t wait to see it go.
But. BUT. In my own little world, things really aren’t too bad. They’re actually pretty good. And it was actually a pretty good little year.
We went to St. Louis and celebrated Nate’s Grandma Lil’s 90th birthday.
We traveled to Jamaica and had the most amazing week in the sand and sun, relaxing, eating, drinking and pre-celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary.
We celebrated our ten year wedding anniversary.
We attended two of our favorite beer festivals – The Beer Dabbler and All Pints North.
I did several 5ks and completed a FREAKING TRIATHALON.
I took a little mom break and visited Wisconsin with my Jen and got my first tattoo.
Nate experimented with some new beer recipes and we had an awesome Oktoberfest as usual.
Ollie is halfway potty trained, transitioned to a big boy bed, started preschool, sits at the table in a chair instead of a high chair, turned three and will be driving next week and running for congress soon. I mean wow. How he’s grown this year.
And there were plays and concerts attended, new restaurants tried, lots of disc golf played, adventures and gatherings with friends and family and plenty of good memories made.
When I remember 2016 I will remember those moments. The world around us is crazy and scary at times, but what matters is what’s under our own little roof. We’ll get through whatever 2017 throws at us as long as we’re together.
This is my last post of 2016, I’ll be back next week renewed, refreshed and ready to share my word of the year for 2017 and what’s to come. Thank you for being here and thank you for sharing in my world. I appreciate it more than I can say!