2016 Highlights

Another year gone...

2016 had some really great highs, and some truly sucky lows. I'm not sure what 2017 will bring for us, but hopefully it will at least be the year we finally get to move into our own home. Everything else is up to fate.

Here are some highlights of the year...

My niece Allison got to come home after spending months in the NICU. She's a perfectly happy and healthy baby which is a major miracle.
 We took a Midway getaway that included the ice castles, swimming at the hotel, Mexican food and clean air.
 Through hard work, I was able to achieve a running pace I never thought would become easy. I felt unstoppable.
 We attended Jeep Safari in Moab and had tons of fun!
 I messed up my leg pretty bad at the gym trying to jump over the highest bar during bar hops... our trainer hasn't put this exercise on the board since. For good reason. I still have a bump on my shin and problems with my hips.
 I mastered strict pull-ups! (Then lost it again later...)
 Kennedy graduated from pre-school! One of her teachers now works with Grandma and I so we still get to see her often.
 My biggest accomplishment of the year; the Ogden Marathon. With the weather conditions being about as bad as they can get, I still felt like I kicked major butt regardless of the obstacles. Everyone I talked to had a terrible experience but I somehow pushed through it. I really learned what mental grit is during this race.
 Took my girls to the USU campus and showed them my old home. Lots and lots of memories.
 Did lots of hiking before the weather became ghastly hot.
 I got a new half marathon PR running the Drop 13 race. The timing chips were messed up for this race but I'm pretty sure I broke 1:50; a time I will have to chase once I get my body figured out.
 Kennedy had her first all-friends birthday party and it was a huge success!
 Saw the Thunderbird's!!!
 Conquered the crazy-hard hike of Mt. Timpanogus. I also learned never to hike in Hoka's. Next time I will wear actual hiking shoes.
 Did lots of camping.
 And spent many days at Lagoon; with family and friends and just by ourselves.
 I had to include this one because their faces are so great.
 Took a summer trip to Cheyenne to see my brother.
 Kennedy gashed her head open and needed staples, and I ran the Deseret News half marathon. For some reason I accidentally picked the combined version of these pictures, so there ya go.
 Went to Bear Lake with Cory's family.
 Brynlie got her first hair cut.
 We went to our ward camp out and had tons of fun. I'm really going to miss this ward.
 Ran the Run Elevated half marathon and got the biggest blisters of my life!!
 Received a diagnosis of PCOS. I'm still not 100% convinced this is what is wrong with me since my meds are doing literally NOTHING, but more on that in another post.
 Brynlie had her first dental appointment.
 Kennedy started KINDERGARTEN!! She has killed it this year and learned all her letters and sounds in 2 months.
 Ran the Big Cottonwood half marathon with my sister. It was her first half!
 Spent an amazing day as a family in Park City and took the kids on the Alpine Slide for the first time and froze our booties off.
 My dad's leg got terribly infected and he was down and out for weeks and weeks.
 I discovered online grocery pick up which changed my life!!!
 Took a small trip to Burley, Idaho to see the cousins and have some fun!
 Brynlie finally hit 36" tall and got to ride the "big" rides. Oh, and it was 70 degrees in October.
 Ran the Haunted Half with some great friends in a bacon suit.
 Mueller Park had it's shooting scare. I'm so glad everyone was ok.
 I got a new sister-in-law!!

Overall it was a great year! I don't get all nostalgic over the changing years, but it is fun to look back over what we've experienced and how much can change in a year. I'm so grateful for all that we have. Bring on 2017!!

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