First off, where did 2016 go?! I feel like it just flew by! Many exciting things happened for me and my family this year, so I can’t say that it was a bad year at all!
My sister and nephew rode the train out to my moms in Colorado to celebrate my nephew’s 3rd birthday! I took a week off and went home to help celebrate. My cousin and her four kiddos and Grandma all came up to celebrate as well. We walked to the park almost every day, while my nephew rode his trike that my mom got him. As you can see in the photo below, he decided to be a big boy and help grandma make his cupcakes and turned the KitchenAide on high…. cocoa powder everywhere!
Two of my friends and I took a girls weekend up to Colorado Springs, we climbed the Manitou Incline, walked across the Royal Gorge and the rode the gondola back to the other side. I tried sushi for the first time, well my food was cooked but still rolled up like a sushi dish. I can honestly say it’s something I never care to have again. If you haven’t bought a selfie stick. Do!!! It is one of the best inventions ever- you almost never have to worry about finding someone to take a photo of your group!
That same weekend of the girls trip, a friend and coworker blessed us with a sweet baby boy, who she got to bring to work for the first six months of his life. We thoroughly enjoyed coming to his beckon call, or squeal :-), we didn’t realize how much we were going to miss him until he left the office. He still comes and visits us sometimes during our potlucks. They are neighbors to me, but I’m probably the worst neighbor, I’ve only ever been to their house once since they moved to this side of town.
We brought home our new kitty,Linda! She is a handful but we wouldn’t have it any other way. She is the Houdini of cats, some nights she has to sleep in her kennel and we will wake up to her meowing by the door as she has found a way to get out of the kennel. We have no idea how she does it as the kennel door is still locked when she is out of it. She was absolutely tiny! Now she has a pot belly- ha ha!
I took a different job with the agency, but ended up deciding it wasn’t the right fit for me so was able to take my old job back. Funny thing is I told the supervisor of the job I decided wasn’t the right fit, that I’d help out until the positions was filled. To this date, they’ve hired two people who are coming along great, but I am still helping cover. Which I don’t mind- I love being needed.
A majority of my moms side got together in the summer to enjoy some time together, no cell phone service or Internet! It was a great weekend to get refreshed and remember to be thankful for all that I take for granted. Here is a photo of most of Grandma’s grandkids and great grandkiddos.
We found out that my sister is expecting a baby girl in January! I am planning to go up with my mom to see her after Baby Girl is born… They live about 7 hours away from where I live, so we don’t get to see them too often.
I met a sweet lady who has blessed my life more than she probably knows. She has 3 sweet kiddos that I just adore, I got to help throw her an adorable “moose” baby shower for Baby T! My mom helped me make a 3-tier diaper cake, have I ever mentioned my mom is badass?!?!? She super creative, she did not share that gene with me!
My mom, stepdad and I went down to my aunt and uncles to see my cousin before he and his family left for Germany for the AirForce. It is always a joy to be around this group of people- the stories they tell will never get old.
My mom,sister, nephew and I took a week long vacation to Branson, Missouri. I think we figured it up that we saw twelve shows, took a ride on “Ride the Ducks” and on the Branson Belle. Both of which I highly recommend. We rented a condo right on the lake. One day while walking around the marina, I noticed that you could actually see the Branson Belle from it, I thought that was kinda neat because to get the Belle we had to go all the way around the lake to get to it. One of the shows we went to was the Amazing Pet Show! I’m sure my nephew thought we went to it for him…. But I know it was for me! 🙂
My boyfriend started back up with roping, and I try to sneak a ride on one of the horses whenever I can. Being back in the saddle does something to me it’s such a relaxing and therapeutic time.
Kayla, a good friend and neighbor, and I booked our flights for a road trip through California into Oregon in April 2017.
My best friend from college just had a beautiful baby girl who I am very excited to go meet. We are pretty lucky in that we both work for the same agency so we get to see each other for work through out the year.
Crossfit is something in my life that I hope never goes away, I was able to accomplish a few more movements I’ve been working on. 1) pull up, 2) new PR on my Power Cleans, 3) HSPU Handstand push ups with an ab mat and 10# plate. I’ve also started working on hand stand walks, I’ve got five “steps” so far! Woo! While I haven’t done the best with eating habits and maintaining my weight like I had done the past couple years, I have definitely increases my muscle mass and am able to lift more than I had been able to. Crossfit has brought many new friends into my life that I’d probably have never met if I and they hadn’t joined!
A group of friends decided to try our hand at a Painting Party. It was mostly a success!
The next weekend, Kayla and I completed a quilt wood block painting. I am not completely happy with the colors I chose. I am thinking about redoing it someday when it’s nice outside!
Thanksgiving was a nice and long five day weekend for me. My boyfriend cooked/smoked a turkey on the Traeger and I made the fixings- homemade mashed tators, gravy, rolls, and green bean casserole. During the long weekend, I went home and helped my mom decorate for Christmas- a cherished pastime of mine. She gave me her old tree and my boyfriend and I were able to donate our old tree to a family in need.
I applied for my passport and received it within a few days of submitting my application! But soon realized they put a space in my middle name so had to send it back to get fixed. I am so excited to be able to go see the world now!
Christmas time was just her, usually I go down to OK City with my mom to her side of the family but we didn’t this year. My in-laws came over from the West Slope. My boyfriends dad and him enjoyed a few days of roping- have you ever got that pitter patter in your heart when you know life is good? I definitely felt that watching those two rope again.
To date, I haven’t ended up in the ER like I did about this time last year! I’ve stayed pretty healthy with a few odd issues, but I’ve just decided that that’s just how my body is! This time last year I more than meant my $2,750 deductible, this year I’m happy to say I’ve barely even spent $300! It was a nice change to watch my health savings account grow rather than deplete by a big chunk!
Money, you know I couldn’t write a post without talking about it! By today’s date, I am accruing $.91 in interest A DAY! That’s approximately $333 in interest a year. Free money people! I had to move some money around to a cd get that $.91, but I am comfortable putting that X amount in a cd for the period of time to accrue such interest. I was thinking of my 2017 financial goals this morning and I said I wanted to make $1.00 in interest a day, but now that I just added up what I’m currently making, I feel that I can achieve that in just a few months assuming that I won’t have any major issues with my car, etc.
I hope you all have had a great year, and are ready to take on 2017 and all that it has to bring! You are in control of your happiness do whatever makes you happy!