Sometimes years fly by and other times they crawl at a snail’s pace. While in the moment, this year seemed to go by at lightening speed. But as I sit here looking at pictures I’ve taken since January, I am amazed at how long this year was. Some of 2016’s events seem like a lifetime ago; some I even forgot about until I found pictures. So, since my blog has literally turned into an annual recap of my year, and nothing more… let’s get started.
Ben and I rang in the New Year with some friends at the Taxslayer Bowl’s NYE party, which was by far the most amazing NYE party I’ve ever been to.
And two days later we joined other friends at the bowl game to cheer on UGA.
I gave a cat a bath for the first time (lol yes, this is a milestone…)
And ran the BDR 5k and the Wolf’s 55 relay and cheered on the Donna runners.
In March, Ben and I flew to Puerto Rico for an eight day Royal Caribbean cruise to the Southern Caribbean and it was a-mazing. We’re often pretty lazy on cruises, but South Caribbean kept us busy and we loved every minute of it.
In April, I lost someone who was pretty new to my life, but had made a major impact in a short amount of time. Sudden loss is always shocking and even more so when the person is young/the same age as me. I like to think that both his life and his death have made me a better person. He is greatly missed.
We flew to New York in May to surprise my mother in law for the weekend. She had planned a trip with my SIL, BIL and nephews but had no idea Ben and I were making the trip as well. The surprise at the airport could not have been better planned and our entire weekend trip could not have been more perfect.
Summer was pretty uneventful but I worked a LOT and ran quite a bit with my fabulous Mandarin running crew. I’ve learned to like (not love) weekday 5:00am runs, even though Florida has literally no mercy and feels like death, even at that hour of the day.
We hosted our neighborhood’s July 4th party so our pool got a lot of use for the first time and then my in-laws and nephews came to visit for a week. It’s always fun playing tourist in your own backyard! I really do love this city.
I made a last-minute decision to head to California in August to see my sister, aunt and cousins. I ate a ridiculous amount of good food and saw the sights.
In September we prepared for Hurricane Hermine, which was the hurricane that wasn’t, travelled home to south Florida for a coaching conference, did an escape room with my coworkers and apparently took a LOT of cat pictures (I’ll spare you).
I bailed from a race for the first time ever in October. I was supposed to run the RnR Lisbon Marathon but didn’t train enough over the summer due to some minor injuries and my ridiculous work schedule. I was pretty bummed, but I know I have another marathon in my future.. one day.
My birthday brought Hurricane Matthew, which actually impacted us unlike Hermine. we were technically in a secondary evacuation zone but chose to stay due to our new construction and elevation from the creek. We lost power for a couple of days and a tree fell in our backyard, taking down a chunk of our fence. But, compared to many people in the area, we made our perfectly fine. It’s been a long time since I’ve been through a hurricane… I hope it’s another several years until the next one.
A couple of weeks later I dragged Ben to Tallahassee with me for an FSU game. We toured campus, ate at Momo’s and enjoyed an FSU win :)
I ran another 5k on Halloween, partied at our neighborhood Halloween block party and handed out candy to the cute, cute neighborhood kids.
I decided to go back to California for Thanksgiving… I really hate that flight so going back so soon was rough, but this time Ben came with me. We nerded out at the Reagan Library, walked around Santa Monica and had a lot of family time and 26 people for Turkey Day!
Christmas was quietly spent in Blue Ridge with my mom. It was a little too warm for the fireplace, but that didn’t stop us. Per usual, we had a lot of home cooked meals, watched a lot of Christmas movies and took a lot of naps on the couch. Ah, the mountains…
We returned to tradition for NYE and had dinner at J. Alexander’s, but this time enjoyed the evening with neighbors/friends. We celebrated the last two hours of 2016 by the fire pit, laughing until we cried. Couldn’t really ask for anything better this year.
So, 2016 was a good one and we are diving right into 2017 with a full list of January events. Hoping for a wonderful year for you, as well!
Oh, and of course… the girls slept.. a lot…