It’s finally 2017! I mean, it took the exact same amount of time for 2016 to pass as it did every other year before, but it was almost as if we were waiting for 2016 to just end already. And it finally did.
Recapping our year in my mind, it was a pretty eventful year. As always. We started 2016 off with our house fire on January 4th. That led to living for two months in a hotel, a nice hotel with great accommodations, but a hotel nonetheless. Coming home we found that our contractors didn’t finish the job (Mark and I ended up finishing it), our hot tub was broken by a plumbing company who refused to fix it, and we had car problems that lasted more weeks than we care to remember. We had one kid go through a glass window on the eve of his older brothers 18th birthday, gashing open both arms requiring upward of 12 stitches (I think). We had one kid turn 18 and jump from a perfectly good airplane to memorialize his special day. What an AMAZING experience skydiving was for him, but his little brother had to miss it due to spending the night in the ER getting stitched up. We had two kids get their drivers license and both bought their first cars. One near car accident resulting in a very bruised nose.
But we had tons of great days out floating the canal and river on our boat, we saw a concert in the harbor from our boat, we flew all over the sky in our Piper Cherokee, swam in our pool and even brought our pooches in to swim with us. We spent days at the dog park letting our dogs just run and play with other puppies and swim in the water. We watched two kids get their drivers license (yes this is in here twice because it was a big moment for all of us). Had a super fun birthday party with lots of friends and family as kids turned 18, 17 and 15 – I’m so blessed to be their step-mom! Promotions and raises were earned, camping trip was taken, music was performed and enjoyed by many, books were written, new school was started for one kid, new friends were made, new skills were learned and LOTS of love was given and received!
2017 is here. Can’t wait to see what this year brings us.