Dec 28, 2016

Goodbye, 2016.

I always love writing a year-end post on my blog every December. I never feel more excited or more hopeful than I do in those few days leading up to January 1. This year has been good to me and good to our family. It's been a whirlwind at times and challenging at times, but 2016 is a year I'll never forget, that's for sure. Today I wanted to look back at just a few snippets from the last twelve months.

January- The month we found out we were having a baby BOY. I'll never forget that day or how real the pregnancy seemed all of a sudden.

February- Jared and I got a rare opportunity to check out the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. It was something we did on a whim and I'm so glad we did it.

March- Our last vacation as a twosome! We visited Savannah for a day and a half and then went to Hilton Head Island for the rest of the week. It was the best, most relaxing vacation ever and I'll cherish that time with Jared forever.

April- Got to celebrate our sweet baby boy at not just one, but two baby showers from both sides of our family. I wish I could go back and relive both of those days, they were so special and so fun.

May- We had a baby! Even though we were expecting him in June ;) And Jared and I celebrated our 5th anniversary in the hospital, haha. What a memory!

June- I don't remember June ;) Just kidding... sorta. But it was definitely a chaotic month of sleeping in 2-3 hour increments, constantly changing diapers and me just trying to recover from having a c-section.

July- Definitely still in the crazy newborn stage, but Jared and I slowlyyy were able to get longer stretches of sleep and we were settling into our new normal, as crazy as it still was. We had a fun Christmas in July date-night-in, too.

August- After the birth of our son, this month brought the biggest life change ever for us. I decided to quit my job and stay home full-time. It was such an emotional decision but I'm so thankful to be home with T right now.

September- Got a much needed girls night for the first time since T was born. We also celebrated my dad's 60th birthday and his 80-pound-weight-loss-- I'm still SO proud that he did that.

October- Bring on the fall and fun! We had fun going to the pumpkin patch with our little guy for the first time, and dressing him up as the cutest pumpkin ever for Halloween.

November- Another girls night out, this time to a painting class. Celebrated Jared's birthday. And of course way too much fun and Thanksgiving celebrating.

December- Here we are! It's been a month full of Christmas fun and as cliche as it might be to say, I am so SO thankful for the blessings in my life. This year has brought Jared and I so much joy. This year has strengthened our marriage because we have faced so many new things together. I feel closer to Jared than ever and I love, love LOVE our life. That's not to say that there haven't been challenges and changes that rocked our world (hello, I quit my job to be a SAHM and we are learning to be parents together!) but I have grown so much this year. 2016, you will be near and dear to my heart forever!

19 comments:

  1. It's been such a year for you guys! Your little guy is so darn cute, and trust me - it only gets more fun and exciting from here! Congratulations on such an amazing year :)

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  2. You've had such a fantastic year! And I've loved following it along with you!

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  3. I love year end recaps too!! Just something about making a list of some wonderful memories! :) It seems like a lot of people on social media can't wait to wish 2016 away and I get it but it was so nice to read about some great things that happened during it too :)

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  4. What.a.year. So many huge things happened for y'all and I have loved reading and following along with you two and then when y'all became a family of three! Such a sweet and adorable family, and 2016 was GOOD to y'all!

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  5. 2016 definitely brought a lot of changes for y'all, but they were pretty awesome changes! I love that y'all do a Christmas in July date!

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  6. Such a big and great year for you and your family - I can't wait to follow along in 2017!

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  7. 2016 has certainly been a big year for your family! I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for y'all.

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  8. Oh I love this post! I think I just might steal your idea and recap too :) Sounds like you had an absolutely wonderful year! Can't wait to see what 2017 has in store for your family!

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  9. Having a baby definitely takes the cake on the year :) I'm glad you guys seem to be handling parenthood together really well. I hope Jordan and I can do better the second time around. Can't believe it was almost 6 months ago that you quit your job! I had to do a double-take on that one. Crazy!

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  10. What a year!! I hope 2017 holds just as many wonderful memories for your family, Erin! Happy New Year!

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  11. You had a great year, girlie. Cannot wait to see what 2017 has in store for you. :)

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  12. 2016 has been such a big year for you guys!! Here's to an awesome 2017!

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  13. i always feel excited and hopeful right before the new year as well :) i love a good clean slate. what a huge exciting year 2016 was for you! can't wait to follow along in 2017, hope it's a good one!

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  14. What an amazing year you had! :)

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  15. You certainly have had an awesome year. I hope 2017 is even better! Also, the Christmas in July date is BRILLIANT. Stealing that for next year!

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  16. 2016 was so so so good to you friend. It's so fun to line it all out month by month and see how your world changed in so many different but amazing ways. YAY for all the adventures that 2017 has in store for you and your sweet family.

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  17. What a great year! And I feel the SAME way about this past summer - did it even happen?! ;) Hope you guys had an amazing Christmas and cheers to a wonderful 2017!

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