Hi! How are you holidays going? Are you ready for 2017? How are you preparing? I'm being a little weepy and reflecting as we wrap up this trip around the sun. I've have two conversations this week about how I felt about 2016. My first instinct was to say "blech...terrible." But in thinking that my mind really just went from the Election to now...but 2016 was SO MUCH MORE, than that for me. I had good a not so good days, but such is life. And that not so great times make the great times that much more sweeter.
I went through all my photos for the year yesterday remember each and every memory. All these photos has a story and made me smile, laugh, and cry a little in some way. So here's a little recap of that time in 2016...
that one time when we started out the year with a weekend getaway to our beloved Colorado to snowboard. and that one time later in the day a friction' skier crashed into me ending my day too early. this reminds me I need to go order new goggles for this year!
that one time we celebrate our 5th Wineaversary in Healdsburg
that one time when everything was green early in the season
that one time I read East of Eden and toted everywhere I went so I could sneak another page in
that one time i got a fancy new mountain bike
that one time Jaye and I had happy hour with our books and didn't crack them once - no regrets there of course
that one time we hiked through amazing redwood magical forests
that one time we traveled to the edge of California aka Shelter Cove
that one time we took a family photo at a beer fest
that one time Asha and I played ping pong at lunch
that one time I gave Bailey her last snuggle hug and had to let her go
that one time I lost a loved one way too soon
that one time I got to celebrate my best's babe's 1st birthday
that one time I took a walk on the beach with my amazing mama
that one time we had a mini reunion and hung out with Kenny
that one time we went paddle boarding
that one time we had 2 twistiee treat dates in 2 weeks and the raccoons almost ate our ice cream
that one time I came home from FL, a little sad, but walked outside to find all the jasmine blooming
that one time Natalie and I climbed Mt. Diablo on a Wednesday evening.
that one time Jen and I made succulent wreaths - mine does not look like that any more
that one time we rode our bikes our Lake Tahoe
that one time I bought peonies every chance I saw them at Trader Joe's
that one time I found this photo of my dad
that one time we went to an A's game and the hot dogs were more expensive than the tickets
that one time I ran through a magical mystic forest
that one time I got crazy, tried on all my outfits for Europe so I knew what I'd be wearing - also with the goal of only bringing a backpack
that one time I successfully fit all those outfits in the backpack and we went to Europe.
that one time Morgan and I got to spend the weekend in Sacramento stuffing our faces and drinking old fashioneds
that one time I travel across the world for the first time ever - in first class too
that one time we did a pub crawl in London
that one time we spent five days in Roma
that one time I fell in love with Venice as soon as my eyes hit it
that one time I ate gelato every.single.day in Italy - gelato tour goals
that time where I was this close to Carrie Underwood's legs
That one time I grew arugula successfully
that one time I did the MS ride solo 2 days in a row
that one time Hurricane Matthew was hitting my home town and this was my view - sorry Florida
that one time I ran 20 miles in San Francisco
that one time I got to snug with my Abbie boo
that one time when I had my two boos together playing board games - best thing ever
that one time I ran the Marine Corps Marathon
that one time Chris did Movember and refused to let me get any photo after this one so there is no good documentation of his epic stash
that one time I went to Firefly, cried, laughed, danced, learned, and so much more.
that one time I spent going out this window in Sonoma for 5 days
that one time Jaye came for Thanksgiving and she baked fresh amazing bread
that one time we took a Thanksgiving day hike and Chris hid his stash in my neck
that one time we celebrated my birthday by going wine tasting, bowling, and finished with a kitchen dance party and board games
that one time I got to go to PUBLIX
that one time in Alabama we went on a family hike
that one time at Kelsey and Jaron's wedding where Chris danced with me all night even though he hates dancing, but he knows how much fun it is for me
that one time Chris brought home a Wookie suit from his work holiday party
that one time I decided to participate in Dressember and wore a dress for 31 days to bring awareness to human trafficking
that one time I gazed out the window at all the rain drops falling and reflected on my year, felt thankful I could experience all that it brought, and looked forward to planning for 2017.
Cheer to you all. Thanks for being with me this year and here's to one more.