Friday, January 6, 2017

2016 in Review

I did this last year and really enjoyed reflecting on our year. I would hardly remember anything if it weren't for this blog. So here is our 2016 year in review for the memory books!

We adjusted to having 3 little ones - a preschooler, a toddler, and an infant. We realized getting things accomplished during the kids' waking hours and getting out the door is incrementally harder with 3 kids compared to 2. But we also loved all the fun, laughter, affection, and chaos.

We went on a group date to the Escape Room (dates are rare and must be documented).

Greg and I had our 8 year anniversary. 

We rodeo-ed.

We enjoyed spring in Texas by spending time outside playing at parks and exploring new trails.

Greg took Cambry camping with some other daddies and kids.

We celebrated Easter with friends and family.

We took our annual bluebonnet pictures. 

Greg took both girls camping.

We went to the art car parade.
We enjoyed watching Colton grow and learn new skills. He was the cutest baby boy ever and was kissed constantly. He started rolling all over the place and his mobility kept us on our toes.

Lainey continued her speech therapy and started saying a few words.

Cambry started swim lessons again.

We visited our Waco family.

Cambry had her last day of preschool and we welcomed summer.

Colton started sleeping through the night.

We decided to move to the Woodlands! We listed our house for sale and began remodeling our Woodlands house.

We vacationed with the Matterns in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

We came home, threw everything in the wash, then turned around and headed to Galveston to vacation with the Grosses.

We packed up all our stuff, said goodbye to our friends, and moved 45 minutes North.

Cambry started PreK at a new school.

We explored parks and splashpads in our new town.

We spent October outdoors, at patches, eating all the pumpkin things, and painting pumpkins.

We celebrated Colton and Lainey's 1st and 3rd birthdays.

Our big toddler boy started walking and saying several words.

The Mattern family reunion was held in Dobbin. Sadly, Greg's Grandma (from whom all these families came) passed away about a month later.

We trick-or-treated with new neighbor friends.

We had family pictures taken.

The Kimmels came in for a week over Thanksgiving.

Cambry turned 5 and we celebrated with family in Dobbin.

Lainey really started saying a lot more words and even 2 or more word phrases.

We enjoyed all the Christmasy things - parties, lights, Advent, making treats, movies, shopping, and wrapping. We spent time in Waco and at home.

We ended 2016 with a family trip to Austin for a couple days.

2016 was a wonderful year. I had no idea at the beginning of the year that we would end the year in a new home in a new city. It has been a big change and a little lonely but we do love the Woodlands. I'm thankful for everything and looking forward to new adventures this year.

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