Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Highlights

I can't believe 2016 is coming to an end. I always feel very bittersweet at the start of a new year. I love to reminisce about everything we did in the year and would love to hold on to those moments forever (which thanks to the many, many pictures I take, I can) but a fresh new year is also a good thing and I have started to embrace it.

I'm looking back at my favorite moments of 2016 today - most will include time with my little family who I love more than anything and am grateful for us all having a great year - I hope 2017 brings the same

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In January we took these cuties to volunteer for Feed My Starving Children - I plan to do this with Brayden again in the new year



In February we celebrated Valentine's Day with these cuties and also had a cousin bake off challenge





We had my Mom's 60th birthday celebration at our house in March



In April we celebrated Easter




In May, Brayden started baseball. It was so awesome to watch him grow in this sport




We also took some family pics that I will always cherish




May also brought Ella's first dance recital and it was just the cutest thing ever





In June I got to stop by Brayden's school and run with him for an event they were doing



We also went on a family/friends vacation to South Haven, MI




Brayden lost his first tooth in June!


And we took the kids to their first professional baseball game (on a 90+ degree day!)



July brought Book of Mormon with my family


And 4th of July



Brayden's birthday was celebrated in July with a superhero theme and we had the best time




Lots of July was spent at splash pads or my in laws pool



We also celebrated the hubby's birthday at the end of the month



August brought our annual family vacation with Rick's side. The kids had a blast fishing every day and we enjoyed being with one another 

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Avery's birthday happened on the vacation so we made sure to celebrate her!

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We threw the girls a joint birthday party in the middle of August 

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We enjoyed summer coming to an end

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and Brayden starting 1st Grade!

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September brought the first day of preschool for Ella!!

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We went to our towns annual September Fest and had a blast

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And Ella started another year of dance class with her bestie!

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Ella turned 4 on the 5th and we celebrated at home

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We went apple picking

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and Brayden started Fall soccer. His improvement this year from last was dramatic and we were so proud!

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October came and brought us to the pumpkin patch

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and to class parties :)

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We celebrated Halloween with Little Red Riding Hood, Goldie and Kylo Ren :)

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November brought gorgeous weather and my little cousin's wedding

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We celebrated Thanksgiving

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And chopped down our Christmas tree! 

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We decked the halls


and saw our towns tree lighting

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December brought more festive fun! We saw the zoo lights

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We got dumped on with snow

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We drove around and looked at lights


and of course the kids saw Santa!


We built a gingerbread house


and made cookies


Ella had her first school holiday performance and girlfriend rocked it!


We had our annual goodbye North Pole breakfast with our Elf, Twinkles


and celebrated Christmas




I love looking back at all these photos and seeing all the memories we made! I can't believe how much the kids have changed over the year. 

Here's wishing everyone a safe and happy New Year!


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13 comments:

  1. What a fun year you have all had! A year full of memories. Happy New Year!

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  2. You had such a great year, it looks like! Love the cousin bake off :)

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  3. Such an amazing and fun year. Love looking back on everything that you guys did and seeing how much your kids have grown!

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  4. What a fun year! Happy New Year!!!

    Jen
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  5. What a fun year for your family! I'm looking forward to following along this year, too! XOXO Happy New Year!

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  6. What a perfectly wonderful year! I have a post like this started to.... if I can get it done before 2018 :P.

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  7. What a year, Lizzie! You guys did so much fun stuff and made so many wonderful memories that the babies will keep with them forever. Cheers to 2017 being even better!

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  8. A fun year and I smiled because we share many similarities in events ;)! So fun to have little ones to enjoy all the fun with! Happy New Year!

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