Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 Year in Review

2016 has been a year.  Several downs but more ups, special vacations, precious time spent with Jared and our family.  It's so hard to believe another year has come and gone!  As much as I've enjoyed a lot of 2016 and the recent holiday season, I'm ready for 2017.  There's just something about a new year, getting organized, setting goals and starting fresh.  Before 2017 is officially here, I thought it would be fun to do a recap of 2016!


We had our first snow of 2016!

I spent a day sledding with my family!


Attended a casino night with family to raise funds and awareness for a local service organization!

We celebrated my sweet husband's birthday!


I traveled to Cincinnati to visit Katlin!

We celebrated Easter!


We went to see Garth Brooks!

We traveled back to Louisville for the Spring Game!

I finished re-doing our bathroom!


A lot of business work took place in May!

We celebrated Mother's Day with Darlene!


We enjoyed several drive-in nights!

We celebrated Father's Day!

I started using BeautyCounter!  See my review here.


I shopped my favorite sale of the year!
July was full of lots of work and not much blogging this year.


I got to go on a really cool tour of where my brother works!

August was a really tough month for me and date nights and this guy definitely got me through!


I started swimming for exercise which I'm hoping to really commit to again in the new year!

I launched my YouTube channel which I can't wait to add more to this coming year!

We all got together to celebrate Dylan's birthday!

Darlene, Granny & I went to see Pride & Prejudice at our local theatre.

At the end of the month we snuck down to Florida for a few days with my grandparents.  See part 1 and part 2!


We enjoyed our annual trip to the GIE Expo in Louisville!


Dyl and I spent a Sunday with our grandparents driving around and seeing all the family sites and cemeteries.  It was so interesting and good quality time spent with them.

We enjoyed our trip to Texas!  We had so much fun!

We celebrated Thanksgiving!


We enjoyed our annual trip to Opryland!

We celebrated an awesome Christmas!

2016 has been an awesome, trying, busy and successful year and we are looking forward to seeing what 2017 holds!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Christmas 2016

Get ready for photo overload!  Before diving into the new year & all the fun posts that come with that, I want to recap our Christmas!

Christmas Eve started out with lots of cooking and loading up at our house and then we trekked over to my aunt & uncle's for our Mann family Christmas!

Secret Santa

Our 3rd married Christmas!

My little brother & grandfather.  Two good looking and good men!

So much love in this picture.

After lunch, gifts and visiting with my Dad's side, we headed over to Dad & Darlene's to do Christmas dinner and gifts with them.

Stockings by the new fireplace!  (They just renovated & I love how the fireplace turned out)

They crack me up.

We were so spoiled!  

We ended the night at our Christmas Eve church service which was so beautiful.   It's easy to get swept up in the commercial side of Christmas but it's so important to remember and celebrate the real reason for the season!

On Christmas morning, we woke up and exchanged stockings and spent the first part of the day cooking and enjoying the morning together.

On Christmas afternoon, we went to my grandparents to eat dinner and exchange gifts with them.  These three guys make my heart happy!

Delicious dinner!

Love these 4 so much!

Christmas 2016 was a great one!!   I do not take for granted how lucky I am to have these amazing people in my life.  Hope you had a wonderful Christmas celebrating with your family!