A lot sure happened for a year I barely wrote about. One of my goals is to be much more productive with the blog in the coming year, but I’ll write more about my Resolutions tomorrow. For now, I’ll just list some of the Big Moments from this year…
- We lost our dear Scarlett. I still miss her. It was a traumatic and painful experience to go through, but we made the most of our time with her and we made sure her suffering was limited.
- We adopted a new dog, Hazel, in the spring. She is part German Shepherd and part something else (Drew insists she is Husky, but she looks Akita to me). She is sweet but still a puppy (albeit a BIG puppy) and, as it turns out, I am not much of a “puppy person”. I really hate the bad and destructive behavior (chewing, jumping, nipping) that comes while they’re still young.
- My Uncle Rory suddenly passed away in March. He had nearly fully recovered from a minor stroke he had several months prior. He had stopped drinking and was starting to exercise… and then he was gone. I’m still not exactly sure what happened- but it left my 3 cousins completely parentless within the span of 5 years. I flew home for the funeral, and while I was so glad to be there with my family, to support my cousins and dad, it was a profoundly depressing experience. Thankfully my brother and Heather were there along with the rest of my family. We all had each other’s backs.
- We took our first ever Family Vacation at the end of April! It was a 10 year wedding anniversary gift to ourselves. We packed up the kids and the car and toured around all the places in Colorado we wanted to see. We started in Glenwood Springs with an incredible hike and a soak in the hot springs. Then we were off to Telluride with the most stunning alpine landscapes we had ever seen. Next was Mesa Verde and Durango where we had dinner (and sipped whiskey) at a legitimate saloon. And we finally wound our way up to the Great Sand Dunes where the kids had a blast playing in the sand and the water before we headed home. It was truly a bright spot in the year when we really needed one and we made memories we’ll keep forever.
- I went to two national conferences for work- New Orleans for NASPA and Las Vegas for NACADA. They were amazing experiences and they truly helped me to grow in my practice. I look forward to attending another in Montreal this spring.
- I went paragliding!! Drew bought me a flight last Christmas and I finally took the leap off Mt. Zion in June. It was one of the most liberating, spiritual, exciting, and yet peaceful moments in my life. The flight itself only lasted for about 6 minutes (you’re at the mercy of the winds) but the memory of those feelings will last a lifetime.
- Griffin played his first ever team sport! For an entire season he was a football player. His skill really ended up improving by the end of it and he LOVED the experience. It also showed us just how big he’s getting. I can’t believe we’re already hitting these milestones.
- Drew and I got to attend his cousin, Meredith’s stunning wedding in New Mexico. We had so much fun and we were so glad we could be there to support his family and spend time with his mom. It was also like a mini romantic getaway that gave us some much needed kid-free time to regroup and feel like our old selves again.
- I fell in love with my body again. In the summer I started a bootcamp class targeted at mothers trying to “get their body back”. It was a grueling twice a week workout that often left me sore and emotional. The end result wasn’t the skinnier me I was aiming for. It was a much stronger, toned, and happy me that got consistently drunk on the endorphins from exercise. Once the class was over, I took up running and I absolutely adore it. I ran 4-5 times a week all summer and I ran a 5k at a pretty decent pace, hills and all! I also joined the gym at work where I take yoga and strength classes, work with the free weights, and do tabatas.
- Griffin started Kindergarten! Since he’s still 4 he’ll go through Kindergarten at his elementary school again in the fall. Daycare has a fully licensed and accredited kindergarten program though and they had space so they asked if we’d like to join. Griffin has blossomed in this class. I think it is just the challenge he needed to keep his brain and body active, yet he catches on quickly so he still feels a sense of accomplishment. He comes home daily with the most amazing facts- and he’s able to read small words on his own! We are so very proud of him and hope this is indicative of a love for school going forward!
- We went on all kinds of fun day trips and outings with the kids- the zoos, Children’s Museum, Aquarium, Manitou Springs, Estes Park, Georgetown, the El Dorado Springs pool, Steamboat Springs, Heritage Square, the Renaissance Festival, Casa Bonita, Chatfield Reservoir, Tiny Town, and so many others.
- We gained a family member! Mae Kubie, Jake and Angela’s daughter, was born in November. But there’s more! Then we got the awesome news that my cousin, Dan is having TWINS in May! My cousin, Erin, is having her first in June. And my cousin Pat (finally) just proposed to his long term girlfriend! But best news ever? My brother and Heather are having a baby too! They are due July 15th!
This year definitely had its ups and downs. I hope for far fewer rough spots and losses in 2016. But writing about the good things help me look back on the year with fresh eyes- there is much to be thankful for.