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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Recap

I'm so sorry that I haven't blogged in forever! So much has happened this year, and I haven't kept you guys up to date on too much of anything since we moved to Dallas! I will give you the cliff notes version, but it will likely still be a while 'til I have the spare time to blog again. In the meantime, I am doing a decent job of keeping our blog's Facebook page up to date. So head on over there to follow along with our latest shenanigans!


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Memories from this year included: 

Hitting the road again to head to Dallas, Texas to spend time with my Brother that is incredibly ill, as well as being reunited with my Mom again, because she was also there.

On March 1st, I started up my #YogaEveryDamnDay challenge again...& didn't miss a single day in 2016!

We celebrated my Mother's birthday with her in person.

My friend is a professional photographer, and she photographed the 5 of us with my Mom & Brother. She did an incredible job, and we will have those memories to treasure forever. 

We got to celebrate Mother's Day actually WITH my Mom this year...AND, Cedar sat unsupported for the first time that day! He was 4 months old. 

A few days later, I enrolled in school to become a Certified Aromatherapist!!! This is something I have thought long and hard about for quite some time now. I can't wait to share all my knowledge of Essential Oils (Aromatherapy) with you in the near future. 

On the last day of May, we had to put down our beloved cat, Onyx. He was suffering from a Thyroid problem, kidney failure, & Diabetes. He was less than one month away from turning 12, but I couldn't bear to make him wait that long. He was suffering greatly, & I decided it was time to let him cross the Rainbow Bridge. 

A week before Cinderella turned 5, on Father's Day, she learned how to ride a two-wheeled bicycle WITHOUT training wheels. She went straight from her balance bike to that, & never looked back! It was a lovely thing to witness on Daddy's special day!

On June 25th, we celebrated my Brother & Cinderella's joint birthday. We were absolutely overjoyed that Uncle Bubby made it to 29, & Cindy was excited to turn 5! What a special day! 

The following day, the 5 of us headed to Legoland, The Rainforest Café, & the Sea Life Aquarium in Grapevine, TX for her special day. She had an amazing time, & so did we! It was certainly a birthday weekend to remember!

On the 28th, we celebrated Daddy turning 36! 

Shortly after that, we began working on my Mom's new-to-her Motorhome. It took us all about 3 months to whip it into amazing shape! Several of those pictures are on our FB page for anyone interested. 

On July 15th, I turned 31, & got to enjoy it with those I hold most dear. 

We took a Roadtrip/Vacation back to Colorado that following weekend. We spent the week with our Colorado family & friends. It was so wonderful to see everyone again. 

My BFF, Mother-in-law, & Sister-in-law helped bleach my locs blonde, too!

On July 25th, we celebrated our 12th year together, & our 11th year of marriage. It was a bittersweet day, because we also lost a loved one from our extended family. He will always be cherished & remembered. 

In August, I began running again, and on the day Baby Boho turned 8 months old, he began crawling up on his hands and knees.

At the beginning of September, the girls began their homeschooling for the new school year. Monster High Girl started 5th grade, while Cinderella officially entered Kindergarten.

Towards the end of September, after spending nearly 7 full months in Dallas, we said a tearful goodbye to my Mom & Brother, and we hit the road again. This time, we headed back to Phoenix. My Husband had a new project to start up there, as well as in the Las Cruces area, & another project in Tucson to shut down. I was also planning on making my friend's wedding there in the area come November. 

October in Phoenix was STILL REALLY HOT! There were still some days above 100°, but I didn't even notice, because there was NO. HUMIDITY. It was wonderful!

The week Baby Boho turned 10 months old, we took another roadtrip. This time, my Husband needed to be in Las Cruces, NM for work, so we hitched a ride to go visit one of my longest known friends (20+ yrs) in El Paso, TX. She is due in December with her 1st baby, & I wanted to spend some time with her (& rub that belly).

Two days before Halloween, we began renovating our children's bedroom for the FOURTH. Time. I designed new bunks to accommodate all 3 kids. The bunks individually have their own bookshelves, dollhouses, toy storage, & drop-down desks. Our family closet was also moved.

The day before Halloween, Baby Boho took his first steps at 10 months old. 

We spent Halloween with the friends we met last time we were in Phoenix (Blondie, Mik, her new Husband & his/their kiddos). I'm so glad we get to hang out together again. We had a ball with them! I went as a blonde dreadlocked Princess Leia, Baby Boho was Yoda, Cindy was Princess Elena of Avalor, & MHG went as Spiderman (her latest obsession, thanks to my Brother).

We continued working on our children's bedroom remodel.

On November 19th, Mik & her man got married. We were so honored to be able to witness their special day in person. I told her I wouldn't miss it for the world, & I meant it. That was also the same day Baby Boho turned 11 months old. 

On Thanksgiving Day, I clocked my first 5k...not an actual race, but my first time ever running 3.1 miles! I NEVER thought that day would come! I was so proud of myself, that I decided to keep on going with my training, and am currently training to run a 10k in the future!

The beginning of December brought with it the mad dash to prepare for Yule, Christmas, & Cedar's 1st Birthday! buying/giving...card designing/sending...and everything in between. 

We are nearing completion of the children's room, but it did not get finished before the end of the year. It is coming along marvelously, however, and our children love it, so what more could we ask for? 

Baby Boho turned 1 on the 19th! He is still breastfeeding like a champ...despite my constant interaction with his 8 teeth, & he pretty much eats everything we eat now. He's walking well...trying to run, in fact (unsuccessfully, I might mention)...& loves to dance! He says about 10 words...but MHG & I are pretty much the only ones that understand him, haha!

For Yule, to continue the tradition of giving my children homemade gifts by me, I made each of our girls their own stone fireplace for their individual dollhouses, & I made Cedar some small felt Woodland Animals & an Aspen tree to play with. They all loved their gifts so much, & I'm glad my hard work was worth it. 

Christmas Eve was spent at my friend Mik's home with their family & friends. We enjoyed great food & fun with everyone. 

Christmas Day was spent opening lots of gifts that consisted mostly of necessities for their newly remodeled bedroom...coordinating bedding in Indigo for MHG, Light Pink for Cinderella, & Teal for Baby Boho, with accents of Grey to pull it all together.

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