Year in Review {2016}

Well, life is still happening over here, I just haven’t had a minute to blog about it.  Sooo, instead, I’ll just skip right to my yearly 2016 review in pictures. We are all doing great, just busy, busy, busy!

January

After a nordic ski race in Steamboat Springs, we headed to the Strawberry Hot Springs.  It was a great way to heal those sore muscles!

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February

We spent our February break at Grandma and Grandpa’s condo in Colorado Springs.  We thought it would be warmer.  We thought wrong.

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March

Paige celebrated her 11th birthday….sick.  She did get to celebrate by taking two friends on a  Denver day but wasn’t feeling her best.  Hopefully we have better luck this year!

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April 

Spring Break!!! We drove ourselves to Mexico and had a wonderful week combing the beach for shells, swimming with sea lions and enjoying some seriously needed down time.

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May

The month (besides December) that makes all mothers go a little bit loopy.  It makes my head hurt just thinking about it!  Alice performed in her very first musical, The Little Mermaid Jr. She starred as one of Ursula’s evil tentacles and rocked it!  Paige happily graduated from 5th grade and never looked back!  I am happy to report that she is loving middle school and has made some fabulous new friends.  Phew.  Sam finished his first season with Summit Youth Orchestra.  He really enjoyed it and his tromboning skills have improved greatly.

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June

And so begins mountain bike season…..All four kiddos raced this season which meant a lot of opportunity for cheering and pictures.  It also meant a lot of gear wrestling and bigger biceps from hoisting all those bikes onto the rack each week.  There has to be some pluses for this mama, right!?!?  Not only did we mountain bike ride a lot but we also had a ton of company.  Scott’s aunt, uncle and cousins came for a quick visit on their way to Vail and Scott’s parents also came for a visit to celebrate Alice and Mason’s birthdays.

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July

Alice and I competed in the Frisco SUP Triathlon.  We had so much fun (she beat me) and we are already planning our training schedule for the next one now. We had a great 4th holiday with the Werschkys.  Scott’s brother and nephew came for a visit.  I went to Michigan to visit my parents and help my mom after heart surgery.

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August

Back to school we all go!   Sam started high school *shiver*, Alice, 8th and Paige, 6th, Mason, 4th. I have spent this year in kindergarten as a special education paraprofessional.  I love my school and my job.

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September

Sam, Alice and Paige started running cross-country and we saw our first snow. Alice and Paige auditioned for The Lion King, Jr. and both got a part.  Mason continues to work at karate and his next belt test.

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October

Sam turned 15.  He attended his first homecoming dance with his guy friends and worked toward his driver’s permit.  We had a gorgeous extension of fall and the kids enjoyed running in the extended warm weather. Grandma and Papa Wescott came for a visit and spent Halloween with us.

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November….well, that was the last time I posted in 2016.

Sam started Speech and Debate tournaments and dry land nordic ski training. Scott and I lost control of our weekends. We had a crazy warm November with no snow.  We celebrated Thanksgiving with friends. Sam earned his first varsity letter for cross-country (as a freshman).

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December

The other month that makes parents go crazy puffs.  Alice won the SMS geography bee and will go to the state competition in May (of course).  Everyone started nordic skiing.  It started snowing (and hasn’t stopped!) and the kids had a snow day.  Snow days don’t come around very often here so we were stoked.  We had a wonderful Christmas together.  This year we started a new tradition…gingerbread house making competition between cousins.  Amazingly enough, the boys won and the girl house….fell.  They are calling for a rematch next year.  We skied, ice-skated, went sledding, played outside and had tons of fun on our break.

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Well, that was the year 2016.  I am sure I have left out plenty of fun stuff.  It was a good year filled with love and happiness.  Of course, we do have teenagers so there was also door slamming, attitudes, crying and lots of drama….we aren’t perfect but we are us; that’s enough for me.