Friday, December 30, 2016

2016 in 12 Photos

2016 was a good year. It wasn't perfect, but the good outweighed the bad. Here is a look at the highlights. 

In January, I gave up dairy, meat, and caffeine. I hoped to correct some painful inflammation I was experiencing. Within a few weeks, I felt better than I had in over a year. During the evenings I spent several hours knitting and listening to audiobooks. I finished three projects that I had started in 2015.

February was cold and gray, but we kept things upbeat by celebrating the birthdays of five extended family members. Of course, Valentine's day makes life a little sweeter, usually in the form of chocolate!

Early in March, we were happily surprised by a positive pregnancy test. Those early weeks of pregnancy were a little stressful, and I needed two ultrasounds to check the baby's growth and heartbeat, but by Easter, we felt a bit more confident about the months ahead.

April was a busy month! We visited the zoo in Washington D.C. and the aquarium in Baltimore. I turned 40, and Ralph celebrated his First Holy Communion.

In May we traveled to Scranton, Pennsylvania for my sister-in-law's graduation from college. I made it to 15 weeks and felt like a pregnancy rock star. I tried on my first piece of LuLaRoe and fell in love with the stretchy patterned comfortable fabrics. Seriously, I wrote about it here. Also, I got my results back from my AncestryDNA test. The results were interesting, and it was a fun experience. My results are here

June 1st marked the 25th anniversary of Chris and my relationship. June is also the birthday month for Holden and Thomas. We celebrated their birthdays with one big family party. Ralph and cousin Hannah spent a lot of time outside in the kiddie pool and on the trampoline. We found out we were having a girl.

During the month of July, we took several trips to the beach, and we celebrated Ralph's birthday. Unfortunately, I dog-sat for a friend, and fell down a short flight of stairs and injured my foot. It took months to heal and still occasionally causes me pain now. July was the only month the boys had off from school. 

In August we made it to the beach a couple more times, went to a pool party with our homeschool group, and toured the Herr's Snack Factory. 

I went to Virginia in early September for the CWBN Mid-Atlantic Conference and had a splendid time. Then I had the house to myself for three days while Chris and the boys went to Hershey Park, Gettysburg, and Washington D.C. during Chris' week off from work. Ralph finally took the time to learn how to ride his bike without training wheels. By the end of September, I was put on bed rest because I was having symptoms of preeclampsia. 

Friends and family had a baby shower for me on October 2nd. On October 11th Mary Rose Elizabeth was born a month early. After a week in the NICU, she came home. I wrote about that here. Ralph was the only one that went trick or treating this year. He dressed up as Captain Hook.

We tried to spend most of our days at home during the month of November, but we made sure we voted, went to all of our doctor appointments, and spent Thanksgiving with family in Maryland. 

Early in December, Mary Rose and I went on a girls' trip overnight to the beach to celebrate a couple of 40th birthdays while Chris and Thomas painted the family room. Now the room is a lovely shade of white. The boys and I baked cookies for our homeschool group's cookie exchange. On Christmas Eve we went to the Vigil Mass and then stopped by two family Christmas parties. Christmas day was spent happily at home. 

Now the new year is upon us. One thing that I know I am going try to be better at doing in 2017 is taking more pictures!

Please visit Bobbi at Revolution of Love for more end of the year recaps!  

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