Friday, December 30, 2016

Favorite Moments of 2016

It's the last Friday of 2016 - we can not believe it!

This year absolutely flew by. It was year filled with a lot of ups and some downs for both of us, but as we reflect back on 2016 we had some truly awesome moments. Here are some of each of our favorite parts of 2016...

Our Favorite Place to Visit...

Hmm...this is a tough one because we are always on the go. Last year is what I would call a light travel year for us, but we never seemed to be at home. Looking back on the year, I think my favorite place that we visited is one that will always have my heart - Hilton Head, SC. 

Our trip to Hilton Head was so much fun this year, and was just before our year became unsettled. We are able to look back on this vacation and think of all the fun memories we had and how much fun it was to see all three of our little beach babies frolic in the ocean. We already can't wait to go next summer!

We had some fun family trips this year and made some awesome memories skiing and on our houseboat trip, but I think for me personally my favorite place that I visited this year was San Francisco when we went for the Super Bowl.  

It was my first time in this city and I loved exploring everything from wine country to Lombard Street.  It's such a cool city and I loved it! 

Our Favorite thing to Read...

Ok, I read a lot in 2016. It's tough to narrow down to just one favorite book that I read this year. Mary Kay Andrews came out with a new book and she is always one of my favorites. "The Nest" made me think. The Nightingale made me cry.  But, I would have to say "Eligible" was my favorite book I read in 2016. 

Eligible was just a book I kept thinking about all year. It was based on one of my favorite books of all time, Pride & Prejudice, and had such a fun modern twist to it. I loved the Bachelor tie in and the ending just plain made me smile. If you didn't pick it up this year, I would definitely say put it on your list to read in 2017!

Reading is something I did not do enough of this year, but my favorite book that I read was definitely Me Before You.  It was SO good and I loved it so much.  Although I still haven't seen the movie, I really want to, but I'm sure it won't be as good as the book, because it usually never is. 

Our Favorite thing to Wear...

This is also a tough one! I have so many things that I love to wear - especially that I have to wear every single day. If I am being honest though, my favorite thing I wore in 2016 was my yoga pants. 

I know, I know - total stay at home mom cliche, but it's true. We paid homage early on in the year to our favorite pairs, and that set the tone for me for the rest of the year.  (Not that I needed much convincing.) 

I have some new favorite pairs, and some I will share in the new year, but over all this fun polka dot pair was my 2016 winner! Just call me mom. 

I have lots of favorites when it comes to what I wore, but I think the clothing or accessory that gets worn the most in my closet is my leopard belt.  Every time I put it on, Blondie notices as aways says, "You love that belt, don't you?"  She's right though...I do!  It goes with so many different outfits and is definitely my favorite. 

Our Favorite Finds...

Ok a lot of products come across our desk. A lot. And just in life in general we stumble upon things, but few products stand out to me as a "must-have". My favorite one this year would have to be the Joovy Caboose Stroller

That's right, a stroller is my favorite find for the year. Because when you own enough to cover two hands, you've done a lot of testing. As a new mom to three kids, I had to do a lot of navigating of three different needs and personalities. A good stroller is a necessity, and this one was something that worked for all three of my kids and fit my needs. Totally my favorite find of the year!

I have two favorites this year so wanted to share them both!  My first favorite is the R+F roller and serum that I shared about HERE.  I am literally obsessed with it and look forward to using it every.single.night.  I'm not a consultant and not being paid at all to say this, but I seriously do love it.  

My other favorite find this year has to be my automatic wine opener. It is such a fun gadget and I love having it. I got it for my birthday, and it is still going on the same charge.  I have given several as gifts since then and I even took it as our white elephant gift for a gift exchange party we attend in December.  It's nothing life changing, but it's fun and helpful for wine-lovers like me! 

Our Favorite Kid Moments...

I don't know if I have a favorite defining kid moment for this year. I would describe it more like a series of moments or a realization. 

These two crazy Cutes have become best of friends. As the year progressed I noticed how much they truly love each other, and how much fun they have together. 

Sure they fight. They fight a lot actually. 

But I have loved watching their relationship from the sidelines, and it makes my heart happy to know they have one another. My favorite kid moment of 2016 would have to be seeing these two do everything together - from playing in the waves, to pretending they're Ninja Turtles, to countless slumber parties in each other's rooms. They are my favorite. 

When I think back to 2016 I think I will always remember this as the year that my kids all seemed to find their way and really hone into the sports they love.  They've all tried lots of different sports and activities, but this year they focused on the thing they loved the most and it really shows!  It's been really fun for me to be on the sidelines and see them excel at the things they love. 

Little Mama is SO happy with all-star cheer and I know this is the thing that she will continue to work hard at for as long as she can.  I've never seen her smile so big as I do when she is in the gym and I love seeing her work ethic and dedication to get new skills. 

Blondie is becoming quite the soccer player and while she loves all sports, soccer is definitely her favorite and she loves the team she is on.  

The verdict is still out for Boo-Boo, as he is younger and loves all sports, but he had a blast playing baseball this year and I think it is something he will stick with.  

Our FAVORITE MOMENT of 2016...

This was a tough tough year, and in so many ways I am looking forward to a "fresh" start, but when I look back on this year the one outstanding highlight that I will remember for the rest of my life is meeting this sweet girl for the first time...

Baby Cute arrived in February, and I was instantly smitten. She was the world's best surprise and I fall more and more in love with her every. single. day. She's been the light of our life this year, and each day her personality shines through and makes us laugh. Meeting our Baby Cute for the first time is hands down my favorite moment of 2016.  

There were so many wonderful moments this year, but my favorite that stands out to me is when I swam under a waterfall at 76 Falls on our houseboat trip with my kids. Having this view to ourselves for the weekend was pretty awesome and something I don't know if we will ever be able to recreate.  

I could have easily stayed on the boat as the kids swam over to the waterfall, but I am so glad I swam with them.  We were all laughing and squealing and just in awe.  I don't know how many kids can say they swam through a waterfall and experiencing that with them was something I will never forget.  

Happy New Year's Y'all!!

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  1. I grew up visiting Hilton Head every summer for 19 years! I definitely miss it, but we've replaced it with a closer (and dare I say prettier) beach- Gulf Shores, Alabama! Happy New Year!

  2. I just love reading your blog and looking back over the year is so fun! Love a good leopard belt too (my favorite accessory for any outfit!) and Baby Cute is seriously such a doll! Cheers to 2017!