Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Year End Review 2016

Well, let me see if I still have it

After reading all the past years, I realize why I still come back to this ol' blog and dust it off every once in awhile. It is good for my soul to hear the clicking of the keys, and highlight all the positive...because we all know that is the only stuff we want to remember anyway!

So 2016.
Drake {turned 1 in December}: We added him to our family right before the new year started. He managed to almost send me to the looney bin with his excessive crying, the amount of sleep we both didn't get, and his need to only be held by me. He survived his first year of life on one thing alone...cuteness. I survived his first year of life on massive amounts of Coke, and some serious antidepressants! 
Bina {4 years old}: Bina has mastered the art of going cross-eyed. This year she also learned the password to the iPad, how to operate the remote to the TV, and get her own breakfast! She has decided that washing her hair is overrated, and pants are too! Bina would prefer to stay home all day, eeeery day...but I make her be social at preschool twice a week. 
Devin {6 years old}: If there is anything that can be made into a collection, Devin wants to do it. He has a Shopkins collection, Tsum Tsum collection, rock collection, Pokemon card collection, and the list goes on. In 2016 he decided that being on the soccer field just wasn't enough, and he joined Junior Jazz...and taught himself how to beatbox. Still looking for a coach for beatboxing, any takers?
Savannah {12 years old}: Paul and I look at each other and say "Where did this kid come from?". She strives for perfection, which is annoyingly awesome! Savannah finally got contacts, and aged about 10 years by doing so. She has the biggest school supply collection one has ever seen. Pencil boxes, any and all writing utensils, and notebooks are the quickest way to her heart. She is our babysitter, our biggest helper, and quite the kid!
 Paul {32 forever}: Paul finally grew out of his 2 car garage, and we started shopping for a new house with more space for all those toys and machines! Paul's biggest accomplishments for 2016 were saying yes to a calling in our church, and finding friends! I mean really, the finding friends should get an entire post. Besides his good ol' bakery runs, and movie dates...he actually got adventurous! He went shooting, tried sushi, and even got a Jazz game in there!
Evonne {35 years old}: It is always much harder to talk about myself, let me see here. I took a calling in our church too, it has brought a lot friends, and taken me out of my comfort zone as far as church is concerned. I spoke in church for the first time in my life, that was a doozy. I finally learned to keep a house clean, and oddly enough it feels good. I still don't love to cook, but with a family of 6...I am always working on it. I started exercising, but it was short lived. Still love a gas station run after the kids go to bed, and running away with Paul every chance I get!

2016 can be summed up in a few words...friendships, family, and a whole lotta memories! We will be forever grateful for those people who made our 2016 one to remember. We could have never dreamed up the year we had, and all the new adventures we went on! We are a month into our new year, and can already tell this one could be a roller coaster!