2016 Year in Review!

January 3, 2017

Happy 2017 everyone! How crazy that feels to type! It seems like as I get older the years go faster and faster! One way I try and slow that down is to reminisce on all the things from the last year. Year is Review is one of my most favorite posts. I just love looking back on everything from the previous year.

Before we get started -- a huge thanks is necessary to all you lovely blog readers who have turned friends and supporters. Thank you for loving Everyday Grace as much as I do. Thank you for supporting this space, these posts and me. It wouldn't be here without all of you. Cheers to 2017, better posts, more posts and lots of fun.

Christmas cards // Vail // Buying our home // Lola! // Lola! // The best blogger meet up // 
Broncos // Lola and Henry // Starbucks pink drink 

This is a big post peeps, get ready! 2014, I got engaged. 2015, I got married. 2016, I lived my married life.

This has been a year. Some have called it the worst year for celebrities in history of years. Some have called it the worst year period. And yes, there have been some crazzyyyy things to occur this year, but I still think 2016 was pretty dang good. Let's recap, shall we?

January: January started slow with sober and paleo January. While that isn't the most fun way to start a year, it is such a refreshing way to start. Adam and I celebrated 8 months of marriage, the bachelor was in full swing, the Broncos were in the playoffs, I featured some really fun bloggers and we found out we got the house of our dreams! It was a quite, but fun month! The best part, the quite before the year really started.

February: The month of babies and new houses! In February, two of my best friends had their baby showers. I ventured to Omaha to throw a shower with my girl B, for our best girl Lyndsey. It was such a fun (cold) weekend celebrating all the love a new baby brings. After Omaha, Adam and I closed on our house and finally moved in thanks to his parents huge help! It was so incredible. At the end of February, I ventured to Arizona for Whitney's baby shower! I just LOVED celebrating all these amazing babies in my life. February went so fast, but was one of my favorite months ever. The best part, watching my best friends celebrate their babies.

March: March was the month of visitors. Adams best friends, my parents, my sister and brother in law and a couple friends of ours. Now that we have a house, it is so fun that we can have people stay with us! In March, we found out that Lauren won Ben's heart on the Bachelor, I made some horrible paleo recipes and figured out how to use Snapchat. The best part, I got to go to Arizona to celebrate my best friend and her stunning wedding shower. I'm pretty sure there is nothing better than watching your best friend get married. March was full of lots of love.

April: In April, we celebrated our two-year Denver Anniversary, I surprised my best friends and spent 18 hours in Arizona meeting my best friends new little babe, we celebrated our first Easter together and made rack of lamb and I conquered paleo desserts. The best part of April - Coti's bachelorette party in San Diego. Part of this trip went into May, but the first day of the trip was the best.

May: May was a long month. It started with a bang celebrating Coti's bachelorette party. It was hands down the best celebration ever. Adam and I celebrated ONE year of marriage, crazy! Then I ventured to Omaha to celebrate another best girl of mine's baby, PLUS my brother-in-law got engaged and JoJo became the bachelorette. May ended with some serious sadness in our family with the passing of Adam's grandfather. He was a great man who lived a great life and it was an honor to celebrate him. The best part of May was celebrating our one year of marriage, being married to Adam is the greatest thing ever.

June: I turned 29, but the entire month of June is dedicated to Coti's wedding! We celebrated it in April and May, but the ultimate celebration came in Charlottesville, Virginia! It was the BEST weekend ever celebrating Coti. That was the best part of June and it deserves it's own month.

July: Omaha, Tahoe, Adele and a surprise 30th birthday party for Adam! Oh, what a month. We spent the 4th with our family in Omaha, 6 days in Tahoe with family + we found out we were getting another nephew, friends came to Denver and we saw ADELE and then.. all our best friends and family came to Denver to surprise Adam with a crawfish boil 30th birthday. This month was the best because it was so full of family and friends. My heart is so full.

August: One year post knee surgery, hurray! And the best part, getting Lola! We spent the whole month potty training a pup. We had a great visit from Lyndsey, Kyle and her little babe Caroline! It was a perfectly, slow August full of patio time and cocktails.

September: September started with the gallon challenge. A gallon of water a day. It was SO dang hard, but really glad I did it. Adam and I surprised my Dad for his 65th birthday in Arizona. We had an amazing dinner with our his friends and our family. Celebrating my dad was the BEST part of September.

October: We finished the gallon challenge in October, hallelujah. I had the best girls weekend in Denver and we did everything under the sun. My brother and sister in law came in town and we did the Great American Beer Festival. Then we ventured to Omaha to celebrate my adorable nieces 4th birthday! Last but not least, my parents were so sweet and came to Denver to bring me stuff from heir house, we topped off the weekend with a Broncos game and win! October was so fun, but the best part was all our visitors.

November: Adam and I celebrated 6 years together! Is that possible? Adam went to Notre Dame for football, I went to Omaha for a baby shower. My new nephew was born!! Trump won the election. Cubs won the World Series. And, to cap off the month, Adam and I ventured back to Omaha for Thanksgiving. This month seemed to fly by but the best part is that November is the ultimate month of gratitude.

December: I think December is my favorite month every year. It is always snowy in Denver, full of Christmas lights, fun trips, great happy hours and lots of family time. To start off the month, Adam and I hosted breakfast club and watched the Broncos win, Adams parents came into town and we went to Vail. I found out I'm cleared to ski again! We had happy hours with friends. And then to top it off, ventured to Arizona for Christmas where we got to watch my new nephew get baptized, celebrate my mom's 65th birthday and spend 5 solid days with family. New Years ended with a bang with a great group of friends to ring in the new year.

I'm so lucky for these best friends of mine
My hubs :)
My friends celebrating my mama's 65th birthday!

You guys made it!

I know everyone said 2016 wasn't the greatest year, but I would beg to differ. It's so easy to get caught up in all the bad stuff that happens and forget the great and amazing things. My friend told me the other day, it's easy to be good when life is good, but its when life is hard that you get to be great.

Happy New Year, Happy 2017! I have a feeling this year is going to be even better than 2016. Here's to being kinder than last year, working harder and being great.

Ps. Get ready because tomorrow The Bachelor posts are back and boy do we have a lot to talk about!

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  1. Happy New Year! Looks like an awesome year. Looking forward to following along in 2017 and, of course, your Bachelor posts.

  2. Happy New Year love! Such a lovely post, I think April was the cutest month xx

  3. Looks like you had such a great year! I am so glad, so many people seem to have had a bad 2016. can't wait to see more for 2017!


  4. Loved reading about each month...great life, good times :)

  5. Lovely photos!! Remember the good times, every year has it's silver lining :)

  6. I love the month by month breakdown! You have had a pretty packed year full of stuff. Sounds like a lot of fun.

  7. It sounds like 2016 was an incredible year for you. I hope 2017 will bring even more fun times and memories! I love stumbling across a fellow Bachelor addict. :) Now I'm going to have to keep up with your posts to see if January 2017 becomes the month of learning Nick's latest catch. ;)
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

  8. looks like you had a wonderful year! thanks for sharing with us! HAPPY NEW YEAR to you!


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