2016 in Review


We spent the last day of 2016 cleaning, eating, planning, and hanging with family. Today we started the year off at church, followed by a fabulous lunch at Longhorn, and then a 2.5 mile walk to burn a few calories because we just had Andy’s ice cream for dinner. It was our “last meal” before we’re back to dieting for quite a while. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I love the fresh start of January. It feels new and clean and full of opportunity. 2016 was quite peculiar, but it was certainly full of adventure! Here’s a little look back at the craziness.

We obviously made Cheesecake Factory a priority. (I must confess that we now are back to beingย more obsessed with Longhorn though because I discovered their parmesan crusted chicken.)

We celebrated Wormy turning 18 by taking a trip to Disney World.

Let’s remember that this picture of Alyssa hiding from the dinosaur ride happened. ๐Ÿ˜‚

We captured endless perfect pictures of Henry and his cuteness.

And this GIF was created.

My Super Bowl snack stadium made us all fat.

Andrew and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas and got fatter. ๐ŸŒด

We rode the “Leap of Faith” ride at Atlantis that slides through sharks, and it was terrifying.

And before heading home, we spontaneously spentย Valentine’s Day at Disney World. ๐Ÿ’•

We took Handsome Hank to the zoo, and my heart exploded.

I turned 26 and consoled myself at Lambert’s. ๐Ÿž

And at Papa Angelo’s.

And Cheesecake Factory.


My favorite little nephew turned 1!

And he discovered the glory of cake.

We celebrated Easter with loads of cute family.

Andrew turned 27, and we partied at Main Event.

These cutie pies graduated in May!

We also celebrated 5 years of marriage in May…with heart-shaped pancakes. โค๏ธ

And with a fancy dinner at Vast!

Side note – have I mentioned my baby sister works there now!?

Aaand we kept celebrating in Colorado…with more pancakes. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We fed a tiger at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. ๐Ÿ˜

And some giraffes. ๐Ÿ˜Š

We took anniversary pictures in the Garden of the Gods. โค๏ธ

We had Mother’s Day Brunch at our house with all our favorite people.

These handsome boys met for the first time. ๐Ÿ˜

Henry gave us more hilarious / adorable pictures.

Several date nights occurred. โ˜บ๏ธ

We took a Boswell family trip to Lambert’s.

We watched Independence Day on Independence Day.

I brunched with these beauties at Flint. ๐Ÿ’•

Andrew and I tried out “Favorites Days.”

I got to snuggleย a tiger on my Favorites Day.

And a snake.

And a lemur.

And a beautiful pizza. ๐Ÿ˜‚

Tanner and Gabby got engaged, and it was magical. ๐Ÿ˜

Jack had surgery on his rump, and it was dreadful.

His face in the cone of shame broke our hearts. Haha.

We road tripped like maniacs all the way toย Philadelphia.

Andrew tried his first cheesesteak.

We then journeyed up to Ocean City, New Jersey to have some family vaca time.

We took the ferry to New York City.

Good gosh, I miss that pizza.

And this perfect Serendipity ice cream sundae.

On the way home, we hit Washington, D.C. because I love my husband.

Andrew’s nerd out was adorable.

When we got home, the cone of shame was removed and Jack was back to his happy, hilarious self.

We lived it up a few weeks later in Disney World (again) over Labor Day!

Our ride photos are the best ever.

Thank God for dollar store ponchos.

Dad turned 60, and we had all the foods and all the parties. ๐ŸŽ‰

Andy’s Frozen Custard entered our lives and changed us forever.

There were not nearly enough best friend dates, but the ones we had were full of so much laughter!

We went back to Colorado in October.

And it was perfect, of course.

There were lots and lots of snuggles. โค๏ธ

We had a perfect work party at Longhorn with these stellar people.

We Thanksgiving-ed.

And we Christmas-ed. ๐ŸŽ„

I created my favorite planner yetย ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผย (more on that to come).

And we rang in 2017 with these crazies. ๐Ÿ˜‰

The year was crazy, but God is so good to us. Hope you all are having a wonderful start to 2017! ๐Ÿ’•


All That Went Right

Let’s pretend it hasn’t been a few weeks since I blogged, and let’s pretend everything that kept me from blogging was wonderful and thrilling. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve found myself tempted lately to complain about 2016 and the insanity it brought. When a crazy year ends, we have the tendency to focus on how much went wrong. Our little family had our fair share of obstacles, annoyances, and just plain bad days this year, but I’ve felt convicted this week about focusing on what went wrong instead of thanking the Lord for all that went right! Yes, we’re gonna party when December 31st rolls around and we can wave goodbye to 2016 ๐Ÿ˜‰ but I’m slowing myself down this week to cherish all the good memories and blessings that filled this year.

And thus, here’s all that has gone right the last few crazy weeks. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Andrew and I had a little getaway to Dallas in early December, and it was fab.

This pizza fondue from Fireside Pies is probably the thing that has gone most right this month. PLEASE Lord, let a Fireside Pies find its way to Oklahoma.

We had a Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse gift card from Mom and Dad, and we finally got to use it! The steak was great, but I wanted another twelve helpings of the mashed potatoes. ๐Ÿ˜

Dallas does Christmas right. โœจ

We carbo-loaded at Original Pancake House in preparation for IKEA.

Has anyone ever taken a nap on one of their couches? Did you get kicked out or was it welcomed? Asking for a friend.

It took all my strength to not buy one of each of these giant animals for Henry.

I picked up a cute guy in the cafe. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Dining chair set is complete. Bank account is empty.

There is nothing better than Jesus + Jackers time. ๐Ÿ’• I’m a few chapters away from finishing the whole Bible (embarrassingly for the first time in my life), and Jack has seemed to really enjoy the reading sessions. โ˜บ๏ธ

I lied when I told Andrew I wouldn’t post this photo of him having serious struggles with gift wrapping. He is so flippin cute. ๐Ÿ˜‚ย (Side note, we’re obsessed with Monk lately.)



The weekend before last was spent at the Indie Trunk show with some of my work besties. ๐Ÿ’•

And Gabby, Kate, and I rocked the unintentional matching military jackets.

I started training Henry on photo posing when Andrew and I babysat him a few nights ago.

He’s a pro now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I love this nugget so much.

My heart. ๐Ÿ’™

We finally tried Mahogany Steakhouse with these babes!

This picture may seem worthless, but may I point out that Mahogany graces you with INDIVIDUAL butter tubs for your bread. I’ve never been more impressed.


We got to meet the newest member of our work family last week! Baby Colbi was super excited about our selfie. โค๏ธ

Speaking of work family, allow me a second to brag on these hilarious, precious girls. I love them! Weย may or may not have made an ice cream run in 40 degree weather.

And I’m pretty sure Michaela and I were separated at birth. She shares my obsession of goldfish and Reese’s, and we even have almost-matching engagement rings! ๐Ÿ’

The thing that’s gone the most right this year? This man. ๐Ÿ’™ย He is the most supportive husband and the best friend ever.

Jack likes him too.

Hope you all have the most wonderful Christmas week, full of things going right! ๐Ÿ˜‰๐ŸŽ„๐Ÿ˜˜