Thursday, December 29, 2016

2016 ~ A Look Back at Our Year ~

I can't believe 2016 is over ~ just like that. I swear, time just FLIES by! Here is a look back at our busy year ~ 
January ~ 
We had a snow, finished up basketball, Jax killed a big buck! 
We went for a swim at the Aquatic Center, celebrated Jackson turning 10, and welcomed DAISY into our family! 
February ~ 
Dalton turned 40 and we celebrated him with 40 gifts! We spent LOTS of time at Lowes working on our cabin renovation, went to a fancy dinner for Valentine's Day, and had dance competition! 

March ~ 
We moved in the cabin! Yeah!!!
Jax got a turkey, MD placed 3rd in public speaking for 4h, Jackson went to the spelling bee, I attempted to "coach" the girls' gold team, Razz came to the school book fair, and Clairissa and I were on Restaurant Impossible! We also traveled to Birmingham for a dance competition! 
BUSY month! 
April  ~
Dalton was sworn in as a judge ~ MD and I went to Panama City Beach for Spring Break, Jax spent spring break with Sue-anna in Nashville. Our school had Prom and MD can't wait to go! The weather was warmer, and we enjoyed the cabin and lots of fishing! Dalton was also named Solicitor Elect! 
May ~ 
Jax was in Down by the Creekbank and did a GREAT job! Both of our kids ROCKED Honor's Day and we were SO proud!!! Jax started guitar lessons and bought an Apple watch with his money from Honor's Day. Mary Dalton was named Jr Company Dancer of the Year. 
We traveled to Washington DC where Dalton was sworn into The Supreme Court and we were able to be in there with him! Super cool! We ended the month with lots of water days on the trampoline! 
June ~ 
Dalton and I celebrated 16 years of marriage.
We spent LOTS of time in the pool!
Mary Dalton went to 4H camp.
Both kids went to Winshape Camp, where they both received Leadership awards. 
We spent a fun weekend with The Palmers and even squeezed in a trip to MS!  
July ~ 
John Mark & Elizabeth came to see us! 
Jackson became an expert fisherman! 
Dalton started taking the kids to Huddle House at 11:30 at night...they LOVED this! 
We hosted lots of sleepovers and even Mama squeezed in some girl time! 
August  ~
It came too quickly as always! We were JUST getting into a good summer routine! 
Back to school ~ MD 6th grade, Jax 5th grade.
We celebrated MD 12th bday with a shopping day with Whitney!
Football started back and pond swimming was popular with Jax & his buddies...
September ~ 
Dalton was gone to CO for a week on a hunt.
Nana came to see us while he was gone and helped me celebrate my birthday while he was away! 
Dove season came in, we participated in fun Homecoming activities, and I went on a rafting trip with my high school students! 
October ~ 
Everyone's FAVORITE month around here!!!
Deer season was in full swing, we enjoyed the fair, MD survived her 1st Haunted House, we had our first oysters, and our annual pumpkin carving contest! We also spent LOTS of time at the cabin enjoying the cooler weather! 
November ~
We traveled to Nashville to see Uncle Ronnie and Aunt Candy ~ while we were there we went to the Ole Miss/Vandy game, went to Oxford and our kids fell in LOVE with Oxford/Ole Miss, I went to SC to train to be a CPR instructor, MD had several school projects, we got to tour Opryland while it was all decorated for Christmas. Both kids were picked to be in the spelling bee, and we got to see Miss Lucille! 
December ~ 
We celebrated all things Christmas ~ cookies, family Christmas, MD's annual girl's Christmas sleepover, visits from family, and Jax was Uncle Yule in the school Christmas play ~ 
The highlight of the month..or year...was getting Baby Bo!!! 
2016 was a busy year ~ it was a great year for Dalton in his profession. He has worked so hard and I am so proud of him. I am thankful that we have had good health and that my children are well adjusted, happy, and healthy. However, 2016 was a hard year for us, too. The 4 of us have had to deal with some things in our extended family that have been hard. Dalton & I have had to answer a lot of tough questions and explain things (that aren't even understandable to us) to our kids. We have had heartbreak, hurt feelings, and just crappy days...but we had each other and we are stronger than we were last year. I am ready to send 2016 on its way and look forward to what the Lord has in store for us in 2017.

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