Happy Holidays everyone! I truly hope all of your holidays were filled with joy and magic! I think I will refer to 2017 as the year of the unicorn, because it was the year everyone stopped buying me things with owls on them and started buying me things embellished with unicorns. I don't hate it.
I've done this post the past two years, and I have found it very comforting to look back on the past year and to remember all of the good things that took place. This blog at times is like a little journal of sorts as I also enjoy looking at past posts and remembering things that happened that I had forgotten (Although I really slacked in posting this year, whoops!). One thing I thought to be ironic was that on my end of the year post for 2016, I said that that year was full of changes and I anticipated 2017 to be the same, but when I look back, mostly I've wanted many things to change that have instead just stayed the same, oh life! We've had disappointments and we've had what felt like set backs, as everyone does, but we've also had lots of laughs, made great memories, and welcomed new members into the family in both marriages and babies being born. This year we have been blessed far more than we probably even realize.
In February, we took a vacation to San Antonio, Texas. I will always remember our drive through the Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch as probably the most laughing I did all year! If you're ever in the area you MUST go through and feed all of the animals, it is so fun!
This place would probably be the most relaxed I felt all year! We loved this little camp we stayed at! You can read a little synopses of our trip here.
In March some of my work buddies and I drove up to the Pioneer Woman's Mercantile. Although it was crowded, I think it's fun to be a part of something in our own state that generates so much excitement for people. We really had the best time visiting the Mercantile, spending way too much money, and navigating dirt roads to find the Drummond Ranch.
In April, Josh threw me a surprise 25th birthday party with my family, complete with some yummy Mexican food. My in-laws gifted me with a Cricut and I feel like a whole new world of crafting has been opened up to me and it is just the best. I used it for almost all of my Christmas presents this year and I feel like there is so much more I could do if I didn't have things like work taking up my time. But really, if you've ever considered getting one, just do it! I made that cool unicorn head with it.
We were big kids and bought ourselves a new bed this year. Seriously, like at least a third of our lives are spent sleeping, so it's important to have a good bed! I probably look forward to crawling into my bed each night way too much, but it is just so comfy! And look how pretty it is!
In June we drove down to Tulsa to the hot air ballon festival. Looking back, why in the world is there a hot air balloon festival in Oklahoma? Where the WIND comes sweeping down the plains? If you didn't know, which I sure didn't, the ideal wind speed for a hot air balloon to take flight is less than 12mph, which, when is it EVER that low in Oklahoma. They were able to inflate some of the balloons which was still neat, but no flying took place and it was a little anticlimactic. We also visited the Philbrook Museum of Art, which was the real highlight of this trip. It is such a beautiful museum and gave us some of our dearly missed Italy feels.
This was a year of weddings! We attended 6 weddings this year, one in which Josh was a groomsmen and another was Josh's sister's! We had a great time having her back in Woodward for a little bit and getting her ready for her big day. We are so excited to welcome Brett into our family!
We attended the Broadway show of The Little Mermaid in OKC and I got in trouble for taking the above picture. I have to rebel in SOME way at some point in my life. Sorry Disney, but we loved your show.
Any time I dress up my pets is a highlight in my book! And they love it, even if their faces show differently.
Another work buddy trip that involved learning to make tamales! It is a process, let me tell you! But, dang they were yummy! Any time I get to spend with those girls is always filled with a bit of sarcasm and lots of giggling. Some day, when I forget how much work they really were, I will try to make them again!
Other things I enjoyed from this year-
I tried the Keto diet this year, don't worry, I'm still chubby, but I truly have enjoyed it. Yes, that is right, a HIGHLIGHT of my year was a DIET. Crazy, right? I started it after our trip to Tulsa in June and kept on it through November and took a break for the holidays. I will restart it in the new year and honestly I'm looking forward to it, which I don't think I've ever said about any diet or healthy lifestyle change ever. I felt so much better on it, just in general and about myself. I'm no expert, but if you have any questions, I do at least feel confident in what I'm doing that I would enjoy helping you start it!
I've gotten a little hooked to Insta-stories! It feels a little more informal, a little less filled with expectations to present yourself a certain way, and just fun little glimpses into people's everyday lives and funny things that take place. You can ask my husband, I really am a little obsessed!
You may have started or even finished the second season of The Crown as I have, and I admit that I find the British monarchy and just the British lifestyle fascinating. We have also spent a good time this year binge watching The Great British Baking Show and another show about the British Monarchy, Victoria. I feel that I need to adapt a tea time into my daily life, besides just my morning tea, but I suppose the pastries aren't Keto friendly.
Also in 2017 my grandparent's moved to town (maybe some day we will get to join them!), the news of a new little nephew on his way to debut in 2018, I was nominated for employee of the year at the hospital (I get a plaque! Heeeeeeeey), Josh continues to thoroughly enjoy his job as a children's pastor, it has been very encouraging to be a part of our church that has been growing and starting lots of new fun things, I beat the Nintendo game "Zelda: Breath of the Wild" (yes, Josh is not the only gamer in the house, wah, wah), and I also got my first tattoo (kidding!!!).
Any-who (ha ha HA! Get it?), I am excited for 2018. I think it's so interesting to look back on the year and see all of the things that took place that you never would have imagined happening the year before. We already have quite a few things to look forward to that I am excited about. I hope 2018 is full of answered prayers, laughs, fond memories and just, full.
In His hug,
P.S. If interested, here are my recaps on 2015 and 2016.
P.S.S. I can't end this post without mentioning that our house is STILL for sale! Maybe it will be an end of the year miracle and someone will buy it? :D