This is a little exercise I’ve been taking part in for three years now. It’s always fun to look back over the year, and this year I am struck by two things: 1) How much Lorelei used my phone to take pictures of Webkinz this year and 2) How many adventures I had that I did not share on my blog, even though I meant to. I plan to remedy that shortly, but in the meantime here are some favorite pictures and memories from 2016, proving that it wasn’t ALL bad!
JANUARY: Our oldest son turned 22. We celebrated with a family dinner at our favorite sushi place, Lemongrass, which sadly closed later in the year.
FEBRUARY: A BIG birthday party for my husband, pictured here being toasted by our “big kids.”
MARCH: One of so many pictures from a delightful weekend visit to Chattanooga, just a short drive from Knoxville and full of things to see and do. I have so many beautiful pictures from that weekend and still plan to blog about this trip.
APRIL: I don’t have as many hiking pictures this year, because we didn’t hike as much, something else I hope to change soon! This one was taken at the Forks of the River Trails in the South Knoxville Urban Wilderness, my favorite hiking destination.
MAY: Y’all, these chairs were my Mother’s Day present and I love them so much. I now actually sit occasionally. I can look at my garden, read, and occasionally nap in my chair–although I sometimes have to sit in my less preferred seat if our cat has already claimed the other one.
JUNE: My husband’s uncle died this year and this picture was taken at his funeral. We were so fortunate to have visited with him just a couple of weeks before.
JULY: This was also taken at Forks of the River, during the annual sunflower extravaganza. If you live in our near Knoxville, you don’t want to miss this.
AUGUST: Obligatory cat picture here. This time it’s Mace and Echo, shortly before we went from two cats to four (which, if you are interested, is kind of a lot of cats).
SEPTEMBER: How long it had been since I went to a Tennessee Volunteers game I can’t even remember, but it had been a long time! Win or lose, there is nothing like it.
OCTOBER: I took this in Cades Cove, in the Smoky Mountains, when Emily and I went up early one morning to take in the leaves before the crowds arrived.
NOVEMBER: After we went to vote, Emily, Lorelei, and I went downtown to have lunch and pay tribute to this trio of Tennessee suffragettes. It’s still painful to think about how happy and full of hope we were that afternoon.
DECEMBER: Merry Christmas! These Santas are so special to our family. My grandmother collected them over a period of time from Lowe’s and displayed them every year. At some point, as she often did, she turned them over to me and my kids always loved organizing them. At the burned down house (that’s how we refer to it around here), the Santas were displayed in the basement and thus survived the inferno. They are soot-stained but precious to us.
I’m linking up with others who are doing the same thing at Revolution of Love. Click the image below to visit the rest of the collection!