Saturday, December 31, 2016

December 31, 2016

This is my final post for 2016.
Some people have felt like this was a bad year.
Everyone has their struggles and hard times (and we are no exception) but overall we would say that 2016 was a good year.

We live in a good, warm home.
Frank is employed.
We can pay our bills.
Our children are all healthy.
We have two wonderful grandchildren.

We were able to travel to see Branden, Amber and the grandchildren.
We were able to go to Hawaii for the first time.

Our blessings are many.

Today, on the last day of 2016, we had a mini celebration of Frank's birthday.  He turned 53 yesterday but we were at a wedding.
The Peterson's are like family to us and it was a wonderful day.

Jordyn (Peterson) and Ben Drollinger

Today, we started out the day by going for a hike and trying out the new snow shoes!

As expected, I dreaded it all the way up but it was a perfectly enjoyable time... and a lovely day!

There were a lot of people out enjoying the day
and I was struck by how many energetic people are out there in the world.
I really do want to be more like that (somewhere in my soul) but tend to find my comfort zone somewhere closer to the couch.

It was a good way to end 2016 and hopefully set a new start for 2017.

I did manage to get a huge blister, so I obviously need to hike more often and break in my boots.

Then the rest of the day was spent working on house projects.

The rooms are all painted now 
and the baseboard moulding is up.

Today Frank said, "Remember when we used to be lazy?  We would come home from work, watch the news and then watch a show?"
I said, "Those days will come again honey"
haha Poor Frank.
I'm not sure those days will come anytime soon...because there is still a lot to do around here!

Well, we are now sitting down to be lazy and watch a show together.

Happy New Year!


  1. It wasn't a terrible year for me but I feel bad for everyone that had a bad year. Your house had a great year at least. Heh. Happy New Year!

  2. I agree, to us 2016 was just fine! I'm excited that you got to try snowshoeing - it's my favorite winter activity, even though I haven't done tons of it. Good luck with all your upcoming house plans!