Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Year In Review

As the final hours of 2016 wind down, I thought I'd take a look back at my year and all that we accomplished.  Compared to my 2015, 2016 was a breath of fresh air.  I really got into the creative flow and it never stopped flowing!  Eliot and I made a lot of steps forward with both of our businesses and our house, and I'm very thankful for that!

2016 Year In Review:

January- Eliot and I had a slow start to the year.  At first, it was depressing as Disney got rid of a bunch of their attractions the week after the holidays.  The first wave of celebrity deaths happened, and I tried to do my best to "find the fun" like Joy would say.  But things looked up as Eliot and I jumped back into working on the house, and I started to work on a few of my craft projects.  A little retail therapy also helped.

February- Things started to perk up in February.  Although, Eliot and I both spent part of the month sick and on medications.  However, we celebrated Valentine's Day and our dating anniversary.  We really enjoyed watching the Disneyland 60th television special.  And, I received some great news, that Cinderella was going to the ball.

March- The end of February and beginning of March was a little rough on me.  It was the one year anniversary of losing Papa, and then his birthday was at the beginning of March.  I moved forward as best as I could.  We got more stuff done around the house; I met up with some of my Key to the World girlfriends.  We celebrated Easter.  And, at the end of the month, my family finally booked our first Disney Cruise.

April- In April, things started to get busy.  I officially announced that I was going to Disneyland with a few KTTW girlfriends at the end of the month and that I was going to be there for Dapper Day!!!  Of course, time sped forward from there.  Elissa and Eliot's Dad Rick came out to visit UNE.  Eliot and I got a new car.  I was extremely busy making ears and making my Disneyland trip goals.  Then, I was off for a mini vacation!

May- May started out wonderful as I celebrated my first ever Dapper Day!  Right after I returned from my trip, I celebrated my three year blogiversary!  I recalled all the fun of my quick Disneyland trip.  I tried to get all caught up before our next trip to California in June.  Meanwhile, Eliot and I were barely even sleeping as we kept watching his team, the San Jose Sharks, advance to the Stanley Cup Finals!!!

June- June had barely started before we were off to California for Elissa's graduation and a week at Disneyland!  We had an amazing time at Disneyland, graduation, the Walt Disney Family Museum and watching the San Jose Sharks in the finals at the Shark Tank!!!  Upon returning home, we sent love to Orlando.  We celebrated the opening of Shanghai Disney Resort.  We saw Finding Dory and we participated in the Color Run.  Elissa came to visit for a few days and for her college orientation at UNE. 

July- Eliot and I went to celebrate the 4th of July in Bar Harbor.  Our friends BJ and Katie celebrated their 5th wedding anniversary.  Disneyland had it's 61st birthday and we officially got our tickets for the 2017 D23 Expo!  We worked around our house, helped Mom and Dad with Nana's and Papa's camp, and kept ourselves really busy!

August- August didn't start out so great since my Disney Store order got messed up, but things turned around.  Eliot and I went north for Isaac's Olaf birthday party.  Then, we tried to enjoy our summer in between working on ears, soap and watching the Olympics.  Before we knew it, Elissa was here and we spent a fun weekend together before moving her into college!  Then, it finally sunk in that we were going on our first Disney Cruise in a month!

September- Eliot and I started September by flying out to California for our friends Ryan and Katherine's wedding.  Then, it was full speed ahead with ear orders for our WDW, cruise and KeyCon trip.  In between that, I was still prepping for our trip.  We celebrated the one year anniversary of buying our house, as well as our 4 year wedding anniversary.  We worked overtime to finalize the last sets of ears until it was time to leave for our trip.  I attended KeyCon before we set sail on the Dream.

October- October started off with us out to sea on our Disney Cruise and then enjoying a few days at Walt Disney World!  Hurricane Matthew almost kept us in Florida for a few extra days, but we made it home safely.  After having such a great time, re-entry was hard.  However, Eliot and I dove right back into making and releasing new IllusionEars and that kept us busy.  Before we knew it, it was Halloween!

November- I ended up avoiding the internet for most of the first half of November.  It wasn't planned, but the election made the internet a bit too toxic for my taste.  Plus, Eliot and I were busy as we started working on the house again.  We celebrated Mickey and Minnie's birthday, then we celebrated my 32nd birthday!  Eliot's sisters Sara and Elissa visited with us for a week and we enjoyed our Thanksgiving.  We saw Moana and it was absolutely incredible!!!

December- December flew right by.  I spent a lot of time at the beginning of the month making hats.  But it wasn't all work and no play; we did make time to go see Moana again.  Mid-December, I got some really exciting news!  Then, before I knew it, it was time to drive up to my parents' house for the holidays.  Eliot and I celebrated Hanukkah and Christmas up in Bar Harbor with my family.  And we've ended the year with a few more heartbreaking celebrity deaths- totaling more than I've never seen before.

Which brings us to 2017... 

What's next for Eliot and me in 2017?  We'll be spending our New Years Eve down in New Hampshire with my brother, parents and Nana.  Then, Eliot and I will continue to be busy working on new designs for our businesses.  We're also gearing up for the Princess Half Marathon weekend and our trip to Walt Disney World in February!  In the not so immediate future, we're hoping to get settled into our house this year.  We'll also be making a few appearances at Disneyland!  I'm pretty excited for what's in store!

So, there you have it!  It's been quite the ride 2016.  I know a lot of people are ready to say goodbye to you, but I had a pretty good year personally.  I'm thankful that I do yearly reviews because I'd forgotten about half the things I did this year!  Sometimes, we're so busy that it's easy to forget all of the small things that make up the year.  As far as years go, mine was pretty good!  We have a lot of great memories from 2016.

Cheers to another wonderful year.  Now, I'm ready to say goodbye to the old, and to say hello to the new memories we'll make next year.  Goodbye 2016!  Hello 2017!!!  °o°

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