Monday, January 9, 2017

2016 Recap

Despite falling off the blogging wagon somewhat in 2016, for the sake of preserving memories, I wanted to be sure to recap the year.  Some of these highlights already appeared on the blog, and some (especially in the later part of the year) did not.  Welcoming Betsy will make 2016 impossible to top, I'm sure of it.  Here are some highlights from our best year yet...

JANUARY: We rang in the new year with some of our best Aggie pals in east Texas, went to two weddings, headed west to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo for a double date with the McDonalds, and I got to spend a fun weekend with three of my best Mississippi girlfriends.

FEBRUARY: We hosted a Super Bowl party for some church friends, I had a ball in Waco with my mom and sisters for our annual girls' weekend, and we celebrated my Pop's 80th birthday!  We also found out we were pregnant in February - one of the best days of the year for sure.  

MARCH: We hosted a dinner for a group of mentors and mentees in Christian Legal Society, I celebrated a birthday (and repeated one of my favorite J.Crew dresses), we road tripped to Jackson for the St. Patrick's Day parade and an engagement party for law school friends, and we hosted Austin's parents for Easter weekend.  

APRIL: Austin helped with a men's conference at our church, I hosted a baby shower for my friend Lindsay, and Billy and Carly came to town to attend "Boil for the Brave" with us for the second year in a row.  

MAY: On Mother's Day weekend we told our parents they were going to be grandparents, went to a fun Kentucky Derby party, and brunched for Melanie's birthday.  Also in May we attended a marriage conference at our church with a fabulous speaker (Ted Cunningham), ate pancakes at the most darling pancake stand put on by Austin's friend's son to raise money for a mission trip, hosted some of Austin's co-workers for an afternoon of grilling and outdoor games, hosted my Mammo and Pop for a weekend in Dallas, and celebrated our fifth wedding anniversary with a fabulous Omni staycation!

JUNE: We found our our sweet baby was a GIRL and celebrated with our families and pink cupcakes.  Later that month we had fun at a wedding in Fort Worth with lots of college friends.  

JULY: As has become our tradition, we celebrated the 4th of July in Livingston and found out that weekend that Melanie and Clark were also expecting!  Mom had some sweet burp cloths for Betsy waiting for us when we arrived.  Later in the month we traveled to New Orleans for a wedding and a fun dinner with GJ and Rick then to Houston for another wedding.  Austin went to Chicago on a guys' trip and took (and passed!) the CFP exam at the end of July.

AUGUST: We spent a Saturday morning at the Downtown Pregnancy Center as part of our church's 2016 Serve Day, took a few days off work to make some progress in Betsy's nursery, and went to Houston for a fun weekend that included a wedding and Melanie and Clark's gender reveal party.

SEPTEMBER: We were spoiled with two wonderful baby showers in September and received so many sweet gifts for our girl.  We also celebrated Casey's 21st birthday with a fun night out at Bob's and made our one and only trip to College Station for the Aggies' home opener against UCLA.  Oh, and we celebrated Austin's birthday, too!   

OCTOBER: I attended several baby showers and a sip and see - such a baby boom going on among our friends - and the ladies at my office hosted a fabulous tea for me and another associate who were both expecting little girls in November.  We (mostly) finished Betsy's nursery and packed our bags as Betsy's due date got closer and closer!

NOVEMBER: Betsy was born!  The best day ever.  We hosted part of Austin's family for Betsy's first Thanksgiving, and my mom spent several days with us in November as well.  Austin was an usher in our friends' wedding when Betsy was one week old.  Thankfully the wedding was in Dallas!

DECEMBER: Betsy took her first trip to Livingston, and I went to a beautiful baby shower for Melanie and baby Porter in The Woodlands.  My mom and Austin's mom spent more time in Dallas with us and Betsy, and we made it to Austin's work Christmas party and mine as well.  We celebrated Betsy's first Christmas, and Austin accepted a new job the very last week of the year!  It was especially wonderful having so many friends bring us meals and visit us in December.


It truly was the best year.  I am so thankful for the many blessings God gave us in 2016 and looking forward to seeing His plans unfold in 2017.


  1. What a fun year you all had!! So many exciting events and times, I love all the pictures! I still can't get over how adorable Betsy's room is. Congrats to Austin on passing the CFP exam and his new job! My husband just passed the last part of the CFE exam in December.

  2. What a wonderful year! It will be very hard to beat this one but I have a feeling they'll keep getting better especially now that Miss Betsy is here!