2016: A Year in Review

Hey remember me? Yea, it's been a hot minute since I blogged. OOPSY! These past 2 months away from the blog has shown me that I really do love blogging. Coming here and sharing our family travels, the ups and downs of life, and having a place to log my running and staying accountable to my fitness goals is really important to me.  So why did I take a blogging break? Because I got lazy.  That's the plain and simple truth about it.  And it cost me.  Not being accountable with my fitness goals these last few months has definitely left it's pounds, um, I mean mark.  No, really, the pounds came on too!  Plus, I missed having a place to share and update on what's been going on in this messy life of mine.  

But, this isn't a blog post about regrets and feeling sorry for myself.  With a new year, comes a clean slate and I've had some time to meditate on what it is I want to focus on with this blog and I plan on sharing lots of great things in the coming weeks and months.  I hope you stick around around for the ride.

Before we get started on making It's a Messy Life better than ever in 2017, I want to look back at all the fun and adventures we had in 2016.  

The biggest thing for us in 2016 is that we purchased our home!  After living in Las Vegas for 7 years, we finally decided to plant some roots.  Although purchasing our home seemed to take up most of our time and resources this year, it was a great decision and we're excited to be homeowners! I look forward to sharing more from our home, as we decorate and make it our own. 

2016 also marked our 20th wedding anniversary in August! My family threw us a sweet 1920's theme anniversary party at my sister's house and it was such a fun time.  And, Jason and I decided to put off the bathroom remodel in the house and take ourselves on an epic adventure to Peru!  We took off without the kids for 8 days and crossed off a few things from our bucket list, including visiting Machu Pichu! I can't wait to share more from our trip soon and share tips and tricks to traveling outside of the country.  

Aside from these 2 major events, I also ran the LA Marathon in February.  This was my first full marathon. 26.2! I was so grateful to have my family there cheering me on!  You can read the recap HERE and check out the fun we had afterwards too exploring LA with the kiddos on THIS blog post.  

In other running related news, I  finished the year with a pretty low milage of 327.30 yearly miles. Although it was not a year full of a ton of races, the races I did run were great.  I especially loved running the Terrain Mud Run 5K as a family! I just realized I didn't blog about that, so be on the look out for that race recap, along with some pretty funny pics of my kiddos in mud ;) For more race recaps of 2016, go HERE

As a family, we had a pretty fun year too! We went on our 2nd annual summer camping trip to Lake Navajo in Utah.  We traveled to LA twice and Ventura Beach.  We saw the super bloom at Death Valley, enjoyed seeing it snow up in Mount Charleston in December, we spent lots of spring and fall afternoons hiking Red Rock Canyon, and visiting the water parks this summer

Although it was a stressful and busy year (yeah, I know, which year isn't, right?) I still think 2016 was noteworthy and we can always find some good in every season of our life.  I hope you also took the time to reflect on this past year and were able to find the good in it too!  

XO - Jessie