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 





Summer Bucket List 2016: Update

I cannot believe summer is almost over.  I'm not gonna lie, I am looking forward to cooler temps and getting back to my routine.  This summer has got to be one of the craziest times for us! I've been pretty much MIA from blogging most of the summer.  Not cool, I know.  I miss it and have so much I want to share! Kids in year round school makes it tough to plan a whole lot, plus add to that packing up for our move in the middle of it, and well, it was not the most adventurous summer we've had.  Did I mention it felt like the hottest summer in Vegas too?  With temps in the 100+ most days we did not want to be outside.  Ugh...Hello Fall!

Of course, we knew this summer was going to be busy with not-so-fun adulting stuff like buying a house (more on that later), shopping for appliances, painting, packing and unpacking, etc.  so we didn't make our bucket list too long or too ambitious.  Yet, even though we kept it simple this year, it helped us to slow down and take some much needed breaks because the boxes to unpack will still be there when we get back, right? 

Here's a recap of what our summer bucket list looked like for this year:


From this list we have done:

Camping at Navajo Lake, UT

Ice Cream Treat at DQ

Mystery Adventure

Movie Night

Still to do are:

 Xtreme Flip Out | Beach Trip | Picnic at the Park | BBQ with Friends

The only thing we have scheduled is our annual trip to the beach at the end of summer.  We normally go the 3rd or 4th weekend of August, but this year that was not possible for a few reasons.  So, we're turning my Ventura Half Marathon into a little racecation and spending some much needed family time away for 3 days!  The other 3 things may or may not happen before Labor Day but that's ok.  We've have a great summer and I will be posting individual posts about our camping trip, Wet N Wild, and Cowabunga Bay in the next few weeks.  I also want to share more about our house buying experience soon too!  

So, how have you been spending your summer?  Any fun adventures? I'd love to hear about your summer bucket list too! 

Family Summer Bucket List 2016

It’s summertime!!  Today is the first day of summer in Vegas and we are under an excessive heat advisory, with temps to reach up to 115 degrees.  It's tough to plan fun outdoor activities in this heat, but we try to get creative with our list.  

Although the kiddos go to 12-month school and don’t have traditional 3 month summer breaks, we are still excited about having some free time this summer. Today is the first day of their summer track break this Friday and we’re planning to make the most of their 4 week break before they go back for 4 more weeks in July.  Their school year ends August 3, so they’ll have another 3 week break before starting up in their new grades at the end of August.  Yup, it’s confusing.  Yup, we don’t love it.  But, we’re making the most of it.

Here’s some of the fun we have planned for this summer: 

This is the 6th year of creating summer bucket lists as a family!  Take a look at 2 of our past year's summer bucket lists ( 2015, 2012) and come back tomorrow for some tips on how to create your own family summer bucket list to help you make some awesome memories this summer!