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2016 Reflections

This was an interesting year for me and my family. We started the year in Arizona and ended it in Utah and spent a lot of time going back and forth.

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Marcus’ first chalk pastel masterpiece.

In January we discovered chalk pastel art in our homeschool. We like to use the free tutorials on Hodgepodge.

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In February we discovered a fun desert park in Tucson called, Tohono Chul. We also visited Tombstone for the first time.

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My cousin made this fun cake to go with the travel theme.

In March, we celebrated my mother-in-law’s eightieth birthday. Also, my oldest son was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 23. David and I were able to be with him through most of his tests and when his neurologist confirmed his diagnosis. It was the roughest part of our year.

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In April, Marissa went to her senior prom. Also, my girls and I went to a performance of Ballet West’s Beauty and the Beast.

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In May, we went on a magical Disney World vacation as a family along with my baby brother and his family. It was so much fun!

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In June, we experienced our first bloom night in Arizona. We saw an amazing cactus flower commonly known as the Queen of the Night, bloom right before our eyes. It only blooms once a year at night. Also, Marissa graduated from high school as a homeschool graduate. She was accepted into the university of her choice with only her transcript and ACT scores.

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July was all about time with family and friends. We enjoyed a special week with favorite cousins, a summer concert with friends, a rodeo with my brother, a visit to the aquarium, a downtown parade and family time in a canyon.

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August featured a country fair and preparations to send Marissa to college.

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September started with moving my baby girl into her college apartment before David, Marcus and I returned to Tucson.

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Creepers, spiders and Minecraft pumpkins, oh my!

October brought my first Halloween with only one child at home. We decorated our trunk for Trunk or Treat in a Minecraft theme.

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My four amazing kids. I am so blessed to be their mama.

In early November, David, Marcus and I flew back to Utah for my niece’s baptism. Then Marcus stayed with his big sister for a week and a half while David and I returned to Arizona to pack. We moved home just before Thanksgiving and spent that holiday in our home as a family.

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Christmas Day snow

And that brings me back to the here and now. I have felt so much joy since returning home. We have owned this house for four years now. It’s been our home-base while we’ve lived elsewhere (Peru and Arizona) for the most part. We’ve vacationed in this house for a few weeks to three months at a time, every year, and now we get to live here for hopefully all of next year (keeping fingers crossed!).

♥ Thanks for reading! I wish all of you a Happy New Year. ♥

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4 thoughts on “2016 Reflections

    1. It is different with only the last one. However, in my case, I just moved back home where my oldest daughter lives while she goes to the university here, and just this past weekend my oldest son decided to move back home for a spell. Suddenly I’m back up to three of my four kids at home with me! 🙂

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