2016 Recap

2016 Recap

By: Shelby January 2, 2017 9:12 pm 1 comment

Happy New Year! 2017 is finally here, thank goodness! While 2016 wasn’t the best year anybody could remember in a lot of ways, for us personally there were a ton of good things about it. Here’s a quick recap of some of those things!

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1. We took our friends to Disneyland!

We used our work perks to spend an awesome birthday weekend at the Grand Californian Resort & Spa and play at Disneyland and California Adventure! It was so much fun. Life pro tip: Super Bowl Sunday is actually a terrible time to go to the park. Everyday was pretty chill except for that Sunday. Apparently everybody thinks the park will be dead because everybody else is watching the game, but EVERYBODY has that idea so then the park is a nightmare! Avoid.

Disneyland!

Disneyland!

2. We bought a house!

After putting down 6 offers in 6 weeks in the crazy Seattle housing market, one stuck! Our cute little 1946 house is wonderful, and we have so many ideas for what we want to do with it to make it truly ours in the future.

We just got the keys!

We just got the keys!

3. We traveled to LA to see Above & Beyond at the Hollywood Bowl! (And went to Disneyland again!)

This time we took my mom to California to see Above & Beyond’s acoustic show at the famous Hollywood Bowl, explored the sights of Hollywood, drove up and down the coast, and even spent a couple days at Disneyland. It was so much fun!

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Above & Beyond at the Hollywood Bowl

Above & Beyond at the Hollywood Bowl

4. We went to What the Festival with our friends!

This little boutique festival in north central Oregon is one of our favorite things ever. In 2015 we went by ourselves and enjoyed it so much that this time we dragged all of our friends. The weather was terrible and cold and it rained half the time, but we still had a blast listening to awesome music, doing yoga, dancing, and wandering though the amazing Illuminated Forest looking at insane artwork.

Disco Ball sunset

Disco Ball sunset

Acroyoga at the Splash Stage

Acroyoga at the Splash Stage

5. We played a lot of Dungeons and Dragons

We fell in love with this game in 2015 and got to play quite a bit in 2016. Spenser led his own campaign, which involves a ton of preparation and world building. It has been so much fun walking through his imagination, creating characters, and battling monsters with our friends.

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Our Dungeons and Dragons party

6. We hiked to the Enchanted Valley chalet!

This hike has been on my bucket list since I first read about it at least a couple of years ago. We spent 4 days hiking there and back through the Quinault Rainforest to the hidden Enchanted Valley with my dad. The weather was gorgeous, the campfires were roaring, and the wildlife was splendid. I had my first black bear encounter, which terrified me, but was also incredibly exciting.

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7. We went to Victoria for our anniversary!

Victoria was our last stop on our honeymoon cruise, so for our anniversary we returned to spend a long weekend there, and it was amazing. The food, the sights, the weather, and the beer were all remarkable. We rode water taxis around the harbor, went on a wine tasting tour in the Cowichan Valley, toured the Butchart Gardens, and walked all over town hunting for delicious restaurants and pubs.

Overlooking the San Juans from Vancouver Island

Overlooking the San Juans from Vancouver Island

Blue Grouse vineyard in the Cowichan Valley

Blue Grouse vineyard in the Cowichan Valley

8. We camped at Colchuck Lake!

Spenser won the Enchantments permit lottery for a core zone camping permit in early October, so we took the crew up there for 3 nights. We had originally planned a thru-hike but due to the weather we just parked it at Colchuck and hiked around a bit each day. We ran into some of the worst weather ever (gale-force winds, driving rain, snow, ice), but still had a great time and got to experience the beautiful fall colors of the Enchantments and Leavenworth.

Acroyoga below Aasgard Pass

Acroyoga below Aasgard Pass

Colchuck Lake from Aasgard Pass

Colchuck Lake from Aasgard Pass

9. Some of our best friends got married! I also officiated my first wedding!

Our best friends Tyler and Jen got married at the end of August, and we spent part of the summer traveling for their bachelor and bachelorette parties (Mexico for the dudes and Canada for the ladies) and getting ready for their beautiful wedding. It was so wonderful seeing them finally get married! I was also asked by some hiking friends to officiate their wilderness wedding, which was one of the greatest honors I could think of. We camped out near Mt. Baker in October the day before, and spent all day around the campfire telling stories with their closest friends, eating and drinking and being exceptionally merry. Then on the wedding day we drove up to Picture Lake for the beautiful little ceremony, and then up to Artist Point for the reception. It was small and intimate and one of my proudest moments.

The ceremony at Picture Lake

The ceremony at Picture Lake

10. We adopted a cat!

After saying goodbye to Zoe in 2015, we finally decided that the time to welcome another kitty into our home was right near the end of October. We went to PAWS Cat City on Roosevelt in Seattle *just to look* and ended up walking out with Daphne, a little butterball of a cat. She wasn’t at all the type of cat we thought we’d bring home, but we knew we had to bring her home when she crawled into Spenser’s lap immediately upon meeting her. She and Marley are now getting along very well and we couldn’t imagine a better new friend than Daphne!

Daphne on the day we brought her home!

Daphne on the day we brought her home!

And now that it’s 2017 (yay!), we have just a few goals and intentions for the year!

1. Keep doing acroyoga – we love practicing and learning and pushing ourselves further, together, in this fantastic hobby
2. Keep working on our house – we have so many projects in mind. Let’s get them done!
3. Practice mindfulness – Disconnect from technology and spend more time with what really matters.
4. Spend more time outdoors – hike more! Spend more time in the backyard! Go on more runs!
5. Write more – we have so many unpublished blog posts about some of our biggest adventures, and we are going to tackle the hurdles of actually finishing them all!

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