So Long, 2016

bye-2016

It’s just about time to send 2016 into the books.  And honestly, it has been a long time coming.

For Kaitlyn, 2016 has been a year of ups and downs.

There was the extreme joy in being part of Jen and Ethan’s special day back in February.

Her first experience with math competitions turned out great, too.

Kaitlyn continued to excel in school, making the honor roll each grading period and blowing her reading goals out of the water, too.

April brought Kaitlyn her greatest joy, as Jen and Ethan welcomed their son to the world.  It’s been a tad over 8 months since that day, and there hasn’t been a day that Kaitlyn hasn’t inquired about him and thought about him.  She even included him, along with Jen and Ethan, in a speech she gave for the Tropicana Speech competition in December.

Summer came along, and Kaitlyn turned 10 in style.  After spending some time in Gatlinburg, we made our way to Nashville, and Kailtyn celebrated her birthday at the Grand Ole Opry, and had her name in lights and also her special day announced to the crowd and those listening on the radio.  It was really cool!

5th grade started in August, and Kaitlyn soldiered through a boring first week.

August also brought heartbreak as Kaitlyn’s great grandmother passed away.  She struggled to come to grips with her passing, and still gets down on occasion when she thinks about her; the holidays weren’t exactly easy for her.

We made what is probably going to be our annual trip to Charlotte in November to visit Jen and Ethan, and Kaitlyn hasn’t stopped asking when she can go back and spend more time there.

Kaitlyn and I ran our last Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving; next year we are running the 10k.

Our Christmas Eve tradition continued this year as well.  Kaitlyn just loves going over to spend the evening with the Sinclairs; Amber and I do, too, of course!

Overall, 2016 was just an OK year.  Hopefully 2017 will be so much better, and hopefully I will write a little more, too!

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