Looking Back At 2017 Through Pictures

I think every year is filled with ups and downs and 2017 was no different.  Reflecting on 2017 I feel so grateful for my amazing family and some awesome opportunities that came to me. We started 2017 at Disney World for my 4th Dopey Challenge.  Little Monkey also had her first ever haircut while we were there. Little Monkey and her dance team had the amazing opportunity to perform at Disneyland.  We get to go to Disneyland a lot, but this was different because she got to be there with her best friends. In the middle of January we got our newest family member.  Our little fur baby Gus Gus.  He is the perfect addition to our family and we couldn’t imagine life without him now.
We visited Disneyland again in February, but this time it was for a Disney event where Little Monkey got to meet Captain America and get a makeover at Bibbity Bobbity Boutique.  We spent out February school break in Nashville.  Our good friends the Bowman’s joined us and it made for such an amazing trip.In march was the Los Angeles Marathon and Big 5k. Always one of my favorite races.

For Little Monkey’s birthday we took her friends to see the new Beauty and the Beast live action movie that had come out that week.  I made Belle inspired cupcakes for the occasion. 

Our niece got married and we traveled to Florida for the wedding.  It was my first time being on the gulf side of Florida. It was beautiful there. 

Little Monkey ran her first Color Run with me.  She LOVED it.

We visited Yosemite for my husband and daughter’s first time.

In summer we did a 16 day road trip through the south and brought my mom along.  We visited Nashville, Pigeon Forge, Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, Biltmore Estate, Hilton Head Island, Charleston, Augusta, Atlanta, and Chattanooga.  It was such a fun trip.

I have ran a lot of different Rock ‘n’ Roll races, but had never ran San Diego and did that for the first time this year.

I ran the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend and talked my friend Cam into running the 5k and 10k with me.

October brought one of the most amazing opportunities I have ever had.  I was able to go to Italy and run the Venice Marathon while representing the Los Angeles Marathon.  I had never been to Italy and it was truly incredible.  Two of my girl friends joined me and it was the ultimate girls trip.  We also visited Florence.

For Thanksgiving we went to Florida to visit family.  I also got what I now call the death flu because I was the sickest I have ever been while we were there.  Luckily my family was still able to have a good time.

We had our first trip to Disney Aulani and I can’t wait to go back!  The Bowman’s joined us which made it even more special.  Little Monkey wants to move to Hawaii.  We feel so fortunate to have friends who also love to travel.

After Disney Aulani we headed to the North Shore to watch some of the Pipe Masters surf competition.  So cool!!!

In December, after having to buy the tickets back in September, it was finally our day to visit the Museum of Ice Cream in San Francisco.
Our niece flew out from Florida to visit us in CA for the first time and spend Christmas here.  We didn’t tell Little Monkey ahead of time, so she could be surprised.  It worked and she said it was the best Christmas ever.  It was fun to take her all around the area and play tourist. 

We ended the year with a 3.1 mile run.  It was the last day of 2017 and we figured it was the perfect way to celebrate. 

All in all it was a great year.  I am so fortunate and thankful.  2017 brought some health issues for me that will continue into 2018, but sometimes you just have to take things one day at a time.  I wish you all a very happy New Year and let’s make 2018 the best year ever!