2016 was a pretty rough year for me. I was in the hospital a lot, I battled pneumonia more than once, and I’ve had enough panic attacks to last a lifetime.
I felt better in the Fall, but of course, 2016 decided it would end this year with an epic punch in the gut–sending me to the ER Christmas night.
Now that 2017 is here, I thought I’d share some of the better moments, blog posts, and more of my 2016 with you!
My Favorite Posts of 2016:
This was by far the most exciting thing to happen to me and Klay. I was so nervous and ready to surprise Klay with sideline passes at the SD game!
This post is dedicated to my rock, my world–my incredible husband Klay. Get out the tissues, you may cry a bit!
When I was asked to be on StupidCancer.org’s–a nonprofit for young adults with cancer–Stupid Cancer Show podcast, I was so stoked and nervous. Listen to the podcast and read about my experience getting interviewed.
My Favorite VLOGs
If you didn’t watch this VLOG you should. The title says it all, but I get countless interruptions that make for a hilarious VLOG.
One of the most fun moments of the year for me was this awesome trip with my mom. And it made for one hilarious VLOG. I think people enjoyed watching my mom on the VLOG more than me! LOL.
My Most Popular Posts of 2016:
All about life as a blogger, the struggles and pressures we put on ourselves, and if I should continue writing or give it up. I received the most comments I’ve ever had on this post!
The time I was told my migraines could be a sign of leukemia in my brain. Scary shit.
Revealing what it’s really like to grow your hair back after balding out post-chemo. I also have some awesome, hilarious photos in it that will make you literally roll on the floor laughing.
Ending the year on a high-note as always with a trip to the ER on Christmas. 2016 had it’s better moments…
My Favorite Blogs To Follow In 2016:
I’ve always followed this hilarious gal, but I really started reading more and watching her Instagram Stories’ vids. She can always make me laugh and smile no matter how crappy my day is. She is the BEST! You’re missing out if you’re not following her. Follow her on IG @thedailytay
I’ve known this gal since we were kids (we were childhood besties), and even though I’ve followed her before 2016 on her blog, I’d say the way she’s changed her content this past year has made a new and refreshing read for everyone. She’s gotten more personal–sharing about her struggles with infertility and her fashion tips are always on point. Follow her @signingsteph on Insta.
I follow Sarah–who happens to live in Dallas–and she’s freaking awesome. I loved this post she wrote about the struggle of blogging. It really hit home for me. Plus she gave me some tips for fantasy football–because her blog is mostly sport-related posts, but she has tips for bloggers, social media tips, shares about her life and blogs a little about beauty and style. I love her! Follow her @IAMSARAHWEBB and follow her new blog Dallas Love List where she shares the coolest places to eat, drink and hang in Dallas.
Most Moving Story To Me in 2016
I discovered this story Instagram by clicking the hashtag “#round3” and discovered this family–the Tates. This sweet couple had three children who wanted to try for one more, but God had another plan. Parents Savanna (@savannat8) and Steve (@tate28) were surprised when they learned they were having triplets.
The triplets were born (and in the NICU) and they were feeling blessed for their gift of two boys and a girl. Later on, they discovered that one of their triplets–Hayes–had brain cancer.
I followed their story on Instagram and checked for updates constantly. Hayes went into remission, and all of the tumors were removed successfully removed.
He seemed to be doing well, but he starting throwing up uncontrollably after a trip to Disneyland and found out that the cancer had returned and taken over vital parts of his brain he needed to survive. Sadly, Hayes passed away in December, but his impact surely lives on. There is so much more to this story that I want to share with you. I want to shed light on childhood cancer. You can learn more about their story and the HayesTough Foundation here.
My Favorite Moments From 2016
I’d worked months on the redesign of the blog and switching from Blogger to Squarespace. SPOILER ALERT: I’m working on a new design layout that is easier to read my posts.
It was such an honor to be interviewed on this show. I’ve even made friends with Amanda, who was also diagnosed with cancer while pregnant, and it just so happens she lives in Dallas. Meeting up with her soon!
This Halloween I finally got to really experience the fun. I got the boys costumes and loved watching them have a blast. Plus I got some epic photos of them. So thankful to watch the boys have a blast. I even did a VLOG about it.
4. Stephanie’s 30th Masquerade Birthday Party
I didn’t blog about this, but this was a night for the books! My friend–Signing Steph–had a 30th birthday party. I went to help her mom and sister decorate and then went back home to get ready for this masquerade bash. I had so much fun visiting with my friends from my childhood and danced the night away. It will be a night I will always remember.
5. Beckham Turning 2
This moment signified so many things for me. I was diagnosed with AML a week before he was born prematurely at 30 weeks (read his birth story here) and had to stay in the NICU a few more weeks than I did during my first treatment. There are no words to express the joy I had for celebrating this little guy’s 2nd birthday. Two years of the craziest, hardest times of our lives, but he makes it all worth it.
This was the first year I was able to shop and do the whole Christmas-thing since my diagnosis. I was so excited to watch the boys open their presents Christmas morning, I couldn’t sleep. The excitement made me feel like a kid trying to sleep the night before going to Disney World. Precious moments for me.
7. Reconnecting With My Besties
My relationships with my friends have strengthened so much this year.
My high school bestie Leann: She moved closer to me and now we get to see each other more. She’s my ride or die. She can always make me laugh, she tells me when I’m being ridiculous–and looking ridiculous–but she’s always there for me.
My girl, Lauren: She’s been there for me so much over the past two years, but we’ve really grown closer this past year. I simply adore her. She’s the sweetest person, thoughtful and is always there when I need her.
Dani, my neighbor, but new BFF: This girl right here is like Superwoman. She’s the best mom ever, she helps Klay and me out with the kids, and she’s been there to calm me down in some major meltdowns. She’s become part of our family. And we’re practically the same person, except she’s a brunette and I’m a blonde.
Who ya gonna call? This haunted hotel adventure with my mom was some of the most fun I’ve had in a long, long time. I got some special, quality bonding time with my mom. We stopped and drank some wine in Lindale at Miranda Lambert’s winery, and slept in a haunted hotel like looked like the set of The Shining. It was so much fun and made the best VLOG ever. Go check it out here!
Definitely the coolest moment of 2016! In November, I made his ultimate dream come true by scoring sideline passes for the San Diego Charger game and by meeting some of the players as we stayed in the same hotel as the team. It was a huge surprise for Klay. He was clueless. Quite possibly the coolest experience EVER.
10. The 2 Year Mark Since My Diagnosis
It’s been two years since that awful day where I found out I had leukemia while 29 preggers with Bex. I can’t believe it’s been two years. It’s definitely been the hardest time in my life. It just signifies how far I’ve come and no matter the obstacles that come my way, I will keep moving forward.
Linking this post with some of “Best of 2016” posts hosted by Helene In Between!
What was your favorite moment of 2016? Which post was your favorite?
Raising a glass of alcohol & hoping for a great 2017,