Facebook often gives me the “On This Day” pictures that I’ve posted over the years. I’ve realized recently that most of them are from college because that’s when it was cool to upload every single photo you took into an album. That’s also when Facebook limited you to 50 images in an album so I have so many albums from college. But recently I haven’t had time to edit all my personal images right away to post and Facebook just isn’t as fun as it was in college. I do like to show some of my personal pictures and my life so I thought a year end review of my favorite memories/pictures from 2016 would be the best.
2016 felt like the year of babies. You know how after college there’s the wave of your friends getting married? Well apparently about 5 years later there’s the baby wave. So 2016 started with celebrating Jess + Ted’s little one.
Both of my best friends, Chelsy & Jess, were pregnant in this picture we took at the shower.
Ben and I got a great Groupon for rock climbing for a month. We learned how to belay each other and it was really a great way to help pass the winter. I still wish we were doing it.
My Valentine’s present was a pink & purple fish that I named Valentino. He was my buddy for six months and entertain me as I work. Sadly 6 months later he decided to jump out of his tank while we were gone : (
Jess had her daughter, Lucy, in the beginning of April and Chels and I managed to both visit at the same time.
My cousin, Timmy, got married so it was fun to go back home, see my family and shoot his wedding.
All dressed up for Easter!
Aren’t my nieces and nephews just the cutest?
We were members of the New York Botanical Garden’s and went several times. The roses were my favorite.
My sister, Kristina, decided last minute to come for her birthday with her friend Brittany. We did some NYC sightseeing and I took them to the Boat House in Central Park for brunch!
Ben and I went to Newport for a couple days for a get away. The cliff walk is just stunning.
We also got a year membership and toured as many of the houses as possible.
We went to Kilwin’s a couple of times for some of the best moose tracks ice cream!
Our niece Hailey was born in June.
We went back another time to Pittsburgh to shoot my sister’s best friend’s wedding.
While we were home in Pittsburgh I got to see Chelsy again and her little girl, Elle. Elle and Ben have a special bond.
Aunt Cassady may have spoiled Elle with marshmallows : )
We also took my family’s dogs for walks and on the way back to NY Ben and I picked a lot of Strawberries near Penn State.
We went to Florida for my family’s annual vacation. There was lots of time spent on the beach.
The day after we got back from Florida it was my birthday so we went down into Central Park for dinner at Tavern on the Green with some of our really good friends.
My nieces and nephew came to visit for a day so we could go to the American Girl store and the Lego store.
Ben and I made yet another trip back to Pittsburgh to shoot a wedding and I got to meet Chelsy’s new little girl, Cece.
Elle does not like saying good bye, but we did give each other fist bumps through the window.
I swear this was the hottest day I’ve ever lived through. We went to the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island with Tricia, George and some other friends on a 103 degree day. My knee caps were even sweating.
I don’t know how people danced, besides these pictures I pretty much sat the entire day.
Oh man do I love sailing! We went on evening ride out of Stamford with George and Tricia.
I managed to see Lucy another time while Ben had business in Philly. (Please excuse the poor picture quality from my phone.)
My parents came to visit for a couple of days!
We made it to the 9/11 Museum.
And the final baby of 2016 was born – my niece, Olivia.
Kristina came to visit again with her boyfriend, Phil and we had to go to Rolf’s to see all of the Christmas decorations.
I made a quick trip home to Pittsburgh again in October because I was missing my family and my girls! Sophie came with me to visit Chelsy, Elle & Cece. Elle liked to imitate everything Sophie did.
We also went to a pumpkin patch!
Sophie’s Halloween costume.
At the end of October we moved out of our apartment of 4.5 years in Mount Vernon to Pleasantville.
We spent Thanksgiving with Ben’s family and took our annual Christmas card picture.
My nephew, Ezra, loves his little sister, Olivia.
Miss Hailey Rose is getting so big!
We spent the day after Thanksgiving or Thanksmas with my Mom’s family and celebrated Christmas. My Grammy bought us all matching PJs.
My dad and Uncle Keith were like the two grumpy old men puppets from The Muppets.
Thanks to my friend Mekina, Ben and I made it into the city to see The Rockettes and we also swung by to take a look at the Rockefeller Christmas tree.
Ben and I took another little trip to Newport so that we could see the houses decorated for Christmas since we still had our membership.
And Kilwin’s didn’t have their moose tracks ice cream, but they had the most amazing peppermint ice cream I’ve ever had!
The rest of December was filled with lots of Christmas preparation and Ben & I accidentally wore Christmas colors one day which called for a selfie.
I attended some holiday parties, including the Spark Christmas party!
Jess came with Lucy and visited for a day! Lucy obviously loved her new book.
We spent Christmas Eve with Ben’s family.
Ben will say he’s not great with kids, but if you quietly watch you’ll find out that they gravitate to him.
Hailey’s first Christmas!
We drove to Pittsburgh on Christmas Eve night and Shug was very happy to see me!
Christmas morning started with Mimosas!
Christmas morning was really all about the dogs.
We like to throw Sophie’s new toys into the huge pile of empty boxes and wrapping paper and see if she can find her toy.
The Steelers played on Christmas day so I obviously had to represent.
Our friends Kate & Jordan surprised everyone and flew in from France for Christmas. We were so happy that we could visit with them even if it was just for a couple of hours.
And I got to meet Judah, Kate & Jordan’s son that was born in June! So I lied, there was another baby in 2016… 5 babies!!
The 3 amigas were able to get together too!
I love Lucy!
Cece doesn’t seem to be so sure about Lucy. I can’t wait to pull out this picture one day when they’re in high school and still friends.
Like I said, Ben & Elle have a special bond.
I introduced Elle to my favorite movie, Cinderella, and it was like she was in a trance : )
Sophie was not happy that I took her outside in the snow for a couple of pictures. By the way, this is my computer’s background because she just looks so cute with her fur blowing and that little bit of snow below her mouth.
We went to dinner with our friends George, Tricia, Christine and Jonathan and then all rang in the new year together!
Have a wonderful weekend!
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