Listen.

We’ve been through a lot this year.  We lost a lot of amazing people. We had an election cycle that seemed like an SNL skit gone wrong.  And our president-elect kinda resembles a Cheeto in a bad toupee.

Yeah, I went there. I’m not sorry.

So I guess I get all of the internet hate and general comments telling 2016 to stick it where the sun don’t shine…but.

You knew there’d be a but.

There were also some pretty great things.

1. We had the Olympics. Which gave us so many gifts.

Like Michael Phelps’ mean mugging. 

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Looking at this picture again makes me realize that I see this face like 85 times throughout the course of a single meal with my child. Ah, family dinners. Such a magical time. 

And Aly Raisman’s Parents 

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I am exactly them if your definition of exactly them means that I gesture wildly at my child to get back in the line at her ballet class while she’s running amok and everyone else is standing nicely and tapping their little toes to the beat. 

And SIMONE. FREAKING. BILES.

Show me someone who doesn’t remember this helicopter move she did on the balance beam and I will show you a liar. We all watched her do this routine for days. I mean, fuhgettaboutit. I would break my neck so many different ways if I attempted that. And, no lie, G watched her do one tumbling pass and her immediate reaction was “OH MY GOSH MOMMY!” Which basically sums up how all of America felt watching her crush all the things in Rio. 

2. Gilmore Girls the reboot happened.

Don’t even try to tell me that’s not a good thing from 2016. Maybe I watched the whole thing while on my last week of maternity leave. Maybe.

(I feel I should mention here that Fuller House also happened, but lets be real, it’s not the same without the Olsen twins or unfortunate 80s/90s attire.)

(I could go on about all the binge worthy shows since I basically mastered that between pregnancy + maternity leave. But that’s likely a whole ‘notha post).

3. In Momma news: Chrissy Teigen Shamed Mommy Shamers.

Man, for a person I knew as “that model who is married to John Legend and ugly cried at that one award show that one time”, Chrissy Teigen has sure moved up my list of my favorite people this year.

I’m sure she’s thrilled to bits with that news.

Anyone who describes themselves as a “proud shamer of mommy shamers” is an A plus all star in my book.

4. GUYS. THE CHEWBACCA LADY VIDEO HAPPENED THIS YEAR.

Remember that? And how Kohl’s gave her like all the Star Wars gear for life? You can’t not love this. Or, I guess maybe you don’t have to love it, but your humor is probably broken if this lady’s unbridled JOY doesn’t make you smile at least for a moment. (Watch it here, laugh, enjoy).

5. And because I’m the boss of this blog, this makes the list. This baby happened this year.

And he made her a big sister. Which has brought me so many sweet moments like this.

And how can a year that brought precious new life not be thought of as good?

So, cheers to 2016, it was real, it was fun, even if it wasn’t always real fun.

2017 – Bring. It. On.

 

 

 

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