{A Year-End Review} Best of 2016

Wednesday, January 04, 2017


2016 was one of our favorite years, marked by more inner peace and adventures than years past.
Thank you for all of your support and sweet comments as you've watched our family
grow, travel, and live imperfect, messy lives marked by grace and forgiveness.
Can't wait to see what is in store for 2017!

This Year's Highlights:

1. Celebrating our 7th Annual MLK Day Feast
2. Visiting Hickory Nut Gap Farm in North Carolina
3. Seeing Wild Giraffe's in Zambia
4. Taking a 3 Mama's + 3 Toddlers Road Trip
5. Fishing in Georgia with Will & Lesa Taylor
6. Writing this post for Orvis
7. Selling Our Eggs for Popsicle Money
8. Playing with Brave in the Rain
9. Catching Browns on Dries in Tennessee
10. Running 36 Minutes on My 36th Birthday with Twinner
11. Participating in the Highland Home & Garden Tour
12. Picking Blueberries at Bryant's Blueberry Farm
13. Competing in Louisville's Big Green Egg BBQ Fest
14. Backpacking in Wyoming
15. Sleeping in a Tree House with the Orvis Crew
16. Seeing the Grand Canyon for the First Time
17. Floating the Green River in Utah
18. Going Muskie Fishing with my Papa
19. Watching Brave Get Her Big Girl Bed
20. Winning Our 4th Annual Corn Hole Tournament
21. Being Featured in Southern Weddings Magazine and Blog
22. Watching My Brother & Brave Decorate her Pink Christmas Tree
23. Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner with Our Tulsa Family 
24. Running with Tim in the Cleveland Christmas Story 5K
25. Ice Skating in Downtown Louisville
26. Spending Two Weeks in New Zealand for Christmas {post to come!}

Favorite Songs (in no particular order):
1. Pieces - Andrew Belle
2. Vapour - Vancouver Sleep Clinic
3. Ophelia - The Lumineers
4. Shutters - Hayden Calnin
5. Heavenly Father - Bon Iver
6. I Need A Forest Fire - James Blake
7. Child's Play - Drake
8. Everything Trying - Damien Jurado

Best Albums of the Year:
1. 22, A Million - Bon Iver
2. Views - Drake
3. Ouroboros - Ray LaMontagne

Favorite Concerts / Live Events:

1. First year we didn't see any live music {insert lots of groans & moans here}

2. This Momentary Marriage by John Piper

Favorite Videos:

1. Coast
2. Pippa & Els Go Fishing
3. Marriage Market
4. Rowan's Mother's Day Tribute
5. Green River, Utah

Favorite Eats (in no particular order):
1. Wiltshire Pantry: Ancho Citrus Chicken Salad Sandwich (Louisville, KY)
2. Royal's Hot Chicken: Fried Chicken Tenders w/ Mississippi Comeback Sauce (Louisville, KY)
3. Fontleroys: Fried Chicken Wings (Louisville, KY)
4. 18th & Vine: Burnt Ends & BBQ Mashed Potatoes (Dallas, TX)
5. Belly Up Taco Truck: Chicken & Waffle Taco (Asheville, NC)
6. French Broad Chocolate Lounge: Carrot Cake (Asheville, NC)
7.  Butchertown Grocery: Butcherblock Sandwich (Louisville, KY)
8. Taco Billy: Mama's Favorite and Migas Tacos (Asheville, NC)
9. Sunny Point Cafe: Salmon Scramble (Asheville, NC)
10. Mercier Orchards: Apple Fritter (Blue Ridge, GA)
11. Steel City Pops: Coconut & Blackberry Popsicles (Louisville, KY)
12. The Treehouse: Confit Yucon Gold Potatoes & Placebo Cocktail (Nashville, TN)
13. Steadfast: Poached Egg Sandwich (Nashville, TN)
14. Jeni's: Sweet Cream Biscuits and Peach Jam Ice Cream (Nashville, TN)
15. Miguel's: Pepperoni & Banana Pepper Pizza (Slade, KY)
16. Copper Onion: Corn, Burger (Salt Lake City, UT)
17: The Rose Est.: Bacon Egg Quiche & Blueberry Goat Cheese Gallete (Salt Lake City, UT)
18. The Rocking V Cafe: Kanab-A-Dabba-Doo Burger (Kanab, UT)
19. Mabel's BBQ: Pork Ribs & Smoked Sausage (Cleveland, OH)
20. Great Lakes Brewery: Pizza (Cleveland, OH)
21. Addington Coffee Co-op: French Toast (Christchurch, New Zealand) 

Favorite Coffee & Tea:

1. Gralehaus: Maple Cortado (Louisville, KY)
2. Quills: Chai Latte (Louisville, KY)
3. Press on Market: Maple Cortado (Louisville, KY)
4. Steadfast Coffee:  (Nashville, TN)
5. Publik Coffee: Maple Cortado (Salt Lake City, UT)
6. The Rose Establishment: Maple Cortado (Salt Lake City, UT)
7. Phoenix Coffee: Chai Latte (Cleveland, OH)
8. Duck-Rabbit Coffee: Latte (Cleveland, OH)
9. Addington Coffee Co-op: Flat White (Christchurch, New Zealand)
10. Ris'Tretto: Flat White (Christchurch, New Zealand)

Favorite Waters Fished:

1. Green River (UT)
2. Lower Temuka River (New Zealand)
3. Mataura River (New Zealand)
4. Orauea River (New Zealand)
5. Provo River (UT)
6. Strawberry River (UT)
7. Stoney Creek (TN)
8. Big Creek (GA)
9. Hatchery Creek (KY)
10. Curtis Creek (NC)
11. South Holston (TN)
12. Watauga River (TN)
13. Otter Creek (KY)
14. Cave Run Lake (KY)
15. Caney Fork (TN)

Favorite New Insta Accounts:
1. @flyshopco
2. @lesavarie
3. @rubyandrevolver
4. @chefeduardogarcia
5. @outsidehilary

Looking forward to 2017 because ...

1. Building a snowman with Bravey
2. Celebrating our 8th Annual MLK Day Feastgiving
3. Taking a girls trip in March
4. Celebrating 12 years of marriage with Timothy James
5. Watching Bravey turn three
6. Growing more flowers in our garden
7. Harvesting honey from our Flowhive
8. Visiting Wyoming in the fall
9. Reading more books
10. Taking spontaneous road trips and landing more trout! 

 Come out and show yourself, 2017. We're ready for ya!
Em, Tim, Brave & River

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Em - THANK YOU SO MUCH for putting this all together - it must be quite some work. I am looking forward to listening in on some of the songs!

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