2019: A Year in Review

This year we didn’t travel quite as much as last year. We didn’t run or race as much as we did the year before either. This year was definitely the calm before the storm that is to be 2020.

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2018: A Year In Review

This year we spent a lot of time out of the house; in the yard or traveling. Don’t worry, our house didn’t get too lonely, more rats moved in.

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2017: A Year in Review

2016 was not a great year, and 2017 was no better. It was the year I learned to stop saying, “well, it can’t possibly get WORSE.”

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Like My Dreams They Fade and Die

For instance, if I say, “Do you want Bacon?” Bella immediately appears from wherever she’s been hiding and starts licking her lips. If I say, “If you sit on the couch with me I will cover you in a blanket and snuggle with you.” She will jump onto the couch or run away depending on her mood. But if I say, “This isn’t a bubble gun, it is a milk frother.” She cocks her head to the side and stares at me and says, “You’re a moron who can’t work a bubble gun correctly.” in perfect French.

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2016 A Year In Review

2016 wasn’t the best year for us … there were a lot of trial-and-error DIY projects, I broke my hip, and a Cheeto got elected president. But there were some good things that happened. Can’t think of any right now…

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Spain Family 2015

2015 was filled with travel, running, and of course, the Big Move from one part of the city to another…

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Spain Family 2014

We participated in three 10ks and six half marathons across four states and two countries; and ran in six states if you add Colorado and Illinois just for fun (no official events).

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Spain Family 2013

Chad turned the big 3-0 this year, graduated from Residency and has a “real” job! I use quotation marks because when he was in residency he worked 80+ hours a week, now he works 40. It’s nice, and weird, to have him home more. But, no one is more excited than Bella! Now, if only he could get his patients to stop asking when he will be turning 18 – then it might feel REAL for Chad.

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Spain Family 2012

Bella or rather Bella Booperton, Dowager Countess of Spain Castle (as she is formally known around these parts) is now 4 and has a personal trainer. I was hoping Santa would bring me one of those – but instead he brought me a Kindle Fire and now Chad can’t get me to leave the gym because I’m busy watching movies on the stairmaster. Win.

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the horses are coming

This past weekend we were walking home when I realized that Bella’s paws were all red. I once dogsat for a family who told me that they exercised their dogs by throwing a ball up a paved road and the dogs would chase after it and then return it, and repeat – and then she told me to be careful because they would play until their paws bled. So, of course, I immediately thought of that and my face melted off and I died.

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