2016 may have sucked in many ways including celebrity deaths and the American people electing a person who has no business being president. But personally, this has been my favorite year. The best year of all the years, as that particular person would say. Olivia has made me laugh more, sleep less and generally have a better outlook on life.
I started two new freelancing jobs and created a rebranded website, saying goodbye to “Who Shot Down My Stork?” after four years.
You would think Chris and I would have had a much more interesting New Year’s than what actually happened, but alas, I am lazy and lounging on the couch seemed much more preferable to actually going out and socializing.
We did get to attend a first birthday party for her tiny little boyfriend and sidekick that morning, though. Olivia loves a good party.
We had a brunch, and so there were plenty of berries to eat, her food of choice.
Fortunately, she was able to get a few minutes alone with her friend during his party craziness.
That night, after our traditional NYE dinner of Papa John’s pizza, we played with her Christmas toys. Being that they have been sitting downstairs this whole time, they were brand new to her again.
I didn’t even take any decent pictures with my camera this year, just the grainy ones from my phone which I’m still going to post because Dem Cheeks.
After I exhausted her with selfies and she went to bed, Chris and I sat on the couch, eating cream cheese salsa dip and lime chips, took turns working on the website, and watching Sherlock. We didn’t even drink any champagne (due to sickness, not because we’re a bunch of teetotalers. That would be crazy talk). I wasn’t even sure I wanted to stay up until midnight to see the ball drop because I was so tired. But I did and Olivia so graciously decided to wake me up at 2 a.m. and again at 4 and by the time I woke up yesterday I was dragging. But since she’s pretty much the greatest thing to ever have happen to me, I forgave her. As long as she slept the following night.
17 year old self would be SO embarrassed at 31 year old self.
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