2016 in Review

What a crazy year! We never did get out a Christmas card in 2016, so you all get this year in review instead. 🙂

Some highlights:

In February, Kyra and I took a winter trip to Yellowstone National Park. I had won the trip and we were super excited to go! It was seriously cold, but we had a great time seeing the park in a new light. I was amazed at how different the colors were on some of the geothermal features, because the bacterial mats had different microbe balances.
One memorable part of the trip was when our snowcoach ran off the road and got stuck for an hour and a half!


You can see more of my winter Yellowstone photos here if you want.

Brynn had a busy spring – she won BOTH the spelling bee AND the geography bee at her middle school and went on to compete at the county and state level, respectively. She came in third place for the county spelling bee, and had a good showing in the first round of the state geobee, but not quite enough to move on.

In May, Kyra graduated from Utah State with a degree in art. We spent a while walking the campus and taking some photos before the ceremony.
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The next month, Callie graduated from Jordan High School! She went off to Utah State in the fall as well.
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Both Kyra and Callie spent the summer working in the gift shops at Old Faithful for the summer, and we took a very short family trip there to visit them (and take them a new car, but I am getting ahead of myself…)

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More from the summer Yellowstone trip here.

At the end of summer, Kyra and Callie settled in to a small studio apartment in Logan. Kyra is working up there, while Callie is in her first year of school.

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But the biggest highlight of the year was the new house we moved into in June! We had been casually looking for a home with bigger gathering spaces and more independence for adult children. We found one and in a quick whirlwind, it was a done deal! We have been here six months and have been adjusting well. It has been a big change since we had been at the old house for eighteen years!

Here are some of the real estate listing photos of the new house:

The new house does have an AMAZING view out the back, and I still am amazed and distracted by it daily.

Some lowlights:

The timing of our move was HARD. We moved on Saturday, and Kyra and Callie needed to leave for Yellowstone on Monday – just 2 days later! It was made even harder because on their way to Yellowstone, something went wrong with the car and the girls had a single car accident that totaled the car! The car rolled onto its side and slid around in a 180 before landing on the tires again. Thankfully they both were physically unhurt (though quite shaken), and only a phone charger was damaged, so that was a huge relief. But Darrin and I spent a few days up in Idaho dealing with the accident and getting the girls to their jobs right in the middle of getting the new house unpacked and the old house ready to sell!

We had to say goodbye to our old house, the one where we spent most of the years we were raising our kids. Leaving the friends in the neighborhood was hard, leaving the garden we had planted and all the improvements we had made to the home over the years was sad. The couple who bought it has pretty much gutted the inside and is doing so much work they STILL have not moved in, six months later.

Mixed bag:

This was a definite highlight for Brynn, not so much for Callie. Brynn surpassed Callie in height, and our youngest is now officially the tallest Lythgoe kid!
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There were also numerous plays and choir concerts mixed in there. At least 5 or 6 plays and even more choir performances. I may have to do another post just for those!

I am hoping 2017 is less dramatic!