Friday, December 30, 2016

My 2016 in a nutshell - Parts 3 and 4

I already covered parts 1 and 2 on the blog. Parts 3 and 4 feel so recent. The second half of 2016 flew! I started my 2nd year of teaching (score)! And boy, everything feels so much easier this time around. I enjoyed the best teacher summer anyone could ask for by taking a road trip across the country and spending tons of time at the lake (score)! Finally, Chris and I spent our first Christmas together with our own tree and everything (score)!

Below is a month by month break down, illustrated by Instagram.

JULY

July was my first full month off of school, but it didn't slow down any. We moved from Hyde Park to Streeterville and took a massive road trip across the country.

We started July at our buddy's lake house. What a perfect place to spend 4th of July!

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Long story short, we embarked on an impromptu road trip after 4th of July weekend. That road trip took us from Chicago to Posey Lake to Ohio to DC to Philadelphia to Hershey to Pittsburg to Ann Arbor back to Chicago. To top it off, we had just moved into our apartment before we left and came home to an unpacked apartment. Phew!

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AUGUST

August was the most summery summer I could have asked for. I loved almost every minute of this month.

I went to Lollapalooza. It was awesome.

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We spent a ton of time at the beach. Our new apartment is only a 15 minute walk away from one of the most gorgeous coasts on Lake Michigan. And no trip to the beach is complete without a paleta.

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We got a little obsessed with the Chicago summer concert and movie series. The Chicago Parks District plays movies and hosts concerts at Millennium Park all summer long. We made it a tradition to stop at the grocery store to grab tapas and wine before settling in on our blanket.


Lastly, we got the opportunity to go out on Lake Michigan with a friend on his boat. It was extraordinary.

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SEPTEMBER

School started back up again which pretty much took over my life. We start the year with a trip called "Freshman Strong Start" where we take all 180 freshman camping for 3 days. It is as exhausting as it sounds and essentially takes me the entire month to recover. Teaching my new self contained classes was totally nerve wracking and kept me busy from before sun rise until my eyes shut at night.

To commemorate the last weekend of our summers, the girls and I rented a pontoon boat to take out on the Chicago river. We decided to be nice and let the boys come along. :)


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OCTOBER

By October, I was starting to get the hang of my new classes. We took a trip back to Ohio State for my 2nd Homecoming as an alumni. Bringing my best friend to my alma mater was such a treat.

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Chris really hit it off with my best friends here. Clearly, it makes me prettyyy happy.

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NOVEMBER

The Cubs win the World Series! I spent Thanksgiving with Chris's extended family for the first time instead of spending it with my own family. It felt surprisingly natural and was a really awesome weekend.


DECEMBER

Thank December really went by quickly because I spent the time counting down the days until Christmas break. Chris and I got our own tree and decorated it together. Both of our parents came here for Christmas which was a little stressful but great. We went ice skating and did all the Christmas activities we could think of.


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And here we are, ready to start 2017. Stay tuned for 2016 in numbers as well as goals for 2017! What was your favorite memory of 2016? Did you share it on Instagram? Tell me your favorite memory below and pick an Instagram to illustrate it in the comments below.

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