Well, another year is almost in the books. It's pretty cool to look back and see how things went. Here is our 2016 in review. How was your 2016?
From a money standpoint, things were okay. I think we're at that point where nothing big is going to happen too regularly. That's good and bad. On the good side it meant no major expenses or unexpected costs. On the negative, it just means no big boosts or jumps like we used to have. When I was younger, a 10-15% raise was common. Now 2-3% is normal. Also, back then, when I had smaller a smaller net worth, a bigger percentage gain could take place with just normal savings and gains. Now, even when the dollar amount is much higher, the percentage gains are less.
Kind of boring and steady at the same time. I guess I'll take it. *lol*
I had a goal to run as many times as I did in 2015. I thought that would be a cinch, but as it turns out I just made it by the skin of my teeth, hitting the goal this week. Last year I had a sore foot that kept me away for a couple of months, so I thought that I'd make up for it with a full year. As it turns out, my wife and I both decided that when we're camping, we wanted to enjoy the time with our families. Therefore, we ended up doing less running which offset the time.
Still, it was good to be on track.
We had great weather and had a blast camping this year. I already wrote a post on this, so I won't go into too much further detail on this one.
The kids are both in elementary school now and doing very well academically. It's awesome to see them learn. It's also heartbreaking to watch them come home when they've had a falling out with friends, or didn't do as well at something as they'd hoped. While we want to see only good things for our kids, we realize that the ups and downs are a part of life.
Not much big this year around the house. We didn't really do any big projects at all nor did we have any big repairs. It'd be nice to do some updating, but there's nothing that has to be done as a pressing need.
We lost our second cat early this year. He always had issues with chronic constipation. We were able to control it with occasional issues throughout his life, but he suddenly had issues that wouldn't go away. We got more and more aggressive with medication and remedies, but it wasn't working. It's been lonely without him and it was a big adjustment going to a pet free environment for now.
Knock on wood but the four of us are all healthy and have been so throughout the year. Hopefully that continues. My step-mom did have a big health scare earlier in the year with a pulmonary embolism, but she got some great care and is doing great! That's been a big blessing.
2016 In Review: Summary
We've been blessed with good health and happiness throughout the year. We've had a lot of changes and we know that life will continue to bring them our way. Staying together and working together is key, and we plan on doing so for what we hope is a great 2017. Stay tuned for more details on what we have in store for next year.
Readers, how was 2016 to you and your family? Please share in the comments below.