Favorite Moments 2016

dessert display at AllSeated event


2016 was a huge milestone year in our lives because of my son’s Bar Mitzvah back in October BUT there were other memorable, fun moments too!

I decided to pick the first few things that popped into my mind as my favorites from 2016.

Half Marathon PR!

I ran the Long Island Half Marathon for the fourth year in a row and achieved a new half marathon PR thanks to Laura’s coaching! My last PR was actually my first Long Island half marathon in 2013 so it was nice to surpass it finally in 2016.

I am absolutely not in the race planning frame of mind right now (no reason really, just don’t feel like it!) but if I decide to run the Long Island half again in 2017, it will be my 5th year in a row!

I can only hope that if I run it, I get lucky on the weather again because the overcast dreary and drizzly morning was perfect for this race. There’s no shade on this course which means sunshine and warm temps can make this a dreadfully hot race for me.

long island half

Our Trip To Hershey Park

While it feels so super long ago, we had a blast at Hershey Park while staying at The Hershey Lodge back in June. You can read the recap of our trip to Hershey here.

Hershey's Chocolate Tour

This picture of me trying to survive the Super Dooper Looper still makes me laugh.

super dooper looper

Out of This World Dessert Display

So this may seem weird for some but since you know me by now, you know that it is completely normal for me to pick a dessert display as a highlight from my year!

I absolutely still talk about this incredible dessert display from Michael Scott Events which I had the pleasure of diving into at a work event at the Melrose Ballroom over the summer. You can read the event recap here which goes into more detail on the desserts (there were like eight of these dessert displays in every corner of the room for me to attack!!).

dessert display at AllSeated event

I also really liked the cute and simply black dress that I wore to this event so let’s include it as a favorite. I don’t normally love a cap sleeve but this dress just worked. It’s now a staple in my summer wardrobe. 🙂

AllSeated event photo booth

My Son Coming Home From Sleepaway Camp

This was definitely a favorite moment for the year. As much as he tortures me sometimes, I was never so happy to see those camp buses pull up to bring my baby home. The scary thing is, we are already up to planning his summer for 2017! It will be here before we know it.

buses from camp

The Bar Mitzvah

Of course the Bar Mitzvah made it to my favorites.

I mean, it basically consumed my ENTIRE YEAR if not the last two years or really, the last 13 years just knowing it would eventually approach!

There was just so much to be proud of and so many fun memories, even if I had some tough moments to deal with, I survived and I am stronger because of it.

candle lighting

And still my favorite picture from the Bar Mitzvah of Heather and me…

heather and me

Disney World

I knew our trip to Disney would close out our year on a high note! Even though we both ended up sick with stomach viruses during and after the trip (I am starting to feel normal again), we just love going to Disney.

I just shared the recap of our trip the other day but it’s here if you missed it!

Magic Kingdom

Looking Forward To…

I am absolutely NOT the goal setting type nor am I a resolution maker or January challenge participant. Please keep all of that away from me for the next month while it’s plastered everywhere!

However, I am looking forward to 2017 so that I can begin writing in my pretty new Henri Bendel planner to start my real countdown to March and spring weather.

I am ready to start dining outside again!

Salt on the water

Salt became my new outdoor dining favorite this year but there are many more outdoor restaurants already on my list for summer 2017!

cranberry walnut salad plus avocado

Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Have a great weekend. 🙂

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Author: The Cookie ChRUNicles

Hi! I'm Meredith. Join me while I run and cook my way through single motherhood. It is always an adventure trying to teach my 12 year old son the benefits of an active lifestyle combined with healthy eating while of course, still leaving room for dessert.

10 thoughts on “Favorite Moments 2016”

  1. As soon as the holidays are over I start counting down to spring. 3 months doesn’t sound too long but it always drags! Rob is running the Cleveland marathon in May so I figure if Im feeling up for it I could do the half or even the 10k, but other than that Im not really planning any spring races. Happy New Year!

  2. I found so many things to comment on while I read this post and now I can’t remember what I was going to say. Oh! I really do love that cap sleeve lbd. That’s a super cute pic of you and I LOVE the one of you two on that ride. Your face is priceless. That’s a framer! The photo of your son coming back on the bus and the one of the patio is making me really miss summer. Look at everyone wearing shorts! I NEED THE HEAT BACK! And is it super douchey of me to secretly want you to post a photo of you-know-who at the Bar Mitzvah? I’m so curious. Ha ha! I’m a jerk.

    1. lol thank you…and you are not a jerk! you are super funny and honest which is why I love you. I don’t have any pictures of her because I instructed the photographer to keep her out of everything. I will search for a background photo to send you if you want! lol

  3. What a lovely year to reflect on. I’m super ready for Spring and warmer weather too. That dessert bar would be one of my favorite moments too. Yum! As for race plans, I have a half marathon in the spring, but other than that, I’ll just be playing it by ear 🙂 Happy New Year!

  4. What a great year! Minus the stomach viruses from Disney it sounds like your vacations were so much fun! I’m probably repeating my spring half also because finding another race sounded like more mental energy than I wanted to invest. Happy New Year!

  5. I remember all of these moments, including that brilliant dessert display. I also loved hearing about the Bar Mitzvah and all the planning details that went into it.

    I know people are hating on 2016 right now (which I think is ridiculous, um it’s not the year’s fault) but I can’t hate on it because it brought me my baby, who is almost nine months old now. Craziness!!

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