The Siberian American: A Year in Review: 2016 Highlights (Part Two)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

A Year in Review: 2016 Highlights (Part Two)

Happy 2017, friends! These last few weeks have been both wonderful and crazy, but I am feeling refreshed and eager to get back into blogging regularly. I have so many travel posts I want to share, and I’m excited to tell y’all about our travel plans for this year! I feel like I am not being fair to 2016 if I don’t finish recapping the year, so today is all about the second half of 2016!


Most Popular Blog Post: Health Update: A Surgery Date 

July was filled with preparing for surgery and recovering from surgery. It was a month filled with hope, prayer, and lots of nerves. My surgery was on July 20, and I got discharged (probably a day too early) on my birthday, July 23! The rest of the month was spent in the early stages of recovering.


Most Popular Blog Posts: Life Update: A Successful Surgery, Health Update: A Minor Setback, and What Is the Best Deep Dish Pizza in Chicago? 

August was almost harder than all the other months before it. At first I spent it recovering from surgery, but pretty soon the pain from my stent became worse than the pain I had before surgery. I was so exhausted and frustrated when I went to my urology appointment, and he told me I would have to keep the stent in for a longer period of time. Still, I managed to have one of the best weekends I had had in a long time towards the end of the month that included a great musical, sushi, and Sprinkles cupcakes.


Most Popular Blog Posts: It’s Procedure Day, Health Update: Post Procedure, and Nine Years

I was so thankful and amazed when I felt instant relief after my procedure! I was even able to go to a friend’s 30th birthday party and play Top Golf the next day. It was so amazing to feel well after so many difficult months. September turned into a fun month, filled with a blogger meetup, birthday parties, brunches, and even a conference with other doctors’ wives!

Click here for a full recap of September. 


Most Popular Blog Post: European Train Travel Tips 

October is my favorite month of the year, and this year, it didn’t disappoint! Chris and I went on our first vacation since I got sick to the Smoky Mountains! I loved seeing all the stunning scenery, and it felt amazing to be able to hike the trails. I haven’t started recapping that trip yet, but I can’t wait to share it with y’all! When we got home, we went on a double date to the State Fair of Texas. It’s one of my favorite parts of October, and we had such a great time.


Most Popular Blog Posts: ICE! at the Gaylord Texan: Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town and Seven Things You Must Do in Chicago During the Holiday Season 

November was filled with great food, family and friends! We loved spending time with other residents in Christopher’s class and had a wonderful time at Thanksgiving with all my Red Army girls. We enjoyed spending a few days with my in-laws and brother-in-law and future sister-in-law over Thanksgiving as well. One of my favorite parts of November was going to ICE! with Chris and my in-laws. The ice sculptures are always incredible to see.

Click here for a full recap of November. 


Most Popular Blog Posts: A Waco Weekend, Five Favorite Hashtags for Bloggers, and Best Books I Read in 2016 

Chris and I loved heading to Waco with my in laws on the first weekend in December to watch the Baylor basketball team. The rest of the month was filled with all things Christmas-several Christmas parties, driving around and looking at Christmas lights, and spending as much time as possible with family! Chris got lucky this year and had four days off around the holidays, so we loved getting to spend it with family. We always treasure when he has holidays off because we never know when he will have to work!

What are you looking most forward to in 2017?


  1. Sounds like you had a great year, despite some of the struggles you went through. Thank you for being so open and honest on the blog. It's really inspiring. I can't wait to follow along through 2017! :)

  2. It sounds like the 2nd half of the year treated you much better! I was so glad to hear that you were doing better and even got to travel to the Smokey Mountains. I have never been, but all your pretty pictures made me wanna go!

  3. I'm so glad the middle-end of the year brought you some good changes! :) I'm very glad that you were able to have your surgery and recover well! Here's to 2017 being an even better year filled with happiness and adventures! :) XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  4. Gosh the middle of your year started out rough, huh? I'm glad you are feeling much better than back then!

  5. You are seriously the cutest in all your pictures!
    Dang girl- you fought the good fight in the middle of this year. I'm so glad things have ended on a high note for you! You definitely deserved a relaxing late-fall and holiday with Chris! I hope 2017 is super fun and amazing and healthy for you!!

  6. I know it was a trying year for you physically and I really hope that you are in the clear this year! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  7. I still feel awful for all the extra pain you've dealt with, but am so glad your procedure is over and you're healing. Sending lots of *hugs*. I'm still craving some Chicago deep dish pizza, and how fun is Top Golf?! Cheers to an amazing 2017 and all the fun travels <3
    Green Fashionista

  8. i'm so glad that things started looking up pain wise towards the end of the year. i think you should get a pain free 2017 after all you went through in 2016 :)

  9. I'm glad that you had the time to take a break and recharge over the holidays, and I can't wait to read all the travel posts that you have! It sounds like the second half of 2016 was way better than the first once you were on the road to recovery, and I seriously can't wait to read about your Great Smokey Mountains trip!

  10. I'm so glad you had a wonderful October! I know this year has had a lot of hard moments for you. I HOPE 2017 is awesome. *hugs*


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