2016

This has been a good year with so many milestones for me and our family!

I married Mark Smith in February in a fun celebration with family and friends at the Atlantic Country Club. We felt truly blessed to have so many people there to celebrate our happiness! My name is now Julie Smith, not Julie May…which is taking some time to get used to!

Our Wedding 2016

Our Wedding 2016

Mark’s daughter, Bailey, got married in April to Jeremiah Macke, a great guy who we know makes Bailey truly happy. They planned to have an outdoor wedding in our backyard, but torrential rain and wind moved us indoors to the Community Center here in Atlantic instead. The wedding turned out to be beautiful and sweet despite the rain.

Mark’s incentive trip with Principal Financial this year was to Puerto Rico in April. We took an extra few days to explore Old San Juan on our own, then went on to The El Conquistador Resort for the conference. We absolutely loved this vacation and would go back to Puerto Rico in a heartbeat!

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico

We found out in May that my daughter, Jill and her husband, Dexter are expecting their first baby in January! A baby boy! I am beyond excited!

My daughter, Jill!  (34 weeks pregnant)

My daughter, Jill! (34 weeks pregnant)

The summer months were spent boating and motorcycle riding. We boat on the Missouri River out of Omaha/Blair, Nebraska and enjoy our boating friendships. We spent a week in Sturgis, SD at the motorcycle rally in August, which was a lot of fun. Some say we aren’t ‘true’ riders because we trailer the bike up instead of riding all the way there. I say we are WAY more comfortable as we pass riders in the rain or wind while we are in a cozy vehicle!

2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Nebraska Husker football season started out with a bang, and we were there to tailgate at every home game in Lincoln. Loved having so many friends stop by to spend a day with us, or just have a beer and say ‘hi’. Too bad the Huskers didn’t finish big, but there’s always next year!

Husker Game 2016

Husker Game 2016

My son, Thomas is working in Omaha as the General Manager of Coco Key Water Park.  He’s finding management both challenging and rewarding, but will soon have his student loans paid off and wants to buy a house.  My youngest son, Chris is in his Senior year at Wayne State College in Wayne, NE.  He’ll be graduating in May with a degree in Finance.  He’s also enjoying his last year on the Wayne State baseball team.

In September we were blessed with our first grandchild. Mark’s daughter, Morgan, and her husband, Ryan, welcomed a sweet baby girl named Sawyer James into this world and we couldn’t be happier. We were able to go to Memphis, TN where they live to meet Sawyer early on. Fun to spend time with a baby again!

Meeting Sawyer

Meeting Sawyer

This Christmas we were able to have a lot of family home with us, and we enjoyed the time together. We were also told that Mark’s daughter, Bailey is expecting a baby next year in July!  Three grandchildren within a year! How blessed are we? 🙂

With a year like this past one, how can I NOT be excited for this next year?! Bring on 2017!!

Best wishes to you all…
Julie

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