2017 – Year in Pictures

Wishing all of our friends and family a Merry Christmas, a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful, fun and adventurous New Year! Here are some of our favorite moments from 2017. 

XOXO – Avian, Stephen, Jenelle and Beverly


Stephen, hiking during the start of an Atmospheric River, on Saturday, January 7, 2017. This storm, which started out with torrential rains and turned into feet of snow, would lead to days off from school, road closures and power outages across the region.
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Avian, showing me her moves at Squaw Valley on Saturday, January 28, 2017. This was the first year since Stephen and Avian were five years old that they were not on ski team and it was bittersweet: nice to have them home more on the weekends, but we could have all used a little more time outside. We only downhill skied together twice this season (they went a lot with their dad, but thought skiing with me was too boring).
Stephen, on a difficult climb during the Racing Gnome 5k snowshoe race on Sunday, January 29, 2017. Stephen and I ran the race together and Avian helped at the finish line.


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Before (October 2016) and After (February 2017). We spent endless hours shoveling a path to and around the hot tub. Stephen made wonderful snow forts throughout the yard, including one with a fire pit and chimney.
Celebrating Grandma Bev’s birthday. February 19, 2017, in Reno, Nevada with crab cakes and lobster rolls followed by a delicious, heavily-frosted cake.


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Stephen dressing down after hockey practice on March 7, 2017. Just like his dad and his Uncle Stephen, Stephen is really enjoying playing hockey.
Beverly and one of our Airbnb guests playing in the snow on March 4, 2017. We hosted over 60 wonderful guests from all over the world during 2017.
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Our backyard on March 6, 2017. Which helps explain why the kids had 13 snow days this year.


April 2, 2017, Stephen and Bev testing the waters while visiting our friend Spike in Incline Village, Nevada. The sun was out, but our winter was far from over.
Stephen at the Nugget in Sparks, Nevada on April 9, 2017. Our great Spring Break Staycation 2017 consisted of a weekend in a casino, eating at buffet restaurants, swimming in the pool, and hanging out downtown Reno like tourists.


Stephen and Avian  (and their friends Scout and Lucy) became “Truckee Famous” after making the cover of the Official Visitors Guide. May 2017
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Avian and her cousin Lily Rose, sitting by the campfire on May 26, 2017, during our annual Memorial Day camping weekend with my brother’s family. This year we visited the South Warner Wilderness, near Susanville, CA, to camp, hike, hunt for morels, and pay tribute to one of Marcel’s fellow smokejumpers who lost his life fighting a fire there.
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Avian, hand-standing in Martis Valley, with Bev tied to one of her hands, on May 31, 2017. For a good part of 2017, Avian couldn’t go anywhere without inverting herself.


Stephen and Avian camped out in the Westy at Squaw Valley, on the last day of school, June 22, 2017. We spent the night and hiked up Mountain Run to watch the start of the Western States Endurance Run.
Stephen, at the Placer High School Track on Saturday, June 24, 2017, capturing runners at the Western States Endurance Run. After camping at the start, we drove to Foresthill to spectate and then to the finish to camp out and watch all the finishers from Saturday night until the last runner on Sunday morning.
Stephen at the Reno Tahoe Airport on June 28, 2017, ready for his solo flight to visit Grandma Rosie and Papa in Upper Michigan for a 10 day vacation.


Avian riding a horse in the 4th of July parade in downtown Truckee on July 4, 2017. Avian spent many days at the barn this year riding and helping with the horses.
All checked in for my 4th Tahoe Rim Trail 100 on July 14, 2017. While Stephen and Avian were in Massachusetts visiting the Borden family, I ran my most challenging 100 miler to date.


My sister Lynette, the Island’s Ecologist, with my parents, Grandma Rosie and Papa, and Avian, on a magical visit to Isle Royale on August 11, 2017. It took 2 flights, more than 8 hours in the car, and a 6 hour ferry ride to get us to the island. While we were away, Stephen went to 2 weeks of camp at Woodward-Tahoe and  also visited with his Aunt Shippa in Seattle.


Visiting Aunt Cathy in Pacific Grove on Labor Day weekend, September 2017.
Avian and Grandpa Bill on September 6, 2017 at Tahoe Forest Extended Care. Grandpa Bill and Grandma Bev finally moved back to Truckee this fall.
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Lily Rose, LouLou, Stephen, Avian and Adelyne at the Celtic Festival on September 30, 2017 in Grass Valley. We met the cousins at the Nevada County fairgrounds and spent the weekend camping, listening to music, and playing dress-up.
Avian and Ava in Emerald Bay on September 28, 2017, after a cross-country meet in South Lake Tahoe. 2017 was Avian’s first season running cross-country.


Avian with D on October 7, 2017, after a day of barrel racing in Nevada. Avian is leasing D from her good friend Renee, whom she spent a lot of time with over the past year.
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Stephen, his dad, Jon, Avian, and their dog Stratton at Donner Lake on October 4, 2017. Photo shoot for a picture to be featured on a poster at the Truckee Chamber of Commerce Awards Dinner.
Stephen’s team, the Blue Raptors, after winning the Truckee Cup soccer tournament on October 17, 2017. Avian also played AYSO soccer this season.
Avian and Stephen in Yosemite on October 28, 2017. It was my first time to the Valley in 15 years, and the kids first time ever, made possible by our good friends from Reno, the Holmes, who organized and hosted a family-friendly trip.


Grandma Rosie and Stephen at a nice restaurant in Sacramento on November 4, 2017. Stephen and I spent the weekend exploring and shopping in Sacramento with my mom, while Avian stayed with her friend Renee in Truckee.
The family enjoying a hearty breakfast at Camp Whiskey Jack on November 20, 2017. The kids and I visited Upper Michigan for one week during Thanksgiving break.
Avian and Stephen, with help from their friend Santina, carrying out the Christmas tree on November 28, 2017.




Merry Christmas from Stephen, Jenelle, and Avian!

5 responses to 2017 – Year in Pictures

  1. Wow, this is great Nelly! Way better than a christmas card, in my opinion.

    On Thu, Dec 21, 2017 at 12:09 AM, jp chronicles wrote:

    > jenellep posted: “Wishing all of our friends and family a Merry Christmas, > a very Happy Holiday season and a peaceful, fun and adventurous New Year! > Here are some of our favorite moments from 2017. XOXO – Avian, Stephen, > Jenelle and Beverly January February Marc” >

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Katie Bower says:

    Loved your card! You and your kids are tremendously lucky to have each other to share so many wonderful adventures. You’ll all have a lifetime of memories!

    Liked by 1 person

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