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The Dreamer 2017

Hey there Dreamers! We hope you’ve all had an incredible holiday season, took some time off to be with people you love, and are ready to head into this New Year strong. After stuffing our faces with french toast casserole, sticky buns, mashed potatoes, and every homemade cookie imaginable, we are so ready to get back on track and take the dreamer New Year head on.

Honestly, we can’t even believe that it’s almost 2018 (how many times have you heard THAT recently?!). As we’ve gotten older, these years have been flying by faster and faster (yes, we were warned of that). But one of the greatest things about that is the fact that we’re looking FORWARD to these coming years more than we ever have. Ben and I find ourselves just bursting with excitement to see what life is bringing us as we follow our dreams. Seeing the rewards and the satisfaction that has come with hard work and striving for what we want has been incredible.

BUT, we also want to remember to look back and reflect on the moments that we were blessed with, the ones that pushed us to grow, the ones that hurt, and the ones we’re currently living.

While it’s hard to condense an entire year into one post, here are our 2017 highlights.

weekend coffee date ben working

We started both this blog and the Nutrition Mission YouTube channel! We’ve spent the year pouring endless hours into these projects and watching our babies grow.

snowmobiling grand mesa ben and sue

We went snowmobiling up at Grand Mesa (and are praying for more snow this year so we can go back!).

Las Vegas poolside

Ben turned 30 and we celebrated with an epic weekend in Sin City.

I survived my first year of teaching, fell in love with 1st grade, AND couldn’t wait to go back for more.

Bolder Boulder

We ran our favorite race in the world (The Bolder Boulder), and Ben PR’d at 43:08.

Planting our garden Ben at the farmers market

Ben planted his first garden.

We spent our summer hiking, swimming, and exploring. Ben wore a shirt approximately 16% of the time. 

Ben and Sue at Pizzeria

My dad turned 70 and we threw down the most epic party imaginable.

Ben and Susie at the Venetian

We hit up Vegas again for the summer (don’t let this picture fool you, it was 105 degrees and we were dying). 

Vespas in Tuscany

We went to Italy for 2.5 life changing weeks, and left part of our hearts there forever. 

Our Red Rocks season was mild (for us) and we saw Odesza, Zeds Dead, Bassnectar (not at RR), and Big Gigantic. The epic double rainbow was the highlight of the season. 

San Francisco Ferry Market

We went to San Francisco and Yuba City to watch my dad race in the championships.

Ben and Susie at the wedding

We hit 9 years together as a couple. This year we had some of the hardest, but best conversations we’ve ever had. And after almost a decade together, we still love, respect, and support each other more and more every day. 


And there it is. The dreamer 2017 all packed up neatly in a post. But let’s be honest, this year has been so much more than a few pictures could ever convey. We laughed, we cried, we fought, we made up, we traveled, we grew, and we took risks we never thought we were capable of taking.

In the end, we’re thankful beyond words to simply have each other. To have a partner who so eagerly encourages the other person to follow their dreams, no matter how wild they may seem. A person who doesn’t ask you ‘how’ you’re going to reach for your stars, but asks you ‘what’ they can do to help you get there. Someone to celebrate your successes, catch your tears of frustration and disappointment, and allow you the space to grow when needed. A forever person with whom you will endlessly pursue your dreams together.

If there’s anything 2017 has really taught us, it’s the importance and value of having that person in your corner. It’s not always easy on either side, but it’s worth it. Partnerships are work. But life is so much brighter with them.

So here’s to YOUR dreamer partner. Whether you’ve found them yet or not, they’re out there.

Keep each other smiling, and keep each other dreaming.


  • jane

    December 27, 2017 at 3:15 am

    Looks like a fun exciting year for both of you.
    Keep the faith and love alive.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 27, 2017 at 6:00 pm

      Thanks Jane! It truly was a fantastic year!

  • Britney

    December 27, 2017 at 6:06 am

    How is it possible that two people are so good looking? lol Plus, you guys have the coolest adventures. I wish I could find someone to travel and go adventuring with. I’ve never been on a snowmobile before, but that looks so fun. I love snow.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 27, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      THANK YOU Britney! And you will find that person! BUT, why wait for them?? Start adventuring on your own girl. There’s just so much in this world to see! Maybe you should make snowmobiling first on your list :).

  • Deborah Brooks

    December 27, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Time sure does seem to fly by as you get older! It’s been fun connecting with you this year. Here’s to another year of adventure and happiness for you

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      Honestly. It’s a little bit scary! And to you too Deborah!

  • Konstantina Antoniadou

    December 27, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    Seems like this was an amazing year for you!!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 27, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      It absolutely was!

  • Gabrielle

    December 27, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    I really love how you’ve said both you and Ben are bursting with excitement at what the future holds – that’s the absolute BEST way to live! Your highlights this year include so much gorgeous travel and I can’t get over how perfect that shot is of you both standing in the ‘middle’ of the rainbow. Perfect! I hope 2018 brings you everything you want and more; I’ve no doubt you two will have a LOT of brilliant new adventures (and please share them on your blog! haha).

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 27, 2017 at 6:42 pm

      Thank you Gabby! We so agree. There’s just SO MUCH incredible adventure in this world, it’s impossible not to look forward to experiencing it! We feel the same way – bring on the New Year!

  • Hiro

    December 27, 2017 at 8:16 pm

    Wow, 2017 was an AMAZING year for you two!! So much fun and you definitely seem to know how to have them! Congrats on 9 years, and the upcoming DECADE mark!! I’m so jealous of your Italy trip. I bet the food was soooo amazingggggg…. *Q*
    (And omg survived year 1 of 1st grade. Kudos to you! Lol.)

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 27, 2017 at 8:43 pm

      Thank you Hiro! It was absolutely a year for the books. Now we’ve just gotta figure out how to top it! The food in Italy was EVERYTHING. We’re already plotting how to get back there!

  • Rachel

    December 28, 2017 at 1:53 am

    Wow! This looks like such an exciting year. I’d love to do a post like this after my boyfriend and I have been together for a year.

    Also, we’re going to Italy in June, and I can’t wait to go through your posts for activity ideas!

    Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 28, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Ahhhhh you guys are going to LOVE Italy! We’re so jealous. It was incredible! So excited for you. Sounds like it’s going to be a pretty fantastic 2018 for you guys!

  • Jyoti

    December 28, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Wow! What an amazing year and gorgeous moments 🙂
    Nice Post!
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 28, 2017 at 8:37 pm

      Thank you Jyoti!

  • Zhanna

    December 28, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Unbelievable how much you can achieve in one year. Hooray to the new year and new goals and achievements!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 28, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Isn’t it?! It’s pretty amazing and humbling at the same time, because there’s SO much more you can do! We can’t wait to see what the New Year brings!

  • Luxe Toutou

    December 28, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    very pretty, I like a lot!
    kisses, Julia

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 28, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      Thank you Julia!

  • Ankita Bardhan

    December 28, 2017 at 9:57 pm

    OMG you guys, I am sooo happy for you two, you both have accomplished so many things in just one year! Tbh I am inspired by you two, following your dreams together and achieving one goal after another! I had happy teary eyes throughout reading your post, it’s so endearing, I wish you two even more adventures and goal accomplishments 🙂
    Happy holidays!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 29, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you Ankita! That honestly means so much more than you even know to us. Thank you so much for making our day with those words!

  • Emily

    December 29, 2017 at 12:05 am

    Aw, sounds like you guys had one hell of a year! You two are really the dream team. I think it’s awesome how you’ve built this all together. Congrats! Most people would kill each other haha. Hope you have a great New Year guys! Excited to see where you head in 2018. 🙂


    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 29, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Emily you are wonderful! Thank you so much for saying that. It’s definitely been a LONG road to get to where we are together, but we wouldn’t change anything. We can’t wait to watch you this year too!

  • Nancy

    December 29, 2017 at 2:43 am

    Glad to hear that you had an amazing year! I totally agree with you about how the years are going by faster. You two went all over the place this year! So cool that you took advantage of traveling and explored new heights. Hope 2018 will be a better year for you!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 29, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Thanks Nancy! And YOU with all the traveling too! We have a feeling 2018 is going to be pretty great for all of us!

  • Ava Masood

    December 29, 2017 at 7:39 am

    Keep the faith and love alive. What an amazing year and gorgeous moments. Stay blessed both of you.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 29, 2017 at 10:15 pm

      Thank you Ava, that means so much. You too!

  • Gemma

    December 29, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Looks like an amazing year! I wish you all the best for 2018.

    Gemma x

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 29, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      It absolutely was. And we wish the same for you!

  • Kasie

    December 29, 2017 at 10:44 pm

    It sounds like you two have had an incredibly busy and productive year! So many adventures in such a short time! I hope 2018 has just as much growth and travel in store for both of you!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      December 30, 2017 at 1:51 am

      Thank you Kasie! We do too!

  • Zorica

    January 1, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    It seems like you’ve had an amazing year…
    Love the photo selection.

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 1, 2018 at 11:16 pm

      Thank you! We did!

  • Shannen

    January 4, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I have enjoyed following your adventures this year! I hope 2018 treats you just as well!

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 4, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      Thank you Shannen!

  • the adventurer

    January 6, 2018 at 12:58 am

    What a year for both of you! I am so glad I found your blog and have followed you on some of these adventures =o) Cheers to another year and many more memories to be made xx

    1. Mile High Dreamers

      January 6, 2018 at 4:13 am

      Likewise girl! We were just talking about your blogaversary post the other day! Can’t wait to see what 2018 brings for us all!

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