I may be a few weeks late with getting into 2016, but it has been a BUSY few months and weeks as we started 2016. Better late than never!
2015 was an adventure in itself, never mind all the awesome things we were able to do. It seems like such a fast year, but looking back at everything that happened, everything that we experienced and everything that changed for my little family, it was a busy and full year – full of excitement and changes! Even if just for my own sake, let’s take a quick look back at 2015.
A new year, a fresh start. During January we were setting off on a new adventure as the company I work for was purchased and we were joining a new family. The transition has gone smoothly and I am really happy with how my job situation has turned out of the past year. I’m happy to be part of the Expedia Inc. Family!
February was my birthday month – and the month that I finally got to visit the #1 place on my travel bucket list: Venice, Italy. We left on my birthday for a 2 week vacation to europe, in the middle of a Texas snowstorm. The fact we left without major delays and got everywhere we needed to be on time is a miracle in itself. Venice was amazing and I hope to make it back again soon.
Our vacation continued into March when we visited Paris and London. London, one of Kyle’s top places to go and one of my favorite spots. Paris was an adventure as well, where we were able to have a few moments captured beautifully. It was a vacation of a lifetime and I can’t wait to take another big trip like that!
April was a pretty uneventful month. The weather was getting nice again outside and Lennox started playing outside a lot with her friends. April also brought Edgefest – the best music festival of the year in DFW! I always like going to this one and can’t wait for 2016’s festival.
Lennox also go to go to her first Rangers baseball game (that she can remember!)
We took our annual family trip to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels, Texas. This year, we stayed in a little cabin right at the park and although it was suppose to be a very rainy weekend – we still had a blast and Lennox experienced her first water rollercoaster!
During May I also go to reconnect with my friend Censie at SoFabOTR. It was local here in DFW, so it wasn’t a trip for me but I’m glad Censie was able to make it. We also got to see a grade A cover band at the Glass Cactus. So very funny!
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During July we made our annual trip to Cape Cod to visit Grandma & Papa. It was a vacation that was full of fun in the sun. Lennox is addicted to the beach and could have stayed there all day, everyday. From sand castles to catching fish to the ice cream truck – she was in heaven. A surprise visit from her second cousins just was the cherry on top!
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Unfortunately in July we also had to say goodbye to one of most favorite pets, Gracie. I miss her everyday still, her little purrs will always be missed.
In august we thought we were starting our last few months at Montessori school for Lennox. We were getting our house ready to put on the market and there was no reason to switch schools for Lennox. Well – little did we know that it would only be the last few weeks of Montessori for her! Our house did go on the market and that was the start of an eventful fall!
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With our house on the market, and 2 weeks into the school year, I received the call I had been waiting for – Lennox got into her first choice school by pure luck and one empty slot! We hustled to get everything ready and off to her first day of official Kindergarten she went. It has been a HARD year for her so far, but I know in the end it will be all worth it for her.
Turks and Caicos! I was SO excited to be heading to Social Media on the Sands this past october. Getting to meet with a great friend, Censie and her husband Jeremy again as well as FINALLY meeting Molly & her husband. It was another amazing trip in paradise and I hope we can do it again. A true highlight and much needed break in the hectic fall that we had.
When we returned, we had so much house drama but it all worked out in the end and we sold our house!
November was full of moving. We had to pack up, move to a rental house for a month before we could move into our new home. All while trying to keep things semi-normal for Lennox. We were not very successful at doing that, but we got through it.
The month of the move! We finally got to move into our new home and it was so great to finally be in our space again and get our stuff back from storage! We tried to make Christmas and life as normal as possible again for Lennox but it has been a challenge.
This is such a small look into what 2015 had going on, but if I was to include everything I’d have a whole book! Here’s to a great 2016!
First off, in just 8 short weeks, Kyle will be DONE with college! Some of you may know that he went back to school a little over 2 years ago to finish his Bachelors degree (He was unable to finish prior due to his dad passing and other circumstances). I couldn’t be prouder of him for being so close to finishing! It has been a long and busy road for him between working full time, being a dad to a toddler, a husband and full time student – but he’s managed to do well and get through it all!
Second, we will be welcoming a new nephew into the mix in June! I can’t wait to see Henry’s little brother and Lennox’s baby cousin! Lennox and the new babe could have the same or very close birthday’s as well!
Third, we will have some fun family vacations going on! Kyle and I will be heading to San Antonio for a little mommy/daddy getaway this month, in June we will be heading to Colorado for a week for Kyle’s graduation and a family vacation in the mountains! Then we most likely will be heading to Ohio at some point for a family wedding and hopefully to Cape Cod for some much needed beach time as well! It will be a fun year of travel again and hopefully we can mix even more weekend getaways in there with Lennox!
On the blog side of things, I will continue to work hard to grow my readership and bring all of my readers like you interesting posts, fun giveaways and reach out to some of you for help and ideas along the way! I have committed to the 365 photo a day project with a group of bloggers (Check back next Friday for post #1) and I can’t wait to see how Lennox grows throughout the year through photos.
Personally, I know there will also be some changes and adjustments to learn and grow with at my full time job, but I am looking forward to seeing where this path will lead and how I can be part of a “new world” at work.
I’m sure there will be a number of other surprises and adventures along the way, but I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings and to soak it all in as it comes!