Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 - Life carries on, exceptional moments come and go

My annual "no resolution" list.  Only reflections on what made this year different.

- First time vacation in the Smokey Mountains (not backpacking).  It was breath-takingly beautiful and we got a cabin much too big for just the three of us, but I don't regret it all.  An amazing winter trip.  Learned that my son is great at sleeping in the car.  Hooray!

- As a Fundraising Coordinator, exceeded both of my projected amounts for two major events... a local road rally race and also an international running group.  Both events raised more than they had ever raised before!  So happy to be able to help this non-profit in a way that is both fun and significant so they can continue doing the work they need to for those in need.

- First time trip to Jamaica (love).  First time organizing an international group trip.

- Started a book club for the first time with some friends and family.  Really enjoyed gathering and chatting books. Was able to read so many more books than I usually do!  The Nightingale and Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah, White Teeth by Zadie Smith, Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline, Last Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones, A Tale for the Time Being - Ruth Ozeki, Get in Trouble by Kelly Link, and Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo.  Honorable Mention to Say Yes by Amy Poehler and Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson... both of which I read 3/4 of but really felt like they were strangely self-centered and somewhat obnoxious.

- First time we ever sold a house!  It was the year to do it too.  We received over our asking price which made it a very happy year as far as money.

- Speaking of money, started a peer to peer lending account.  I highly suggest this.  At high enough investment, so much risk is negated.

- With our baby in hand we moved to a new side of town.

- Became the treasurer of our local Compassionate Friends Chapter

- Sewed some children's aprons, a throw pillow, baby blanket, hair bandanas, purse for Katie and a bow clutch for Bethany

- Knitted some baby booties, winter hat for Gideon, lace fingerless gloves for Bethany, and a shawlette for me.

- Enjoyed a week with the extended family in northern Michigan.

- Found out we were pregnant with another child and we have been having a relatively easy pregnancy.  A real blessing when at one point we thought Isla would be our one and only.

- Watched over an amazing little boy.  He has become the toddler every parent fears.  Ridiculously adorable and also way too active and curious.  He has been so much work, but has brought so much joy.  I love this age.

That is all the big stuff I have for this year, at least for now.  Happy New Year everyone!

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