Can you believe it is 2016 already? This past year really just zoomed by for us and while it had ups and downs, I'm hoping this new year takes on a slower pace and lets us savor the moments just a while longer.
Before I fully embrace what a brand new year may have in store for us, I want to take some time to reflect on 2015.
The kids and Adam got to experience their first snow! We didn't get a lot last year in Virginia, but it was enough for many first; snowball fights, snow angels, sledding, a snowman and lots of fun.
We found out what it feels like to ride a roller coaster in 30 something degree weather during our first visit to Kings Dominion. Brrrrrrr......
The kids rocked their first SAT-10's in the late spring. A.K.A. - I was freaking out over nothing (seriously, I had hives) about my kids having to test for evidence of progress, and it was nothing.
I had two great contributors for a while on the blog and I really hope to bring some back this coming year. They added their own quirky voices to this odd little world and I loved it.
We made a trip to Florida to visit family our beloved Meme, who passed away eight days after we left, from cancer. I've missed her beautiful smile and always encouraging words but I am so glad we were able to go see her one last time.
The girls grew like weeds! Ema went from a size 7 to size 12 in a years time, slapped me right in the face with puberty and hormones, and has surpassed me shoe size. Ali went from a size 5 to a size 7 in a year and finally decided she is a "big girl" that isn't afraid to sleep in her own bed.
We have a freaking TEENAGER now! How the hell did this happen? I swear I just in full on mombie mode trying to rock his tiny 6 lb bottom back to sleep every night at 3 am.
Finally, I learned just how good my family is at keeping secrets when I walked down stairs to see my mom sitting in my computer chair, here for a surprise Christmas visit. I had NO idea she was coming and they had all managed to keep the secret from me for a month. It really helped boost my holiday spirit in a year when I really wasn't feeling it.
I hope you can look back at 2015 and find moments that make you smile and hug your loved ones just a little bit tighter. Here's to a fantastic new year and whatever it may bring you!