2015 Highlights: Our Year End Review

Today is the last day of 2015!

That just seems so crazy to me. I can vividly remember 1.31.14 like it was just last week. Last year I did an end of the year review and absolutely loved looking back on a year of our life. So naturally I thought making it an annual post seemed like a great idea.


2015 Highlights!


Russ turned 35

I chopped my hair off

I wrote my #1 Pinterest post.


I announced my girl Mom Series

Emily turned 4!



The blog celebrated it’s first birthday.

Our Church closed its doors.

Marissa worked on her first ever project fair project.



Russ ran his first ever 5K.

I talked about sharing our faith with our kids.

I ran the OKC half marathon and visited the OKC Memorial



Ran half marathon #4

Finished Homeschool year #2!

Took a trip to IKEA.


Redecorated the dining room!

Marissa turned 7!

We took a vacation to St. Louis.


We celebrated the 4th of July.

Marissa ran her first solo race.

We finished turning our bonus room into a school room.



We went back to school.

Celebrated 8 years of marriage.


We had the best summer ever. This was a recap post.


I shared my heart in a raw post.



Had family photos taken.

Ran the 2015 Pumpkin Run.

Celebrated Halloween.


Shared about my newest hobby.

Had a great Thanksgiving.


Went on a get away.

Made an exciting blog announcement.

Shared our Holiday home in a tour.

2015 was the first solid year that I documented through blogging. A year of growth, challenges, and surprises.

It is the year that I finally felt like I am figuring out this thing called “being a blogger”.

I can’t wait to see what is in store for 2016!

Happy New Year friends!


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Fourth Of July Recap 2015

I just love it when a holiday falls on a weekend.
The Fourth of July on Saturday made for a three day weekend full of festivities, family and fun.

Friday was blueberry muffins, errands and loads of family time with Russ’ sister and her kiddos. They only live an hour away but since both of us keep busy schedules we don’t often see each other. It is always so good when we do and the cousins have a good time playing together too.

We ate way to much food including “Lemon” Squash pie. I never imagined having squash pie but it was fantastic. Russ’ sister is also a great person for me to talk to about home school, gardens, canning and yogurt making. Aah the domestic life :).

Later that eve we headed to another Blasters game. Russ and I had the chance to go on opening night but this was the first time we were able to take the girls.

We scored some awesome seats in a box since Russ’ job is a sponsor. It was perfect, the girls were able to enjoy the game when they wanted too but weren’t confined to having to sit in the crowd.

We had a great time and hope to catch another game in the near future.

Saturday morning I was up and out the door while my family stayed home and slept. A few weeks back I had won an entry to the Freedom 321 Run race and there was no way I was passing up a free race. It was a bit weird since I was there alone but whatever I did must have worked. I managed to run 3 miles in 25:51 and that was good enough to earn me 1st place in the 30-39 age division.

The rest of the day was spent napping, eating, shopping and playing. 
Later we had our traditional ice cream for dessert

Lit off a few fireworks.

I actually remembered to have Russ snap a picture of me with the girls. 

Then we headed to a friends house for more fireworks and a lawn movie. 

The past few years the Fourth of July has definitely made it’s way up my list of favorite holidays. It just feels like the peak of all things summer. 
I love summer.

We were so blessed to have such a great weekend together this year with lots of family time.

How was your Fourth?

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January 2015 Goals

Happy New Year!

If I am being completely honest I would say that I am just not much of a resolution maker. Resolutions always feel like a set up for failure. Did you know that 70-80% of all resolutions that are made get broken. Some studies say as high as over 90% and most of those are probably within the first couple months. With statistics like those, failure seems unavoidable.

Having said all of that I decided that in 2015 I would start monthly goals instead of yearly resolutions. My plan for this year is to post my monthly goals at the beginning of every month and update how I did on the previous months goals. I tend to be a very goal driven person so I think this will help me stay focused and accountable. 


Continue blogging about 4-5 days a week.

I am excited about the Tuesday Talk link-up starting this week plan to join us every Tuesday in 2015! 

Possibly host a giveaway.

Work on my blog more on my time. Either early in the morning, after bed or during the girls 30 minute TV break. Not when I should be spending time with the kids. 


Weekly family game night.

Read to the girls more as a family.

More snuggle time with the girls.


Continue running 3 days a week.

Start half marathon training at the end of January.


Begin cross training more either at home, or at the gym. 

No excuses!


Spend more time praying and studying God’s word on my individually.


Get back on track! Ever since Thanksgiving things have been a little more relaxed. I would like to hit the books pretty hard this month as soon as we return back from Christmas break (January 5th).


I also would like to be more disciplined preparing things for Emily to do while we’re working on school.


Continue to work on my Etsy shop and grow it’s Facebook page.

Begin a weekly photo challenge for 2015.

Tell me one goal that you would like to set for January?

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