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Dec 16 / Amy

2015 – Year in Review

How it is already the middle of December, I just don’t know! 2015 has flown by, and I’m looking forward to all that 2016 will bring.

I’ve been a little slack on blogging this year, but I’m hoping to change that in 2016 – with a new goal that I’m hoping to achieve, more on that later! I think it’ll help if I get a new laptop for Christmas too… πŸ˜‰

I wanted to recap the year, as it’s been a great one. Thanks to everyone that reads my posts, whether you see them posted on Facebook or receive them via email subscription (sign up on right side of screen if you want to get them via email too). It’s great getting responses and makes it feel like it’s worth posting here and there. :)

So, 2015 in review…

January

I turned 32, and B turned 2. We did a zoo themed party for the little guy, since he loves animals. It was great having friends and family over to celebrate our little guy becoming a toddler!

Excited to blow out his candle!

Excited to blow out his candle!

February

February was definitely a busy month. Josh and I started off the month by going to Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards (STILL can’t believe we got to do this)! It was a crazy weekend but totally worth it.

After that, my littlest niece (for now!) turned one! We had a great time celebrating PJ’s birthday.

My sweet little PJ!

My sweet little PJ!

And then to end the month, we got some snow, and had a blast playing in it. B absolutely loved sledding down the hill in our yard!

March

In March, my nephew turned two. Having he and B so close in age has been fun, especially as their personalities emerge. We were able to spend time with the family celebrating his day!

Enjoying his cake!

Enjoying his cake!

April

April is always a good month for us, as it’s the month Josh and I got married. This year, we celebrated our 6th anniversary, and are looking forward to lucky number seven next year.

We spent our wedding day celebrating my friend Stephanie’s wedding to her now husband Kieth. B was a ring bearer in her wedding, which was so much fun. I loved seeing him in a tux and being a small part of her big day!

Such a little stud!

Such a little stud!

With the beautiful bride

With the beautiful bride

May

In May, while the weather was still tame, we went on a little family adventure at Zoo Atlanta. It was the first time I’d been in awhile, and it was B and Josh’s first time going. We enjoyed looking at all of the animals, and B’s favorite thing was riding the train (he’s obsessed!). I’m already looking forward to taking B again in the future!

At the zoo, at the zoo...

At the zoo, at the zoo…

June

In June, our oldest niece turned six! We went to Lake Winnie for the day to ride rides and play at the water park.

The birthday girl

The birthday girl

B & W riding rides

B & W riding rides

We also did a big family shoot with Ashlee Culverhouse Photography, as a present for my mom and dad. After multiple reschedules due to illness and crappy weather, we were excited to finally get together for the shoot! We also found out that my brother and sister-in-law were expecting another little one!

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My side of the family!

July

July was a little busier, and it definitely had its ups and downs. Early in the month, me and the girls got together for a weekend at the pond, courtesy of MFP’s family. It was nice relaxing by the water, sipping on wine, and talking about anything and everything. It was a much needed weekend with my girls.

girls_weekend

Perfection

On our way down to the pond, I heard that our family dog, Sable, passed away. It was somewhat unexpected, and definitely sad. Later that week, we said goodbye to Runner. It’s still not the same without him around.

Towards the end of the month, we had a cookout to celebrate Josh’s birthday. It was nice having friends and family over to hang out – since we don’t get to see everyone as much as we’d like.

Birthday cake for the birthday boy

Birthday cake for the birthday boy

Hanging out in the kiddie pool!

Hanging out in the kiddie pool!

August

In August, Incubus came to town and we got tickets as my birthday present. I missed out on their last visit to Atlanta, so I wasn’t going to miss this one. This was my third time seeing them in concert, and they. were. amazing.

I didn’t particularly care for the bands before they went on, but it was worth it, even if I had to fly to Montreal the next morning at the crack of dawn for work. πŸ˜‰ Such a great concert, and a great night out with the hubs!

So. Much. Fun.

So. Much. Fun.

Oh, Brandon...

Oh, Brandon…

Just love this photo for some reason

Just love this photo for some reason

September

Our fall weekends are typically packed with Mercer football games, but this year, Kennesaw State launched their football program, so we checked out one of their games a weekend that Mercer was on the road. It was a lot of fun, and I’m *really* hoping that Mercer and KSU will play each other in the future. The basketball rivalry is so much fun, adding football would be the icing on the cake!

With the KSU mascot before the game

With the live KSU mascot before the game

B was so excited to have the attention of the band members!

B was so excited to have the attention of the band members!

September was also a big month for B, as we moved over to a big boy bed from his crib. The transition was a bit tough at first, and it only took until November to get him to go to sleep in his bed by himself and STAY in his bed all night, but it has been great since then!

So big!

So big!

And to top the month off, I celebrated my fifth year anniversary at work, AND a promotion. You’re now reading the blog of an Associate Account Director. I’m very excited about this new change and the learnings that will come from the new career move!

October

October seems to always be a busy month! Early in the month, I volunteered in a small capacity for 48 in 48, where people came together to develop 48 websites for 48 local non-profit organizations in 48 hours. It was fun, and I’m hoping to be more involved next year!

Hangin' with Joe at registration!

Hangin’ with Joe at registration!

Mercer’s Homecoming was a highlight of the month as well. This year marked 10 years since graduation, so there was a tailgate to celebrate. It was a blast being back on our beautiful campus with former classmates. I enjoyed catching up with everyone! Homecoming is *always* one of my favorite events in the year, I just love my alma mater and enjoy seeing the reactions of people who haven’t be on campus for awhile – it’s changed so much in the past ten years!

Hangin' with my girls!

Hangin’ with my girls!

Catching up with some of my favorite professors

Catching up with some of my favorite professors

And once the craziness of Homecoming was over, we ended the month with Halloween. This was the first year that B really seemed to fully grasp the concept. For weeks after Halloween, he continued to say ‘Trick or Treat’ randomly. It was really fun to watch him knock on doors and ask for candy. I can imagine next year will be even more fun!

Thomas the Train

Thomas the Train

November

In November, we were able to celebrate the wedding of our friends Mike & Kristin. Josh was one of the groomsmen in their wedding at Wolf Mountain Vinyards & Winery in Dahlonega. It was a beautiful setting and a lot of fun for a weekend getaway without the kiddo.

My handsome groomsman

My handsome groomsman

At the last Mercer football game of the season, Miss America (a Mercerian herself) sang the national anthem. She’s a spectacularly talented vocalist, and it was very cool hearing her sing before the game. We watched the pageant, so I knew she was impressive, but it was even better in person. I kept looking for the perfect opportunity to try and snag a pic with her, and we lucked out. B had no clue what was going on, but when he’s older, I’m sure he’ll find it somewhat cool that he got his picture taken with Miss America, Betty Cantrell!

Miss America!

Miss America!

And to wrap up the month, we hosted some of Josh’s family at our house for Thanksgiving. It was nice to have them at the house, and B really enjoyed having everyone’s attention all to himself!

Group shot at lunch

Group shot at lunch

December

This month, B had surgery to put a third set of tubes in his ears (round 2 was in April), which he bounced back quickly from.

We celebrated Thanks/Christmas with the extended family on Josh’s side, which is always a big gathering! I’ve enjoyed watching the kiddos grow up over the years, and it’s great for B to spend time with all of his cousins.

And to wrap up this year, Mercer is coming up to Kennesaw State to play a friendly game of basketball. It’s always a blast, and it’s even more fun when Mercer beats KSU at home. πŸ˜‰ GO BEARS!

This year has really been wonderful, and I’m so thankful for all the experiences I’ve had with my friends and family along the way.

What were your highlights of 2015? If you have a year in review post on a blog, please share – I’d love to read it!

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