My 2015 Data Dump- The Year in a Nutshell

Hi All! I give myself a big fact F for blogging in 2015. I’m not sure what has happened. I have a lot of thoughts and ideas and I’ve even done a project or two but for some reason those thoughts, ideas and projects just don’t make it to the computer.

Anyway, my computer continues to have this pop up that it’s full. In fear it would crash, I went through deleting files, folders and photos and came across so many wonderful memories from this year.  I decided to capture them here before they became a distant memory. My kids love hearing stories about them so this will help tell the story a few years from now. 2015-12-155

So here we go… My 2015 data dump according to iphoto/camera card.  I apologize in advance for the forever long post!

Walt and I kicked off another year with a 30-day Paleo Restart where I shared a favorite pancake recipe.

I can’t even remember if and how we celebrated Valentine’s Day or our Birthdays which is why I want to start posting more regularly.

In March, Walt won the Wrightsville Marathon. While we intended to take the kids we would have had to get two hotels which seemed like more trouble that it was worth for such a quick trip so we decided it would just be the two of us. A quick clarification, with a family of 5 they technically want you to be in two rooms since 4 is the capacity of most hotel rooms, but despite that, Walt wants his sleep before a race and there is no way he could get it with the kids in the same room.

I saw Walt around mile 5 on the course and cheered loudly but he gave this look like I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to so I thought maybe he wanted me to take more pictures.  I picked up my DSLR to snap a few quick pics. It wasn’t until I saw him a few miles from the finish that I finally caught on. I realized the cheering escalated as he passed, then I noticed there was a bike getting people out of the way. Wait! What? Could Walt actually be the lead runner? No way! We hadn’t talked about that! I think secretly he knew it was an option but not one he spoke of out loud. Sure enough! He was the lead runner and won the whole race!! YAY! He can cross that off his bucket list!

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We celebrated Easter with Walt’s family while Jacob visited Florida for Spring Break.

In June, Lily graduated from pre-school. We had many mixed emotions as we loved her daycare teachers and the convenience of having the two young ones at the same place but we also knew she needed to move on. She is a very eager learner and she needed new challenges.

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Townes moved up to the 3 year old class (the Rascals) and was so excited to be on the “big kid” playground. The kids had 2 weeks where they shared the playground at school and they loved see each other at playtime! (Townes can work up a sweat in 5 short minutes outside no matter the temperature.)

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We had our family photo session in June and here are a few of my favorites. Some candid some not.

In July, the kids all celebrated their birthdays and grew a few inches on our growth chart. You can read more about Townes’ Hot Wheels bday and Lily’s Princess Mermaid bday in separate posts.
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To have a little extra time with Lily, I kept her home with me the month of August and I took her with me on my non-client facing business appointments. :) (I wonder if that could be a tax write-off ;))

We vacationed in Hilton Head a couple of weeks before the kids started school. That should have been a blog post in itself. We had a fabulous time!

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However, the kids had just wrapped up swim lessons and surprisingly spent more time at the pool than the beach. We even had to drag Townes crying to the beach one day.

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We took the kids to play putt putt and to the park and a few different restaurants while we were there. During putt-putt, Townes was making up his own rules and having quite a great time until he accidentally fell in the putt-putt pond. It was shallow but when he tried to get up he kept slipping down. We were all worried but once he was ok, we could not stop laughing (apparently controllably) at the little rascal – needless to say he was not happy.

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We had season passes too Carowinds and spent several Sundays at the park.

Lily started Kindergarten and while she was scared and cried a little the first day, she never gave her new setting a second thought. She made fast-friends and even rode the bus home. She also jumped right in to her first assignment and will make up homework to do if she doesn’t have any like underline all her sight words in the newspaper or extra activities from her homework calendar or write notes and draw pictures for friends! (Townes is going through a phase where he refuses to look at the camera for strangers as you’ll notice in the photo below.)

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Jacob started High School and I was probably more nervous than he was. He too loves his new school and is excited about the change.

He missed football tryouts because he was out of town most of the summer and he didn’t make the school basketball team but he was voted Homecoming King of the freshman class!

We celebrated our Anniversary with just a night to ourselves!


We took them hiking.

We had multiple Halloween celebrations and trick or treated until their pumpkins were full and too heavy to carry (3 hours later).

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Lily had another fabulous soccer season and lead her team in goals scored! (I only remembered the camera for 1 out of 10+ games but forgot the camera card in the computer – go figure!)

Walt ran a Fall marathon in Charlotte and came in 5th overall. He started really strong and smiling (first photo is around mile 10) but struggled throughout his last mile. It wasn’t a PR but it was still his best yet on this course! However, 8 seconds cost him the first place prize for the distance challenge. Maybe next year 😉

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Our kiddos have become seasoned travelers as we flew to Dallas for Thanksgiving.

Walt and Jacob enjoyed the Panthers / Cowboys game with my brothers where they had field passes (courtesy SIL and brother Mindy and Phil)! Jacob high fived a few players and got a photo with Grant Hill. You can see how happy he was with the beaming smile!

Look how great the quality of the photo is from my brother’s Google glass. Put my Iphone 5 to shame!
And the kids caught up with their cousins.

And lastly Townes had a Christmas performance at his daycare. He is only 3 and tucks his hands in his pockets. It makes him seem like such a little person. 😉 He sang his first song and then they sat down while the other classes sang. He waved as soon as he spotted me. Then the whole school got up to sing together – ADORABLE! Their little voices are priceless.

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That hits the highlights of what our family has been up so far (minus work and projects here and there). I hope to keep in touch more in the coming year.

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  1. melissa lopez says:

    my FAVORITE post EVER!!!!!!!!!! beautiful family, beautiful sister – can’t wait to see y’all in march!!!! we’ll be documenting that event A LOT!!!! 😉

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