Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Goodbye 2014

Today is the last day of 2014.  In addition to meaning another year is being left behind us, it also means that for the third year in a row, my family and I have successfully completed the Holidailies challenge of posting entries to our blog every day of this month – with each of us contributing one out of every 4 entries.  Life is ordinarily chock full and December is even busier than the rest of the year.  Which makes our accomplishment all the more impressive to me.  I am very proud of our family and feel so blessed to have each of you in my life!

For my last entry of 2014, I want to highlight some of my personal favorites of the year:

-- Numerous school concerts for both kids (including 2 performances at School Board meetings and Holly in All-County Chorus)
-- Walking miles and miles of the Old Croton Aqueduct trail
-- Lots of summer tennis at Maplewood (even more than last year)
-- Lots of early morning and weekend workouts at Planet Fitness – more gym visits this year than any other year I can remember
-- Amazing performances by both kids in The Sound of Music, Godspell, Humans of New York (the musical), Crazy For You, Romeo and Juliet and The Wizard Of Oz
-- Our Universal Studios/Disney World trip in February – it amazes me how different our trips are every 3 years based on how much the kids have changed in the interval
-- Our Spring break trip to Hawaii – so much fun, hiking, snorkeling, doing yoga on the beach at sunset, attending a luau, coming out of the epic sunset each night, massages at the spa and more.
-- Our summer trip to Norway – we didn’t really know what to expect and we ended up really enjoying and experiencing new things.  Personal favorite was hiking, kayaking and rib boating on the fjords
-- Our Christmas week trip to Dallas/Fort Worth – crazy Christmas decorations at Gaylord Texas, best bbq ribs (Lockharts) and brisket (Pecan Lodge) we ever ate, got to learn about Texas history, created our own film festival and spent some quality time together.
-- Grayson’s first foray in attending sleep away camp at French Woods – it was much harder on us having her away that long that it was on her being away.
-- Reed getting his learner’s permit and learning to drive
-- Laughing our butts off with our friends at the Telluride Film Festival (and not having to work during the festival this year)
-- Lots of Broadway shows (including Grayson's obsession, Heathers the Musical), movies and family dinners
-- Starting our college visits with Reed
-- Reed auditioning for and making Chamber Choir

Wishing all of you a happy and healthy 2015 filled with fun, love and laughter.

-- Frosty

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