2015: Year in Review

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This is the fourth year for this review ( 2012 and 2013 and 2014 ) and I forget how much I actually do and accomplish until I finish this post. Cheers to 2015!

What did you do in 2015 that you’d never done before?
In January, I took Kamden and Aunt Georgia to the Perot Museum in Dallas. Kamden saw snow for the first time in February and we also flew to Little Rock, Arkansas, for a long weekend with my mom, aunts, and cousin. I purchased a pair of cycling shoes in March. In April, Kamden and I took the Zachry ladies to Ennis for the Bluebonnet Festival. On April 20, a film crew took over my dining room to interview me about my donor experience with Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas. In May, Kamden received a medal for completing classes at The Little Gym and Husband and I took him to the Fort Worth Zoo for the milk bank’s donor appreciation day. From June to August, I led a 12-week women’s study at church. In July, I published a 30-day blog series and on July 17, I proudly parked the stroller on the patio of Hooter’s in Downtown Dallas for lunch with my Mom-Tribe and our children. I did my first bridal portrait photo session with Jessica in August. Kamden’s first day of school at JUMPS was August 25 and he got his first haircut on September 9. His buddy, Jackson, spent the night with us September 12. On September 30, I attended the annual benefit luncheon for the milk bank and met January Harshe, creator of Birth Without Fear. I enjoyed a night out with blog friends at Top Golf on October 7. I took pictures of JUMPS students in Pumpkin Patch on October 30. I photographed my first wedding on November 14 and first maternity photo session on December 6. For my 32nd birthday, I made my own ugly Christmas sweater on December 17.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions?
Will you make more for next year?
Yes to some and no to others. I’ll post my 2016 Resolutions soon, stay tuned.

Did anyone close to you give birth?
No

Did anyone close to you die?
No

What countries did you visit?
Just parts of this one: Texas and Kentucky

What would you like to have in 2016 that you lacked in 2015?
Nikon D750 camera body, smaller clothes, and a part-time job

What date from 2015 will remain etched upon your memory?
September 3, 2015 – Celeste called and told me Brandon had throat cancer

What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Co-teaching adult Bible study classes at church

What was your biggest failure?
I did not lose as much weight as I wanted but I have no one to blame but myself. I’ve exercised more this year than I have my entire life, but my pitfall is food and portion control. I’m also an emotional eater. It’s a tragic thing to publicly confess this, but you can’t change what you don’t acknowledge (that’s a Dr.Phil-ism right there!). I’m also disappointed in myself for not having a conversation with someone really important to me. I’ve avoided the situation my entire life but I need to “grow a pair” and say what I need to say. I don’t want Kamden to inherit my weak, cowardly habits.

Did you suffer illness or injury?
Besides allergies and occasional sniffles, I’ve been healthy.

What was the best thing you bought?
Bible tabs from The Salty Biscuit, an Etsy shop based in Tyler, Texas; an ASUS tablet (to replace the one I broke); and, a Bissel steam mop

Whose behavior merited celebration?
Husband for being the best husband and father. Mom-Tribe friends for putting up with my shenanigans. Brandon for his strength to fight cancer; Celeste for her unbridled commitment to Brandon; and, their daughters, Kirsten and Britton for letting me be Auntie Nee during their difficult days and nights.

Where did your Husband’s money go?
Retirement and savings, mortgage, taxes, insurance, utilities, groceries, pre-school tuition, Cabela’s, and Amazon.

What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Going to Kentucky for Thanksgiving – it was my first time visiting since August 2014. I never been away that long and I don’t want it to happen again. I miss my family too much.

What song will always remind you of 2015?
“Fight Song” — Rachel Platten

Compared to this time last year, are you:
Happier or sadder?
Happier
Thinner or fatter?
Fatter
Richer or poorer?
Poorer

What do you wish you’d done more of?
Exercised and taken more pictures, especially our family of three

What do you wish you’d done less of?
Eat; compared myself to others; and stress about insignificant things.

How did you spend Christmas?
This Christmas was exactly what Christmas is supposed to be: full of food, fun, and family. Our Christmas festivities actually began December 12 when we hosted all of Kamden’s friends and their parents for Friendsgiving-Day-Mas, a combination of Thanksgiving, Kamden’s second birthday, and Christmas. I spent the week of Christmas cooking and baking in preparation for our trip to East Texas with Husband’s parents, oldest brother, and extended family. I baked dozens of peanut butter and chocolate cookies, banana cupcakes, and pecan pie bars and made green bean casserole, spinach salad with maple-bacon vinaigrette, hash brown casserole, and four dozen homemade yeast rolls. I started loading the Expedition Wednesday night and early Thursday morning and I’ve never been more thankful for a full-size SUV with a fold-flat third row! Since North Texas had near record high temperatures on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we took several guns with us and Kamden got to fish and feed cows with Uncle Chad. We opened gifts at home Christmas Day night after we got home. There were gifts galore under the tree, plus some from family in Kentucky including a box of Cheetos for Kamden from his Aunt Kathy! Santa went overboard with toys for Kamden, bringing Tonka trucks, this chair, coloring books, a musical keyboard, and a remote-controlled truck. Husband got a staple gun for us to take to the gun range – no more tape or tacks!

Kamden and Cheetos

Did you fall in love in 2015?
Actually, yes. I fell in love with people who genuinely appreciate me as much as I appreciate them. Those mutual feelings are precious and I am grateful to have these individuals in my life. So yeah, I fell in love in 2015.

How many one-night stands?
None.

Who were your best friends?
Husband. Celeste. Jenny in North Dakoooooooota. Lisa. Becky. Lara. Alan. Jan.
The Mom-Tribe: Tana, Morgan, Nichole, Katie, and Jalyn.

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others?
I donated 29 gallons of breast milk to the Mother’s Milk Bank of North Texas; invited five girlfriends to church … and they came; and led multiple Bible studies at church.

What were your favorite TV programs?
Wheel of Fortune, Real Housewives, Top Chef, Master Chef Junior, Chopped and Judge Judy
and Married At First Sight … I have big hopes for Season 3 couples!

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
I resent ignoring my better judgment and being dooped by someone who I knew to be mentally unstable and vicious. She proved her untrustworthiness and showed her true colors. I knew better than to let my guard down, but I definitely learned a lesson the hard way. There was another individual who disappointed me with her disrespectful behavior and ugly words in front of me and two friends in what is supposed to be a safe and sacred place: church. I don’t hate this woman, but I severely dislike her and her poor choice of words. I’ve never witnessed or experienced another human treat others with such vulgarity. She’s been avoiding me like the plague the past two weeks but I fully intend to have a private conversation with her to address what happened. Her ridiculous behavior is exactly why “Christians” get a bad rap and some never set foot in a worship center again.

What were the best books you read in 2015?
10 Gifts of Wisdom by Sally Clarkson –  I’d like to read this with other parents, in a small group setting, and discuss gifts we give to our children in order for them to be mature, grateful, kind, and more Spirit-filled adults in a mean and self-centered world. Made to Crave by Lysa TerKeurst – I’m not the only one who struggles finding contentment and fulfillment with spiritual sustenance instead of food. Soul Keeping by John Ortberg – Nurturing the soul might be the most important part of whole health! Over the summer, I led a women’s small group Bible study and we read Twelve Women of the Bible by Lysa Terkeurst. Every week we discussed a different woman of the Bible and realized we have more in common with our Biblical ancestors than we realize!

What was your greatest musical discovery?
Newsboys — We Believe

What did you want and get?
Husband and I purchased a 2004 Expedition. The gas mileage isn’t great but it’s roomy and I love it. Sometime in the summer, while wrestling with Kamden on the bed, I accidently cracked my tablet’s screen. Husband bought me a new one for my birthday.

What did you want but did NOT get?
I still haven’t served on a jury, even though I’ve been summoned twice. I didn’t create an Advent tradition for Kamden. I need new running shoes.

What was your favorite film this year?
I watched “Sisters” with Celeste and it was the most fabulous two hours spent in a movie theater. While the movie was hilarious, the girl time was the best feature. The sushi lunch prior to and popcorn during was delicious too!

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 32 on December 17. I celebrated with six friends at The Cheesecake Factory. I decided everyone should wear an ugly Christmas sweater and I decided to make my own by using an old sweater and items purchased at The Dollar Tree – red tinsel, assorted bows, miniature ornaments, an elf’s hat, and large ornaments as earrings. The ugly sweater only enhanced my birthday celebration with friends with too much food, lots of laugh, and too many inappropriate jokes about The Cat Paw lovingly gifted by Becky. That woman is nuts and she gives the best gifts. I think it should be obvious by the following pictures but just in case: I do not take myself seriously and there is always – ALWAYS – something to smile about. 🙂

bday 32

Birthday 32

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
To stop worrying and stressing about making others happy. I need to prioritize my family and self more often.

What kept you sane?
My Mom-Tribe, they’re amazing!

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
POOR STEVE HARVEY!!!!!!! Seriously, he made an honest mistake by announcing the incorrect name at the Miss Universe pageant.

What political issue stirred you the most?
Refugees and sanctuary cities.
It might not be political, per se, but the “affluenza” case of Ethan Couch infuriates me.

Who do you miss?
Family in Kentucky

Who are the best new persons you met this year?
Misty and Hollie and Barbara

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2015.
Life is never dull with a toddler in the house!
The world is full of crazy people – don’t become one of them.
Be nice, not naïve.

Quote that sums up your year:
Surround yourself with genuine people!

Before you go, leave a comment about your favorite memory from 2015. Or, if you posted a “year in review” on your blog, give me the link so I can read it!

I wish you health and happiness in 2016 – God bless. 🙂

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  1. Celeste December 30, 2015 at 7:32 am - Reply

    This was a fabulous review. I’m glad I’ve been around for so much of it and I’m telling you, I plan on a less crazy year in 2016 so I can be around for even more of the fun stuff next year!!

    • Nicole December 30, 2015 at 8:58 am - Reply

      Thank you, Friend. I guarantee you: 2015 was fabulous because of YOU and your FAMILY. Love you all to the moon and back, thank you for letting me be a part of all of your adventures, the fun ones and the not-so-fun ones. We have a lot of laughs coming in 2016, including pictures where we hold our necks!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. Lisa December 30, 2015 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Happy year-in-review day, friend! I missed you this year. Can we find a way to stay in better touch next year? Maybe we can schedule a monthly phone date or something… 🙂

    • Nicole December 30, 2015 at 8:00 pm - Reply

      Yes! Yes! Yes! I miss you to the moon and back, phone calls, Skype, something! In the midst of your busyness, post your review. You know I love reading whatever you post. 🙂

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      • Lisa December 30, 2015 at 8:03 pm - Reply

        I did. I posted mine. 🙂 It’s kind of depressing. But I kind of feel a little relieved having written all of that down.

        • Nicole December 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm - Reply

          I left a comment on your post. I meant every word. *virtual hug*

  3. Julie January 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful review!!! On the fly, I am drawing a blank om the best thing that happened during last year, but I can definitely say that your birthday celebration lastmonth was right up there with the most fun eveing I have had in a really long time!!!!

    • Nicole January 4, 2016 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Then the year was a SUCCESS just for you saying that. Seriously, we have to have those nights more often because all that shenanigan in one night is exhausting and my cheeks STILL hurt from laughing so much.

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