Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Top 15 of 2015

Recently, one of my favorite bloggers, Chelsea at The New Wifestyle, put together a post about her 15 favorite photos of the year. These were photos that usually had a memorable story behind them, so it really was a way to recap her year through pictures. I commented on how much I loved the idea, so she made a link up!

The New Wifestyle 2015 Photo Linkup

It took me long enough, but I finally put them together--we've still got over a week left in 2015, so there's time for you to join in as well!

1. That ain't no etch-a-sketch, your eggo is preggo!

old towne alexandria

Although the majority of these photos will be in no particular order, this one definitely takes the cake. We snapped this pic in Old Towne Alexandria on the day we got that positive pregnancy test. (Read the full story here.) I remember poring over the menu in a restaurant, and trying to get my phone to load articles on what pregnant women could and could not eat. Although I was elated to find out such happy news, I also felt so much fear and anxiety as well. I'm so grateful I have this amazing husband who is with me in this journey!

2. Millie

Mardi Gras Goldendoodle

It's no secret that we are obsessed with our dog--she has basically been our first child! I grew up with dogs so I always knew how much joy they could bring to a family, and Millie has been no exception. This dog and her crazy personality brightens our day in so many ways--even when she is being a Rick Rickerson! (I will probably have to write a separate post on all of Millie's nicknames. We probably call her "Millie" only a few times a day.)

3. The Gender Reveal

baby girl gender reveal

Our "Gender Reveal" was nothing fancy, just a picture we took with some pink-frosted cupcakes (thanks Donna!) after our doctor's appointment that morning. It was just one more exciting step towards meeting Aida! (And I also kept saying I had a feeling it was a girl, so thanks for backing your mom up on that one, kiddo!)

4. Pushing myself out of my comfort zone

airplane

This year, a co-worker and I were accepted to do a presentation at our national conference. After I submitted my registration in July, I did nothing but dread the trip for the following three months. I didn't want to  spend time away from my family, I didn't want to get on a plane by myself, and I most certainly did not want to spend a week with a bunch of people I didn't know very well. In the end, I was so happy I went--I had a great time exploring Portland and getting to know my fellow 4-H Agents from Virginia, and I was so proud of myself for kicking ass and taking names during our presentation (the former is metaphorical, the latter is literal--people wanted to learn more!).

5. Exploring Nashville

grilled cheese food truck

This came right on the heels of the Portland trip. I absolutely love traveling with Matt--and I know I have been kind of mushy lately about how great he is, but it's the truth! I may not be as well traveled as some, but I love exploring new places, and it's so much more fun when you've got someone who is just excited as you to find all the best grilled cheese places in the world.

6. Our nephew, Felix


"No kidding around Felix, hurry up and get here!" These were the words of our almost-three year old niece, Nora, when her baby brother was taking his sweet time to arrive. Finally, we welcomed him into the world on November 18th. He's quite tiny and quite handsome, and we can't wait to finally meet him in person!

7. Building friendships with our neighbors


We've been so lucky to end up with great neighbors, right next door! We have some of the best times, doing nothing more than hanging out in the driveway, grilling or picking up Taco Bell, and watching the dogs go to town on some Himalayan chews. We feel even luckier that the three of us will all have baby girls very close in age--you're outnumbered, boys!

8. Reuniting with old friends


Every year, a group of us from my high school youth group plan a reunion. This tradition just started a few years ago, but I'm so happy we've been able to continue. Even with technology, it can be so hard to keep up with close friends after you move away.

9. Eating our way through 2015
Top Eats of 2015

It's no secret that we love going out to eat--I'm lucky to be married to a guy who who has his priorities straight. This year saw some very memorable meals, including grilled cheese food trucks (see above), L'Auberge, and our Chef's Table experience at Lightfoot for our anniversary.

10. Breaking my wrist

broken wrist

I wouldn't consider this a top moment of 2015, but it was certainly a memorable  moment! In any case, it did make me realize how much I take for granted having two, functioning arms and hands.

11. Working with a professional photographer

L'Auberge Restaraunt

You've probably noticed my fashion photos are so well done--it's because I use a professional, Matty T. (I'm sure you've heard of him). Sorry ladies, but I've got exclusive rights to his contract!

12-13: Standing by my friends on their big day

blacksburg wedding
This picture is so important to me--just two buildings over is where our friendship began!
Two of my very best friends tied the know in 2015! My college roommate, Molly, had a spectacular wedding in Blacksburg. Not only did that mean a trip to one of my favorite places in the world, but with all the pre-wedding preparations, I got to see Molly more than usual throughout the year!


My best friend got married this past fall in Nashville. I was very happy to be part of her lovely ceremony, and grateful we got to spend some time together before little miss arrives and our world is turned upside down.

14. Getting to spend more time with my parents


It's true what they say--you don't know what you've got til it's gone! I used to think I could be so chill about living away from my parents, but the older I get, the more I miss being close to them. It's incredibly difficult to find time to visit--it's about a six hour drive, and my busy work schedule doesn't always leave me many free weekends. Not to mention, they both work and have not just one, but three kids living all over the place that they need to find the time to visit. This year, it seems we were able to see them more than usual, and I wasn't complaining! I'm definitely looking forward  to their next visit when Aida arrives.

15. The gang's all here!


I just have the best time hanging out with Matt and our little dood. Take the other night, for example: we laughed so hard that I cried and my ribs ached when we read a book for Aida called "Snuggle Puppy" that made you sing the words. We both sang it in the most over-the-top way imaginable, and meanwhile Millie sits there tilting her head at the two of us. Yes, sometimes I'm cranky, and sometimes Millie is very naughty and puts everyone in a bad mood, but I wouldn't change any part of this life we have together.

Well, that's a wrap for 2015! For #JAMPackedHoliday, I'm going to leave you with quite possibly my favorite song of the year: "Lifted Up (1985)" by Passion Pit. Michael Angelakos wrote it for his wife, and the song is so epic, so upbeat, that I can help but sing along loudly whenever I hear it.



What were your top moments of 2015! Share with us and link up at the New Wifestyle blog!

All Love,





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