2015 in Review

2015 in Review.

Well. What a year. I can’t believe all that has happened in 2015! Overall 2015 was really good to me and my little family. I always love looking back at this time of year and highlighting posts that show the things that we did. Because I haven’t linked the old blog to the new blog, I’ll be adding some links to the old blog, hopefully that won’t confuse you all too much! Let’s get this recap started!

January – The first month of the year is always one of the quietest and calmest for us and I really don’t mind. Sometimes we need those quiet days after the holidays! We hibernate a lot and watch a lot of TV and movies. But I did go out and do some karaoke with some lovely ladies one night (I think this needs to happen in 2016!). Nate and I also got out of the house for the Winter Beer Dabbler and had a blast. I gave an update on Ollie’s sleep issues (he was finally starting to sleep almost the entire night!)

February – I shared the beginning of my hair journey, even though I had kind of decided in January to start growing it out. I shared some thoughts on getting older. Nate and I went out for a fun Valentine’s Day dinner. And my baby started WALKING!

March – We enjoyed some early Spring weather and started walking outside in the evenings again. I got to go to the Minnesota Bloggers Favorite Things party and met some awesome people there. I started wearing my Fitbit and tracking my exercise – something I need to get back into more. I shared a bit of an emotional post about Ollie being completely weaned of breastfeeding (but the trade offs were pretty awesome – sleeping all the way through the night for one!)

April – We celebrated a bit of a chilly Easter. We said farewell to our music group. I shared memories of my engagement to Nate on the ten year anniversary of the day he proposed.

May – I had a chance to be in the audience for Twin Cities Live with some other bloggers. I celebrated my second Mother’s Day (well with Ollie on this side anyway!). I shared some thoughts on what makes a good life. We went to see Wits (and I’m so glad I did since it is now cancelled). Nate and I celebrated nine years of marriage.

June – We took a vacation to Itasca State Park and had an absolute blast. I celebrated my blog’s four year anniversary. Nate and I played in the Surly Open Disc Golf tournament. We also celebrated Father’s Day. I admitted I was just not able to keep up with another No Shop Summer experience. And I shared some fun facts about myself.

July – We had a great 4th of July holiday. I started vaguely referring to my job search as I was in the thick of applying and starting to interview for something different. I re-embraced the idea of going to a salon for a haircut. I shared some thoughts on parenting a toddler. Nate and I attended our second All Pints North beer festival in Duluth

August – I launched my new, updated blog! I also made a big change to my social media handle. I talked about our awesome tomato crop. I started my 100 Happy Days on Instagram. And while I didn’t talk about it a lot, I was still interviewing like crazy and even found myself with the potential to have to make some serious decisions. But in the midst of all that I found time for fun things, I had a chance to preview the MN State Fair with other bloggers. We went to the Fair and enjoyed a visit from Nate’s St. Louis relatives.

September – I was finally able to share my exciting job news! We visited the Apple Orchard and Nate and I went to Surlyfest. I shared some thoughts on the old job on my last day. I backed out of Thrift Style Thursday after finding I just wasn’t able to keep up with it as easily – still love my thrifting though!

October – Started my new job and went to a slightly less posting schedule on the blog. We celebrated our annual Oktoberfest. I did a “No K” with Jen. I started writing Throwback Thursday journal posts with Laura from One Girl, Two Cities. We took Ollie to a pumpkin patch for the first time ever and discovered a new tradition. We celebrated Halloween with the cutest little puppy you ever did see. And mama got a new iPhone!

November – I got to try out my artistic side at Jen’s painting birthday party. Jen and I also celebrated an epic “In Between Birthday” weekend in the middle of the month. I attended my first ever Minnesota Blogger Conference and learned a ton of wonderful information. We had our family pictures taken. Nate and I celebrated our birthdays by seeing the last Hunger Games movie and I enjoyed brunch at Betty Danger’s with all of my favorite ladies. We celebrated a nice low key Thanksgiving. I got some help with a blog redesign – much more of the vision I actually had back in August and I am still so happy with how it turned out!

December – We celebrated our sweet boy’s 2nd birthday with a special day for just the three of us at Macy’s seeing Santa and then a super fun birthday party at Choo Choo Bob’s Train store. We decked our halls and packed in as much holiday fun as we could. We had a wonderful Christmas. It was probably the fastest month of the year, but quite possibly my favorite.

And now that brings us to today!  I chose “embrace” as my word of the year for 2015 and I had no idea just how much it would really mean.  I had no idea the changes that were in store for me this year with the new job and I definitely embraced it head on.  I’ll have many more thoughts on 2016 and what’s to come, my hopes, my new word of the year and all that jazz next week.  For now, I will wish you all a safe and Happy New Year and as always, thank you so much for stopping by, reading a little bit and sharing in my life.  It means so much to me! Cheers!

4 thoughts on “2015 in Review

  1. Wow, you’ve had quite the year! It’s so fun reading everyone’s recaps. From a new job to your FOUR YEAR blogiversary to Ollie walking… Can’t wait to see how 2016 turns out for you! I’m sure it’ll be great. 🙂

  2. This was a great recap Beth, 2015 was a great year for you! Lots of changes, but all of them good I think! Have a happy new year, and here’s to a great 2016!!

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