Good Bye 2014

Friday, January 9, 2015

As I look back on all the photos I took during 2014, I can't help but be grateful.  Grateful for the amazing memories we made as a family.  It was a busy, fun-filled year, and it was so good to us.  I know most people highlight just a few things from their year, but I just can't do that.  This post is very photo heavy, as I chose to share photos that reflected some of the bigger celebrations each moth.

We took a trip to the other coast of Florida to camp and celebrate Caleb's 9th birthday.  It was great to camp on the water, explore the old fort, and relax.
Caleb and I attended the finals of the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian.  He got to meet a lot of the players, get autographs, and take photos.  On the drive home, he declared it the best day ever.
Michele and Lydia came down from Connecticut to help Madeline celebrate her 6th birthday at Splitsville in Downtown Disney.  We had a great time bowling and putt putt golfing.
Caleb played in tennis tournaments almost every weekend, but he sure enjoyed playing at the courts down the street from Deb and Andy.
We also went camping with several friends over "Spring Break".  We ALWAYS have a grand time with them, great fellowship and fun with dirt, too.
We managed to dye eggs before Easter and also have a little egg hunt at the house.
This was a very busy month for us.  Caleb had his first opportunity to be a ball kid at a local pro tennis tournament.  It won't be his last!
We took a boat out on the river to celebrate my birthday and Mother's Day.
We also celebrated my birthday with my sister and had fun trying to reinact an old high school photo.
Bammy also came down from Connecticut to celebrate her birthday at the end of the month.
I had my first roll of 35mm film developed that I shot using my SLR.  Loved it!
Madeline had her Spring recital and did amazing.  This girl of ours loves the stage.
We also managed to go camping at a new campground, one with a rodeo.  It was such a great time.  We're actually planning on returning real soon.
I also shot my second roll of film.
Michele and Lydia came down from Connecticut for the 4th of July/early Madeline's Family Day celebration.  The kids had a blast in the water area of the hotel.
My sister threw a joint super hero birthday party for Leah and Josh.  I had so much fun shooting this one!
We still had more camping in us, back at our local spot on the beach and still with glorious sunsets.
Havi finally got her balance bike, and she couldn't have been happier.
Caleb played in the State Doubles Championships for 10s and had a great time.
We flew up to Connecticut to help Lydia celebrate her 8th birthday.  We love Connecticut in the fall!
We didn't wait until the last minute to get pumpkins. Yay!
We took another boat out on Patrick's birthday. He said I couldn't be the only one getting a ride on the river for their birthday. So he fixed that. lol
Halloween saw a new costume, a repeat costume, and no costume.
The little peanut turned 3 and celebrated by hanging out at the tennis courts.

I had to throw in this out take from our Christmas card photo session at the end of the month, as I really didn't photograph anything else.
I think December is busy for everyone, and we are no exception.  Madeline had her winter recital and made a beautiful snowflake.
 We managed to celebrate Christmas with Mickey and his friends, in addition to doing so at home.
 We also had the opportunity to visit family in South Florida, ride a few rides and get some faces painted.
As I looked back at the photos I chose to share and those I chose not to, I realized that the ones I'm leaving out are the ones that reflect our every day.  Before bringing Havi home from China and Caleb's tennis training taking off, I did a much better job of not only capturing our every day moments but also sharing them on the blog.  It's been hard for me to find the time to post as much as I used to. And so often, those ordinary, everyday moments get edged out when something big happens that I want to share.  So in 2015, I hope to do a better job of getting those simple, everyday moments back up here on the blog.  And you just might see me try to slip in a few shots from recent months because I just can't help myself. lol

Well, we have a very big weekend planned.  Bammy is arriving today, and on Saturday we will be heading to the tennis tournament in the party bus.  We're really looking forward to celebrating Caleb's birthday in a fun and unique way. Can't wait to share all about it!


June K 1/09/2015  

Such a wonderful happy 2015. I enjoyed seeing the recap.

lisacng @ 1/09/2015  

A great year!!! Loved the first shot of Caleb and the one of the kiddos on the ranch. I especially love family shots, as I'm sure you do, since the photographer is rarely in front of the camera. Can't wait to see more this year!

Deb 1/12/2015  

Love looking back over the year! Wonderful memories we all will cherish!

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