Season’s Greetings & Welcome 2015 (2014 Updates)

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The countdown to 2015 is on, and it’s around this time each year that I try to slow down a bit and reflect throughout the holiday season. I’m grateful for many things, but mostly family and friends.

We were really happy to see many of our family and friends at a Lettuce Lake Park picnic.  Despite the yellow jacket attack during the geocache, it was wonderful to have an opportunity to spend time with everyone. Potlucks are among my favorite things!

So, what have we been up to?

As I rewind my thoughts, I recall the FLL robotics competition Aidan competed in last January.  The “LEGO Masterz” didn’t win, but I would say Aidan and I both learned a thing or two from the experience. And, while we’re not doing the FLL thing anymore, Aidan is still active in chess and run club. In fact, today he is interviewing for a job as CEO of Bright House for the 5th grade Junior Achievement Biztown trip. He’s adorable, even if he is somewhat grounded until his math grades improve.

Skye started kindergarten this year! Wow. 2014 will be the only year where school scheduling is aligned just perfectly. But, who would have imagined how much Skye would enjoy school.  She enjoys it so much, in fact, that she comes home and pretends to play like she’s the teacher and her stuffed “friends” are the students.  My mom said I used to do this too. 🙂

Oh, we did some solid home improvement projects this year.  We painted, had the outside cleaned, got some new furniture and generally spruced the place up.  I even excelled at the handy work by fixing our rotted front door… Go me!

Next year, we’re hoping to score a pool. The tropical oasis we explore in our minds will finally come to fruition. All those swim classes will finally pay off too! Mele Kalikimaka… “It’s the place to be.”

What else happened in 2014?

  • I went back to work full-time with Pro QC. During a meeting in Rochester, I saw snow for the first time. Check!
  • I taught a few webinars and still teach classes at HCC & ICCE. This is another one of my favorite things, no doubt.
  • We are still a Bright House family. Hello Friend!
  • We went camping at Ft. Desoto… I think twice.  It turns out S’mores are amazing. Amazing.
  • We had adventures in more than one park, the Renaissance Festival, the beach, Dali Museum and more. Yeah, we love adventure.
  • We went to NYC. Aidan posted a summary of the trip for me. 🙂
  • Aidan and Luke still head out to the trails for biking whenever they can. They’re quite the team! I tried to workout… Got a trainer for 3 months and made it 2 before I decided to bail. It’s hard!
  • Skye learned how to ride a bike. The highlight of her year was meeting Winter and Hope, the dolphins at Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

As another year comes to a close, we look forward to the adventures ahead!

Posted by jenn on 08:12 pm - Wednesday December 17 2014 , ,

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