Wednesday, January 20, 2016

2015 Year in Review

Now that we are 20 days into 2016, let's take a look back at 2015.  Seems like a good time, right? Better late than never, I suppose. :)

Lucas turned 5 1/2 on January 24th. 
We celebrated by bringing donuts to his Pre-K class.
In January, I was in the middle of a long-term maternity teaching position in a Pre-K classroom directly across from Lucas' room.

I turned 38 on February 3, 2015.
We celebrated with friends at Old Germany restaurant in Choctaw, OK.
The rest of February was pretty predictable: cold, snow, Valentine's Day, cold, snow.
I continued teaching at Deer Creek Elementary.

In March, the weather started warming up!
Mike turned 39 on March 15, 2015.
River came to visit for Spring Break, and I finished my last day of teaching on March 1st!

Happy Easter 2015!
Poor Leah was in the middle of using her pallet expander and her smile was a little off. 

We went to the Energy FC opening season game on April 18th!

We went camping in the Wichita Mountains the last weekend in April.

We celebrated Mother's Day with these three kiddos!

At the Myriad Botanic Gardens a few days before school was out.
Beautiful weather and the excitement of summer was in the air!
Lucas finished Pre-K and the girls finished 4th grade this month.

Mike and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary while on a vacation to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
We also went to Silver Dollar City and Fantastic Caverns in Missouri. 

It got hot!
Swimming at Beth's pool is a summer staple, and we look forward to it every year.

Happy Independence Day, America!

We took an epic trip to Long Beach Island, NJ with Mike's entire family to celebrate his parents' 50th wedding anniversary. It was SO MUCH fun!
Leah, Hannah and their cousin, Velda had a blast playing in the Atlantic Ocean!

Family Beach Picture (also our Christmas card photo)!
Love these people. :)
On July 24th, Lucas turned 6 years old!
We celebrated by taking him and two buddies to see an Energy Soccer game.

School started early on August 10th! 
Hannah and Leah began 5th grade at Deer Creek Intermediate School.

Cutie Patootie (a.k.a. Lucas) started Kindergarten at Deer Creek Elementary.

In September, the Galloway's took their annual pilgrimage to the Great State Fair of Oklahoma!

Fall soccer was in full swing, rain or shine!
Go Destroyers!

October 6th was our third annual House of Healing Gala. 
There were weeks of frenzied activity leading up to the event, and it was a big success!
Plus working with these two ladies made it super fun.

October brings my favorite week of the year: TENKILLER WEEK!
This year, the weather was unusually warm, so we actually took the boat out and swam in the lake.

Such. Good. Memories.

Happy Halloween!
This year we had Cleopatra, Darth Vader, and Katniss Everdeen.

November brought in gray days, cooler weather and more indoor activities (like this trip to the public library).

My mom's handwriting on a recipe card
And then there was Thanksgiving.
This year, it was just the five of us. We cooked a big meal, went to the movies and stayed snuggled in together. It was wonderfully relaxing and low key.

December 1st this sweet Barred Owl showed up on my front porch and made my biggest Facebook post of all time! We ended up rescuing this poor, sick boy, but unfortunately he did not make it. His presence (though short) impacted our lives in a big way! Through this encounter, we learned about Wild Care Oklahoma, a fabulous non-profit just a little south of Oklahoma City.

These two beauties turned 11 on December 16th!
We celebrated by inviting 11 of their closest friends over for pizza, cake and a Minute to Win It themed party.

Christmas Eve Service at church
All is calm, all is bright.

Christmas 2015 in full swing!

New Year's Eve
Lucas started making emoji faces to try to stay awake. We celebrated with Mike's parents, Grandma Velda and a few friends who stopped by. My mother-in-law made her famous chili and a cherry pie, we watched the OU Sooners lose to Clemson (boo) then we rang in the New Year with the East Coast and called it a night.
What a year!!

We are looking forward to all the fun things 2016 will bring!