12.31.2015

2015 Favorites

Today, I'm linking up with Momfessionals, A Little Bit of Everything, and Grace & Love for 2015 Favorites!

JANUARY
 We rang in 2015 in Arizona with my family and soaked in the amazing weather before heading back to freezing Iowa.
  photo IMG_1834_2_zps367183cd.jpg
David turned ONE on January 31st! He finally started sleeping through the night and I weaned him. Life started feeling a lot more manageable after that :)
  photo IMG_2803_zpsnwga5vpg.jpg
FEBRUARY
... We endured and survived :) Winter is not our favorite. Spencer and I completed our first AND LAST Whole 30, and I have to say, I'm pretty impressed that I survived that many days without any added sugar and that I spent as much time as I did in the kitchen. #neveragain! haha At the end of the month, Spencer (and David) spent Spencer's 27th birthday in Utah for his sweet Grandpa Jack Hall's funeral. Jack and I had to stay in Iowa unfortunately because flights were too expensive.
 photo IMG_3231_zpsgbudqnhe.jpg
MARCH
My dad came to visit! And it "warmed" up to 40 degrees so we had to come out of hibernation and go for a walk! #it'sallinperspective!
 photo IMG_3371_zps4aqlivmr.jpg
Spencer had a conference in Chicago the week of St. Patrick's Day and we all came along! Most days, the boys and I explored while Spencer had meetings but we all went to the St. Patrick's Day parade together and met for dinner every night! This is my favorite picture from the trip -----> we got photobombed plus there is a girl holding her pants instead of wearing her pants in the background. There were a lot of drunk people in Chicago that day. haha!
 photo IMG_3556_zpswsamtmup.jpg
Spencer's parents visited the week before Easter! We showed them all around the Quad Cities and visited Nauvoo over the weekend.
 photo IMG_4004_zpse0tpwldr.jpg
APRIL
Easter and soccer games :)
 photo IMG_4201_zpsj3ar4yzl.jpg
 photo IMG_4445_zpswtiszmzx.jpg
MAY
After almost five years of marriage, Spencer finally finished school!!! He graduated from UAB with an MHA and MBA and got hired on at Genesis Health System. I started working very part time teaching swimming lessons at our local gym.
My mom visited over Mother's Day weekend :)
  photo IMG_4764_2_zpsszuuoi8o.jpg
I said goodbye to a lot of Iowa friends who moved away :(
  photo IMG_4679_zpskjd4ar5s.jpg
We spontaneously met my entire family in New Orleans for a quick family vacation when James spontaneously up and moved there to do summer sales with his girlfriend. Translation: we wanted to meet the amazing girl that James followed to New Orleans ;) WE ALL FELL IN LOVE MADDIE!!!
 photo IMG_5062_zpsrgsyfwwx.jpg
JUNE
I flew with Jack and David to spend a week in Arizona. I spent every other weekend with my mom three times in a row which hasn't happened in my entire adult life and it was awesome! (Mother's Day in Iowa, Memorial Day in New Orleans and June in Arizona!)
  photo IMG_8327_zps5g6haqsf.jpg
Spencer met up with us for a week in Utah. His parents rented a cabin in Eden for a few days and we had a blast boating, hiking, and hanging out with his family!
 photo IMG_5538_zpsgmlmgxk3.jpg
We celebrated our fifth anniversary in Park City, Utah - it was the first time we had ever spent a night away from our kids and it was amazing! We need to figure out how to get away more often!
  photo IMG_5613_zpsilqjdwpn.jpg
JULY
We spent most of our days at the pool, the splash pad, or biking to parks on our bike trail!
We went to Nauvoo for our Stake family day and saw the Nauvoo Pageant.
  photo IMG_6221_zps5ygsbe4g.jpg
The last weekend of July, we raced our second time in the Bix 7.
 photo IMG_6320_2_zpszenfsngv.jpg
AUGUST
We continued to run and bike on our bike trail!
 photo IMG_6884_zpsyz3nqjj8.jpg
We went camping for the first time as a family of four.
 photo IMG_6726_zps1b2yarof.jpg
We went to the event that Spencer looked forward to all year - the Rib Fest :) And we won $500 dollars in gift cards to local businesses in a selfie competition!
 photo IMG_7190_zpsbbyk2r1e.jpg
Jack started three-year-old preschool!
 photo IMG_9444_zpsfiorbxou.jpg
September
We celebrated my 26th birthday by running a half marathon! It was Spencer's first one and he did awesome! I'm not sure if I'll ever be able to convince him to do another one, though :)
 photo IMG_7459_zps7uigjwm7.jpg
We vacationed for a week in Sea Grove Beach, Florida!
 photo IMG_7929_zpsky47bswc.jpg
 OCTOBER
 Spencer had another conference in Chicago so we tagged along again! (I really get the better end of the deal when Spencer has conferences :) Jack and David's favorite places to visit were the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (because there were so many turtles!) and the Lincoln Park Zoo. Here we all are at the zoo!
 photo IMG_2779_zps9srfzs4w.jpg
We had a blast doing all of the Halloween things! For our church's trunk-or-treat we were the Incredibles and on Halloween Jack was a ghost and David was a puppy.
 photo IMG_9146_zpsrr6j8h7y.jpg
 photo IMG_9154_zpsw0maosl7.jpg
NOVEMBER
We had our first snow of the season (the only snow worth playing in in my opinion ;), we celebrated Thanksgiving with friends, and Jack turned four and had a Paw Patrol birthday party.
 photo IMG_9492_zpsuzwcoff9.jpg
  photo IMG_2888_zpsbpdr4ril.jpg
 DECEMBER
 My brother James got married on the 19th in Utah! We went to Utah for the wedding, celebrated Christmas with Spencer's family, then went to Arizona for another wedding reception.
  photo IMG_0051_zpszd56zf4o.jpg
  photo IMG_3134_zpslfgb5jxf.jpg
  photo DSC_3423_zpsa6em25oq.jpg
===============================   
2015 has been good to us!  I am grateful for God's love and grace that has been present and constant during the good times and the bad.

12.27.2015

A Christmas Photo Dump

Christmas Eve
  photo IMG_0107_zpsz5efhf94.jpg
  photo IMG_3255_zpspofemnbl.jpg
  photo IMG_3235_zpshxooo72a.jpg
  photo DSC_3381_zpsbe8yrfae.jpg
  photo DSC_3372_zpsjsdaodkx.jpg
  photo DSC_3384_zpsl8fd1zvp.jpg
  photo IMG_0139_zpszdqctwg8.jpg
  photo DSC_3385_zpsvwky8t3n.jpg
fighting over baby Jesus :)
 photo IMG_0128_zpsuvdvgnmk.jpg
  photo DSC_3396_zpsxvzwdhlv.jpg
  photo DSC_3408_zpskwnuwiyf.jpg
  photo DSC_3423_zpsa6em25oq.jpg
 photo DSC_3375_zpsg8m6fabw.jpg
Christmas Day:
 photo IMG_3261_zpsbxtpkiln.jpg
 photo IMG_3273_zps9y9vwjko.jpg
 photo IMG_3269_zpsmajamy31.jpg
 photo IMG_3278_zpsye0smptf.jpg
 photo IMG_3285_zpshcneh1hr.jpg
 photo IMG_3288_zpsv272s1mt.jpg
 photo IMG_0132_zpsblblg2d4.jpg
 photo IMG_0137_zpsca5atyf9.jpg
 photo IMG_0138_zpsbwevh36o.jpg
---------------------------------
Saturday night Jazz game and Sunday flight to Arizona - flying is a bajillion times easier with Spencer!!!                   photo IMG_0140_zps7mkdbejk.jpg  photo IMG_0147_zpspas0ui6d.jpg  photo IMG_0152_zpsdarbai4o.jpg
We had a very Merry Christmas and I hope you did too!