Everyone is over here talking about 2016 and I’m hoping no one foot will think it’s odd that I am waiting until now to re-cap a couple of important events that occurred in late 2015.
I had thought about skipping over them completely and starting fresh with my blogging come January 1st but it just didn’t feel right. After all, not only do I blog to share with others but honestly, it’s mostly to allow myself to look back and reminisce about some of the most important parts of my life.
Having said that, let’s take a look back at my littlest man turning ONE!!
When it came to first birthdays for my older kids, I did it up big! Decorations, tons of food, custom cakes and big guest lists. While it was fun(for the guests, maybe?!) it was always overwhelming for me and the birthday baby. Call it third child syndrome or call it me wising up, but this year we kept it nice and simple with a small family celebration and homemade cake.
Lane’s birthday fell just a couple of days after Thanksgiving so while we were gathered together we gave thanks to one of our biggest blessings!
Sadly, Lane was fighting a bit of a cold that day so he wasn’t in the best of moods but we managed to get a few smiles.
As for cake, he wasn’t a big fan. At first bite, I thought he might be but once he tasted it, he wasn’t impressed. No surprise there as my other kids didn’t dig into theirs as babies either. As a matter of fact, they still aren’t huge fans of it.
We have decided from here on out, we will just celebrate with doughnut cakes because doughnuts we DO love!!
On Lane’s actual birthday, we met up with our good friends and headed to Babe’s(the best chicken fried steak EVER) for another celebration. This time it was for Lane and myself as my birthday is just one day after his. Best birthday present I have ever received!
Christmas this year was interesting. While it ended up being quite fantastic, the start didn’t feel so “Christmas-like”. We didn’t even get to see “real Santa” so his look alike had to do.
Being in a small apartment, we didn’t get to decorate like we normally do. There was no mantle to hang our stockings and our tree, well, we went from a beautiful 9 foot tree to a 6 foot pencil tree. Pencil described it quite well because it was definitely on the skinny side.
On a side note, having a tree that small kept me from getting that claustrophobic feeling toward the end of December(you know, when you are ready to take down ALL the Christmas stuff).
We also kept our gift buying to a minimum because 1. We have nowhere to put anything and 2. We decided it was more important to save for the things we want in our new home.
Like I said earlier though, those small things aside, it ended up being one of our best Christmas’ yet!
As a family we volunteered with a local outreach for homeless families. We purchased a large amount of gloves, hats, socks and scarves to be given out at the Christmas party that the outreach hosted for the homeless. We also volunteered our time by cooking and handing out stockings to the children who were part of the less fortunate families. For my children to see for the very first time in their lives how other people live was quite the eye opener. At times it was sad for them, and scary, too, but it was something they needed to see.
We are not rich by any means but we are blessed to have all the things we need and many of the things we want. My kids have never had to do without and because of this, they often take their privilege for granted. Or maybe I should say, they often took their privilege for granted. Since our day of volunteering, they have definitely been more aware of their blessings and speak often of the children who aren’t as lucky. We all look forward to future opportunities to volunteer with this program.
We may not have gone crazy with the gift giving this year(and probably won’t from here on forward!), that doesn’t mean that we didn’t enjoy our Christmas. The kids still had fun gifts to open and were happy with what they received.
Everyone but Lane, that is. We really kept his gifts to a minimum and it is a good thing we did because he was not the least bit interested. Not even the wrapping paper caught his interest. Empty boxes however, were quite the fun time!
The day after Christmas, we went to Wichita Falls(our hometown) to celebrate with family. Again, we were very thankful that we didn’t go overboard on the kids because between the two Christmas celebrations, they ended up with MORE than enough……and we are still trying to figure out where to put everything!
While we have had some tense moments in 2015 due to moving(all self imposed, I might add) overall it has been a really good year. I have to say though, I am looking forward to 2016 and crossing my fingers that we will be in our new house sooner rather than later. I’m ready to start making it a home with memories that we will cherish for years to come.
What was your favorite memory of 2015?
Birthday parties? Do you keep them small or celebrate lavishly?