January 07, 2015

memories & reflections {2014}

I typed 2013, and then realized that if we are in 2015, I have missed a year {but here is the actual recap for 2013!}.  There is no doubt about it... 2014 flew by.  It was a year of growing and hard lessons, and lessons we are still learning. And... it was beautiful.  Every gift from above is...

We finally camped at Ft Wilderness!  We had a blast... even though it didn't go exactly as we planned.  For the first time ever, I was not with one of my kiddos on their birthday, but she really enjoyed the birthday themed care package.  And... of course, there were bowls in Cambier Park.  Just a couple more weeks until it is time to go again!

We made our first of two trips to Ocala to watch some very special young ladies ride in a horse show- and a bonus was picking up Laura at school and enjoying the shows with her! On Valentine's Day, I surprised Eric with a special dinner & movie night- even perfecting the rose napkin from Be Our Guest! I also managed to talk my guys into more than their fair share of beach walks...

It was hard to escape rooting on our FGCU Eagle basketball team- even Cam got in on "Dunk City!" Let the kayaking adventures begin! And Pi Day {although THIS pi day will be (apparently) epic.}

My sister, niece & I made a girls trip to visit Laura and we enjoyed the butterfly garden- and Laura!!! I hosted Easter dinner, and enjoyed making it beautiful!  It is no secret how much i LOVE hot air balloons!  Only a few more months!

These two kids made my Mother's Day beautiful... and these smiles may have been a highlight!  We also tried to stay up all night at Disney World... it was so much fun, but 24 hours?  We just couldn't make it!

His Eagle Scout Project...completed!  We also made a first round of college visits with him and enjoyed the weekend away at the beach.  {We prefer the beach, but he is now thinking COLD!}  And while the boys were away at Boy Scout Camp, Laura & I had some time to regroup. 

Cam went to Africa, and we didn't... but we were so excited for the family and loved hearing about their adventures when they returned!  Laura started work at our local zoo and loves it!  For Eric's birthday, we made an Italian feast {complete with two delicious gluten-free cakes} and celebrated with friends. 

The start of the last year of marching band, the last band camp!  Eric & I shared a rootbeer float for our 22nd anniversary. Camden had his last first day of high school... senior year is here!

Eric and I spent the weekend away celebrating a friend's retirement from the USCG... the sunset at their cottage was spectaular. While we were in St. Pete we had a chance to admire the Chihuly Collection!  Eric is a pro at finding heart shaped rocks, and I learned from the best. 

This season of marching band has been terrific, and we just keep celebrating our bass drummer!  We might still be basking in the glow from this beautiful October wedding of Amy & William.  It was such an amazing celebration!  On our last day in Chicago we took a segway tour- it was so much fun!

Senior Night.  I got a little emotional thinking about it, but in the moment there was only JOY! I caught Laura working at the giraffes!  And Camden sat for his Eagle board of review, passes, and achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. It has been a big year!

My husband decided HE needed an Elf on a Shelf. For Real. His name is Corporal Tinsel and he rode along with Eric on patrols for all of December. I kind of fell in love with him. My Mom & I went to Disney to watch Camden march down Main Street USA! I was such fun to spend the time with her, and a parade at Disney World is emotional enough without your son marching by!  But I loved it through the tears. 

2015, here we come!


Southern Gal said...

You put so much thought into this, Dawn. It's a fun look at your full year. I'm excited for 2015!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Wow-what a year for you and the family. I just love this recap and I really love how you CELEBRATE everything; I should start doing that too!!!

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