Thursday, December 31, 2015

A Look Back at 2015

Each year goes by more and more quickly.  It is hard to believe that tomorrow is 2016. How in the world did that happen? Regardless, 2015 has been a pretty great year.  There were busy seasons of the year (no pun intended) and slower-paced parts of our year.  I wouldn't change a thing!  And just like I've done the past few years, let's take a look back at some of the highlights...

  • After 3 months at home with the kids on parental leave, I went back to work.  The adjustment was not easy - especially jumping straight back into tax busy season. That's life! The crockpot was used often, and we survived!
  • We took the girls to the circus.  Kate loved it. Karsten was just along for the ride. 
  • Kate fell more in love with her little sister every day.  We were still constantly saying "don't touch her face", but the cuddles, hugs and kisses were endless.  
  • February's weather was a bit crazy.  After a few super warm days, we got SNOW.  Kevin and Kate built a snowman. Karsten wasn't quite sure what to think, but we documented another one of her "firsts".
  • Karsten turned four months old on February 6th. 
  • We celebrated Valentines day by wearing lots of PINK, which actually isn't all that special for my pink-loving girls. 
  • I'm declaring this the month of the pajamas, because that's apparently the only pictures I took of my kids this month! It must have been a busy one. 
  • Karsten turned five months old and started putting everything in her mouth. We thought teeth would be in any day... but that didn't happen. 
  • Apparently March was one of those low-key months, because that's all I've got!
  • We celebrated the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus, this month. Easter was a fun celebration. And the Easter bunny brought the kids (what else?) matching pajamas! 
  • Kate let me put curlers in her hair for Easter and she actually slept in them ALL night long! 
  • We dyed Easter eggs, and Kate LOVED it. She has become very into arts and crafts so this was right up her alley.
  • My parents came up for Easter, and Kristi and Davis joined us for the fun too.  Of course Kate had to hunt for Easter eggs.
  • I attempted to get one of our annual pictures in front of the azaleas. I figured out, once again, how hard it is to get a good picture of 2 kids!
  • Karsten started solids, but wasn't too thrilled with them so we took it very slowly.
  • We celebrated Mothers day and sent special messages to two very special moms in our lives - Kate and Karsten's birth mothers. 
  • Kate had her last day of preschool. We LOVED her K3 year, and will miss her teacher (Mrs. Morgan) terribly!
  • It got warm enough to pull out the sprinkler and our bounce house. Yay for outdoor fun! 
  • Karsten learned the joys of splashing in the tub, and our bathroom hasn't seen a dry night since!
  • We pulled out the easel and paints and made lots of projects outdoors. 
  • Karsten started sleeping through the night! This may be the BEST part of May!
  • Kate took swimming lessons and did SO well. She's never been scared of the water but she now will go under without holding her nose and come back up, and she is THIS close to being able to swim all by herself. 
  • Karsten turned eight months old and started crawling. Life gets even busier.  She also said her first word - Dada.  
  • We went to Lake Keowee with family and had a blast. Kate especially loved paddle boarding with her "best friend" (my cousin) Mark.
  • We celebrated Father's day - so special!
  • Kate got a new bike and helmet and started practicing. She is a bit timid on her bike, which is kind of surprising since she is usually so fearless!
  • We spent many days on the lake and many Sundays at a friend's pool. 
  • Kate got a pretty big hair cut (about 6 inches). This is the 2nd big haircut she has had, along with a good many trims. I am so jealous of her thick hair!
  • We celebrated the 4th of July. 
  • We got a lot of use out of our inherited bounce house from my sister in law (thanks!!)
  • Karsten turned 9 months old and added Mama and Hey to her vocabulary
  • Kate turned FOUR and we celebrated with a Mermaids & Pirates birthday party.
  • One of Kate's birthday presents was a horseback riding lesson.  The girl loves animals and especially loves horses.  It's just too bad that she is allergic to them.  We are praying she outgrows this!
  • We took a family vacation to Jekyll Island, GA. Karsten loves the beach. She took a huge bite of sand on Day 2 and then realized how gross that was. 
  • Kate went on her very first mission trip, and we found out that she does not heart doing dirty work (like cleaning out a chicken coop)
  • School started back and Kate got another awesome teacher. We LOVE Mrs. Wentzel!
  • Karsten turned 10 months old and got her first two teeth!
  • We celebrated the return of college football. Go Tigers! (Who are now National Championship bound - right, Kevin!?!)
  • Kristi and Davis got a puppy, Tucker, and stopped by our house to show him off. Animal lover, Kate, fell in love.  The rest of us thought he was pretty cute too! 
  • We had a great visit with Kate's birth parents, Lori and Bobby
  • Karsten practiced her baby aerobics and Kevin tried (unsuccessfully) to imitate her. 
  • Our girls started playing together more and more. 
  • Karsten turned 11 months and started walking.
  • Karsten turned ONE. I'm still in denial. 
  • We had lots of fall fun (pumpkins, church fall festivals and lots of orange!)
  • We took Kate to her first Clemson football game of the season. She asked when she was going to Clemson. 
  • We celebrated Karsten's birthday with a big party.  The theme was milk and cookies but of course Karsten got her own cake.  It took her a few minutes to figure out what was going on, but then she dug right in! She did get a kick out of everyone singing Happy Birthday to her though! 
  •  On Halloween, Kate dressed up as Cinderella and Karsten was a little piggy.
  • I attended CPE in Orlando for work and a few of us went to DISNEY on one of the nights. Kate was super jealous that I was at Cinderella's castle. I'm still talking Kevin into a family visit before too long.
  • We celebrated World Adoption Day with a family selfie. After one hundred thousand attempts, that was the best picture we could get. 
  • I snapped a picture of Kevin reading the bible to Kate before bed. This has been their tradition for the past year, and I love it so much .
  • We spent Thanksgiving at Folly Beach with lots of family and got a picture of the cousins in matching Christmas PJs. 
  • December has been unseasonably warm. I don't think we pulled out our jackets for the entire month!
  • We visited Santa. Karsten was not a fan. 
  • We built a Gingerbread house! 
  • Kevin and Kate took on a Pinterest project and built a pallet Christmas tree.
  • Karsten keeps becoming more and more of a climber. She was so proud of standing on top of her box!
  • We celebrated Christmas with family not once, not twice, but THREE times. Triple the fun! 
  • We spent lots of quality time together with family - my most favorite people. 
And that was a very quick recap of our 2015.  It was a blast.  I hope 2016 knows what it has to live up to! 

Happy New Year!  


  1. I'm so glad to find a blog for a working mom! I am a teacher and we are waiting to adopt and I feel like no one I know is or understands being a working mom! It's nice to know I'm not alone.

  2. My husband and and just starting the adoption process and it can be a little overwhelming. Theven cost is a little daunting. Do you have words of advice?

  3. My husband and and just starting the adoption process and it can be a little overwhelming. Theven cost is a little daunting. Do you have words of advice?


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