2015 In Review

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I know this will probably not come across the way I intend for it to, but in all honesty 2015 was probably a year I will never remember. I can’t really think of anything exciting that happened, or anything that will make it stand out among others. I am not trying to sound depressing, but 2015 was the year of cruise control. In 2014 I got a new job and bought a house. 2015 was just spent trying to adjust to these changes.

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I suppose it has become a trend at this point, but this year I took even less photos than in 2014. I never really had the opportunity or drive to get the camera out. That being said, I still took some pictures, but it was by no means a frequent occurrence. I think May was the first time I took a photo in 2015, yikes.

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As I mentioned earlier I bought a house in 2014, and at the beginning of 2015 my younger sister moved in with me. It has been great having her here since we have always gotten along, and it is nice to have some help with the bills. Warm months were not bad, but wow the utility bills sure do increase in the winter.

Like most of the past few years, Mayish to Septemberish is spent just cycling. That is pretty much what my year revolves around. In the winter I crawl around the house complaining about the cold weather, and in the summer I crawl around the house because my legs hurt from a bike ride.

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I am serious though when I say the summer is filled with cycling. If I was not working or riding I was probably just at home resting on the couch. However, I did finally decide to buy a hammock. That turned out to be a great purchase because I was able to ride my bike around and then just camp out for an hour or so in the hammock to read.

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October showed up pretty quick and made me realize I had the majority of my vacation days still to use. So I decided to give myself a weekend away in Gatlinburg to recharge from life. It was to be a week of riding, hiking, and laying out in the hammock. I bought some hiking clothes, a day-pack, and had about 3 spots I was going to check out. It turned out to be a weekend of rain, a bit of riding, more rain, and lots of pizza.

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I may not of had many changes in my life, but my parents did. I don’t think I have mentioned it much on here, or if at all, but they recently had some renovations done to their house. Their downstairs is pretty much a brand new house.

It was great getting to enjoy the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays around their house. It completely changed the look/feel.

Oh and it is hard to not enjoy Christmas in a room like this.

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I did some decorating at my house as well. If there is one big thing I took from my mom, it would be the desire to have the whole house decorated for Christmas. That is a must.

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Not much went on in 2015, so what about 2016? Well I have started to swim again, so the very loose plan is to try to do a sprint triathlon this year. Will it happen? I will probably decide that after my first few runs. I will be taking more photos this year, I can promise you that.I hope everyone had a great 2015, and will have an even better 2016. Thanks for checking out my blog. I hope you all have enjoyed reading a bit about my life and seeing some pics to go along with it.

 

A Time for Thanksgiving

 

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It is not every year you get to have both sides of the family together for a holiday. This year would be that exception. My parents recently had some renovations done to their house and decided to use Thanksgiving as a reason to reveal the changes to everyone. It is honestly the first time I think everyone has been together for a holiday.

Below is part of the Kentucky side of the family seeing the new kitchen for the first time. None of them even knew that my parents had all of the work done to the house.

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I will admit I was a bit skeptical about having so many people together. Something was bound to go wrong. That being said I would say that the day ended up being as perfect as it could be. Even with 29 people being under one household it never felt like it was getting out of control.

I also don’t think any of us could have asked for better weather. I think I spent half of the day in the backyard or on the new porch.

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Even the kids came out to play some cornhole.

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As cliche as it is, I am thankful for days like this. I know I am very blessed to still have family like this. I doubt some families could have 30 people together successfully.

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