Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 year in review...

i can't believe this is the last day of 2014! what a year it's been!! you know i can't do a year in review post without getting all weepy and emotional, but i'll save that for tomorrow - ha! :) for now i thought i'd do a recap of some of our monthly highlights…..

in january, we saw frozen for the first time. little did we know it wouldn't be the last…. 
we spent lots of lazy days at home, had the snowpocalypse that shut down the city, and papa joe came to visit from texas! 

in february the big girls went on a date with daddy. we celebrated valentine's day, had another snow day and had fun building snowmen and sledding with the neighbors.

in march, we visited lego land and went to athens to see a gym dogs meet. 
on the downside, the stomach bug hit the tippins house, but the girls recovered just in time  to participate in their school's fun run. libbi and i went with my mom to the ballet to see cinderella. we capped off the month by celebrating jeffrey's birthday.

in april, we celebrated easter early at mawmaw's house with a big egg hunt and then we spent the actual easter holiday at one of our favorite places: fripp island (or frog beach as the girls like to call it). we enjoyed spring break, the masters, and time at home together. unfortunately during that time, liza spent two days in the hospital with a horrible stomach virus but she handled it like a champ! 

in may, laney celebrated her "pretend" birthday at school, and as a parting gift, decided to share fifths disease with her classmates. oops. thankfully when her actual birthday rolled around, she was no longer contagious and was able to celebrate with a gymnastics party. libbi caught fifths disease shortly after, but recovered in time for her first ballet recital! libbi and laney had their spring art show, we celebrated the end of the school year with libbi's graduation and laney's class party. we began the unofficial start of summer with a trip to the lake. 

in june we celebrated buddy's birthday and blakeley's birthday! libbi went to VBS (or ABCD as laney called it). laney officially potty trained (woohoo!) and we celebrated father's day, my birthday, and libbi's fifth birthday all within days of each other. libbi got her ears pierced (!) and she had her fifth birthday party at "sweet and sassy" - we all had the best time. 

in july, the big girls spent the first few days at "campalicious" at buddy and mimzy's house. and they have the tshirts to prove it. ;-)  i was the matron of honor in one of my oldest and dearest friend's wedding.  libbi and i went with buddy and mimzy to see "the little mermaid" at the fox.  liza turned ONE (sob!) and we celebrated with a "one-derful" parade of a party.  

in august, libbi and i attended a blessings lunch as we prepared for her first day of school. libbi had her first day of kindergarten and her second day of kindergarten….then missed the next six days because she was so sick with strep throat and a stomach virus. football season started and to commemorate georgia's first game, libbi fell and busted her head open and jeffrey had to take her to the ER. libbi had a community helper parade at school (she dressed up as a teacher), laney had "meet the teacher" day at school and libbi shared her nasty case of strep with laney. libbi also had her first soccer practice! 

in september, libbi had school pictures, her first soccer game, and her first pep rally. we went to the homecoming parade and tailgate for her school. liza visited the eye doctor to schedule her surgery. laney had her first day of school. and then missed her next few days when she had her ear tubes removed. we spent many a saturday wishing our dogs would pull out a win.

in october, liza officially started walking… which meant she also had bruises, scratches, and scrapes a plenty. ;) liza had her tear duct surgery, and the three girls passed around many colds and viruses, including hand foot and mouth. the big girls had dentist appointments over "fall break" and libbi and laney went to see frozen on ice. we participated in the "alzheimer's walk to remember" in memory of grandad for the third year in a row.  jeffrey and i celebrated seven years of marriage. laney had her costume parade at school and a few days later the girls enjoyed dressing up again for halloween and trick or treating around our neighborhood. we were thrilled to have liza cleared from the cardiologist! she had her follow-up appointment and the hole in her heart had closed and the murmur was completely gone. praise! 

in november, we all got flu shots and lived to tell about it. ;) jeffrey travelled a lot this month, so we had many "girl parties" as libbi calls them- ha! we celebrated thanksgiving and libbi and laney both had the entire week off from school. the girls passed around another virus (oh joy)… and we enjoyed going to stone mountain with buddy and mimzy, and uncle jj, aunt mandie, blakeley, and mattie. 

in december, we were busier than ever! the girls spent the night at mimzy and buddy's (including liza for the first time….ever!). while they were gone, jeffrey and i decorated for christmas. i got talked into an inflatable santa in our front yard. needless to say, it was a hit - ha! we made our annual trip to ride the pink pig and visit santa. i went to class parties for libbi and laney. we all went to laney's christmas program. we enjoyed many christmas celebrations with family, the christmas eve service at church, and christmas morning at home with our family. 

2014 was full of many new experiences for our family and many "firsts" for our girls. it's been fun to look back and see how much we've grown throughout the year. thank you for sticking with us and for loving our little family. i'm looking forward to seeing how God moves in our family and in each of our lives this coming year. Here's to 2015….
Happy New Year, friends! 

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