This year has been an all-time low for blog documentation, so for the first time ever, a lot of these pics are appearing on the blog for the first time! I haven’t been a big sharer in general for the last several months, so along with the post I published at the beginning of December, this should help flesh out what I’ve been up to in 2015.
Northern Virginia’s winter game was strong in January. I blogged about some of the things I hoped to focus on for the year. We visited family in Chesapeake and I signed up for my online real estate licensing course.
February was largely a waiting game as we moved through the process of buying our first house. I started several design projects, and we house sat for family friends for the second year in a row. And still snowy, obvi.
At the beginning of March, we closed on our home the day after a big snow storm. I helped host a bridal shower for my sister-in-law and attended a real estate conference with my mom for the second time.
In April we hosted my family for Easter brunch at our house, which was when we announced that we were officially adopting a puppy! At the end of the month we did an overnight in D.C. for my sister-in-law’s bachelorette– so fun!
May was a big month. Besides Mother’s Day and the usual 10k that we run, the big event of the year, my brother’s wedding, happened the Friday before Memorial Day weekend. Afterwards the bridal party followed them to the beach for the weekend. A “frieneymoon,” if you will.
My dad and I got to see Florence and the Machine (real up close) in June. We also welcomed my puppy-niece, Nala, into the family. And I officially got my real estate license!
In July, we went to Vegas with friends and then drove through Utah to visit Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park. Later in the month, our air conditioning went out for a week so we lived at my parents’ while they were on vacation.
August is always bittersweet as summer dies down. We did some local exploring, had lots of time in the Puppy Patch, and Brian and I managed to sneak away for a weekend to visit family.
September was about launching a lot of web design projects. I also painted my office, and we ran our first half marathon!
I turned 27 this October. I went to Cincinnati for a second time with my mom and grandmother, and then headed to Savannah for Halloween for a friend’s bachelorette weekend.
This November was oddly warm and beautiful. Unfortunately, I spent a lot of it feeling under the weather. We ate a lot of Thanksgiving food, as usual, and then on black Friday we went to Annapolis for my aunt’s surprise 50th birthday dinner.
December brought about our first Christmas season in our new house. Brian did a lot of baking, and I spent forever on our Christmas cards. We managed to squeeze in a lot of other fun things, like going to Meadowlark to see the lights (complete with milkshakes afterward.) We headed to Pittsburgh for a friend’s wedding. Christmas itself is always crazy, hopping amongst our families, but overall it was a good year with lots to be thankful for.
Most read post: 4 mistakes I was making on my about page (and how to fix them!)
Biggest traffic month: January
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Instagram: 90 posts this year, 1825 followers (205 more than last year)
If you made it this far, you deserve an award! Thanks for reading, today and always. Seriously. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!
Let me know if you wrote a year in review post, I’d love to take a peek! Here are my year in review posts for 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011.
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