2015: My Year by Numbers

Well it's officially the last day of 2015!

I am seriously in awe at how quickly this year went by.  It feels like just yesterday I was saying goodbye to 2014 and hello to 2015.  And if I remember correctly I was 100% ready to say goodbye to  2014.  But I find myself a little sad to be saying goodbye to 2015.  I had a fantastic 2015 y'all.  I traveled more than I have ever traveled, I got a new job and fell completely in love with it, I blogged every single month, and I learned a lot about myself.  With 2016 just hours away I want to take a minute to look back on 2015.  I never want to forget the fantastic year I had.

To do that I thought it would begun to look at 2015 by numbers.  I've seen a few bloggers do this and it looks so fun.

So without further ado I give you:



{7} The number of countries I visited in 2015.  Obviously my favorite things from 2015 was going to Europe!  This really was the trip of a lifetime and we had the best time imaginable.  It has opened up a love for traveling that I know will stay with me for the rest of my life.  I cannot wait to start planning my next big trip across the pond.  Which will happen in 2017!










{15} The number of cities I visited in 2015.  

{600}  The number of Instagram pictures I posted in 2015.



{12,488} The number of total likes on those 600 Instagram posts

{2} The number of weddings I was in/attended this year. This was a big year for two of my best friends in the entire world.  I was so glad to be included in their special days!

Jordan married Brain in Cleveland, Ohio in October.


And Kelly married Matt in December.  This wedding was especially special because it was the first time since 2009 my amazing group of friends from my Disney College Program have all been together since our program.  We had an absolute blast! :) 



{155} The number of blog posts I wrote in 2015.  One of my goals from 2015 was to blog more.  And boy did I fulfill that goal!  I am so glad I have stuck with this wonderful little hobby of mine.  I have met some amazing fellow bloggers and have really grown as a blogger myself this year.


{1,079} The number of views my most popular blog post received.


{1} The number of new jobs I got.  Another goal of 2015 accomplished!  As you know I was completely miserable at my first school. And the first part of 2015 reflected that.  But the second part had been a complete 180.  Being in a job you love makes everything else in your life that much better.  So if you're hating your job take my advice and do something about it!  It will make your year that much better!

{57} The number of new friends on Facebook I made.

(1,000,000} The number of times my heart swelled when my best friend had her sweet baby Lacey.  Yet another HUGE highlight of 2015.  I am totally obsessed with this little angel and have loved getting to see her grow up.


{5,145} The number of miles I drove across Texas.  There is a love hate relationship with this number.  Love living in the same state as my parents but hate having to drive 735 miles to see them.  You'd think the flight prices from Houston to El Paso would be more reasonable but they're not!  I could drive across Texas in my sleep I know the drive so well.

{2} The number of my favorite purchases of the year.  My Canon and my iMac, hands down.  These two items are some of my prized possessions.


{7,137} The number of pictures I've taken on my Canon camera.  I have loved having a camera to document so many great experiences this year.  It's really helped me step up my blog game.  It has turned into a really fun hobby and I can't wait to use it to photograph all the new places I plan to visit in 2016.








{4} The number of dates I went on in 2015.  This is by far my biggest disappointment of 2015.   I'm really hoping this changes in 2016.  Like REALLY.

{1, again}  The number of new fur babies that joined my little family.  Brady, you have been a joy and a terror all at the same time.  You can be sweet and cuddle and adorable one minute and a trouble making little turd the next.  And I wouldn't have it any other way.  Now if we can just get your sister to love you more than hate you.



{40} The number of books I read.  This number is actually a guess.  It was one of my goals in 2015 to read 65, but I didn't actually come up with a way to track how many I actually read.  in 2016 I WILL keep track so the number is accurate next year!

{3} The number of new iPhones I had to get this year because I kept dropping them.

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2015, you were amazing.  I had a great time with you and now it's time to say goodbye.  I'm sorry to see you go but so excited to see what 2016 has in store.  Thank you for a fantastic 365 days.  Here's hoping the next 365 are just as amazing! :)

The Merriest Weekend of Them All!

Hi friends!

Welcome to the very last week of December and of 2015.  I mean what?  Where the heck has time gone.  I'm pretty sure I've said that statement at least 20 times in the last month or so but it's so true!  2015 has absolutely flown by and I am so ready to say hello to 2016!

The weekend was by far the merriest of weekends!  Which is good since it was Christmas!  

Here were the highlights!

FRIDAY- CHRISTMAS DAY 

Christmas morning dawned bright and early.  We had a very laid back morning.  Mom and I sipped coffee while we watched The Family Stone until my brother and dad decided to roll out of bed.  Then we did the tradition opening of stockings and presents.  I was very spoiled this year and loved every minute of it.  My mom went above and beyond in the gift area and got me pretty much every thing on my Christmas list!  I got my Kendra Scott earrings (thanks to my loving brother), the herringbone vest, and the Citizen watch!  I cannot wait to wear the watch, sadly it's a tad big so I want to wait to get it sized properly before I wear it.


After presents we had a yummy Christmas Day breakfast fixed by my mom.  Then later in the day my mom, brother and I went for our traditional Christmas day movie.  We saw the new Star Wars movie. Which I loved!  I've never seen the other movies so I was tad worried I would have no idea whats going on, but luckily that wasn't the case.  Although now I really want to watch the first 6.



Christmas dinner consisted of gumbo and rice prepared by my dad.  We ended the night watching a Christmas classic, Bad Santa.  It was the perfect Christmas.  Just our close immediate family with lots of laughs, good food and of course presents! :)

SATURDAY

Mom and I got up bright and early the day after Christmas and went to the Dillards after Christmas sale, where I picked up the perfect Christmas pillows for next year!  The rest of the day was spent inside because we had a little snow storm blow across our little desert city and kept us homebound for the next 46 hours.  Mom and I spend most of Saturday glued to the TV as we watched yet another Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family (which is apparently changing its name to Freeform come January, I'm sorry what? Not a fan).

It literally snowed from about noon on Saturday until around 1:00 or so on Sunday.  It was AMAZING!! Keep reading and you can see a bunch of super cool pictures I took! 



Not only was Harry Potter on TV, but I used the time to color two full pages in my Harry Potter coloring book!




SUNDAY

We were completely snowed in.  The only time I left the house was to take these pictures.  I think we got about 6-7 inches at our house alone.  So the day was spent laying around and watching TV all day, followed by a little more coloring, some reading, and a lot of napping.  We had fire going most of the day and of course lots of hot tea was consumed.  It was the perfect little snow day.  I'm so glad I finally got some actual winter this holiday season.

Texas weather was ridiculous this past weekend.  While El Paso experienced a little snow storm the rest of the state had lots of rain and heat.  So weird.

Ok on to the pictures! Enjoy our little taste of winter wonderland! : )

















Sorry for the overload on the snow pictures.  But this never happens and it needed to be documented! 

Christmas 2015 was absolutely perfect if I do say so myself.  I am so blessed to have such a loving family and count my blessings every single day for everything the lord has blessed me with.  

I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas too!

A Christmas Questionnaire

Merry Christmas Eve friends!

I hope everyone has had a fantastic few days leading up to Christmas!  I'm back in El Paso for the week and have had a fabulous week leading up to one of the best days of the year.  I just love coming home for the holidays.  I know what it's like to not get to spend the holidays with your family (thank you Disney World) and so I know there is nothing quite like being home for the holidays!

Now I've seen quite a few Christmas themed Questionnaires floating around the blogsosphere and I decided that Christmas Eve is the perfect time to share some of my answers!  I settled on the 12 Questions of Christmas Tag that I saw on both Ashley from The Wandering Weekenders and Macy's from To Travel & Beyond,  the post originated over on Meg's blog My Borrowed Heaven.


What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
I think my favorite Christmas tradition is opening presents on Christmas morning.  Last year we opened them Christmas night because we had been out of town and it just wasn't the same.  Every year we do the same thing on Christmas morning.  We get up, grab cups of coffee, open stockings, then presents, and while my Mom whips up a Christmas morning omelet I force my brother and dad to watch the Walt Disney Parks Christmas Day parade.

Where do you spend Christmas?
We always spend Christmas at my parents house.  Then we do Christmas either before or after Christmas day with some extended family.

What is your favorite Christmas song?
Yikes this is a tough one.  I will have to go with Do You Hear What I Hear pretty much any version (except Vanessa Williams version) and Silver Bells by Dean Martin.  (Honestly thought I like pretty much every Christmas song if Dean Martin is singing it.) 

Who are you most excited to see this Christmas season?
Obviously my family.  But I was also really excited to see my niece, Lacey.  She's my best friends baby girl, she's 8 months old and this is her first Christmas.   saw her yesterday and we had the best day!  Look at this little face! :)




Do you decorate before or after Thanksgiving?
The day after.  This year I decorated the week of Thanksgiving.  But that's only because I was going home for Thanksgiving and wanted to walk into my house at the end of November and have it done!

Tinsel or garland?
Garland, hands down.

What is one Christmas food you cannot live without?
Honestly I don't have one.  We don't have a traditional Christmas dinner.  We've eaten different things pretty much every year.  Last year I'm pretty sure my mom made a pasta dish and this year my dad is making Gumbo.

Peppermint or Gingerbread?
Gingerbread!

Do you own an ugly Christmas sweater?
Yes I do!  And I love it!



Have you ever tried a fruit cake?
Nope.  And I don't think I'm missing out on anything to be honest.  It doesn't look that appetizing.

What is one thing you asked for this Christmas?
I asked for a Citizen watch, because I have been watch less since I got back from Europe.  And pair of Hunter rain boots.  I made a whole Christmas Wish list, that you can read here.  If you're so inclined! :)

If you could be any Christmas movie character, who would you be?
Ohh!!! I think I would want to be either Natalie in Love Actually OR Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis. Natalie because hello she gets to fall in love with Hugh Grant and Esther because I was born in the wrong era and would love to be part of the Smith family and fall in love with John Truit!


I'm gonna cheat just a little bit and add 1 more question because I want to! :)

What is your favorite Christmas memory?


Ok so this is a very strange favorite memory but the story is just so funny that it's my favorite.  So my favorite Christmas memory is the year I found out there was no Santa Clause.  Now first lemme just say that my parents were the bomb dot com at Santa Clause.  I once asked why they didn't get presents from Santa and so my mom wrapped a present for herself and marked it from Santa.  So when I say that I was 12 ( YES 12) when I stopped believing in Santa that's why.  They rocked.  And here is how it happened.

It was the year we our very first computer for Christmas and that was our big gift from Santa.  It was later in the day and we were down the street saying Merry Christmas to some of our neighbors.  My mom was taking to her friend Maryhelen, and Maryhelen was asking how she had hid the computer.  My ears perked up at that question and I started listening a little more intently to their conversation.  Mom then proceed to explain it had been so easy!  She just put it in the garage with a blanket over it and we never even noticed it.  That's when it hit me.

There is no Santa Clause.

My expression must have been pretty stricken because Maryhelen gestured down at me with wide eyes.  My mom turns to me and says, "Wait a minute.  You don't still believe in Santa Clause do you?"  With tears in my eyes, I very quickly said, "NO!" But really I'm thinking.  Oh my gosh.  Mom and Dad are Santa.  The Santa Clause is a big fat lie!

Mom felt horrible about ruining it for me and at the time it was devastating, just devastating.  But now 15 years later it's a hilarious story that gets plenty of laughs when I tell it.  Thus making it one of my favorite Christmas memories! :)

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Well there ya have it.  A few of my Christmas favorites.

I hope you all have a fantastic Christmas Ever and of course Christmas Day!  I'll be back next week with a 2015 Year in Review and a look at some of goals for 2016!  Can you believe we're already looking at a brand new year!  I sure can't!

Merry Christmas friends! : )