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December 31, 2015

2015 Year End Recap

But if the world could remain within a frame like a painting on a wall
Then I think we would see the beauty
Then we would stand staring in awe at our still lives posed like a bowl of oranges,
like a story told by the fault lines and the soil.  -Bright Eyes

Blogging is an incredible way to document your life; by taking photos, writing stories, and inviting others into your life, you're capturing the moments that mean the most to you. One of my favorite posts of 2014 was our year-end recap post, because for the first time, I was able to visually see a personal year in review. Through the images of travel, adventure and those we share our lives with, it was an incredible way to see how blessed we've been. While you may not blog, I still encourage you to make some type of photo collage to recap an incredible year you've experienced. I promise, you will enjoy making it and looking back on it someday in the future.

Here is our 2015 Recap with photographs and personal highlights:


*January Highlights*
*Started the year off with a Lumberjack Birthday Party for Ken and I
*Girls Glamping trip in Saugatuck
*Spent over a week in Utah snowboarding and exploring the Wasatch Mountain Range


*February Highlights*
*Explored Bend, Oregon with our favorite locals
*Spent days snowboarding Mt. Bachelor
*Visited Smith Rock in Oregon and watched our friend jump off the top
*Hiked, snowshoed and snowboarded Lake Michigan's sand dunes


*March Highlights*
*Quick trip to New York 
*Ken spent a few weeks in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Philippines 
*Went to see the butterflies blooming in Grand Rapids with my friend Laura (BreezyandBrazen)


*April Highlights*
*Drove to Chicago for a weekend visit and to see Sufjan Stevens perform
*Celebrated Easter with Kait's family in Detroit
*Filmed a video for Ken's work


*May Highlights*
*We went on a relaxing vacation to Puerto Rico and Tortolla
*Celebrated Tulip Time in Holland, MI


*June Highlights*
*We took the van to Beaver Island and completed a 40 mile gravel Bike tour of the island
*Spent weeks living out of the van
*Mountain biked our way through Michigan


*July Highlights*
*Enjoyed a quiet 4th of July at home in Grand Rapids
*Spent time with my brother exploring the Thumb of Michigan
*We updated the look of our blog with a new design


*August Highlights*
*Ken started a new job in Minneapolis
*We sold our home in East Grand Rapids and bought a new home in Minneapolis
*My family threw a huge surprise 60th party for my Dad
*Ken and I took a few van trips

*September Highlights*
*A month of Michigan travel, visiting our favorite places for the last time
*Going away parties to say Goodbye to friends and family
*We celebrated our five year wedding anniversary
*We relocated from Grand Rapids, MI to Minneapolis, MN

*October Highlights*
*Explored Northern Minnesota including; Duluth, Gooseberry Falls and Split Rock Lighthouse *Ventured through Minneapolis trying to get to know our new city
*Kait started her new job at a company ranked 'Top Places to Work' by Outside Magazine


*November Highlights*
*Kait went to her first Blogger Conference at the Minnesota Blogger Conference
*Kait took a calligraphy class and fell in love with her new art
*Ken travelled to Japan for business
*Celebrated Thanksgiving back home in Detroit


*December Highlights*
*Went to our first Minnesota Vikings (football) and Minnesota Wild (hockey) Games
*Celebrated Ken's 35th Birthday
*Enjoyed a relaxing Christmas back home in Michigan with our families
*Chased the snowstorms to Washington to go snowboarding

 To all the opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead in 2016! 
Wishing you an adventurous new year!