Our Five Ring Circus: 2015 In Review

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 In Review

2015 was quite a year!  It had a few scary moments and a sad loss for our family, but mostly, it was a good year!

Here are a few highlights...


We ended 2014 and began 2015 with our framily (which we will be doing again this year), Liam scared us with his first big illness which resulted in an ambulance ride, and we somehow managed to survive the long, bitterly cold month (AKA my least favorite month of the year).



The girls and I headed into the city to see The Little Mermaid with our best friends, we celebrated Valentine's Day and attended quite a few birthday parties, we very sadly had to say goodbye to Bailey, our beloved Great Dane (and now I'm crying) and we celebrated Lexie's 8th Birthday.



 Liam turned 18 months old, we celebrated St. Patrick's Day, and we celebrated World Down Syndrome Day.



I celebrated my birthday, we participated in many Easter activities, we celebrated Easter, and Dylan fell out of a tree and we headed BACK to the ER.

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We kicked off the month with a very serious health scare with Liam which landed him in the hospital for a few days (Ever hear of Cellulitis? It's completely random and scary!), we celebrated Mother's Day, and we had a great Memorial Day weekend!



Dylan and Lexie had their last day of 4th and 2nd grade, summer officially began, we went to our 2nd Dream Night at the Pittsburgh Zoo for Liam, my niece, Aubrey, started her summers with us again, we celebrated Father's Day, and the kids won tickets to a Pirates game!



We had a wonderful 4th of July, spent our days swimming, Liam really took off with walking independently, and we celebrated Grant's birthday!



Lily turned 4,  we went to my annual family reunion, we had a party for Lily and Liam, Liam turned 2, and we ended the month with our family vacation to Virginia Beach (which I'm still desperately trying to recap)!

Vacation at Virginia Beach 


Dylan and Lexie started 3rd and 5th grade, Lily started preschool (her very first year), I kicked off teh Downright Blessed: Life with Down Syndrome series on my blog (and can't wait to share more stories in the new year), and I had a very exciting blog opportunity with Chick-fil-A!



We attended Family Night at the Zoo with Chick-fil-A,  we dashed for Down syndrome, we had quite an adventure at the pumpkin patch, and we celebrated Halloween!



We had Dylan's birthday party, Dylan turned 11 (HOW?!?), we celebrated Thanksgiving, and we put up our tree



We spent the month participating in so many fun Christmas activities and we had an amazing Christmas (recap coming after the New Year)!


With the exception of one sad goodbye and a few medical emergencies, 2015 was very kind to us! I hope 2016 is even better.  Here's to a year full of good health, laughter, and happiness!

How was your 2015?



  1. Awwww love this post! What a wonderful year you've had. Can't wait to see what 2016 holds for your beautiful family!

  2. Awe that was fun to read and click over to some of those stories. I remember when Liam was in the hospital...so scary! Happy New Year friend!!! XXOO

  3. Here's hoping that 2016 will be a great year for your family!

  4. Oh Goodness. Dylan grew so much since last new years!
    Sorry about your pooch. I lost my fur baby this year too and it still hurts so much! They are such as huge part of our lives!
    Happy 2016!

  5. I can't believe it's 2016 already. Like seriously this year flew by. Sounds like you guys had a wonderful year and I can't wait to see what 2016 has in store for you.

  6. Oh my goodness. I loved this post! Happy New Year to you and your family!


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