Let me start off by saying, 2015 flew by…like did that all just really happen? December 31st and honestly the last month and a half snuck up on all of the Cooke family and since its pretty much been FOREVER since I posted anything, I thought what better a time to write, but to recap Year 2015 now that it is almost in the books!
Well we started the year off with a BANG when we took our big trip to Disney World. It honestly feels like years ago that it happened, but it was just January. There were princesses and castles, riding Space Mountain (2 or 3 times – the kiddo loved it, mommy not so much), and a Magical time for everyone! And let’s not forget Samantha’s amazing time dancing with Belle.
Not only did we go to Disney World, but we visited Great Wolf Lodge in OH, not once, but twice. Getting pampered and having fun at story times. Sam and I ventured our way up to the top of the St. Louis arch on our way to Kansas City, Tulsa, and Yukon to visit cousins, family and friends.
Then our biggest trip of all was all the way to Seattle, WA to find a place to live as we made our trek across the US in pursuit of a new job for me!
But before I go into all of the insanity of picking up our lives and moving across the country from Lexington, KY to Seattle, WA…let’s talk more about the kiddo.
The kid did a lot for 2015….she graduated from preschool and headed to Kindergarten. We already knew she was a smarty pants but she blew them out of the water at school with her reading and writing skills!
Not only did she excel academically, Sam proved she could do anything if she put her mind to it and ran her first 5K in the Color Run. There was a little whining along the way, but overall we had an amazing time! Then she also danced in her first dance recital with her best friend Hadley and wowed the crowd!
So back to the whole moving across the country thing…yeah, that happened. After accepting a position at one of the world’s biggest companies in a dream position, we packed it all up and moved us (including 2 cats) to Seattle (Issaquah), WA! It’s put our lives in a whirlwind and we are not settled yet, but we’ve been able to celebrate the holiday season together and start to make a new home, in an amazing city! (And the best part, Mike got to keep his job and work remotely from home!)
But there was even more for 2015 and the Cooke family. Mike and I celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary! It doesn’t seem like 10 years when we ran off to Vegas and got married at the Little White Wedding chapel, but here we are!
And speaking of those 2 up there, we look a lot different now. Sometimes I forget that not everyone has been through the journey with us to becoming healthier (and smaller) people, so it still blows me away when someone asks us how we did it. While our journeys were both different, we got there and happy that we did!
2016 promises to be amazing – new home, new job, new school, new traditions! Happy New Year!