It's been a great year! I can't believe how fast it zoomed by and now we are looking forward to 2015. Here is a pictorial review of highlights from my year:
Morticia: the most challenging of all patterns I've ever successfully knit to completion! I love the end results of this knitting project. (And at least the one good thing about the endless snowstorms, they make good backgrounds for knitting photos!)
Some of my mom-friends and I took the chance to go out for a yummy Moroccan Feast for dinner. I think it was the only time all year we managed to go out at night together! We had a great time and stayed until the place closed down! We definitely need to go out together more than once a year in 2015! (And notice we all wore our hand knit beaded shawls! LOL!)
In April, my son and I finally explored a section of abandoned rail road tracks that he had been bugging me about for months. They were formally SEPTA tracks that ran from the city into the suburbs of Philadelphia, but the line had been closed for at least thirty years. The tracks were a popualar area for walking. Over the summer I saw an article exlplaining that a joint effort between SEPTA and Montgomery County will be working on making the old tracks an actual path for hiking, walking and biking. Since then, part of the path is complete. As a part of that joint effort, the old RR ties and metal tracks were removed. This greatly upsets my son! He loved being able to explore the tracks. I think the new path will be a great addition to the area, especially for biking. I will be able to bike almost from my house and into Philadelphia's Fairmount Park by following the new trail.
An interesting note about this section of tracks where my son is standing. Just a few hundred feet behind him is the site of a famous train wreck that occured in 1921.
In June my son hosted his annual lemonade stand benefitting Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. This has become a fun event we look forward to doing each June at the anniversary of Alex's first stand. This past year we raised over $350, doubling our total from the previous year!
There were so many great memories from July this year and it was hard to pick just one! I loved seeing my son learn to overcome his fear of being underwater this past summer while we were at Great Wolf Lodge! He had a blast there! We did a lot of traveling in July, visiting Maryland and Virginia beaches, Sesame Place and the Immagination Movers in concert, Art Splash at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and stops at the farm for fresh veggies and fruit. It was a great summer!
The warmth of August was full of flowers! Like this gorgeous sunflower I spied at the Burpee Fordhook Farm open house in Doylestown, PA. After last winter's polar vortex, I welcomed the heat and sun of summer, complete with bees! If only I could get my sunflowers at home to grow this nice!
My baby turned seven in September! We had a mad scientist themed party complete with dry ice smoke on the cake! The party was a blast and proves that a home party can be just as fun as a party at a venue. The party goers had a blast with lots of fun science experiments. My favorite was making elephant toothpaste!
We headed to LBI for one more visit this year to take some Christmas card photos, visit a favorite restaurant one more time before it closed for the season, and to see one more sunset at the lighthouse. It was a fun day! Plus we got some fun photos on the beach!
This Christmas, Santa brought a Playmobil port-a-potty! It was a hit! We had a great Christmas season! From visits with friends and family to trips into Philadelphia to see some landmark holiday shows, it was a great month!
This year marks my tenth year of writing this blog. I can't believe it's been ten years of saving and sharing memories. I'm not sure how often I'll keep up with it in 2015, but there will be more!