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Our 2014

What a wonderful 2014 we had! Thinking back on the year, I’m amazed at the things we got to see and do.

January
We celebrated the new year in Michigan and traveled back to Turkey on the 4th. David’s brother and sister-in-law gave birth to their second child and our first niece! We traveled to Bodrum the last weekend of the month and watched camel wrestling. Our school hosted its first spirit week. I turned 26 on the last day of the month.

 

Camel wrestler

 

Teachers on Character Day

 

February
There was a basketball tournament at the beginning of February. My cheerleaders wrapped up their season.

 

cheerleaders

 

School Valentines

 

March
David ran a 10k in Antalya. We traveled out east to Van. David took his sixth grade class ice skating.

 

David running towards the finish line

 

Overlooking Akdamar

 

April
We traveled to Croatia and Slovenia for spring break. David turned 26. Our school participated in a soccer tournament and we met some really nice young men from one of our sister schools.

 

Round bench

 

Our travel group

 

May
The elementary grades celebrated their international days. Leah went on a girls trip to Cappadocia and hiked the Ihlara Valley. We attended our first Turkish wedding celebration. David took his sixth graders on a field trip to an aquarium.

 

David's sixth grade class

 

Cappadocia: Ihlara Valley

 

Henna application

 

June
We finished year number two in Turkey and said goodbye to some dear friends who moved away. We met our niece back home in Michigan. My sister got married in Tennessee. We saw my mom’s new place in Arkansas. We celebrated our third wedding anniversary.

 

Thumbs up

 

Mom on her new property

 

July
We traveled from Michigan to Arkansas once more and took David’s youngest brother with us. I visited my alma mater with my mom. We helped celebrate the first birthday of our best friends’ babe.

 

Arkasans welcome center

 

Pontoon

 

August
We went camping with David’s family and traveled back to Turkey for year #3. We attended a great staff retreat at Sakintepe in Bolu.

 

View from airplane of Turkey

 

Students on the first day

 

September
We spent September falling back into routine. David helped coach volleyball. My obsession with succulents began.

 

Volleyball huddle

 

October
We traveled to Pammukale and Didim during fall break for a belated anniversary trip. There was a spirit week at school and Fall Carnival later in the month. We saw the San Antonio Spurs play Fenerbahçe Ülker in Istanbul.

 

Pamukkale travertines

 

Tourist Day

 

At the Spurs game

 

November
Mom cam to visit us in Turkey for three weeks! David ran the Istanbul Marathon again and cut almost 30 minutes off of his previous time! We celebrated Thanksgiving with Mom and took her to Cappadocia. Mom spoiled us with a couple of trips to the commissary.

 

At the race start

 

Cappadocia balloons

 

December
Mom flew back to the States on the third. The days before break were a rush of concerts, a basketball game, apartmet repairs, a newly painted living room, and class Christmas parties. We traveled to Michigan for Christmas and spent a wonderful two weeks with family and friends.

 

Cheer team

 

Mom and Ethan

 

Wilcox Xmas

 

Here’s to an even better year in 2015!

 

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