What a wonderful 2014 we had! Thinking back on the year, I’m amazed at the things we got to see and do.
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.
There was a basketball tournament at the beginning of February. My cheerleaders wrapped up their season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We spent September falling back into routine. David helped coach volleyball. My obsession with succulents began.
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.
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.
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.
Here’s to an even better year in 2015!