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.

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


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




School Valentines


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


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


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


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


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




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


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


Volleyball huddle


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


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


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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