Monday, December 21, 2015

2015: A Year In Review

As 2015 comes to a close, my nostalgic heart loves to look back and fondly remember all that took place this year. Ever since we wrote our love story in our back and forth journal, I've always told Aaron that I want to remember. I want to remember it all, even when we're old and gray and don't have much of a memory left. And so, I write things down. This is just a small part of the reason that I hit "publish" on the first Currently, Kelsie blog post back on January 14, 2015. A lot has changed and happened since then, both in the blogging world and in life. And so, today, I'm here sharing a little year in review for 2015 (complete with words, photos, videos, and the most popular posts of 2015!). Here's to memories, love, joy, and all that this year has been.

Check out our monthly highlights, photos, and silly videos below (as well as links to the top 7 blog posts of 2015)! You'll find some special surprises along the way. 


January

February

  • Had an amazing time playing in the Faculty/Student Courtwarming Game and performing in the debut of the LHS Staffires (See video below for a laugh!)
  • Enjoyed a long Valentine's weekend off exploring KC with the hubby

March

April

  • Decided to take blogging a little more seriously
  • Worked on our outdoor deck space and planted lots of flowers
  • Started the Currently, Kelsie Twitter
  • Hit up some Royals games!

May

  • Finished up year four of teaching and Aaron said goodbye to teaching Elementary
  • Went to Colorado and taught Aaron how to ski!
  • Decided to lead EF Tour for Greece

June

  • Celebrated our 2nd Wedding Anniversary at Vacation Bible School (See video below for a piece of the action!)
  • Joined a Blogging "Tribe"- The Alder Collective
  • Relaxed and enjoyed the blessing of summer vacation
I have some pretty talented friends who have incredible hearts for kids to know Jesus. Vacation bible school went up!
Posted by Michelle Jankovich on Thursday, June 18, 2015

July

  • Spent a week with some amazing High Schoolers at Castaway YoungLife Camp (see video below for our amazing leader lip sync competition rendition of "My Heart Will Go On")
  • Went on a 16 day European Adventure (this post on planning it was the 5th most popular of the year)
  • Wrote How to Fly to Europe for Almost Free (4th most popular post of 2015)
  • Took a little St. Louis getaway weekend to see Jenn!
One time at Castaway there was a leader lip sync competition and this happened..
Posted by Michelle Jankovich on Monday, July 6, 2015

August

September

  • Spent Labor Day Weekend in Des Moines with friends
  • Wrote Sorority Stereotypes that Aren't True (7th most popular post in 2015)
  • Stared renting out our guest room on Airbnb
  • Set the record for the winningest coach in C Team history- with three wins

October

November

  • Celebrated Aaron's 25th Birthday with a bday video
  • Went on a Non-Stop trip to Dallas with YoungLife kids
  • Had a weekend getaway in Oklahoma City for a wedding
  • Started my social media fast
  • Kept the Thanksgiving day football tradition alive, even in the rain! 

December


To give you the overall glimpse into the year, check out this One Second Everyday Video from September 2014 to December 2015. I fell off the video train more than I'd like to admit once May came around, but it gives you a one second glimpse into lots and lots of days, making it a 2 min and 46 peek into a year and three months of our life. I'm going to be much better about this in 2016! It's my favorite little collection of memories.



And that's a wrap, folks! See you again back in 2016. Have a blessed Christmas and a very happy New Year! Thanks for being a party of this journey with me. I am thrilled and honored to have you stop by.

Currently,
Kelsie
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44 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, you had a crazy, exciting, amazing year! This post was awesome and fun to read (I even opened tabs to read some of your other posts). Thats so exciting that you led an EF tour - I just went on a trip this year! Your blogging journey for the year was fun to follow to! Thanks for sharing :)
    ~Mattie
    www.mattiesmakings.com

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    1. It was so wonderful, Mattie! I'm so glad you checked out some others posts while you were here! I'm actually leading the tour this summer to Greece! I can't wait. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  2. Hi Kelsie, I have visited you site a couple of times and would love for you to join us at Sitting Among Friends Blog Party every Wednesday. This weeks link up is... http://youresewtrendy.blogspot.com/2015/12/sitting-among-friends-blog-party-3.html

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    1. Hi Jaime! Thanks so much for visiting! I will be adding your blog arty to my list of link ups! Thanks so much for stopping by and for the link :)

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    2. So glad you stopped by and shared with us. I look for to seeing you on Wednesdays. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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    3. I'm excited for it too. Thanks for having me :) Merry Christmas!

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  3. You have certainly been busy. I love this idea for a blog post. Very well written. I'm afraid you put me to shame! Went to some Royals games? That's awesome. I live in Kansas myself and it was so crazy towards the end of baseball season. So many Royals fans. I've only been to one game a few years ago. They played the Yankees. It was awesome. Great job on your blog. I'll add it to my blog list. Good luck in the coming year! :)

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    1. I have been busy, but it's been so fun! Thanks so much for your kind words! We love living in KC- the Missouri side though :) Thanks so much for stopping by! Excited to see you again soon!

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  4. Love all of this :) It's been so fun to follow along with you and all of this this year! What a fun year full of adventures and fun new things. I can't wait to see what 2016 holds for y'all and for us!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lauren! It has been fun, for sure! I'm so excited to meet baby Caleb before we know it!! Yay 2016- bring it on :)

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  5. WAIT STOP I LOVE YOUNG LIFE! I'm applying for summer staff!! Castaway looks SO beautiful. I've never found someone else involved in YL in the blogging world! So crazy!!

    http://thealwaysblog.com

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    1. YES!!! Yay Savannah, that is awesome!! Castaway is really beautiful- I've been there about six times. You should check out my other post on Castaway (The Old Has Gone: Castaway 2015). So fun to find someone else out there! Heading to check out your blog now :)

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  6. What an amazing year you had! Great post with all the links to such great articles! We love utilizing our air miles! I love your bible camp adventures :)

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    1. It has been great!! Thank you so much, we love using our miles too! Vacation Bible School was a blast!

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  7. It sounds like you had an exciting year! Great post with the links to such great articles! I had to check some of them out :) We love utilizing our air miles too! Your bible camp adventures look so fun!

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    1. It was so exciting :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I think there is something amazing about the moment one decides they really want to take their blog to the next level. It sounds like you had a year full of change and wonderful things. I hope next year is wonderful for you :)

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    1. I agree wholeheartedly. Thanks so much, and I wish the same for you!

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  9. Lovely pictures, looks like an amazing year <3

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  10. This is such a good way to look back on the year! Cheers to an even better 2016! xo

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    1. Thanks so much, and cheers to your 2016 too!

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  11. It looks like you had an amazing 2015.
    I hope 2016 tops last year for you.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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    1. It was really wonderful. Thanks so much, and Merry Christmas!

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  12. This is such a sweet blog post! I'm so glad you had an amazing year! I will make a blog post similar to this :))

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    1. Thanks so much, Rosalyn! I hope you have a great time making this post just like I did :)

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  13. What a great year! Your European vacation sounds like it was a blast. We took a trip to Italy in the summer as well, definitely a highlight of the year.

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    1. It was SO much fun!! Italy is so beautiful- I hope to go again sometime!

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  14. What an insanely busy year you've had, though it all sounds so rewarding and not to mention fun! Definitely hoping to get in as much traveling as you did next year!
    Hoping your 2016 is full of success, good health and happy moments!

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    1. It was busy, but full of all my favorite things!! We are hoping to travel just as much as well= already have three trips scheduled for next year :) Best wishes to you, and thanks for reading!

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  15. Here's to 2016 being even better !!!! Yay happy new year to us

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    1. Happy new year, Laci! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  16. this is such a great post! Looks like you had a fabulous year!

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    1. Thanks so much, Alissia! It was great. Merry Christmas and Happy 2016!

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  17. Looks like it has been a great year! Congrats on all your accomplishments!

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    1. It has been really wonderful, Jessica! Thanks so much for you kind words and for stopping by!

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  18. I'm so glad you started blogging. It sounds like you had a wonderful year. A almost free trip to cancun is much needed on my end. Congrates on celebrating 2 years of marriage. We celebrated our 1st anniversary by jumping out of a plan.

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    1. Thanks so much, Ashley! I'm so glad as well :) It has been a really great 2015. And yes, Cancun sounds fabulous right about now, doesn't it?? Jumping out of a plan sounds like such an adventure. Happy first anniversary and merry Christmas to you!

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  19. Kelsie, I loved reading your post! I'm a teacher too! I teach 6th grade English in North Mississippi. Looks like you had an adventure-filled, fantastic year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kate! That's awesome :) My hubby teaches 6th grade history and loves it! It was definitely a year of adventure. Thanks for stopping by, and merry Christmas and happy 2016 to you!!

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  20. What. A. Great. Year!
    I'm jealous! You did and accomplished so much! And Kelsie? You have inspired me to make 2016 special. I'm going to put a lot of thought into making a special memory each 2016 month. Life is too short and you just reminded me how short. Thank you!

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  21. Wow, with all you've achieved I can't imagine you've only been bloggin for a year! You do an amazing job. I can tell there were a lot of moments you enjoyed in 2015. Wishng you a great 2016!

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