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2015 is drawing to a close and I wanted to take a moment to look at a few highlights from the year.  I'll have a post with our financial specific goals early next week, but this covers life and such.  In no particular order:


Our kids got another year older and both made huge steps in their development, as is the expectation at their ages of 6 and 4.  Our son is a whiz at math and ahead of expectations on reading and writing.  For the first time, he wrote out his Christmas list this year!  He does great with Lego building and loves dinosaurs.  Our daughter is really big into Disney princesses, dancing, and is always up for a new adventure.  My wife has done a lot of work at both my son's school and daughter's preschool and continues to do her online side gig.  Both sets of parents are healthy and of course, loving watching their grandkids grow!


My wife spent almost a year planning our trip to Disney World and we finally pulled it off in November.  We had eight days of magical fun.  My favorite part was seeing the smiles on the kids faces and getting to share all that new magic with them.  I'm in process of writing a series of posts that I hope will help others with their planning.


My wife started running seriously last year, and she stepped it up this year to run her first half-marathon in October.  She did great!  She led me into it, and I wish I had started sooner!  We differ in that she loves running outdoors and I prefer running indoors on a treadmill.  I track my running, and at the beginning OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAof the year I had set a goal of logging 500 miles, I fell a bit short due to three factors.

First, I ramped up too quickly and ended up getting a mild case of plantar fasciitis, which led me to shut things down for most of the summer.

Second, during our Disney trip, I got a really nasty chafing injury on my shoulder, and any exercise led to painfull rubbing, so I took some time off to heal.

Then, right after that I got two colds back to back (one from my wife, the other from work), and that basically ruined most of December.  All told, I ended up with around 470 miles, so not too far off the mark!  Also, my wife did urge me to run two outdoor races, a 5K in the spring, and a 4-mile trail run on Thanksgiving, and I had a blast, so I think I'll amend my preference to say that I enjoy my daily runs indoors, but I also enjoy doing group runs outdoors.


We had a lot of great trips this past year.  I think it was the first year in all four years that I've had our RV that I have felt fully comfortable with things.  I'm hoping that's a sign of good things to come.


No complaints at work.  I got to work on some smaller projects versus some of the bigger implementations we've had in years past.  This was a nice respite.  They just announced a merger, and based on the fact that I've worked on past integrations following a merger, I wouldn't be surprised to be brought into this one, which would probably make things a bit more fast paced.

Amazon Prime

We joined Amazon Prime as paying members for the first time.  I have to say, it has a lot of value.  The free two-day shipping has been great, especially during the holidays, and I've just started using the Video free content, which seems pretty nice.  I also use the Music player which has a good library, though I find the interface on the mobile app very clunky to use compared to the Google Play Music app, which I used for a few months during a free demo period.


This year, I tackled clutter in our basement, which had grown out of control and required a full scale assult, so much that I basically decided everything needed to be overhauled, meaning everything got touched.  I have made huge strides, gotten rid of buckets full of garbage, recycling, and donations, but sadly, I'm still not done.  I haven't gotten into our office and there's still a bit of cleanup I need to do for my tool area.