It’s the first Monday of the new year. It’s also my Mom’s birthday. Happy birthday, Mom! I owe you some profiteroles Instead of getting stressed about all we want to do and accomplish today/this week/this month/this year, let’s give ourselves a moment to look back at 2015. Go easy on yourself today. If you’re feeling a little anxious, go through some pictures of last year and find the moments that defined the year. The good/the bad…. all of it.
Here’s how my 2015 went:
Cooper lost 6 teeth this year. He has big kid teeth now. It’s crazy.
We experienced a lot of good sunsets- this one stood out the most.
Meal prep! If you look at #shutterbeanmealprep tag on Instagram, you can see all of the weeks I meal prepped. I kinda fell off the wagon during the last few months of the year because of work but I’m hoping to create more space and time to do it in 2016 as it only benefits my family and saves me time throughout the week. You can read more about meal prep here.
I volunteered a lot at Cooper’s school this year. Highlight- bingo night.
This year I wanted to dedicate more time to making art. I got Cooper involved. It’s something I am going to continue doing in 2016. I’d like to spend at least one night a week working on art together.
I spent a chunk of time analyzing/figuring out how to organize my purse system. I wrote a whole post about it. The only thing that’s changed is that I have gotten rid of the folders and created a binder/ calendar system to keep my life in check. Once I have my system nailed down, I’ll share it with you. I’m still experimenting.
I had a nice visit with Maj! She came for a weekend and we went to the beach.
We stopped podcasting this year because of our work schedules. I’m not sure if we’re going to start up again. I miss it a lot, but I am not sure how I ever made time for it in years past! We’ll see what 2016 will bring.
I went up to Portland- wrote a post about dining up there and got to hang out with two of my best friends from college time.
Traveled with my mom to Los Angeles for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower!
Had a little overnight trip to Napa with Casey.
Took Cooper to Chinatown in SF and wondered why we never did it before.
Went on a trip with Joy! We spent a whole week together on a Caribbean cruise.
It was weird. It was awesome.
We got to play tourists in our own city! Casey and I went to Alcatraz with his sister & her family while Cooper was in school. It was so much fun and it happened to be on St.Patrick’s Day!
We took a road trip down to LA.
Because my brother got married! We had such a wonderful time.
One of my favorite pictures of Pinot in 2015.
Beach trip with friends visiting from NYC who feel like family.
We drove up to Idaho for Easter. Cooper got to see snow for the first time.
Cousins hanging out!
Cooper played little league this year. He rocked it. Baseball is his sport.
We painted a few walls in our house black this year. This made me BEYOND happy.
2015 was the year of BUCHA in the Benjamin household. I started making kombucha and haven’t stopped.
Cooper started writing sentences this year. It’s been so awesome to see him become such a good reader and writer!
Here’s what I’m talking about:
My favorite pic of the two of us.
My favorite pic of me and my mom.
I judged a burger contest up at Sutter Home!
I finally found a painted portrait for our house. This lady (I haven’t named her yet!) came from a random Salvation Army trip and only cost $5. Score of a lifetime. What should I name her?
I flew out to Connecticut and saw my grandma! My dad and I traveled together and it was such a fun experience being with him on a trip as an adult. I also had a wonderful time with my cousins.
I got to spend time with my brother & his wife in NYC right after they moved there.
I found this sign there.
A weekend away with my boo. Big shoutout to my parents for watching Cooper for us!
Cooper graduated from Kindergarten!
We spent a lot of time with our neighbor friends who have a pool in 2015!
At one point there was a swan raft!
We enjoyed sunny mornings in this part of the kitchen and then we moved to the other side of the room and now use a wood table for our meals. This concrete table is now my work space.
We had a few beach trips.
I spent a day exploring the Academy of Sciences with my niece who came to visit from Boston.
It was fun to have a teenager in our house. I guess because she was staying in my childhood bedroom and it brought back a lot of memories of youth.
In 2015 I went to the farmer’s market more. 2016 will be full of more trips.
My hair was purple for half of the year.
Something I tried to practice:
Cooper and I have been like 80% gluten free for about 6 months this year.
I’ll tell you all about it sometime.
Fireworks, fog & Katy Perry at my parent’s house on the 4th of July.
I practiced my handwriting like a mofo this year.
Had a big sleep over with my friend Helen Jane and her kids. It was incredible.
Nailed my style with stitch fix this year.
We had a few impromptu hike + creek days.
Beach chairs changed my life (dramatic enough?).
Went to Tahoe with my family for a summer vacation. Took this photo of my Dad.
It makes me so happy. That was a really good week.
Had a really nice double day date with Gaby + her husband.
Hung out with a bunch of cats at Kit Tea.
Took my niece on my favorite hike.
Started working for One Potato, taking all of the shots for their recipes cards.
My friend Lisa started working with me and it’s been awesome.
Came up with a way to organize my grocery lists through the process.
Gotta keep organized!
Took a lot of pictures of bees this year.
Cooper started 1 st grade!
I bought him a point & shoot camera this year and we went on some photo adventures.
Made good friends with some awesome people at Williams Sonoma.
Found my photo tribe at school.
Grew a sunflower. Grew a bunch of tomatoes but killed them.
I made some really good dinners. This one stood out.
Went to State Bird Provisions. Finally.
Binged on Mr. Robot. Also watched the entire series of Friday Night Lights.
Put together this little corner in our house…and then took it down a month or two later.
Took a twerking class….
Celebrated my friend’s 40th birthday. Lisa helped make my year brighter.
Went to Idaho again to celebrate my father-in-law’s 70th birthday.
Went fishing! Caught nothing!
Did more drawing….
Celebrated this 7 year old.
Stayed up late and saw the red moon with the kids.
Judged a Tomato contest at Kendall Jackson.
Hung out in the garden with my friend Tucker. Made silly faces.
Watched two guinea pigs for a week. Kept them alive.
Made a painting.
Got my astrology chart done from a professional. Thanks, maj!
Took Cooper to a wedding. Had the best time dancing with him.
Slowed down and tried to stay present while on Mom duty this year.
Another trip to Portland! This time for Kettle Chips.
Got to have a long lunch with my friend Erin up in Portland.
Wore more color in 2015. Here’s proof. Changing your hair color can do that to you.
Everyone loved to tell me that my purse matched my hair when it was purple.
Tell me something I don’t know 😉
Watched the Blue Angels with my family.
Cleaned my kitchen a million times. It’s getting painted this month and I am SOOOOO EXCITED.
Went on a pumpkin patch field trip. If you look at this picture from far away you can see a chicken’s head.
Started decorating our living room.
Dressed up as a panda for Halloween.
Cooper was a zombie. Casey was a king.
Sorted candy. Ate one piece. I need an award for that.
Started researching wood this year. Casey and I went deep. That sounds weird.
Head out of the gutter…. but we almost did a gigantic project around the house….
Went to Benihana twice with my parents. My dad loves it and I love that.
Drank a good share of bourbon. Less gin this year.
Watched Anne Lamott put together a salad. CREEPER ALERT.
Brought my mom’s rug back into our family room. Changed up the house’s energy.
Set up a photography project with Cooper. Loved it.
Played a lot of board games with my little family.
Fell in love with gold.
Watched cousins play in redwoods.
Got rid a few things at the dump this year. FREEDOM FROM STUFF!!!
Had a blast with our holiday decor this year.
Fried some wonton wrappers. Game changed.
Had some amazing FaceTime chats with my friend Cleo. Enough for her to write this for school!
Found love in brush pens.
Bought a sideboard off of Craiglist…. big bookshelf/wood project abandoned. Problem solved.
We now have a music listening area in our house. It’s been good for us.
Put up this gallery wall. Embraced the color of this couch.
Went to Sonoma for a day with Lisa. No kids. Just two ladies thrifting all day without interruptions.
Worked from this area for the last few months of 2015.
Celebrated Christmas Eve at my house.
Felt truly grateful to be with loved ones this Christmas.
Also got a new tree!
Took a million pictures of rain drops on my succulents.
I tried to take it easy during this Christmas break after a year of being on the go…..but I used the downtime to organize my house and purge a bunch of stuff. I did sleep late a few times…and when I say late, I mean like 8am max.
This year was awesome and I didn’t even mention all the FOOD I ATE in my Highlights of 2015!!!!!!!! Dang!
I am so thankful for this life and you.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Let’s my 2016 equally awesome, if not better!
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