Monday, January 4, 2016

{2015: Year in Review}

I'm not one to normally want to rush time, but I was so ready for 2015 to be over & done with.  It definitely was not one of my favorites & I wasn't sad to see it go.  But despite the bad, there was definitely LOTS of good.  I am blessed beyond belief.  Here is a recap of 2015!

In January, a group of us enjoyed the Wine Swirl in downtown Brenham.  They started this a few years ago & I look forward to it every year.  And each year our group has grown which I love!  Nothing beats a few hours of wine drinking while shopping with friends!  We also had our first "Ralston Creek Ladies Night" that I am surrounded by such great neighbors who have now all become great friends!
In February, my quiet, calm life turned upside down when I adopted #409...aka Nola!  I have questioned my decision a time or two because I have to keep an eye on her 24/7 & my house is ALWAYS covered in dog hair, but she is seriously the best thing to happen to me this year.  God's timing of me finding her was PERFECT!  You can read more of her adoption story here. I also celebrated my 36th birthday...dang I'm getting old!
March started out as a relatively calm month...the calm before the storm you could say.  We were informed back in February that there was an issue with linking listeria to some of our product.  We didn't hear much more about it until March 13th when Blue Bell issued it's first recall.  At the time, we didn't think it was that big of a deal...we would recall some product, do a thorough cleaning & move on.  10 days later, we issued another recall.  On April 3rd, we closed down the Broken Arrow production facility.  It snowballed after that.  We issued another recall & then ultimately on April 20th - issued a complete recall of all products & shut down all of our production facilities. The snowballing continued into May & on May 15th, things hit rock bottom with a massive layoff.  It was most definitely the absolute worst day of the year.  There were lots of Sonic drink runs, lots of wine & margaritas & lots of sleepless nights during that time.  Quite honestly, those months felt like such a blur. You can read more here.
Slowly but surely, things started looking up in June.  The highlight of the month was when Colby & Jodie got married!  You can read about it & see lots of pictures here.
A majority of July was filled with baseball, baseball & more baseball!  Mason's All Stars team made it all the way to state undefeated & WON!!  
Good things come to those who wait & on August 31st - we FINALLY started selling ice cream again.  It was an awesome day & one we had all been looking forward to for months.  We were at work at 3am to make breakfast for our drivers & cheered on the first truck as it pulled out to start making deliveries.  That first bite of homemade vanilla never tasted so good!  You can read all about our comeback here.
September was the start of my favorite time of year! Football, fall decor, the fair, {somewhat} cooler weather...
October was a great, BUSY month!  Amy, Carol, Kelly & I went to an A&M game, my church celebrated it's 125th anniversary,  I hosted National Night Out & a shower for my best friend Carol, & we road tripped to the A&M/Ole Miss game!  You can read all about it here, here & here!
November was another crazy, busy month. The Washington County Relay for Life was held the first weekend & we headed to San Antonio on the 21st to celebrate Carol's bachelorette party.  Of course there was Thanksgiving & a little Black Friday Shopping.  
I kicked off December with the Christmas stroll downtown Brenham {and a visit with Santa}, followed by the Blue Bell Christmas party on December 8th.  I also celebrated Nola's first birthday & hosted my first cookie exchange party for the neighborhood ladies!  We celebrated my dad's birthday, attended candlelight Christmas Eve service {my absolute favorite of the year}, Christmas & one of my best friend's New Year's Eve wedding!  You can read all about that here.  Fun times for sure & all reasons why this is the most wonderful time of the year!
And there you have it - 2015!  It will definitely be one that I never forgot.  It had LOTS of downs, but all the UPS definitely made up for it.  Recalling them all certainly makes me remember how blessed I am.  Life is good.  Crazy Good.  And I have a feeling 2016 is going to be a GREAT year.  I feel it.  =)

The best is yet to come.
Happy New Year!! 

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