|The Cossel family, Christmas Eve 2014|
(We got this picture in 2 tries!!)
It was a year full of welcoming new lives into the world, as 3 of my very good friends had babies this year, saying goodbye to others, laughter, and love. Josie, Sadie, and Sydney all came into this world healthy and happy. Two of these babies I still have not gotten my hands on, and I am so excited to do so! Thank heaven for Facebook so I can watch them grow and feel like I get to see them regularly.
In February, Russ and I got to take a trip to Las Vegas with my Aunt Carol. We went to Cirque De Soleil "Ka", gambled, ate at an amazing restaurant called The Strip House, shopped, and did a ton of walking. Russ and my Aunt Carol's "nephew", Billy hit it right off, became fast friends, and stayed out all night and part way into the next day exploring the strip. I don't have that kind of energy, so I'm glad they had each other! I adored Billy too, as he is pretty much the male version of me, what's not to love?!
May brought on Ichthyosis Awareness month, where we hosted another Ichthyosis Day at the K, raising money for FIRST with the help of some of the most amazing friends and family. Then in June, we set out to Indianapolis for the bi-annual FIRST National Family Conference. It is always so good to reconnect with our Ichthyosis family, and see the doctors we have worked with. This year I made new friends, got to put faces with names that I have chatted with online, and of course, got to spend almost a whole week with Jordan, my "sister", who is absolutely one of my favorite people in the whole wide world (and the mommy of Sadie, born this fall). My parents got to join us this year, and I was so glad they got to experience what we have at the past conference we attended, as they are a huge part of my support system. I also got to spend an afternoon with one of my oldest, best friends, Krista, who moved to Indiana this year. She came up and went to an indoor trampoline park with us, where she and I got into a pretty intense game of dodgeball with some preteen boys, and we were quickly reminded of our age and our lack of nimbleness!
The summer was the first that we got to have Logan all summer. For the first time he got to play t-ball, which maybe I'm a little partial, but I see an all star in the making! Gavin was in coach pitch as well, his last year, and next year will move on to full blown baseball. Those ball diamonds are my happy place. I have some of the best memories from my childhood on those very same ball diamonds.
In the fall, Ashlynne started middle school, Gavin 3rd grade, and Logan kindergarten. Breckyn, being only 3, is still just attending daycare, but to feel as if she is a part of it all, tells us that she goes to "pretty school". She is thriving, and is a full fledged "threenager". She challenges her older sis and brothers, and her parents regularly, but we all take it in stride. Ashlynne has started playing trumpet this year, and Gavin and Logan are both getting AMAZING grades and are making us so proud.
We welcomed a new family member into our home in the beginning of December, another puggle, named Zailey. She is 18 months old, and the size we thought Hurley was going to be! Breckyn had taken to calling them "Big Hurley" and "Little Hurley". Bill, the min pin, and Buddy Nixon, the cat, are not amused by this new addition, but Hurley is loving having a new play mate. We took Buddy Nixon in to get her declawed and spayed in the spring, at which time we were informed that "she" is actually a "he" and they couldn't spay Buddy, but they would be glad to neuter him for us. This is the 2nd time this has happened to us. We were told by the breeder that Hurley was a male and didn't double check that. We don't have the best of luck in this department!
Work is staying busy for both Russ and I, which we are thankful for. We continue to be very blessed professionally. When I get tired, and wish things would slow down, I am quick to remind myself of the people I know who are without work, and that puts me in check rather quickly.
I have been blessed with another year with my grandma. As her health has been very shaky for many years, this was a huge blessing. We have tried to go up on as many Mondays as possible for short visits. I think it's good for all of our hearts to get as many hugs in with her as possible.
We hope you have had a year as blessed as ours, and look forward to a fun, eventful 2015.