The Random Writings of Rachel: My Top 15 from 2015 (Year in Review)

My Top 15 from 2015 (Year in Review)

Sure, it's cliche, but it's just so much fun to look back on all the awesomeness of the past year as it comes to an end! This year, I decided to do this and join in Chelsea's 15 photos from 2015 challenge, too. Because 15 photos is better than the traditional 12 photos, duh. Three extra pictures!!!

 This photo was taken in Hong Kong, but it reminds me of our life together in China in general. Just the two of us in a foreign place, figuring out the world together. It was awesome. China will always have a special place in my heart. Maybe we'll be back before long.


I discovered the fact that the tiny and obscure island Tung Ping Chau (belonging to Hong Kong) existed in early January 2015. From that point on, I was a woman on a mission. I had to visit that deserted island that I inexplicably fell in love with before I even met it. I had to wait till May before I made it there, but I did, in fact, get a chance to visit, and it was everything I'd imagined.


Working together at the same school was something I never would have imagined would be a part of our lives. When a Mandarin Chinese B.A. marries a nurse, you don't make any plans to work together, but it was awesome. Sharing an office--coolest thing ever.


We bought our first car! Funny milestone for a 30-something and a 20-something, but hey, milestone it is!

 My sisters surprised me with a dress I'd already fallen in love with for my 24th birthday.


We had a family Olympics competition in honor of Angel's birthday. I definitely did not win the long jump (that was Angel), but I did win one event, which was the jumproping competition. If there would have been a hula hooping competition, I would have won that too. I have hula hoop skills.

On a more serious note, this photo reminds me what a healthy year this was for me, and how grateful I am for that. I had the good health needed to travel to places I've never been before, and was able to go on long hikes and even partake in competitive events like a Olympics competition against my own family. I don't take health for granted, and this was a very good year. I'm so thankful!


From that time we visited the sea turtle conservation center and even got to watch baby sea turtles be released into the ocean, something I never thought I would see in my lifetime. I guess this has been a year full of the kind of things that I never quite dreamed big enough to dream of.


This picture reminds me about how homeschooling has become once more an essential part of my day to day life this year, and I love it. Hey, who wouldn't love drawing the solar system on their bathroom floor?


Our life has included plenty of small people over the past year, and I love getting to watch them grow! They bring such joy. And watching them respond to Uncle Angel's pranks is fun, too. And then they try to prank him back. Did you see this photo on instagram?


Speaking of pranks, there was that time Angel hid Anna's mattress inside the bathroom and no one found it for hours. Still makes me laugh.


From the epic Valentine's Day cookie party that I put together. I just love the attitude in this picture. I spent an unprecedented amount of time with my sisters this year, and with cousin Shannon, too. Shannon even shared our apartment for about a month and half. It's cool getting to know your family again after a long separation.


He wore a shirt with us on it on our date. I want to remember that forever.


I made an awesome Captain Hook at Sarah's epic "Once Upon a Time" birthday party. I love costumes, but hardly get the chance to dress up, so the few times I do, it's memorable to me.


And let's just close with a glimpse at what last summer's family reunion/25th wedding anniversary celebration in Cambodia really felt like.

How was your 2015?

25 comments:

  1. What a fun way to look back on the year! :)

    Glad hat 2015 has had so many fun and new experiences for you, hope 2016 is even better!

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  2. Beautiful pictures and an awesome year!

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  3. These photos are awesome! Looks like you had a wonderful and fun 2015!

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  4. What a great way to look back on the year! You had some awesome moments.

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  5. I love looking over these memories. You definitely have a full and blessed life! Thanks for sharing. (My favorite picture is probably that first one of you two in Hong Kong!)

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  6. Oh, those baby sea turtles are just precious!

    Hope you have an amazing 2016! Although, I can't imagine you'd have it any other way :)

    -Shelly

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  7. I love this! I might have to steal this idea. Angel wearing a shirt with a picture of you two will never not be hilarious to me.

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  8. oh my goodness i love your photos and memories from 2015, rachel! also, your captain hook costume is on point! i am also so thankful for my health, that is such a good one to always keep in the forefront of our minds. i especially love that you angel have so much fun together, no matter where you are or what you're doing!

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  9. These are such amazing pictures from such an amazing year! Your pose in the 25th anniversary photo cracks me up. I need the story behind that -- praying nobody falls down the steps in all their antics? Someone's gotta look out for everyone...

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  10. What a wonderful, fun, and productive 2015! I really love the solar system on that bathroom floor picture--seriously lovely.

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  11. Those sea turtles!! They are one of my favorite animals so I loved that picture. The others are wonderful too. It looks like you had a great 2015!

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  12. I love yearly recaps like this. You really have experienced and accomplished a lot in 2015! Hoping 2016 will bring you just as much joy and happiness! :)

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  13. That first picture of the two of you is so cute!! And you and your sisters all together are just so sweet, definitely see the love you have for each other in the pic:)

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  14. You two are adorable and compliment each other so well!

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  15. It looks like you made a ton of memories in 2015!

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  16. Awesome! Such a great way to look back on the year! :)

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  17. I love these yearly review posts! Looks like 2015 was a great year.

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  18. I had no idea we were the same age! I bet our husbands are close in age too.

    I love your dress that you received from your sisters, that's my style too.

    You had such a fun year, and definitely traveled a lot, something that is so much fun but tough to do just in general. I'm glad you were able to capture those moments. You will definitey look back on them and be glad that you were able to capture them.

    I love end of the year posts because it shows how much we've changed and the wonderfulness in a year.


    liz @ sundays with sophie

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  19. Love your Captain Hook costume--you definitely nailed the look!

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  20. These are GREAT pictures! Looks like you had quite the adventures and did such fun things this year!!! <3

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  21. Great year in review--looks like you and your family had a ton of fun!! :] I love that blue dress! <3

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  22. What happy memories and fun photos!

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  23. I just love this! Your pictures are really fun and I might just have to join in on this idea.

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