Thursday, December 31, 2015

Year in Review: 2015

How is it that this year is coming to a close.  I honestly feel like it just started.  I guess what they say is true, time really does fly when your having a good time - the days just seem to go by faster and faster.  It's been such a fabulous year and I couldn't feel more blessed.

I've had such fun looking back at the things we did this past year and thinking about all is to come this next year.  Some highlights include celebrating one year of marriage as well as one year of our house building completion, all of our travels {Bermuda, Boston, California, Dallas, Providence and little weekend getaways}, visiting friends and having friends visit us, celebrating all the holidays, birthdays and hosting "just because." Celebrating others getting married, plenty of football/tailgates/meeting Sam Ponder, And of course, adding one little puppy to our family.

The blog was rebranded from The New Mrs. to Christina Lea Loves and I couldn't be happier with the change.  I enjoyed so much sharing recipes (with many many more to come in the new year), date night ideas, travel details and spotlights, holiday celebrating ideas, monthly hopes and recaps of each month, sharing all the details of our wedding and fashion inspirations.

January: (full month review here)
We started off the year celebrating with friends in a low key celebration at home and with a family party on the actual holiday.  We made a trip up to Penn State for a hockey weekend and enjoyed many date nights.  It was our first snow at the new house and we were like little kids with excitement.  We decided to expand on our family and met a puppy who would become ours early the next month.

February: (full month review here)
We got Stella right at the start of the month and the month was really all about her! Having an eight week old puppy really limits you but we loved having our little five pound puppy around.  We went to the car show, got together to celebrate Mom's birthday, had a few snow days, visits with a few out of town friends and date nights rounded out the month.

March: (full month review here)
March continued to have abnormally cold and snowy weather but we hit the six months of marriage mark (hard to believe now we're at a year and three + months).  We made a second trip to State College for a hockey weekend, had a staycation in the city and booked a trip to Bermuda.  Other highlights include trying to housebreak a puppy, many more snow days, girls nights, nights out with friends, prepping for spring, going to an annual casino night that my aunt hosts and helping my brother ring in the big 3-0.  I finished up sharing most of the photos/details of our wedding by month's end.

April: (full month review here)
We finally were able to break out some shorts and enjoy the deck plus a huge closet clean out to prepare for spring.  We celebrated our first married Easter and even hosted an Easter Eve dinner at our house before doing the traditional church/brunch for Easter morning.  We made a trip up to Derek's family farm in NY and bundled up for our first Phillies game of the season. Relaxing on the couch, tanning and lounging on the deck were low-key highlights of the month.  We finished out the month celebrating Steve's birthday as well as a fabulous trip to Bermuda - both of our first time and we loved it!

May: (full month review here)
In the spring of last year we were peeking out at our deck being built and this year we were able to lounge on the porch furniture each night and we took full advantage!  We hosted plenty of gatherings, celebrated Cinco de Mayo, did date nights and went to more Phillies games with the season underway. We celebrated Mother's Day and Stella even brought me flowers to start the celebrations.  We go big with birthday celebrations and the pups are no exception to that - we celebrated Nash towards the end of the month.  The summer officially started with a Memorial Day BBQ and a weekend trip to Saint Michael's.

June: (full month review here)
The summer months brought some bright colors into our house (my favorite! It's usually all neutral but who can turn away some brights when the sun is out!?)  I tested out some frozen dog treats for the pups since Stella had her lady surgery and they were quite well received - she handled it like a champ too.  We kicked off many weekly family dinners once Dining Under the Stars started as well as some brunches to take in the nice weather.  Picking strawberries, Phillies games and the Lilly Pulitzer Annual Sale rounded out the month.  Our friends visited for a mexican fiesta and we went back to Derek's home to visit his family and friends.  We celebrated Father's Day with a round on the golf course with all the kids and Steve and let's just say - maybe next time it'll be better if I just play nine holes.

July: (full moth review here)
Summer was in full force and we fully enjoyed our deck - every night, every weekend, hosting gatherings, date nights - we couldn't get enough.  We had a BBQ to celebrate 4th of July followed by a weekend away at the lake to celebrate - we enjoyed more time at the lake the rest of the month.  July also marked the one year mark for closing on our house (even though we didn't even really begin to make it a home until the previous September).  Our family always takes at least a trip a year and this year we all met up in Boston - so much to take in around that city and we enjoyed it all.  In other travel news we made a weekend trip down to see some of our best friends in DC and we also had a few best friends visit us.

August: (full moth review here)
This month was primarily about our anniversary trip to California since we spent eight days out west (already looking forward to the "annual" anniversary trip).  I had the best time having a stay at "home" upon departing for the trip.  We made a weekend trip to NJ to see Derek's family, friends and a visit to my best friend's house for a few pool days.  I had the best time reflecting on our honeymoon just prior to the one year mark of going and having a summer vacation series while we were traveling.  We got the most of outdoor dining including a great mexican night with my parents as well as much time on the deck.  My little garden kept growing but reached it's limit this month and we logged our final times at the lake house.

September: (full month review here)
The month started off with taking a peek at my summer bucket list and seeing all the fun things we checked off.  We celebrated one year of marriage with a full wedding celebration day a couple days before the anniversary since we traveled back to Providence for a wedding on our actual anniversary.  We had a great time visiting with our college friends and adventuring through our old stomping grounds.  The summer was finished off the same way it started - with a Labor Day BBQ on my parent's deck.  Football season returned (as did crockpot meals) and two great weekends, tailgates & wins in State College.  While one season starts another ends and we went to our final Phillies game of the year - against Derek's Mets.  Mom and I got some girl time in on one of our usual shopping trips.

October: (full month review here)
We were loving anything and everything fall this month including another rainy Penn State game and our annual away game tailgate party at our house.  We celebrated another wedding as well as a weekend away to visit friends in DC and some out of town friends make a visit to us.  We got in some great date nights and also a day date in the city.  We took in as many Halloween and fall activities as possible including a trip to Pumpkinland, Pumpkin day at the arboretum, a Halloween party and a Halloween dinner right here at home. We covered up the patio furniture to prep for winter and are still missing it dearly.

November: (full month review here)
We made our final trip of 2015 at the start of the month down to Dallas for the Cowboys game and other  activities.  In other travel news, we made a weekend trip to Long Island for our final wedding of the year.  Derek turned 30 and we celebrated plenty of times including a night out in the city with friends.  After years of trying we finally celebrated "Friendsgiving" with our friends.  A trip to the food bank, friends visiting, nights at Sotherden's Saloon rounded out the month.  We made one final football weekend trip to State College for a chilly game and tailgate.  Mom and I made our annual "Thursday before Thanksgiving Christmas shopping trip", our little Stella turned one and we prepped our Christmas Cheer for the holiday season.  For Thanksgiving we were able to see both families and enjoy a brunch as well as big dinner.

I celebrated two years of blogging to start the month as well as had a blast putting together gift guides to share with all.  We got the house all set up for Christmas and had a much anticipated low key weekend at home spent mostly in pajamas.  All of the Christmas movies were watched, cards were sent out, lights were looked at, cookies were baked, cheer was drank - it was all about Christmas activities all the time.  We had our annual family Christmas dinner at Maggiano's as well as another shop and dine impromptu night.  Derek got a new car.  An ugly sweater party, date nights with friends an an army navy tailgate rounded out the month - complete with meeting Sam Ponder!  We took Stella to meet Santa and saw the Nutcracker in the city before heading to New York to celebrate my 27th birthday.  We got all the gifts wrapped and celebrated Christmas Eve Eve, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and a Family Christmas party.  It's been the best closing out the year with a relaxing week at home!

Looking forward to seeing what this next year brings! 


  1. What a wonderful look back on 2015 for you! SO many fun memories, great trips and a loving family always surrounding you!! Hope you have a great start to 2016!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. What a fun recap! You have so many pictures to remember your events! Happy New Year, friend! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

  3. Y'all had a big year! Loved reading the recap of it, and I hope 2016 is just as exciting!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  4. Such an amazing year! Filled with so many good memories...excited to see what 2016 has in store!

  5. I can't believe how tiny Stella was... and that wasn't that long ago!! I love that you do the monthly recaps so it's easy to pull them all back together at year end and reflect on an amazing year!! Happy New Year, lady!!

  6. So many fun trips and milestones for y'all this year! Stella is seriously such a cutie pie, it's so hard to believe that y'all have had her for less than a year! I loved reading all about your amazing tailgates, and I have a few new recipes to bring to ours! Hope that 2016 can be even more amazing for you than 2015 was!

  7. Y'all had a great year! I love looking back and reflecting during New Years. Hope you have a great one tonight!!

  8. Such a fun year!! I can't believe you got Stella earlier this year - it seems like forever ago lol it's crazy how quick the years go by!

  9. You guys had such an amazing and full year! I can't wait to follow along and see what 2016 brings for you guys!