After part one of this bloggy little series, I thought – why on earth would anyone want to read what our family did all year? I mean, really….there is NO value in any of this to any living person except for me…and maybe my grandma.
But then I realized, that’s not the point. The point is to have a record of the year. A picture of who our family was and what we did this year.
And then I realized, holy cow…it’s March! This is like sending out your Christmas cards for Valentine’s Day. This is why you should never say you are doing a “series” on your blog when you write on it but a few times a year. But, as they say…it is what it is.
So, for me and my grandma…here you go. The Groblebe’s 2014, Part II.
We headed out, all six of us, on a plane to Washington for our annual trek to Amma’s house for the 4th of July, honored our Papa, spent a day at the beach, played Shanghai, went to a Black Bears baseball game, attended our annual family reunion, went to the 4th of July parade, watched the Fireworks at Uncle Denny’s, got all the kids to the dentist, bought our first Yeti cooler (yes, we’re addicted…well, Travis is), hosted Uncle Derrick & Tristian for a visit, went to Boondocks, had our annual Cholas/Kasper/Groblebe Gong Show camping weekend where we rode ATV’s, went fishing, learned to shoot BB guns safely (kind of) and had a GREAT time, hosted a mastermind retreat with my coaching clients up in Buena vista at Ken’s cabin, attended the She Speaks Conference in Charlotte with some amazing clients and friends (highly recommended) and a Sixth Division Infusionsoft boot camp taught by everybody’s favorite Chief Baller, Brad Martineau (also…HIGHLY recommended if you are an IS user.)
Got ready for school to start with new lunchboxes, supplies, backpacks – the whole deal, went on a fun double date with my sister Jen and her husband Jared, spent some time with our racing friends, John & Donna Robinson, when they came to race at Bandimere, Jacob earned his yellow belt with a black stripe, we had our annual Summer Slam party complete with an all you can eat cotton candy machine (most awesome as usual), flew to Florida to meet with a new client, Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less, Jacob started soccer, we swam at the pool (a lot), school started – Jacob 6th, Delaney 5th, Sara kindergarten & Ellie preschool (praise the Lord!), Delaney tried out for the Nutcracker (and got a part as a party girl) and I spent a romantic weekend in Terre Haute, LA with my man at the Scheid Diesel Extravaganza where we had several delicious tacos in a bag!
Drove to Albuquerque to visit my Great Uncle Doug, went on my 3rd annual bow hunting trip aka Joy & Stacy gone wild in the mountains (score so far, elk 3, Joy 0), attended quite a few soccer games for Jacob, picked apples off the tree on our property for the first time in 5 years (and made a ton of applesauce), harvested grapes on our property (and made A TON of grape jelly), went on a fun trip to Miami compliments of Gretchen at Helms Briscoe, had a great date night with Travis, Trish & Marc at Red Rocks for Kings of Leon, went to the Rapids game for Jacob’s 12th birthday, and flew to Toronto for a video shoot for Ruth’s new book!
You guessed it, more soccer games, a birthday celebration for Delaney who turned 10, worked on a massive two day lego project, made a trip up to Beaver Creek for the SCORRE Conference (yes, you should come next time!), took our annual trip to Miller Farms, Jacob competed in his first karate tournament, had a pumpkin carving party, redecorated the little girls bedroom, made Sara an Elsa costume, had lunch with THE Casey Graham, had a date night at the Bronco game, put on another successful Halloween Carnival at the kids school, saw my girl Michele Cushatt in action at the Women of Faith Conference in Denver, and did some serious trick or treating with hockey player, a nerd, Queen Elsa and one cute little Olaf.
Headed to Colorado Springs (with Travis!!) for the Dynamic Communicators Platform Conference (produced by The Frontline Group), had a GREAT dinner at the Broadmoor’s world famous Penrose Room and a super fun night at the Golden Bee with Amy, Casey, Matt, Pat, Trivinia, Michele, Troy and Travis (SO FUN!!), headed to Focus on the Family for a video shoot with Crystal, traveled to Atlanta for a meeting, watched Ellie perform in the cutest preschool Thanksgiving program ever, Sara had her first ever sleepover, got pedicures with my girls, traveled to Phoenix for some crazy awesome consulting meetings with Brad & Brian that for sure without a doubt is going to transform our business this year and celebrated a very thankful Thanksgiving complete with pumpkin pie for breakfast and an amazing turkey cooked on the Traeger.
Decorated the house for Christmas on the inside, bailed on decorating the outside, celebrated Sara’s 6th birthday with a Princess Tea Party, went to Nashville for GREAT end of year meetings with Ken and Crystal, watched all three of my girls dance beautifully in their Nutcracker ballet recital, had fun ALL month long with Erik, our elf on the shelf, watched the girls dance at the Festival of Lights, watched Jacob & Delaney march in our town’s Christmas Lights parade, watched Delaney dance as a party girl in 7 Nutcracker shows in 5 days (she did a GREAT job!), shipped out a gazillion influencer boxes for Ruth’s new book (they were so cute!), had a fabulous annual planning meeting with Michele (her book Undone, yes, you should pre-order it, it’s that good), made over 200 pieces of lefsa, went to Pinterest night at my sisters house, celebrated an amazing Christmas with lots of family (not all of them though – missed you Bebe & Papa), Sophie & Noah came to visit, we celebrated Eleanor turning four, had a “Noon Years Eve” party for the kids and finished off the year with a fun night out at our favorite restaurant Shells and Sauce with Trish, Scott & Nicolle to ring in the New Year!
Wowzers. 2014 can be summed up with this:
God is good. All the time. In good and bad, He’s right there with us. Leading us, guiding us and directing our path. I’m so thankful for people I met, relationships that were strengthened and experiences our family had this year. 2014 was amazing…and at this point, so was the first quarter of 2015. 🙂 I can’t wait to see what the rest of the year has in store.
Ok Grandma…you can stop reading now. 🙂