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Thursday, December 31, 2015

A look back at 2015


Happy New Year! Hope everyone had a wonderful 2015.

Here's a look back at ours, which started with ringing in the new year at Roy’s in Pebble Beach.
(Ree left, Ro right)

Ro and Ree finished 4th grade in June and started 5th grade in August (summer is so short, but so sweet). They’re really into music right now (Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Adele, and Selena Gomez are constantly playing in our house and car), and they love singing and recording themselves on Smule sing, taking vocal lessons, playing games on the iPads with friends, and anything to do with animals (especially dogs) or art. (Ree left, Ro right, 1st day of 5th grade)

We spent lots of time in Monterey this year – 2015 was very sandy indeed. 

You always remember your first concert, right? Our diehard Swifties were thrilled that their first one was Taylor Swift's 1989 Tour. And Taylor did not disappoint -- wow that girl can put on a show! (My first concert, by the way, was the Prince Purple Rain Tour back in the 80s.) Ree left, Ro right

Tubadad woke the girls on their 10th birthday with a peppy tuba rendition of Happy Birthday and we had a family party on the big day. (Ree blue, Ro green)
 

Then we had a backyard-movie party with classmates a few days later. That was fun! (Ree white, Ro pink)



October is always busy, but we managed to squeeze in the annual trip to Uesugi Pumpkin Farms with friends and some carving/decorating with the cousins, of course (Ree white shoes, Ro grey shoes)

Our 3 Musketeers had a most excellent Halloween. It was all for candy and candy for all! (Ree left, Ro right)

The girls started band. They’re both playing clarinet. It’s… interesting…

They have also started playing tennis – weekly lessons are fun with their friends, and Dusty really enjoys being a ball boy, even though those tennis balls are too big for his mouth.

I took a fun Phone Photo class with my awesome sis-in-law Jane, learned some new tricks and apps, and got some great pics, even in the midst of an insane winter storm.

We fostered a whole bunch of pets for a local rescue group throughout the year. Dusty loved having playmates, and we loved taking care of the pups and kittens while they waited to be adopted.

In addition to lots of beach time in Monterey, we went on two big trips this year.

We explored stunning Niagara Falls and played at Great Wolf Lodge in Canada (with our most favorite people, Catherine and Hannah!!), stayed on Mackinac Island where they have bikes and horses instead of motorized vehicles, and visited Ann Arbor where the girls enthusiastically hunted for fairy doors. 

We spent a relaxing, warm Christmas in Maui where we swam a lot, made “snowmen” out of sand, and ziplined at crazy speeds through the rain forest. Mele kalikimaka!

Whew, that’s about it. Life is good. Happy New Year to all, wishing you double happiness from the Salsa Family

26 comments:

  1. thank you for the update love to watch the girls grow up

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  2. What a way to raise a couple of outstanding you women. Happy new year to all the Salsas from Brenda without salsa.

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  3. What a great year thank you for sharing

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  4. A very good year, indeed! Best wishes for more goodness in 2016. :)

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  5. So great to see a post from you! I was on your blog earlier today hoping to see an update!
    Looks like a great year!

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  6. Happy New Year. Oh how I miss your blog posts... Best wishes for the whole family.

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  7. It looks like you had a fabulous year and I'm betting that 2016 will be even better. Happy New Year to all of you.

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  8. Happy New Year to you & your family. I cannot believe the girls are 10 already! Great to catch up & see what's new. Thanks for the up-date:)

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  9. Happy New Year. Have missed your updates and so glad to read this. Love the Salsa Family

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  10. Happy New Year! Thanks so much for the update. Loved it!

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  11. Yeah! So happy you updated! How in the world are the girls in 5th grade?! It looks like it was a great year for you guys! Do you do regular updates on another site or are you just too busy with other stuff these days? Or are the girls getting to where they don't want you to post about them? Marin's getting pickier and pickier about what I can post on Instagram and hates having his pic taken. I hope 2016 is a great one for you & your family!

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  12. Happy New Year! So glad to catch up with you all. Hope 2016 is full of laughter and blessings.

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  13. Happy Mew Year to you too. So glad to see an update, wow, you have had a busy year.

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  14. Thanks for the update!!

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  15. add me to the list who miss your regular blog posts but I totally get it. Thanks so much for the update! Your girls look happy and healthy. Much luck for a wonderful 2016!

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  16. Thank you so very much for the flashback of 2015. I have missed your blog postings so much, but can't seem to get up enough nerve to delete it from my list. I remember the first time I came across your blog was when you first got Ree and Ro's referral. Loved it !!!!!! The girls have grown by leaps and bounds and are going to be teens before you know it. Thank you again for sharing your family with us. It is appreciated by me for sure. Look forward to the next one. :-)

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  17. Wishing you a happy 2016!

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  18. Happy New Year and glad everyone is doing well!! MC

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  19. I am so glad you updated, I miss your blogposts. I have followed your family since before you were matched and love watching the girls grow up. Thanks for the update and hope you do it again soon.

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  20. How nice to see an update! Seems that 2015 was a great one for all! My eldest is also in 5th grade--where does the time go? Looks like we are following you around a bit--Maui this year and last. :)

    -Kauai E

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  21. Happy New Year to all of you as well. It was wonderful to see your update. I really miss your posts! What a fun movie party to celebrate turning 10! So many great highlights....you were all busy for sure. Thanks for the update....you've been missed!

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  22. Thanks for sharing this update. Best wishes to all.

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  23. Just googled you to see how you are all doing!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  24. So happy to see an update. Love watching your girls grow up throughout the years. Our daughter is 11 now she came home at age 3 and I had been reading your blog for about a year before we went to China.

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  25. I miss seeing your blog!! I don't like this once a year posting! LOL

    Hope all is well.

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