2014 Wrap Up

Reflection.  Perspective.  Blessings.  Challenges.  One little word.  Goals.  All of these things make up my thoughts as I wrap up 2014 and prepare for 2015.  My word for 2014 was Dare which was inspired by Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly.  To recap my year, I made a list of all of the major happenings I could remember.

January – I couldn’t remember this far back!

February – Toby, 24th birthday, Cowtown 10K with Lauren (2nd 10K for me)

Did you know I picked Toby up after a tough Saturday at work?  I had already been considering getting a pet and decided to go get perked up by some cute animals.  Once the shelter staff told me that kittens never stay long, I decided I had to have him.  I got him at a Super Bowl special rate too! $15 for loveable kitty who eats chunks of meat!


March – Child Life Month, Girls 5K, wedding crafting


April – more craftiness, cousins, Night Trail Run 10K

I will never do the Night Trail Run again.  It was at a really cool pecan grove; however, picture swallowing bugs and breathing in dirt while you run…not my kind of fun.


May – more wedding crafting, Pittsburgh, Robyn’s graduation, Kathryn’s wedding, Camp Reynal


May leading into June was one packed month!  I flew to Pittsburgh to hang out with Robyn, see her graduate, and help her pack up to move back to Texas.  At the end of the month was Kathryn’s wedding and a week at Camp John Marc to serve as staff for Camp Reynal.


Toby….the great and mighty traveling kitty.


June – Whitney’s wedding, Robyn lives in Austin



July – Lavender and peach picking with Robyn, Robyn’s craigslist dresser, did I mention more craftiness, Lexi’s baby shower, Summer Bash at CHOSA, TCH interview


Fun fact: Robyn made Lexi’s baby shower invites.


Giant syringe art painting.  One of my contributions to Summer Bash!


Dialysis patients’ spin art


When I came to Houston for a doctor’s appointment and interview at TCH, Megan and I chalk painted her buffet.  Quite a difference!


We also ate the rainbow while I finished my portfolio.


August – Announced TCH news, goodbyes with patients and coworkers


I received a phone call from TCH on the morning I had a flat tire. Two days later I had a job offer!  I made croissants for my coworkers before leaving CHOSA.


Robyn got a new bed when she moved to Austin.  I took her college headboard to recover.  A little extra foam and new fabric made all the difference.


In the meantime, I sold my old headboard on craigslist and found a new dining table for $40.


Newly upholstered piano bench and Toby’s stash of mice under the couch.


One last trip to Austin to see The Oh Hellos & Needtobreathe and spot the cutest paper donuts at Paper Source.


September – move to Houston, start at TCH


One of my favorite parts of TCH-West is all the bright dots.  The big blue dot below echos when you stand in the middle of it.


October – Drive in movie, meeting Jack (Lexi’s baby), first year anniversary as a Child Life Specialist, Round Top, 4th 10K, Fall Festival at TCH



You know I love pumpkins!


November – discovering Houston, Nutcracker Market, Thanksgiving in Austin, croissant making, Canton
















Spice, a store in Waco, had real popcorn as part of their display.  I couldn’t believe it!  Think of all the kids trying to eat it.


December – Advent, Ann V. Christmas book tour, Toby turns 1, car accident, new car, Christmas, New Years


This night was filled with readings from Ann’s book, worship from Ellie Holcomb, and poetry from Amena Brown.


Toby never climbed in the tree, but he did enjoy gazing at the lights.


At the beginning of the month, I was in a car accident and my truck was totaled.


Toby acting like a dog in a cat’s body.


I negotiated and shopped around to find the best deal on a Rav4.  I used the insurance settlement and some childhood savings bonds to buy my first car all on my own.  It was a proud moment.  For anyone looking for good deals on Toyota vehicles, Tegler Toyota in Brenham is where it is at!


My first stop in my new car was downtown Bryan.


I swung through College Station to see Kyle Field before they imploded it.


My favorite shop in Bryan had something I couldn’t resist in their clearance alley.  This mantel fits quite nicely over my bed.


Robyn drove in a few days before Christmas to hang out.  We continued our tradition of homemade panini’s, hot chocolate, and Christmas lights on Christmas Eve.  She brought dinner to work before we went to look at lights.


I don’t have any pictures of family Christmases.  It was a wonderful year having everyone in Angleton.  We got together with Kathryn and Emilie.



For New Years, I gave the girls in the office Izze soda.  I enjoyed mine on New Year’s Eve at work!


If you hung in through all 12 months of pictures, bravo!  I’m looking forward to more regular blog posts in 2015.  Happy New Year!

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6 Responses to 2014 Wrap Up

  1. Momma says:

    Such a great blog! Wonderful pictures! But I remember January – a trip to San Antonio with your sister, mom and Aunt!

  2. Kathryn says:

    Love seeing your life through pictures! By the way, that sunflower picture is AH-MAZING. And I really like your nativity scene too! Love you friend!

  3. Amy K says:

    Good to see you back on the blog, Riley! Hoping to see you again in May!

  4. Janette says:

    I love catching up with your year! Thanks for sharing and blogging!!

  5. Aunt Kimber says:

    Unbelievable! Beautiful, colorful, smiling, laughing talented, happiness, loving, Sharing, giving, sunshine, Faith full, joyful…….these are a few thoughts that come to mind when thinking of you, Riley. And they also describe your beautiful 2014 blog. Love, Aunt Kimber

  6. Beth says:

    I see so many wonderful things in here – Family, friends, memories… and DARING! New Job, New Car, New Home…You ROCK!

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