2015, From My Perspective

2015, From My Perspective

Whew, 2015. In global terms, it’s been a pretty bleak year. Political correctness has been the most annoying thing this year, in my opinion. I have heard more complaining about everything being “offensive” this year alone than I have in my entire collective 32 years of life. It’s ridiculous. Among that so many other negative things happened throughout the year — it has just felt like this whole 2015 year was just one giant downward spiral. I really really hope that 2016 brings happier times!

But from our own little piece of the world, 2015 has been really good to us! We’ve made so many awesome memories with our families and friends, we’ve listened to a lot of great live music, reconnected with a friend I’ve missed for a few years, and we met a beautiful new addition to our friends’ family <3 Always thankful for the time spent with our family and friends!

Below is a visual look back at some of those awesome memories of ours from this year:

New Back Porch Construction started!
Our new back porch!

 

Sophie Turned 7!

We made cupcakes with mommy 🙂

 

Phoenix got a brace for his “trigger thumb”

 

SNOW! Lot’s of it!


The porch is finished!

 

First cookout with friends on our new porch!

 

Tennessee Aquarium with Friends!

Watched “Home” at the theater with Aunt “Jenniper”!

 

Our First Time Dying Easter Eggs

 

Easter Egg Hunting!

 

Riding Our New Balance Bikes!

 

Kingston’s 1st Haircut!

 

Birmingham Zoo Trip!

May

Beale Street Music Festival 2015 With FRANDS!

 

2 Year Old Pics

 

Gender Reveal Party for Daryl & Megan’s New Addition! *IT’S A GIRL!*

 

New Mumford Album!

 

Disney’s Frozen on Ice!

 

Our first time at the Glencoe Splash Pad!

Jurassic World! SO MUCH YES!

 

Our New “Clubhouse”!

 

My Rad Father’s Day Gifts!

 

“Inside Out” at the Theater!

 

Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus in the sky during June

The Inaugural Slossfest with Friends!


 

Stained the Porch

 

Painted the boys’ bathroom and turned it into a Dinosaur Bathroom!

 

Minions Movie!

 

Started painting the boys’ Big Boy room

Had 2 beds built by the super-talented Zack Wagnon, and painted by Alicia and myself 🙂

 

Finished the Big Boy Room!

 

Sawyer’s 3rd Birthday Party!

Making Homemade Cookies with Mommy!

 

A family movie night outside on the porch!

Our first trip to Build-A-Bear! We got a Zombie Bear & a Bat Bear!

Pumpkin Patch!

 

Had a blast painting pumpkins!

 

Our first time making S’mores!

 

Korn with my buddy Jason! They performed their first album in its entirety!

 

We got to meet the beautiful and sweet Miss Audrey Henson <3

 

Disney Celebration on Ice! They had a whole Halloween / Nightmare Before Christmas part and the boys LOVED it!

 

Cleaned out our own pumpkins and daddy carved them

 

Halloween & Trick Or Treating with our Buddy Sawyer and little miss Audrey (not pictured)!

Went to see Santa and told him we wanted a T-Rex for Christmas 🙂

 

Went to see The Good Dinosaur!

Christmas Lights at the Falls

 

Christmas get together with the Hensons!

 

Christmas get together with the Tingles!

 

Christmas Lights in Ballplay

 

The Boys’ 3rd Birthday Party

 

Happy Birthday, boys <3

 

Christmas Family Photo

 

Driving Our Jeeps 🙂

My 2015 Mix

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Each year I create a new playlist and I will throw in all the music that myself and/or my wife fall in love with throughout that year. This music either came out this year, music that we got hooked on in 2015, or music that we revisited and got hooked on once again. Track list below:


01. Mumford & Sons – Believe
02. Mumford & Sons – The Wolf
03. Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman
04. Purity Ring – Begin Again
05. AWOLNATION – Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)
06. Death Cab for Cutie – Black Sun
07. The High Strung – The Luck You Got
08. Marilyn Manson – The Mephistopheles of Los Angeles
09. Marilyn Manson – Cupid Carries a Gun
10. Marilyn Manson – Third Day of a Seven Day Binge
11. The Airborne Toxic Event – One Time Thing
12. Jimmy Eat World – My Best Theory
13. Vampire Weekend – Unbelievers
14. AWOLNATION – Windows
15. Death Cab for Cutie – The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
16. The Black Keys – Weight of Love
17. Imagine Dragons – Warriors
18. Hozier – Take Me to Church
19. Hozier – Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene
20. Hozier – Jackie and Wilson
21. Hozier – Someone New

22. Hozier – Work Song
23. Of Monsters and Men – Crystals
24. Breaking Benjamin – Failure
25. Oscar Isaac & Marcus Mumford – Fare Thee Well (Dink’s Song)
26. Of Monsters and Men – I of the Storm
27. Mumford & Sons – Hot Gates
28. Starset – My Demons
29. Cat Power – Werewolf
30. Hozier – Arsonist’s Lullabye
31. I Prevail – Blank Space
32. Devour the Day – Good Man
33. SycAmour – We’re in Hell
34. Sevendust – Thank You
35. Atreyu – Start to Break
36. Purity Ring – Flood on the Floor
37. Cage the Elephant – Cigarette Daydream
38. Cage the Elephant – Come a Little Closer
39. The Vespers – Sisters and Brothers
40. Modest Mouse – Float On
41. Modest Mouse – The World at Large
42. Modest Mouse – Ocean Breathes Salty
43. Modest Mouse – Dashboard
44. The Avett Brothers – Live and Die

From our family to yours, we wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2016!

2014, From My Perspective

2014, From My Perspective

Wow, it’s already 2015! The years really do seem to just keep flying by the older I get…Here’s a recap of what happened in our lives over the last year:


1 Year Old CheckupOne Year Old Checkups!

IMG_6951Phoenix’s First Big Boo-Boo *sadface*

Kingston's SurgeryKingston’s 1st Surgery — He had a Nevus Sebaceous removed.

IMG_7026Kingston’s 1st surgery day ended up being his & Phoenix’s First Snow Day too!

1900020_10152201822306900_1849484765_n We learned how awesome it is to smush your face up to glass and make funny faces!

1610056_10152209035156900_1913981681_nWe were a couple of Heart Breakers on Our 2nd Valentine’s Day

IMG_8049We started our Etsy Store called Chunky Rocket Designs!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe learned how to climb into Mommy & Daddy’s chairs…and took them over.

Our first trip (of many!) to Noccalula Falls!

We’ve got a bunch of teeth now and started learning how to keep them healthy, shiny, and white!

IMG_8850 Our first Easter Egg Hunt!

IMG_8496After 15 months of squeezing into our tiny car with twins, we finally upgraded to an SUV!

May

10325517_10102238391707145_1323652574576768206_nWent to the Beale Street Music Festival for our second time with these awesome people and had a blast!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetWe even got to meet and have our picture made with Grouplove!

memphisEnjoyed hanging out on Beale Street and we even made our way to Gus’s and had THE BEST fried chicken we’ve ever had in our lives, hands down!

Processed with VSCOcam with hb2 presetOur First Trip to the Georgia Aquarium!

lillyAnd while we were there, we saw Alyson Hannigan with her kids and I got the stank eye from the lady that was with her, lol. We wanted to get a picture with her, but chose not to ask because we didn’t want to disturb her while she was spending time with her kids. It was still super awesome to see her though!

may02-mothersdayWe celebrated our 2nd Mother’s Day

mayWe had fun at our cousin Rylan’s Birthday Party

may03We slid down the slide at Grandy & Grandmaw’s house for the first time

brewfestWent to the Magic City Brewfest with Daryl & Megan and had a BLAST!

fathersdayCelebrated our 2nd Father’s Day

Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset18-Month Checkups!

IMG_5241We were honored to be asked to do a Guest Blog Post on TallMomTinyBaby.com about “What is Chunky Rocket”

Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 presetWe started learning how to problem solve as a team, lol.

Sprinkler I built a sprinkler out of PVC pipe and we had a blast with it all summer long!

Sprinkler

4th of July We went for our first ride in Papa’s Gator and LOVED it!

FireworksWe really enjoyed the fireworks on the 4th of July too!

Tyler & Graysons BirthdayWe had a ton of fun playing in the water at Tyler and Grayson’s Birthday Party!

dentist Our First Visit to the Dentist

My incredible wife surprised me with tickets to see Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden on our “Date Night”

Sawyer's 2nd BirthdayHad a blast at our best-buddy Sawyer’s 2nd Birthday!

Rise Against!For our Anniversary, I got us tickets to see Rise Against and planned an overnight stay in Atlanta

Pumpkin PatchOur first trip to the Pumpkin Patch to pick out our own pumpkins!

making-cookiesWe “made” cookies with mommy for the first time!

halloweenWe had a BLAST trick-or-treating with our buddy Sawyer!

Daryl's BirthdayWe helped celebrate Daryl’s oldness with a surprise party!

cadens-birthday Had a blast at our buddy Caden’s birthday party!

IMG_4860Our new twin nephews Logan and Colin arrived!

IMG_4942Thanksgiving was nomtastic

santaThe boys didn’t cry with Santa this year! They didn’t smile either, but hey, pick your battles, lol.

zooWe went to the zoo for the first time, and went with our buddy Sawyer!

IMG_5184The lighting ceremony for the Glencoe Lights was awesome!

01Built our first fort!

02Phoenix’s 1st Haircut!

03The boys had an awesome Christmas! Santa brought them some rad gifts!

04

We helped decorate our birthday cupcakes!

05We got some awesome new 4-wheelers!

06We went to our first movie at a theater, and made it through the entire movie!

10426101_10204601857180137_6332612286009319298_nAnd finally, we brought in the new year by celebrating with friends and shooting fireworks!”

 


 

My 2014 Mix

Each year I create a new playlist and I will throw in all the music that myself and/or my wife fall in love with throughout that year. This music either came out in 2014 or that we got hooked on in 2014. Track list below:


01. OneRepublic – Counting Stars
02. Taking Back Sunday – Flicker, Fade
03. The Used – Cry
04. Katy Perry – Dark Horse
05. Chevelle – Take Out the Gunman
06. Portugal. The Man – Heavy Games
07. The Airborne Toxic Event – Heavy Games
08. O.A.R. – Peace
09. Manchester Orchestra – Every Stone
10. The Fray – Love Don’t Die
11. Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part of Me
12. Augustana – Ash and Ember
13. Taking Back Sunday – Stood a Chance
14. Lee DeWyze – Blackbird Song
15. Chevelle – Hunter Eats Hunger
16. Taking Back Sunday – They Don’t Have Any Friends


17. Taking Back Sunday – Better Homes and Gardens
18. Skrillex – All Is Fair In Love and Dubstep
19. Silversun Pickups – Cannibal
20. The Black Keys – Fever
21. Manchester Orchestra – Cope
22. Manchester Orchestra – Top Notch
23. Phillip Phillips – Fly
24. Saliva – Rise Up
25. Linkin Park – Guilty All the Same
26. Seether – Words as Weapons
27. Grouplove – Let Me In
28. Linkin Park – Until It’s Gone
29. Trampled By Turtles – Are You Behind the Shining Star?
30. Linkin Park – Wastelands
31. Linkin Park – Rebellion
32. We Are Harlot – Denial

33. Grouplove – I’m With You
34. Seether – My Disaster
35. Korn – Hater
36. Flyleaf – Set Me on Fire
37. Thousand Foot Krutch – Courtesy Call
38. Trampled By Turtles – Where Is My Mind? (Pixies Cover)
39. Slipknot – The Devil In I
40. Fall Out Boy – Centuries
41. Imagine Dragons – Warriors
42. Foo Fighters – Something From Nothing
43. Foo Fighters – The Feast and the Famine
44. Fitz and the Tantrums – More Than Just A Dream
45. Twenty One Pilots – Holding On To You

Well, that’s it for my look back at 2014. I can’t wait to see what all 2015 has in store for us. We wish all of you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2015!

2013, From My Perspective

2013, From My Perspective

We kicked our year off with Alicia being released from the hospital on New Year’s Day. Our boys were still there in the NICU, so it made leaving incredibly difficult, but we drove the hour+ distance back and forth every single day until they were released because we weren’t going to miss a chance to see them. Those boys were fighters too! They did so well the 2 1/2 weeks that they were there in the NICU! We conquered new milestones almost daily! They had some really incredible people taking care of them too, like Teri Killough. We always hated leaving them, but we knew they were in fantastic hands, especially when Teri was working!

The rest of the year for us was full of so many firsts! That first -extremely careful- drive home from the hospital. That first totally sleepless night that they were home — we no longer had the heart monitors hooked up, which is something we were used to and somewhat dependent on, so both Alicia and myself would wake up (what seemed like) every 5 minutes to see if they were still ok. Beyond all of that though, our boys grew like weeds and we started having a whole lot more “firsts” while watching them grow! It’s truly amazing how much happens in the first year of their lives!

The boys' first feedingThe boys’ first actual feeding, 2 days after they were born.

Our Amazing Nurse, Teri! Our amazing nurse that took fantastic care of our boys for us, Teri Killough, on the day we were getting to go home!

The boys say Peace Out to UABThe boys say Peace Out to UAB!

Finally home!Finally home, after 2 1/2 weeks in the NICU!

Brothers together at home for the first timeBrothers together at home for the first time

Sophie was instantly a great big sisterSophie was instantly a great big sister

Our First Family PhotoOur First Family Photo

Ninja-ing Feeding TimeI learned pretty early on how to become a ninja with twin newborns (I also dedicate this photo to Teri, heh)

Received my Pebble SmartwatchReceived my Pebble Smartwatch and it rocked as much as I hoped

This mommy and daddy are both loving lifeThis mommy and daddy are both loving life <3

Our First EasterOur First Easter

Started holding their heads up betterGetting better at holding our heads up on our own!

Warmer weather let us start getting out and enjoy some sunshineWarmer weather allowed us to finally get out of the house and enjoy some sunshine!

UAB RNICU 2013 Reunion DayOur favorite RNICU Nurse, Teri Killough, seeing the boys for the first time since January 16th at the UAB RNICU 2013 Reunion Day!

UAB RNICU 2013 Reunion Day!UAB RNICU 2013 Reunion Day!

Our First Experience with Baby FoodOur First Experience with Baby Food

The day the boys first started actually playing with their toysThe day the boys first started actually playing with their toys

Alicia's First Mother's DayAlicia’s First Mother’s Day!

Cam's 8th Grade GraduationCam’s 8th Grade Graduation

New QOTSA Album!First New Queens of the Stone Age Album in 6 Years!

My First Father's Day!My First Father’s Day!

Goodbye Glencoe ElementaryGoodbye Glencoe Elementary

Surprised Mommy at Work on Her BirthdaySurprised Mommy at Work on Her Birthday

Our First 4th of JulyOur First 4th of July

We love hanging out with our best buddy, SawyerWe love hanging out with our best buddy, Sawyer

Our first dip in a poolOur first dip in a pool

Alicia finally got her white PebbleAlicia finally got her white Pebble

Our first time in an actual poolOur first time in an actual pool

Our First Vacation and Trip to the BeachOur First Vacation and Trip to the Beach — and Phoenix ate sand lol

Family Beach Photo1st Vacation Family Photo

Our 1st Alabama Football Game DayOur 1st Alabama Football Game Day

Sawyer's 1st Birthday Sawyer’s 1st Birthday!

The boys ninja'd the transition from their infant sleepers to their cribsThe boys ninja’d the transition from their infant sleepers to their cribs

Watched Bama Games with FriendsWatched Bama Games with Friends

The Boys Started CrawlingThe Boys Started Crawling!

Nine Inch Nails Releases a New Album after a 5 year hiatusNine Inch Nails Releases a New Album after a 5 year hiatus!

Said goodbye to Breaking BadWe said goodbye to Breaking Bad, one of the greatest Dramas on TV *sad*

Horrorfest 2013Horrorfest 2013 went well, even with 2 babies in the house!

Carved Pumpkins with Camden and the BoysCarved Pumpkins with Alicia, Camden and the Boys

Hanging out with daddy on his birthdayHanging out with Daddy on his 30th Birthday

Nine Inch Nails 2013 Tension Tour with FriendsNine Inch Nails 2013 Tension Tour with Friends!

Our First HalloweenOur First Halloween! We went as Classic Monsters, Dracula & Frankenstein

Our 5th AnniversaryAlicia and I celebrated our 5th Anniversary! Here’s to many, many more!

First time the boys ate spaghettiFirst time the boys ate spaghetti, Daddy’s favorite meal

Both boys ended up getting RSVBoth boys ended up getting RSV :/

Kingston stood by himselfKingston stood up by himself and looked as surprised as we were!

Our First ThanksgivingOur First Thanksgiving!

Went Thanksgiving Deal Shopping, because we're crazyThanksgiving Deal Shopping, because we’re crazy and apparently didn’t have enough excitement in our lives already.

Snowflake Festival & Lighting CeremonyOur First Snowflake Festival & Lighting Ceremony

We Met Santa! But weren't fans.We Met Santa! But weren’t huge fans.

Watched the Gadsden Christmas ParadeWatched the Gadsden Christmas Parade

The Boys Started WalkingThe Boys Started Walking!

Went to the Falls and rode the train to look at the lightsWent to the Falls and rode the train to look at the lights


The Boys’ First time to see the lights in Ball Play

Our Very 1st Christmas as a Family of 4Our Very 1st Christmas as a Family of 4!

The Boys' 1st Birthday!The Boys’ 1st Birthday!


Here’s a quick look back at how much each of our boys have grown throughout 2013:

Phoenix

Kingston


That’s it for my look back at 2013, from my point of view. I have a feeling that 2014 for the Dunaway clan is going to be another one that’s full of a whole-lot-of-awesome as we continue to watch these crazy kids grow!

We hope that everyone has a wonderful New Year’s Eve tonight — be safe out there! We wish all of you a very happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014!