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!
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!
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!
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!
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
02. Mumford & Sons
– The Wolf
03. Fall Out Boy
– Uma Thurman
04. Purity Ring
– Begin Again
– 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
15. Death Cab for Cutie
– The Ghosts of Beverly Drive
16. The Black Keys
– Weight of Love
17. Imagine Dragons
– Take Me to Church
– Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene
– Jackie and Wilson
– 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!
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:
One Year Old Checkups!
Phoenix’s First Big Boo-Boo *sadface*
Kingston’s 1st Surgery — He had a Nevus Sebaceous removed.
Kingston’s 1st surgery day ended up being his & Phoenix’s First Snow Day too!
We learned how awesome it is to smush your face up to glass and make funny faces!
We were a couple of Heart Breakers on Our 2nd Valentine’s Day
We started our Etsy Store called Chunky Rocket Designs!
We 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!
Our first Easter Egg Hunt!
After 15 months of squeezing into our tiny car with twins, we finally upgraded to an SUV!
Went to the Beale Street Music Festival for our second time with these awesome people and had a blast!
We even got to meet and have our picture made with Grouplove!
Enjoyed 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!
Our First Trip to the Georgia Aquarium!
And 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!
We celebrated our 2nd Mother’s Day
We had fun at our cousin Rylan’s Birthday Party
We slid down the slide at Grandy & Grandmaw’s house for the first time
Went to the Magic City Brewfest with Daryl & Megan and had a BLAST!
Celebrated our 2nd Father’s Day
We were honored to be asked to do a Guest Blog Post on TallMomTinyBaby.com about “What is Chunky Rocket”
We started learning how to problem solve as a team, lol.
I built a sprinkler out of PVC pipe and we had a blast with it all summer long!
We went for our first ride in Papa’s Gator and LOVED it!
We really enjoyed the fireworks on the 4th of July too!
We had a ton of fun playing in the water at Tyler and Grayson’s Birthday Party!
Our First Visit to the Dentist
My incredible wife surprised me with tickets to see Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden on our “Date Night”
Had a blast at our best-buddy Sawyer’s 2nd Birthday!
For our Anniversary, I got us tickets to see Rise Against and planned an overnight stay in Atlanta
Our first trip to the Pumpkin Patch to pick out our own pumpkins!
We “made” cookies with mommy for the first time!
We had a BLAST trick-or-treating with our buddy Sawyer!
We helped celebrate Daryl’s oldness with a surprise party!
Had a blast at our buddy Caden’s birthday party!
Our new twin nephews Logan and Colin arrived!
Thanksgiving was nomtastic
The boys didn’t cry with Santa this year! They didn’t smile either, but hey, pick your battles, lol.
We went to the zoo for the first time, and went with our buddy Sawyer!
The lighting ceremony for the Glencoe Lights was awesome!
Built our first fort!
Phoenix’s 1st Haircut!
The boys had an awesome Christmas! Santa brought them some rad gifts!
We helped decorate our birthday cupcakes!
We got some awesome new 4-wheelers!
We went to our first movie at a theater, and made it through the entire movie!
And 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:
– Counting Stars
02. Taking Back Sunday
– Flicker, Fade
03. The Used
04. Katy Perry
– Dark Horse
– Take Out the Gunman
06. Portugal. The Man
– Heavy Games
07. The Airborne Toxic Event
– Heavy Games
09. Manchester Orchestra
– Every Stone
10. The Fray
– Love Don’t Die
11. Cloud Nothings
– I’m Not Part of Me
– Ash and Ember
13. Taking Back Sunday
– Stood a Chance
14. Lee DeWyze
– Blackbird Song
– 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!
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 actual feeding, 2 days after they were born.
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 UAB!
Finally home, after 2 1/2 weeks in the NICU!
Brothers together at home for the first time
Sophie was instantly a great big sister
Our First Family Photo
I learned pretty early on how to become a ninja with twin newborns (I also dedicate this photo to Teri, heh)
Received my Pebble Smartwatch and it rocked as much as I hoped
This mommy and daddy are both loving life <3
Our First Easter
Getting better at holding our heads up on our own!
Warmer weather allowed us to finally get out of the house and enjoy some sunshine!
Our 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!
Our First Experience with Baby Food
The day the boys first started actually playing with their toys
Alicia’s First Mother’s Day!
Cam’s 8th Grade Graduation
First New Queens of the Stone Age Album in 6 Years!
My First Father’s Day!
Goodbye Glencoe Elementary
Surprised Mommy at Work on Her Birthday
Our First 4th of July
We love hanging out with our best buddy, Sawyer
Our first dip in a pool
Alicia finally got her white Pebble
Our first time in an actual pool
Our First Vacation and Trip to the Beach — and Phoenix ate sand lol
1st Vacation Family Photo
Our 1st Alabama Football Game Day
Sawyer’s 1st Birthday!
The boys ninja’d the transition from their infant sleepers to their cribs
Watched Bama Games with Friends
The Boys Started Crawling!
Nine Inch Nails Releases a New Album after a 5 year hiatus!
We said goodbye to Breaking Bad, one of the greatest Dramas on TV *sad*
Horrorfest 2013 went well, even with 2 babies in the house!
Carved Pumpkins with Alicia, Camden and the Boys
Hanging out with Daddy on his 30th Birthday
Nine Inch Nails 2013 Tension Tour with Friends!
Our First Halloween! We went as Classic Monsters, Dracula & Frankenstein
Alicia and I celebrated our 5th Anniversary! Here’s to many, many more!
First time the boys ate spaghetti, Daddy’s favorite meal
Both boys ended up getting RSV :/
Kingston stood up by himself and looked as surprised as we were!
Our First Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Deal Shopping, because we’re crazy and apparently didn’t have enough excitement in our lives already.
Our First Snowflake Festival & Lighting Ceremony
We Met Santa! But weren’t huge fans.
Watched the Gadsden Christmas Parade
The Boys Started Walking!
Went 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 4!
The Boys’ 1st Birthday!
Here’s a quick look back at how much each of our boys have grown throughout 2013:
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!