Sunday, December 28, 2014

My 12 Favorite Pics of 2014

By Kevin Hunsperger
@kevinhunsperger & @my123cents on Twitter

A quick year in review of my favorite pics (most of them I took or am in, sorry).  It's been a great year with family and friends.  I wish you health and happiness in 2015.  Thanks for your support as always. 

Ziplining at Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour

In January we celebrated my oldest son's 14th birthday by ziplining at Shawnee Bluffs Canopy Tour. It was a fun adventure for all of us, despite the cold.  My mom also went along and had a blast zipping from tree to tree.  

Run the Eagles Half Marathon
I ran my first half marathon in February.  My time wasn't what I was hoping for, as I finished in 2 hours and 22 minutes even.  My goal was 2 hours and 20 minutes, but I can now cross "half marathon" off my bucket list.  I plan to Run the Eagles again in 2015.

Birthday dinner at Giant City Lodge

I turned 41 in March, and after living in southern Illinois for 10 years I finally had dinner at the Giant City Lodge.  I've heard people rave about the fried chicken dinner for years.  Now I know why they do.  It's a great meal and I had an awesome time spending the day with the people I love.

Wrestlemania XXX
A long standing tradition is my annual trip to Wrestlemania every April.  This year it was in New Orleans.  Chad and I dressed up as the Iron Sheik and Nikoali Volkoff.  I'm sad that I'm not going in 2015, but I am hoping to attend Wrestlemania 32.

8th Grade Graduation
It's not often that I get a pic of all three of my kids.  It's even more rare that they're dressed up and smiling.  In May we celebrated as our oldest son "graduated" from 8th grade and entered high school. Time really does fly by, so cherish every moment with your kids.

New York getaway

Like it's not often to get the kids together for a pic, the same can be said for a weekend getaway with my wife. In June we took an extended weekend for the marriage of our friends Brian and Keith.  The ceremony was in the Big Apple, and while we were there, we took in our first Broadway show, Pippin.  The whole weekend was an unforgettable experience.  I love New York!

Hittin' the lake

In 2007 we bought a boat.  Our time in it has gotten shorter due to busy summer weekends, work, and life in general.  In July we had a chance to get out and take a trip to Kentucky Lake with our friends. It was the only weekend we were able to get out this year.  Hopefully that'll change in 2015.

Flyin' high
(Photo by Gail Johnson)

I wasn't at the pool to take this picture, but I absolutely love it.  It's my daughter celebrating her friend's birthday.  She climbed to the high dive and in her true "free spirit" attitude went as high in the air as she could before making a big splash.

Gridiron Glory
For as long as I can remember, my son Mason has played baseball. Every summer, fall, and even winter we'd watch him at first base.  In 2014, he added football to his interests.  He's number 37 in the white jersey.  I've learned more about the sport, especially not to volunteer to be the time keeper.

Disney adventure
After a four year hiatus we returned to Disney World and Universal Studios in October.  I love the magic that Disney provides.  A week away from work and the cooler weather in the Midwest is always a good thing in my opinion.  The entire Hunsperger clan made the trip this year.

Lighting up the world
We celebrated Thanksgiving in St. Louis with family and on the Saturday after the holiday my daughter and I helped my dad decorate the outside of the house for Christmas.  As you can see, it was a nice day, I took a selfie from the ladder with the two helpers mocking me in the background.

Santa is watching
We had four Christmas celebrations this December.  This particular one was at my inlaws' house.  Santa came by on Christmas morning to make sure my kids and their cousins were enjoying the gifts he had left, and believe me he left plenty.  It was a great year for everyone involved.

Thanks again for reading.  See you in 2015.

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