On this last day of 2015, it has been nice to reminisce about our year, where we’ve been and where we’d still love to go someday.

Our travels began when we welcomed in 2015 with a New Year’s celebration with our parents in the Florida Keys and took us to Estes Park where we photographed the sun rising over Rocky Mountain National Park on Easter Sunday.

Ann loved the chance to venture out at sunrise on Easter morning for a private photography lesson near Estes Park, Colorado.

We made three more trips back to Rochester, Minnesota, this year where Ann had another surgery and was treated at the Mayo Clinic [read about a touching experience at Mayo here] and we spent time with friends and family in Minneapolis.

This summer, our daughter studied abroad in Salamanca, Spain, and we were fortunate enough to be able to “pick her up from school” at the end of her term after a relaxing Celebrity Cruise that began in Rome, Italy, and ended in Barcelona, Spain.

The view from our ship as we docked in Ajaccio, Corsica, a place neither of us had ever seen and both want to return.

The view from our ship as we docked in Ajaccio, Corsica, a place neither of us had ever seen and both want to return.

When we returned to our home in Crete, Nebraska, we explored some local sites, including Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Morrill Hall, the National Roller Skating Museum, the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, and the Germans from Russia Museum and stayed close to home most of the fall so we could attend home Husker football games.

Jellyfish in the Aquarium at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.

We did something new for Thanksgiving this year and drove to Dallas, Texas, where Meghan got to see her beloved Cowboys play in AT&T Stadium on Thanksgiving Day.

Sadly, we didn’t get to display this sign much, as Tony Romo went out early with yet another injury.

We spent Christmas at home this year and will welcome in 2016 with a quiet dinner at home, with family and new friends.

We are so grateful for the opportunities we’ve had travel, relax, explore, and learn and don’t take any of this for granted. We’ve really enjoyed blogging about our adventures and cannot thank all of you enough for your comments, shares, reposts, likes, and especially — your postcards. As we close out 2015, and reflect on all of life’s ups and downs, let us leave you with this anonymous quote … “We travel not to escape life, but life to not escape us.”

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and well-traveled 2016.

  • We hosted a bridal shower at our house this weekend for Ann’s niece and this fruit and vegetable charcuterie tray was a big hit. We found the large tray at @pier1 and filled it with all kinds of colorful fruits and veggies from @wholefoods. #charcuterieboard #entertaining #bridalshower #fruits #vegetables #charcuterie #charcuteria #postcardjar #home #healthyfood #wholefoods #pier1
  • The Pea Cocktail is made of Hendricks gin, basil soup, Amontillado sherry, lime juice, blanched spring peas, virgin olive oil, and Aquafaba. It's available in the #edenbar aboard the @celebrityedge. One of things we love most about @celebritycruises is the quality cocktails they serve.  #cocktail #gin #travelblogger #postcardjar @cruisecelebrity @cruisecritic #cruising #travelblogs @bethanyatsea @that_traveling_man
  • Baked Alaska is always one of our favorite desserts when it is offered in the suites-only restaurant, Luminae, on Celebrity Cruises' ships. Under all that toasty merengue, you'll find delicious Neapolitan ice cream.
  • Villages in Santorini, Greece, are perched high up on hills overlooking the Aegean Sea. These dwellings, which have been here for centuries, enjoy a commanding view of the beauty that surrounds them.⁣
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  • The "Fat Elvis" dessert as prepared by Chef Kurtess Mortensen of the Pioneer Woman Mercantile in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. This was the seventh and final course of the first ever Whole Hog Dinner at the Merc. ⁣
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  • The Elderflower Blush, made from Bombay Sapphire gin, St. Germain elflower liquour, Sprite, lemon juice, lemon juice, and strawberry. This delicious cocktail was available at the pool bar. #postcardjar #midlifetravel #emptynesttravel #travelblogger #travel #celebritycruises #cruising #seastheday #celebrityedge #endlesssummer #cruise #sea #beyondborders #humansatsea #cruiseaddict #cruisecritic #lifeisbetteratsea #lifeisbeautiful #cruiseship #cocktail #poolbar
  • Sometimes, on a road trip, it's good to just stop and appreicate the beauty. Ann saw this tree on the side of the road and was inspired to snap a photo. ⁣
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  • Fresh flowers in our room at the Pioneer Woman Boarding House in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Flowers like these are just one of the many wonderful touches that make any stay at the Boarding House a special experience to be remembered.

Making the most of midlife.