Friday, January 2, 2015

2014: In Review

Now that we've entered 2015, I thought it would be fun to look at everything that happened in 2014.  Here’s a quick recap of the big changes and accomplishments we had last year.

In January 2014, we  found out that we were pregnant again!  It was actually on the day of my sister-in-law’s baby shower (she had been due 3 weeks before us…before we miscarried).  It was so exciting.

In February 2014, we started packing up our house and moved in with my parents at the end of the month. We figured it would be best to not have us and our dogs living there while trying to sell the house. This way it stayed cleaned and didn't have cooking smells and such in it.

In March 2014, we officially put our house up for sale.  We accepted an offer after just 10 days on the market.  While it was very hard to think about giving my first home to someone else, we were offered what we were asking, and we knew we’d make new memories with our baby in the new house.  We experienced our original due date, which was hard. But we made a pact that every March 21 and September 18 (the day we lost Baby Boy Ray), we will go to Rubio’s for dinner (that’s where we went for dinner the night the miscarriage happened and thus has become a tradition) and light a candle in remembrance.

In April 2014, Brandon ran his second Tough Mudder on the same day his cousin got married.  He fared much better this year.  Even though they didn't finish much quicker, he was in much better shape afterwards.  The wedding was also beautiful and we were so happy to welcome her new husband to the family.  We also found out the Wednesday before Easter that we were having a girl!!

In May 2014, we took a trip to Williamsburg, VA.  We also drove up to Washington D.C. for a day and met up with an old friend of mine. He acted as a tour guide for D.C. for us, and it was great to catch up with him.

In June 2014, after many offers and probably a hundred showings, we placed an offer on the house that we ended up closing on…however it took over 2 months to close because there were renters in the house through the end of July.

In August 2014, we got the keys to our new house!  We had to replace the carpets and repaint because the renters were so dirty.  I also had my baby shower in August and we ended up with so many gifts that we had to store at our parents’ houses until we officially moved in to the house.

In September 2014, we officially moved in to the new house.  Brooklyn arrived toward the end of the month – and time almost feels like it’s stopped since then!  She was a beautiful little girl.  We brought Brooklyn home to our new house and it finally felt like home.

In October 2014, we just stayed home working on house work and yard work and learned how to be parents!  Brandon celebrated his 31st birthday.

In November 2014, we took our very first trip as a family to LA for coffee con.  Brooklyn is a great traveler, and it was nice to get away – even if it was just a turn around trip.  Brooklyn also celebrated her first Thanksgiving!  I celebrated my 29th birthday…and sadly, my grandma passed away on that day.  I now share my wedding with the day of her birth, and my birthday with the day of her death. My life will forever be entwined with my grandma’s.

In December 2014, Brooklyn was hostess to her first Christmas party, met Santa, saw her first boat light parade, and celebrated her first Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  We also went to the McCormick-Stillman railroad park where we rode the train around the park looking at all the lights they display. In future years we look forward to going to Zoo Lights and on the Polar Express!  I went back to work in the middle of the month, just in time for the holidays.

That was quite a year!  Sold our house, bought and new house, and had a baby --- all within 6 months!  Phew. No wonder I’m exhausted.  2014 was a great year for us, and I pray that we have just as happy and healthy a year in 2015. 

I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2015!


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