I am fully aware that most “recapping the year” posts have been published, shared and that the blogging world is moving on into this new year. However, I stumbled upon Dwija’s blog (and link up) and her idea to sum up the year in twelve photos for twelve months. I am all about efficiency and I think my nostalgic heart will appreciate posts like these as I continue on my blogging journey. So here we are: twelve photos for the twelve months that made up the wonderful year that was 2014. Enjoy!
January was kicked off by a small celebration with friends at our apartment. We played some games, chatted, ate and drank (welch’s sparkling cider for this chick) and were excited to begin a year that was sure to be life changing for our little family. I enjoyed my winter break from school with a few good workouts, some slow mornings, and nesting to get ready for our little lady’s arrival! We had some snow fall once school started back up along with an unexpected trip to the hospital and attending allll of our many baby-readiness classes.
We celebrated Valentine’s day by getting all dolled up and heading out to the opera! This was also the evening when I realized why you shouldn’t wear heels 7 months pregnant (or at least I shouldn’t). The rest of the month was filled with school, school, and more school. We prepped our students for upcoming standardized tests and I prepped my classroom for my long term sub. We also had some baby practice by babysitting a friends sweet girl.
March was the month of baby showers…or rather downpours, because we were swallowed in gifts! I enjoyed spring break researching daycares and prepping our freezer for when the little lady would make her arrival. I really started to give some thought to whether or not I should stay home once the baby came. We took some fantastic maternity photos with our favorite photographer in Dallas, Kate Love Photography. And all of our friends started to place bets on whether or not I would make it to our due date.
She came! Our little Madeline made her way into the world on her due date and not a minute after. We hunkered down and started living our life as a family of three. We had family come and visit and help us as we transitioned and I healed. In all honesty, besides visiting with family and giving birth April (and most of May) were pretty much a blur of sleepless nights and nursing marathons. But we were oh so happy that our baby was finally here.
We took our first road trip down to NOLA to attend the wedding of some dear friends and visit with family. We were also preparing for another wedding in Dallas that would be happening in June. Attending a bachelorette party and helping with whatever we could. I chopped off all my hair and started sporting a pretty stereotypical mom cut and we continued on with our sleep deprivation and adjusting to our new normal.
The month started off a little somber when I finally made my decision to stay home with our girl. It was by far the hardest decision I have ever had to make to date. But the month ended on a high note when we celebrated yet another wedding of a local friend in Dallas. After all of the festivities settled down we were able to have a bit of a breather.
This month was filled with making routines, taking walks with friends, and then celebrating the baptism of our little one. There really is nothing quite as exciting as welcoming a new little Catholic into the church and her baptism was the highlight of my summer. We had so many friends there from our parish and youth group – it was so beautiful.
August brought our second wedding anniversary & attending my first blogging conference! I really stepped outside of my comfort zone to attend The Hundred Event but it was a fantastic experience and I met some wonderful new blogger friends and finally got to meet a few women behind blogs I have followed and gathered inspiration from for quite sometime.
We had two more weddings to attend to round out the summer. One in Dallas and one in NOLA. We also took our little lady on her first plane ride and were pleasantly surprised by her behavior on the plane. Crossing our fingers that it wasn’t just a fluke and that we actually do have a good little traveler! This was also the month that I started working part time as a teacher at Madeline’s school. We were able to get her into a one day a week Mother’s Day Out program and along with that I was able to start working there during the day she attends. This was also the month that I think we started to get into a real routine and I started to really accept my position as a stay at home mom.
Cooler weather, craft fairs, and a long awaited engagement were a few of the things we found in the month of October. A couple months prior I was lucky enough to tag along with a friend to go ring shopping for my old college roommate. This was the month he popped the question and I honestly could not contain my excitement. We also had a lot of fun dressing up our little one for Halloween for the first time. I won’t lie, she totally had three different costumes for different events we attended and we even took our 6 month old trick-or-treating…the life of the first born!
We continued our house hunt during the month of November and even found a few that we liked! We also took our annual family photos/christmas card photos with Kate again. Thanksgiving was celebrated in Dallas for the first time in years and we enjoyed a day of parade watching, cooking, and eating with our family. Then we started decorating for Christmas and celebrating advent. It was a really good month.
December was spent working on more house related things as well as attending a few Christmas parties and lots of holiday baking! We also traveled to NOLA for Christmas. It was our first Christmas as a family of three and our first Christmas down there so it was exciting on all counts. Then we spent New Years Eve playing games and catching up with friends. It was the perfect low key night considering how busy the past two months had been. Oh yeah, and I turned another year older! It’s funny because I almost forgot my actual birthday AND almost forgot it right now. Hah, I guess that’s the life of a mom right?
So that was our year! 2014 was a good one with more changes and challenges that I could have ever imagined. But it was good nonetheless and I’m really excited to see what this next year brings.