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One For The Books

What. A. Year.  I didn't think we could top 2013... getting married makes for a huge year after all.  But 2014 may have done it.

A big move and a new house, new car, new puppy and three vacations - we've been very busy over the last 12 months!  And also very blessed to have all of these things as well as our health, family, friends and happiness.  It's been another REALLY great year and I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for our little family!

Here's a recap of some of the highlights of the year...

January
2014 started off as "the year of travel" - but really turned into the year of buying a house - so we headed to Wisconsin for a ski weekend.  We also binge watched every season of Breaking Bad in the course of a month.  Best show ever.


February
February was a quiet month - Nick went on his annual guys pond hockey tournament weekend over Valentines so we celebrated a bit later than normal at Roy's Hawaiian Fusion restaurant.  SO good if you're ever looking for an amazing Chicago restaurant to try.  We also watched the Olympics 24/7!


March
I (accidentally) got a $300 haircut - that I will never live down - and Lent began so I gave up cheese for 40 whole days.  Cheese is a food group over here so to say it was a struggle is putting it lightly but I did it!


April
We spent a week in paradise (aka Florida) with my family!  We've been heading down there for Spring Break ever since I was a baby and it's always my favorite trip of the year.


May
May was a huge month because we officially made the decision to leave Chicago and move back to Michigan.  It was a hard one but the right one.  We also had a couple really fun Chicago weekends - my family came to town for a mini food/bar crawl and our friends, Dane + Tiff, came to visit one last time.



June
We started house hunting, celebrated my birthday and June 9th marked 10 years ago that we lost my mom.  A month filled with plenty of ups and downs!


July
In July, we celebrated Nick's 28th birthday and later spent a long weekend in Charleston to celebrate our first wedding anniversary :)


August
We officially became homeowners on August 22nd!  I quit my job, we started our (tearful) goodbyes to Chicago and did looots of packing.


September
We moved into our new house over Labor Day weekend - the same weekend that little Brady was born, too :)  We also visited New Orleans for the first time and I celebrated one year of blogging!



October
All of October was spent working on the house.  Mainly to prepare for our big housewarming/WMU Homecoming weekend at the end of the month!


November
The best month of all... because Brady boy joined our family!  We also celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday with Nick's side of the family.


And in December, we successfully checked everything off our holiday bucket list and had a wonderful Christmas :) Cheers to 2014!

36 comments

  1. yahh! so many wonderful things! congrats on the house + lil brady :) :) xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  2. What a year indeed - I can't believe you guys moved in during Labor Day weekend, it feels like just yesterday (says the girl who didn't move LOL) - you still managed to travel even with the big life changes!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  3. I've always wanted to try skiing but, I can't even walk up a stair case without almost falling on my face... I doubt I could ski down a mountain! Ha! Girl! $300 for a hair cut! I would have died... Or sat in the corner crying... You have had such a blessed year! I can't wait to see what this year has in store for you. :)

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  4. Ahhh I love this recap!! It has definitely been a great year for sure, can't believe it's almost over!! Ps. Roy's is ah-mazing!!! That butterfish is to die for :)

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  5. Wow! Such a fun year. It's funny, reading some of these things seems like they JUST happened lol. Can't wait to see what you guys are up to this coming year!

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  6. You definitely had a big year!!! So many fun trips and big life changes! Yay for your new house and Mr. B!!!

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  7. WOW! What a full year!!! So many amazing things! Woohoo for owning a home!

    xoxo

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  8. I am loving these types of posts today! So fun to go back and relive all these moments from your past year - it feels like we all were right along for the ride with you! I think it's fantastic that you still managed to do a bunch of traveling in addition to buying the house. Major props to you guys. Cheers to 2015!

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  9. Such a great year! A new city, a new house, a new pup! So much to celebrate! Cheers to the new year!
    xo Southern Style

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  10. Glad you had such an amazing year girl! I hope 2015 brings even more amazing things for you! Although a new house, new city, new dog and amazing vacations are hard to top! :) Cheers to 2015!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  11. I love these recaps, you 2 had a beautiful & blessed year for sure. Brady boy is the highlight of course :) Cheers to 2015 Katie!

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  12. Aw I love this recap, so many good things in one year!! Excited for your little family in the new year :) Congrats again on the house!!

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  13. What a cute little recap! Looks like a great year :).

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  14. Wow! You have had a busy year!! I suspect my year will look like that next year as we are looking to buy a house, getting married and are planning on expanding our family in the baby realm!!

    Happy New Year!!

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  15. I have loved seeing your year as it all happened ... & can't wait to see how 2015 treats you :)

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  16. Cheers to such a great year! Y'all had such a fun year, but Brady is definitely my favorite for y'all! :) xo

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  17. You two did lots of traveling! Cheers to another exciting year!

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  18. What a really eventful year! Great recap. I understand about the cheese...

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  19. Such a fabulous year with lots of BIG (but good) changes!

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  20. seriously, what a super full and awesome year. can't wait to see what 2015 brings for you :)

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  21. What an exciting year! Moving, anniversaries, and a new puppy! I hope your upcoming year is just as blessed! -Jess

    P.S. Giving up cheese for Lent!? That's a good one because that would be tough! So just curious... are you Catholic too? :)

    www.sweetlittleonesblog.com / sweetlittleonesblog@gmail.com

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  22. Such a wonderful year and perfect ending with addition of Brady! He's so adorable! Congrats on the lovely new home and your anniversary!

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  23. WHAT A YEAR! And I love that the $300 made ti to the recap! I started following you just as that happened and I remember how horrified you were haha!!

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  24. Such an amazing year for you guys! Although I still wish you could have pushed back your house close date by a week or two so we could have met when I made it up to Chicago :-P

    Can't wait to see what 2015 holds for you guys <3

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  25. Cheers to 2015 and all the goodness (and another puppy!?) to come! :)

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  26. My goodness! What an awesome year you've had.
    Brady is just such a cute little guy! :)

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  27. 2014 has definitely been a great year for you guys!!! Looking forward to seeing what 2015 brings you - I'm sure it will be fabulous!:)

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  28. what a big year for you indeed!!! house buying is a great deal and then a sweet puppy to end the year with, not a bad year at all. here's to 2015!

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  29. One - what a great year! Two - I said this originally but I wish I looked that good wearing moving clothes. Three - can you please come to Florida and do my makeup?!

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  30. I still can't wrap my head around the fact that you got a $300 hair cut. Sounds like you two had an extremely fun and busy year though with a move, a house, a puppy and several vacations!

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  31. It looks like you had a great year! I hope 2015 is just as good! I love those shorts in the July picture!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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  32. What a big year! It's going to be hard to top 2014!

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