Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Looking back at 2013

In January, I declared my One Little Word for the year, grace. And I definitely learned all about it this year. We went to the mountains with sweet friends of ours to celebrate my 26th birthday, and had a lot of fun just relaxing and enjoying a weekend to be John and Katie the married couple, not John and Katie, Landon’s parents. Those weekends should happen more often! I talked about what I think about having a daughter, or not having a daughter. And I gave thanks, something I should do more often. We also spent lots of time outdoors thanks to some very mild winter weather.

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In February, we celebrated Valentine’s day. And I talked a lot about how I wanted to be more present in the day to day, stepping away from the internet, social media and technology more often. This is still something I hope to do in 2014. We also enjoyed about five minutes of snow flurries, which we of course bundled up and rushed out side to enjoy.

snow 014In March we did something huge, and purchased land for a new home. This year, we will start building! Landon turned 15 months old in March also, and I wrote about his milestones and memories. We also celebrated a fun Easter- with an Easter Egg hunt at my parents house, and Easter lunch with John’s family. Holidays are ten times more exciting with your children!

Easter-10In April, our  nation mourned with Boston, and I wrote about how national tragedies affect how I mother my children, and try to raise them in a world where bad things happen.  John and I celebrated a big milestone as well, with our four year anniversary!

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In May,  I took a bit of an unintentional blogging hiatus, however I did manage to write about how being a nurse made me a better mommy. We also took Landon strawberry picking- which is probably a highlight of 2013 for me. Things I didn’t write about, but were highlights of May were celebrating Mother’s Day and taking a weekend trip to New Bern, NC to visit my sister and brother in law. I love a quick weekend trip!

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In June,  we were busy! We spent a lot of time at the pool and learned just how much of a fish our little man was. Landon turned eighteen months old, and with that weaned himself from his pacifier. A huge, unexpected milestone for sure, and definitely showed this mama how independent he is! I also wrote about the need to slow down, life gets busy in the summer, and I needed to just soak it in a little more, something I need to remember all year long.

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In July, we celebrated Independence Day with a baseball game and some fireworks. We also took a weekend trip to Southport, NC, our home away from home. Our trip to Southport ended up including a hop over to Bald Head Island to see John’s family, and an impromptu extra night at the beach…I’m wasn’t complaining! I also talked about how toddlerhood had definitely showed up in our household, and it wasn’t easy.

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In August the highlight was definitely our journey to Siesta Key, Florida for our big vacation. I decided this year to step outside of our beloved NC beaches and experience something new, and I’m so glad we did. Landon took his first major trip and did great, and we enjoyed the clear waters and white sand of Florida. I also shared a letter to Landon, and a few tips for new photographers, which was also a reminder of just how much I’ve learned.

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In September, Landon turned 20 months and I wrote about all that that little boy was up to. I wrote about being an oncology nurse, and how much I really feel like I was called to my profession. I shared our DIY Growth Chart Ruler, and I also wrote about what I learned in September. We also welcomed college football and cooler temperatures into our life as we moved toward fall.

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In October we were full. We went apple picking for the first time with Grammy and Papa Dave.  I wrote about having grace for myself being a working mama, realizing that there is NO way I can do it all and work a full time job, and that is perfectly okay.  Landon was cutting molars, which led to a really cranky toddler, and some really long, tearful days for both of us. Even though it was awful, I wrote about the upside to molars and the moments I will remember. Landon also decided for us that it was time for us to convert his crib to a toddler bed, and he did beautifully. Yet another milestone that he proved his independence to us with. We squeezed in a trip to the pumpkin patch. Landon was more interested in the tractors and cows than the pumpkins! And finally, we celebrated Halloween with our little Krispy Kreme boy, I might make him wear this costume until he graduates high school. Think I can get away with that?

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In November, we took a trip to Charleston, SC with Grammy and Papa Dave, and enjoyed four glorious days in one of my favorite cities on Earth.  Landon loved running on the beach, we we enjoyed a date night out to a swanky restaurant in downtown Charleston. November also brought some sadness to our family as we said goodbye to my grandfather, who I called Dandy. Dandy’s funeral was two days before Thanksgiving, which led to a busy and full week trying to say our goodbyes yet celebrate all that we are thankful for. Despite the sadness of losing a loved one, I am so thankful for our family and for the love that we share. 

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In December, we went to get our Christmas tree, and I wrote a little bit about its significance. We celebrated Landon’s second birthday. I wrote about his two year milestones, and declared this year the year of the non-party birthday. Instead, we took the day off and took him to a transportation museum in a nearby town, went to the bakery, and ate pizza. We celebrated with all the things that our little boy loves. We also celebrated Christmas, and let me just say, it just gets better every year. Landon was really into the present opening this year, and all though he doesn’t truly understand the meaning of Christmas or the magic of Santa, it is still exciting to see it all through your child’s eyes.

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Looking back, I had forgotten just how great 2013 was for us. It included some pretty major events, a lot of happiness, and a lot of fun. I have to say, as beautiful as 2013 was, I am really looking forward to 2014 and all that it has in store for our family!

Here’s to 2014!

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