The Game of Life

Wow! I cannot believe it’s been a full year since I last wrote a post. A friend at work recently told me that Robert and I hit all of the major milestones in the “Game of Life” this year. If you’ve played the Life board game before, you know that each player drives his or her play car through major life changes and the richest person at the end of the game wins. After looking back at 2014, it most certainly was the “richest” one of our lives, and I’m not referring to money.

We checked off major life events in the whirlwind year of 2014. Robert and I got married, honeymooned in Aruba, and I traveled to France for work in February. In March, I bought my first brand new car. In May, we drove to Ohio to celebrate the beautiful marriage of two of our best friends at their wedding in Cleveland. Over the summer, we took trips to Charleston for the 4th and to Arizona to see Robert’s brother. In October, we moved into our new house. In November, I traveled for the first time to China for work, and we spent November and December with family and friends for the holidays.

September, though, took the cake. My sister and Sam got ENGAGED, Robert turned 30 and we traveled to Boston (and saw Jeter’s last MLB series) to celebrate, we found a house that we loved and signed a contract, and the most exciting of all… we found out that WE’RE HAVING A BABY GIRL.

We are so excited to welcome Baby Girl into our lives. We talk about her all of the time. We talk TO her all of the time. We laugh at her punching and kicking me from the inside. We’ve already began to plan out her nursery. I’ve already bought her five pairs of pants and one pair of jeggings. We simply cannot wait for her arrival in May.

2015 will bring tons of changes for our little family. With Baby Girl’s arrival and Merrick and Sam’s wedding on the horizon, I know it’s going to be one for the books.

I can’t wait for all of the love to come in 2015.

 

 

The Little Things

2013 was the fastest year of my life. To sum it up, it was filled with tons of love, laughter, travel, huge life changes, and absolute fun. In 2013, Robert proposed, my family and I planned a wedding, Robert and I saw 7 friends/family members tie the knot, I held my good friend’s new-born son, Robert and I traveled up and down the east coast (NYC, Florida, Hendo, Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head and Charleston), I started a new job, and Robert and I moved to Greenville, S.C.

2013 has been a very “UP” year for us. Although we faced a few road blocks, Robert and I finally ended up in the same city toward the end of the year. FINALLY! No more long distance relationship. No more weekend road trips. No more sitting in traffic on I-85 on Friday afternoons.

We’re finally able to experience some normalcy. We’re finding the fun in discovering roles within our household. We’re loving the fact that we get to physically talk face-to-face about our work days. We went to the gym together tonight, played a new sport (racquetball), and we both left beaming from ear to ear.  We’re re-learning Greenville through fresh eyes (new bars to explore, new churches to test out, new restaurants to try).   We’re decorating our apartment with our own sense of style and color. And mostly, we’re taking pleasure in the little things.

I’m very thankful for everything that 2013 threw my way.

That said, here’s my message to 2014: BRING IT ON. Bring on more love. Bring on our WEDDING. Bring on the morning when my mom, sister and I will get ready together. Bring on the moment when Robert sees me for the first time at the end of the aisle. Bring on the long aisle that my dad will escort me down. Bring on the moment when Robert and I promise ourselves to each other in front of those who love us. Bring on the singing and dancing and laughter that will inevitably ensue during our reception.

Bring on more trips around the world. Bring on more date nights with my (soon-to-be) husband. Bring on more golf days with my family. Bring on more trips to the beach. Bring on more hikes. Bring on more exercise.  Bring on hard work. Bring on celebrations of our families’ and friends’ birthdays, matrimony ceremonies and engagements.

And finally, bring on more little things. 🙂