Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2013 in Review

First, I want to wish you all a Happy New Year!

Last year was filled with many good times, challenges, and changes.

I rang in the New Year with Joe at the happiest place on earth, Disneyland! I was living in Los Angeles and able to spend so much valuable time with my family. During this time I was working 2 jobs and flying back and forth to visit Joe in Arizona. 
2013 New Years

February came around quickly and marked the beginning of Joe's 9 month deployment. It was so difficult to say goodbye to my best friend. I wasn't sure how I was going to handle the deployment or even where my relationship with Joe would go. I am so happy that I was able to be home with my family during this tough time. A few days after Joe left, I celebrated my 27 birthday at Disneyland with my Family by my side. 
The day Joe left

My 27th Birthday
I spent most of March working and started sending Joe his care packages. I worked 7 days a week and began to make working out a priority. All of my free time was spent with my family and I could be found at Disneyland at least once a week. 
My first care package
I decided that I would make small trips to visit my friends and I visited Nikki, one my close friends, in Vegas! We spent most of our time baking and hiking. I had a blast and it really helped take my mind off of the deployment. Her husband was deployed at the time as well, so it was nice to talk to someone who knew what I was going through. This is also when I started to see some results from all of my hours at the gym.
Nikki and I hiking in Vegas
May was one of the best months of the year. I pushed my working out into high gear to prepare for a trip to Hawaii to visit my best friend from college, Amanda. I spent time with my sisters exploring the Los Angeles area and crossing off things that I wanted to do. Of course we spent many days at Disneyland, but we also hiked to the Hollywood Sign, and went horse back riding! May was also the month that I began to Blog!!!

My sister and I hiking at the Hollywood Sign

Horse Back Riding with my sisters
Stevee, Amanda, and I in Hawaii 

My sister and I on top of Koko Head
Next on my list of people to visit was my amazing friend Brittany! We met up in San Antonio, TX to go wedding dress shopping. I will be in her wedding this year and I had so much fun going dress shopping with her. June also was when I decided that I needed to try out microdermebrassion. I ended the month with surgery on my eye

Britt and I with her dress!!! I can't wait to post a pic of it. 
I'm so LA! 
Most of my time in July was spent working at Van Nuys Airport! I loved every moment of my time there. The people I worked with became my friends. Going to work was fun and I never was bored. I enjoyed the summer at Disney and loved food truck fridays. I received a job offer from Denver International Airport mid July, so I packed up my stuff and traveled to Colorado!! I had an amazing road trip with my mom. 
Just another day at work!

I love food Trucks!

Somewhere between CA and CO!
I made it to Colorado!

I started my job at Denver International Airport. I also met my blogging friend and real life friend Mal!! We have been good friends since. 
Mal and I at a race we ran in Nov
The time had finally arrived for my 1/2 Marathon at Disneyland! I ran the race with my mom and sister. 
Disneyland 1/2 Marathon 2013
I spent most of my time working at DIA. I was finally signed off! 

Joe finally came home!! I was able to successfully fill up my time with trips, work, and working out. I was beyond thrilled to have Joe home and I am so thankful for what he, and all other men and women, do for our country. The deployment was long and stressful, but it made up closer then ever. We hired a photographer to capture this special day!
Joe and I
Joe and I traveled to Iceland and had my family over for the holidays! Iceland was amazing and I will be sharing pictures over the next few days. We hiked on a glacier, went in a lava tube, swam in the blue lagoon, and saw the north lights. We got back home a week later my parents and sisters came to visit. 
Thank you Joe for this year. Although most of it was spent away, you were always there for me. I love you and I can't wait to see what next year brings. 

Thank you family, for being my rock. I will always treasure the trips to Disneyland and all of the fun moments we shared in LA. 

Thank you friends, for the amazing trips and for supporting me when I needed someone to talk to at night. 

And lastly, thank you readers! I truly believe that this blog and all of the encouragement that I have received from it helped me get through the deployment and this past year. 

I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2014 and I am excited to continue to blog and share my journey with you all! 

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  1. You did way more than I did while my husband was deployed and I love that! You stayed busy and it seems like it paid off :) Can't wait to see what 2014 has in store for you :)

  2. What a wonderful year y'all had! So very glad he is safe and sound back home

  3. Happy year! Here's to making new memories in 2014!


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