Well, here we are…the last day of 2014. As always, it was a year of highs and lows that is ending with excitement about what the New Year will bring. Here’s a little recap of the year…
I rang in 2014 at my home with my husband, sister, brother-in-law, dad and his now wife. Over the years, I’ve found ringing in the New Year at home is really the ideal for me. When I was growing up, my dad and I would brave the cold and crowds and spend midnight on the Embarcadero in San Francisco with lots of drunk strangers and amazing fireworks. My first New Year’s Eve with my husband, we went to a friend’s party, followed by a few years of doing one of those spendy 5-course meals at a restaurant that included a champagne toast at midnight. Up until this year, my sister lived in the same city as me and we’ve swapped hosting NYE with our husbands, dad and close friends who are like family. We’d plan the decorations and food for weeks before the big day and spend the evening eating, listening to music, playing games and, of course, drinking champagne. This past summer, my sister moved north to Orange County and my husband and I have decided to spend this last evening of 2014 at home, just the two of us. This isn’t because we don’t have anywhere to go or people to spend it with, but as parenthood quickly approaches, we’re trying to spend as much time with each other as possible before our lives completely change. While I love getting dressed up and decorating the house for the New Year celebrations, I must say I’m looking forward to being warm and snuggly in my pajamas while playing games and watching Netflix with my honey 🙂
At the beginning of March, my husband and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary the way we always do – with a cake from the folks at Cupcakes Squared who did the desserts for our wedding. Later that month, we celebrated my husbands 33rd birthday with friends at our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant. I also posted my first blog post for this blog that month!
At the beginning of April, my husband and I travelled to Houston for my sister-in-law’s wedding. It was a gorgeous wedding and we had a great time spending time with his extended family.
May was the saddest month of the year for us, but at the same time one of the happiest – if that even makes sense. At the beginning of the month, I lost my paternal grandmother and my husband and I travelled home for her funeral. During that trip, I learned so much about my grandmother from stories family would tell and I was able to see so many parts of her life I didn’t know about through old family photographs.
A week after my grandma’s funeral, my husband and I travelled home again to run the Bay to Breakers. This was my 12th Bay to Breakers that I’ve run with my dad and the fourth with my husband. It’s such a wonderful tradition for us, and I hope continues for many, many years to come.
The following week, I took an early pregnancy test and found out that I was pregnant! Talk about a whirlwind of emotions, because two days later we got a call that my husband’s maternal grandfather, who we both adored so much, had passed away. Within a few days we were both on our way to Texas for services.
This summer I made my first ever summer bucket list, which I feel helped me get the most out of my summer and helped me make the most of every day. While I didn’t get to cross everything off my list, I did a TON this summer versus past years. I started off the summer by taking a trip to LA to see James Taylor at the Hollywood Bowl. It was such an entertaining night and I was so happy to FINALLY see good ol’ JT live in concert for the first time!
Later in June, I had the first of three pregnancy-related scares. It’s not something I’ve spoken about here, but it’s something that has had me on edge for most of my pregnancy. The first scare came at about 7 weeks, the second around 10 weeks and the third (which was the most serious of them all and even landed me in the ER for an afternoon) happened around 14 weeks. I had to have quite a few ultrasounds the first 16 weeks of my pregnancy because of these scares, but everything has checked out fine each time and my due date is now only five weeks away!
Summer ended with a lovely family wedding where I gained some amazing new family members.
This Fall my husband played in the orchestra for Bright Star – a new musical written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell. While my husband got to hobnob with Mr. Martin, the highlight for me was that I got to meet Paul Simon (one of my idols) who is married to Ms. Brickell. It seriously was one of the best nights of my life that I will never forget. I’ve met famous people in the past, but meeting Paul Simon has been the only instance so far where my heart raced, my legs got shaky and I honestly felt like I was going to cry when I shook his hand.
In November, my husband and I travelled to Houston for his cousin’s wedding, had our first of two baby showers and spent our first Thanksgiving on our own in San Diego. We also spent our Thanksgiving break prepping our guest room to become a nursery for our baby girl.
In December, we celebrated our second baby shower and travelled to the Bay Area to celebrate Christmas.
This last week of 2014, has been spent preparing for the main event of 2015 – becoming first-time parents. I must say that I’m incredibly excited about becoming a mom, but at the same time incredibly scared. Even thinking about it right now, brings tears to my eyes. I simply cannot wait for the moment I get to see and hold our daughter for the first time; I know I’m going to be a blubbering idiot.
I look forward to everything the New Year will bring and hope you are doing the same. I’ll see you right here for more in 2015!
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