If I had to sum up the year my husband and I have had in 2015 I would have to go with whirlwind. I can’t believe I’m sitting here on the heels of the new year and already reflecting on this past year and looking into what 2016 will bring for us. 2015 was a year that brought us immense joy, but along with that it brought us sadness. It was a year filled with laughter and memories forged with dear friends. It was a year in which we traveled a bit and my husband introduced to me new places. This year I found myself becoming more settled in our new California home. In 2015 I’ve learned and shared in the passion of wine with my husband…and most importantly, this year my husband and I began the journey into what will be our greatest adventure yet: parenthood.
Here’s a snapshot into everything that 2015 held for us…
One of the perks of living in California, and specifically the central coast, is your proximity to delicious wine and beautiful tasting rooms in the Santa Barbara/Los Olivos area. My husband had lived in California prior to us meeting and all while we were dating he would reminisce about when he worked at Artiste, a tasting room in Los Olivos, and how he fell in love with wine. To me at the time wine was just an alcoholic beverage that you consumed after a long day of teaching…which was every day. However, throughout our courtship and eventual marriage, moving to California and getting to experience the dedication, hard work and value the winemakers put into each bottle made me appreciate this delicate process and the wine itself even more. I am so grateful that I could share in his passion and wine tasting become a special thing between the two of us.
I had read the book a few times and just fell in love with the story. I love the concept of taking an original idea, The Wizard of Oz in this case, and create an entire backstory to one of my favorite characters. I had always wanted to see it on Broadway (our first Broadway date was The Book of Mormon – another amazing and hilarious play!) but never got the chance…until my husband found that it was going to be featured at the Pantages Theatre in downtown LA. The performances were above and beyond what I expected and I just loved how they brought the story to life (OMG those costumes and sets!)! I can see now why many friends and family have seen this production more than once.
NIOSA in Texas
NIOSA stands for Night In Old San Antonio for those who are unfamiliar and it is a special time of year where the city celebrates it’s culture and diversity with music, food, and performances. I had always wanted to go, but it is held every April and with our work schedules we were never able to make it back to his parents home in time. However, I love that we were able to work around our busy schedules and take time off to visit and experience NIOSA with his parents. If you’re in the San Antonio area or are looking to visit, be sure to check it out!
That Time I Cut My Hair Off
I am always one for experimenting with my hair – even though it doesn’t grow as quickly as I would like. I’ve found that I love long hair, mid-length hair, and even the pixie. So, after I grew out my hair (about to my shoulders) for my wedding I decided to cut it right afterwards into an a-symmetrical bob. I loved that hairstyle and kept it for some time. Then, a few months after we moved I felt the need for change and decided to chop it all off. However, I must preface that whenever one wants to cut off their hair they must put their trust into the right stylist. So, I recommend that you find a stylist you love and after some time with them go with the drastic cuts. I found my stylist, Chelsea, as soon as we moved to Ventura and she’s lovely and extremely talented. Check out the adorable cut she gave me here!
And of course, in true me fashion, here I am attempting to grow my hair out again (aka taking advantage of these pregnancy hormones). We’ll see how long this trend lasts before I cut it again, haha!
Anniversary In Hawaii
This year we celebrated our first year as a married couple and it was such an exciting milestone. When discussing how we would like to celebrate we both figured that we wanted to travel somewhere and take a little vacation just the two of us away from the pup. Narrowing down where we’d like to go was the fun part. Our little place away has always been Turks & Caicos Islands, but this time I wanted to travel somewhere new, so we finally came up with Hawaii. Living on the west coast makes traveling to Hawaii much easier and I was so excited to pack up and get going. We stayed on the island of Kauai and it was absolutely beautiful. We went hiking, ate delicious food, sipped on some pretty amazing drinks, enjoyed many sunsets together and were just able to spend quality time with each other, which was the best part of the whole trip.
An Unexpected Souvenir
Returning home from a vacation is a bit difficult to do considering that we both headed back to work. Over the summer I picked up a few hours by working the preschool summer program at my school. It was a great way to earn some income and the best part was that it was just for the month of June – that way I felt I could still have a summer before returning for the new school year. Since miscarrying in March, then making the decision to actively try again for a baby, to then getting stressed out due to trying for a baby, the husband and I decided to take it easy and just let things happen naturally (duh). So although we weren’t necessarily trying for baby in Hawaii, we decided to just not prevent it from happening. Upon our return from our Hawaiian getaway, and roughly around my missed period over the 4th of July weekend, we were happy to find out that the waiting, praying, and accepting of whatever may happen, we were pregnant! You can read more about my journey to pregnancy here or check out everything pregnancy/baby related here.
Can you tell yet that my husband and I don’t like sitting still for very long? Since moving to California my husband has been itching to take me all over the state and show me around it’s various cities and it was only right for him to bring me to San Francisco first. What I loved about this trip was that he planned it so we took our time getting there; taking in everything the coast had to offer us. As a last-of-the-summer weekend vacation, we began with an overnight trip up the 1 to Pismo then staying the night in San Louis Opisbo (SLO for short). We made it just in time for the Farmer’s Market on Thursdays and I swear it’s heaven for any pregnant woman – aka food everywhere. The following day we jumped back in the car and continued north to Carmel and stayed overnight in this cute little town. Then, again we packed up and continued on our way until we hit San Francisco and were able to spend the weekend visiting, eating, trolleying, and exploring. I had such a great time that weekend and I loved how it was broken down so I could really take in all the different places the hubs wanted to show me. Plus it was perfect timing because those pesky first trimester symptoms, aka nausea, had finally dissipated.
Fall is my favorite season and I love that this year we were already pretty settled in our home so I had plenty of time to do a little research into what Ventura and its neighboring towns had to offer us during this time of year. I love creating date night ideas to share with my husband and experiencing the city in which we now call home. This year we built a gingerbread haunted house, watched scary movies, went to a pumpkin patch, picked our own fruit (in CA in October it’s strawberries – not apples), and carved pumpkins. It was a month filled with fun and I’m so happy I have a partner in crime to celebrate with.
Our Growing Family
Obviously I cannot end a year in review post without mentioning one of the most important events in our year, which of course is our growing family. I never would have thought that this year we would experience both sides of the pregnancy spectrum and everything that comes along with it in between. I also never would have expected that we would even be pregnant or thinking about expanding our family – just goes on to show God’s timing in our lives. However, with that said, pregnancy has been an amazing journey and I can’t believe we’ll be greeting our son in just a few short months. I’m amazed at the power of the female body, the intricate process of pregnancy, and the bond that my husband and I have forged during these last 31 weeks.
2015 was an amazing year that seemed to have gone by very quickly, but I look forward to the new experiences and joys that 2016 has in store for me and my little family. I hope you all have had an equally as exciting year and I pray that all of you have many blessings in the year the come! If you have a year in review post be sure to comment with a link so I can be sure to check it out!
Happy New Year!
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