Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

What a long but great year 2012 was! I can't believe its already over! At the end of every year (or in this case, beginning of the new year), I like to blog about and reflect on the past year. Here is our year in review...

I got a blog makeover by the amazing Leisha Shepperd.
We took a trip to Texas to introduce Ava Drew to our families for the first time. We stayed for a whole month. Two weeks in Amarillo and two weeks in Sherman. You can read more in Part 1 and Part 2.

The first couple of weeks were spent in Texas. Once we got back to Germany, we laid low and tried to get back into the swing of things...and get over jet lag.

Bryce put on Senior Airman, Bryce turned 23, and I took Ava on her first trip to the zoo.

We took a day trip to Trier, celebrated Easter with friends and enjoyed a great church service, took a day trip to Dinant, Belgium and Ava hit a milestone and started sitting up this month (6 mo. old).

Ava and I took another trip back to the states for my sisters wedding. Ava was the "flower girl" and I was a bridesmaid. We stayed for 2 weeks and Ava loved all the attention she got from family. I spent my first night away from Ava because I went to my sisters bachelorette party in Dallas. She got to stay with her Gigi (my mom) for the evening and I think she did pretty good! Her momma, on the other hand, was worried sick! That 30 minute drive back to Sherman took foorrreverrrr!

I also got to celebrate my first mothers day! I was in Sherman so Bryce had flowers sent to the house! Such a sweet man.

One of my best friends, Cassie, took some pictures of Ava! They turned out AMAZING!!! If you live in the Dallas area, get in touch with Cassie for pics! You will thank me! :)

Ava started crawling (71/2 mo. old).
I helped throw a few baby showers.
Celebrated my 23rd birthday on the 23rd (GOLDEN b-day!!) :)
Bryce surprised me with a trip to LONDON as a birthday present! Best. Present. Ever. Wonder how he is going to top it this year...;)

Celebrated the fourth of July at the huge 4th of July Bash on Ramstein. We ate some good food and watched the kids play on the bounce houses and then watched a great fireworks show.

We also went to LONDON and spent 5 days there. Best 5 days of my life. Okay, maybe I'm  being a little dramatic but I LOVED London and seriously want to live there one day. You can read about our trip in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4! :)

We bought a Vitamix Mixer (best purchase ever because it ended up being free!)
Went to a Wine Fest.
Shopped at some Flea Markets.

Went to Bad Durkheim for their wine fest. Its the biggest wine fest in the world!

Celebrated Ava's first birthday on the 11th.
Went to Oktoberfest in Hannover, Germany.
Went Trunk or Treating on Ramstein.

Celebrated Veteran's Day.
Celebrated Thanksgiving with our friends here in Germany! Ate lots of food and played a fun game of Quelf!
Took our second trip to Brussels, Belgium.

December was such a busy month for us. It went by SO fast! We took a small trip to Brugge and Brussels for a few days. We attended a few Christmas parties. Went to Heidelberg Christmas market. Spent Christmas Eve in Brussels...again! Yes, we have been 4 times!! Celebrated Christmas at home as a family and skyped our families. Spent New Years Eve at home playing games and eating of having an infant! ;)

If you even made it to the end of this post, good job! ;)

It has been a great year to say the least. Can't wait to see what 2013 has in store. We will be moving in May back to the states (we find out where we are going in a couple of weeks) so I am really nervous about that. I hate moving..especially to a new city! I am really going to miss it here. I have grown to LOVE being here. If you told me 2 years ago I would miss it here, I would have laughed SO hard! I hated it here the first year or so. We have gotten to visit SO many places and created some great friends but we are also looking forward to meeting new friends and creating more memories!!


Georgie Lee said...

Looks like a great year. Good luck with the move.

Andrea @ Life in Dawleywood said...

happy new year! I love looking back at all the pictures and seeing how she has grown!

Heather Horton said...

I have been silently following for your blog for a while from Kelly's Korner way back when :)

I have loved watching your sweet little Ava Drew grow up (my husband now appreciates my bow sizes when I showed him a pic of Ava one day!) :) I'm sure it has been hard to be away from your family but you are seeing amazing things and sharing it with us, so I feel like i've been to all these places ;-)

Can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for your family!

Happy New Year!

P.S. What do you use for your picture collages?!