I ran in my first half marathon, the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Walt Disney World. I’m not in this photo because I felt very accomplished, I also looked terrifying.
I got some great inspiration from a great friend and started paperyrain.
We pulled out our cowboy boots and boot scooted through Austin, TX.
We traveled to Virginia to visit family and of course stopped for a photo-op on the Blue Ridge Parkway
We spiced the middle of the year up and headed to Spain. This was in a park in Madrid.
I fed a bird in the park in Madrid. And that is the day I deemed myself the newest Disney Princess.
We visited Barcelona and it was amazing! I might’ve gotten sea sick on a sail boat tour in the middle of the Mediterranean sea and had to crawl to the front of the boat in front of about 50 people, but I got back on dry land and got a pitcher of Sangria to celebrate me making it.
We visited Paris and even put our love lock on the lock bridge. Let’s be honest, he has always had the key to my heart.
We had a day date in Dallas and at the time, we didn’t know it would be one of our last times to really explore the city.
We loved on our little town of Mckinney, TX.
We went to visit family in San Antonio, TX and made sure to pit stop at the Blue Art Center, which conveniently had a 15 flight beer option on the menu. Why do I feel like the boys knew that?
We celebrated July 4th the true American way, with red, white, and blue drinks.. and with a little alcohol in there too.
We beat the Texas summer heat by only coming out in shorts and tanks and when the sun had set. Oh, and after we stopped and got snow cones. Yes please!
We visited Raleigh, NC to spend some time with our friends and my sweet niece (not by blood, but definitely by love).
We celebrated 4 years of marriage in 2014. I literally couldn’t imagine life without him in it.
We packed up our lives, said goodbye to Dallas, TX and headed to Chicago, IL.
We settled right into the city and fell in love! We had no chance, it’s just to amazing.
We visited an apple orchard in Michigan. Did I fall into a tree picking apples in a skirt? Why yes, yes I did.
We spent a lot of time outside exploring in the fall. We missed the Spring/Summer here in Chicago, but based off the fall version, we know we will love it.
We went to a tree farm in Illinois and cut down our own Christmas tree.
Although this year has been pretty great, I learned something a few years ago that has helped me when my years haven’t seemed so sweet.
Life is like a cake. Every layer is important because that is what builds the cake. Sometimes those layers aren’t perfect. Sometimes they crumble, they disappoint, and they aren’t as sweet as we’d hoped for, but the great news is there is another layer coming. The cake of life is full of different layers and although every layer may not come out perfect, the fact that we end up with a cake is something to be thankful for.
If 2014 was a not so sweet layer for you, know that 2015 might be your sweetest layer yet. Wake up tomorrow, thank God for giving you a new day, a fresh start, and set out to see the joy in everyday. (also, who is hungry for cake?)
Cheers to the sweetest layer!
Happy New Years everyone!