Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top 14 of 2014

Happy 2015!!  I had so much fun reviewing my year for last year’s “Top 13 of 2013” post, that I couldn’t resist doing the same for 2014.  In no particular order, here are fourteen of my favorite moments from last year.

ONE – BUYING A HOUSE

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We closed on October 15, 2014, and we’ve been loving life as homeowners ever since.  We made a little bit of decorating progress when my mom visited in November (My dad was there too, obviously, but he was not as helpful in the decorating department).  Maybe one of my resolutions for 2015 should be to finally post a house tour on the blog?

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TWO – NEW JOBS

We both started new jobs in 2014 – mine in May and Austin’s in December.  The closest thing I have to photographic documentation of that is this corner of my desk with the beautiful anniversary flowers Austin surprised me with during my second week of the new job.  Both new jobs were big answers to many months or prayer.  We are so thankful!

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THREE – HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION FOR THE BABY SISTERS

Casey graduated in May, and Mary Katherine graduated in June of this year.  We are so proud of them both, and we had a ball celebrating them at their respective graduation parties 

A crawfish boil for Casey:

Casey's McNeil Graduation

And a fun maroon and white party for our favorite Aggie, Mary Katherine:

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FOUR – STARTING A SUPPER CLUB

This was such a fun part of our year – I’m excited to host for the first time at our new house in 2015!! 

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FIVE – HOSTING TWO BABY SHOWERS FOR FRIENDS

I had a ball helping plan and host two baby showers this spring – one for my friend Kara and her sweet little girl, Kalli, and one for my friend Brooke and baby Jude.

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SIX – FOURTH OF JULY IN LIVINGSTON

We had a wonderful and relaxing fourth spent at my parents’ house this year with both sisters, the brother-in-law, and Mel and Clark’s new puppy, Riley!

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SEVEN – WEEKEND TRIPS

Although we didn’t go on a big trip in 2014, we enjoyed a long weekend in Baton Rouge and New Orleans to celebrate my law school bff Emily’s wedding in June.  We also took a weekend trip to Austin in July to visit our friends Billy and Carly and their new house.  We had our first paddle boarding adventure in Austin and discovered my favorite brunch spot in our capital city.   

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EIGHT – MARY KATHERINE’S MOVE TO COLLEGE STATION

In August, we traveled to CS to help move MK into her dorm room.  And then I died over how cute it was!  Her great transition into college life was definitely a highlight of 2014.

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NINE - FOOTBALL SEASON IN AGGIELAND

We made good use of our season tickets and made the pilgrimage to College Station for several of the games this fall.  Getting to see MK before the games was always a highlight.

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TEN – CASEY’S MOVE TO DALLAS

In September, we helped Casey move into her apartment here in Dallas, and we have loved getting to see her at least once a week since then!  She has also transitioned seamlessly into college life, and we are happy to have her in our city.

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ELEVEN - FUN WITH OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

In 2014, we participated in a discipleship class called “The Marriage Project” with some of our SS friends that consisted of several fun date nights.  We also went on a segway tour of Dallas, had a fun BBQ cook-off, a Valentine’s party, and a Christmas party complete with “festive” sweaters.  Our church remains one of the things we are most thankful for year after year. 

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TWELVE – VISITS WITH JACKSON FRIENDS

I made a trip to Jackson in March for Emily’s engagement party and St. Patrick’s Day festivities.  In July, two of my favorite Mississippi friends made a trip to Dallas, and we explored the George W. Bush presidential library and museum here in Dallas. 

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THIRTEEN  – CALLIGRAPHY PRACTICE

I went to a calligraphy class in January, made some Valentines in February, and have been trying to sneak in practice all throughout the year.  This is a skill I hope to develop more in 2015 for sure. 

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FOURTEEN – HOLIDAYS WITH FAMILY

We celebrated Thanksgiving in Austin and Christmas in Livingston and Ruston this year.  We love every moment we get to spend with our families! 

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Good gracious, that was a long post.  Thank you for the fun memories, 2014, and here’s to a delightful 2015!

3 comments:

  1. What a great year!! Looks like so much fun!! Here's to 2015 :)
    Chelsea @ thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com

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  2. I loved looking back at all your pictures! You certainly did have a beautiful 2014 :) I'd love to see a house tour!!

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  3. Love the shout outs! 2014 was such a great year. Love you!

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