2013: A Year in Review

It’s 2014! Oh my goodness and I’m sure the rest of you felt like the year went too fast but I honestly felt like my year was HUGE and I didn’t even get to share much of it with you at all.  It’s safe to say that this year I’d like to document a lot more again and return to the wonderful world of blogging, especially with so many more changes on the horizon.  Parenthood is a huge step right?  So here’s my better-late-than-never recap of 2013:

Tech School ruled my life for 2012 and by January 2013 my mantra was this:

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Well I did graduate, on March 1, 2013 and officially moved from the Maintainer/Aircraft side of the base to the Hospital side. 

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I’d be lying if I said the transition was easy.  Tech school was not easy for me to get used to and being in a completely new environment with a completely new set of rules to get used to was not easy either.  I guess I thought that no matter what, “I’m still Air Force” so it’s just a new job in the same service.  Not. The. Case.  The hospital is so completely different from anything I expected and honestly I’m still adjusting every day.  Anyway, once reality set in I quickly replaced my Graduation mantra to a new one.

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You could also throw another one in there involving patience with yourself and patience with others.

March 2013 also brought two more huge changes with the career move.  Aaron and I were relocated from Tucson (him) and San Antonio (me) to Fabulous Las Vegas where we bought our second home, 

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a foreclosure which we very quickly started fixing up beginning with the kitchen.  Which is still working out fantastically.

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Other highlights from the year include seeing Hunter Hayes and Eli Young Band in concert at the New Orleans.

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Finding out I was pregnant with our first child and that it’s a BOY.

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Our 4th wedding anniversary which we decided to spend in Genoa, NV and Lake Tahoe.  I WILL be doing a recap of our trip on a WIBW post sometime.

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During our trip Aaron wanted to do an impromptu maternity shoot in Genoa park and this was my favorite that he took.  I’m about 7 months here.

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Not so awesome a 2013 highlight?  Whiskey gave us a pretty big health scare.  He had started slowing down in the summer and we just chalked it up to him getting older and having Valley Fever (which is lifelong but managed).  However, one night he disappeared and I found him curled up in a dark and secluded part of the house.  He is a velcro pup so this was very weird.  Well, when I asked him if he wanted to eat he wouldn’t even get up and it took a lot of coaxing from Aaron and I to get him to the living room just to be with us.  Upon further evaluation, I found his gums/ears were white and cold.  Tied with his lethargy he officially scared us into taking him to the emergency vet.  It’s a GOOD thing we did!  It turns out he had a tumor in his spleen that was so large that his spleen had ruptured.  We made the difficult decision to go ahead and get surgery, knowing that there was a huge probability that he has cancer and that we were heading onto another painful road like with Mocha in 2012.  Well, it’s been about three months and he’s like a new dog.  I’m so glad we did the surgery.  He did test positive for Hemangiosarcoma (blood cancer) however, there were no tumors found anywhere else but his spleen.  He has a huge scar to prove how thorough the vet was.  We can only hope that he has nothing but good years left but time will tell.  For now, we’ve got our happy boxer boy.

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The Biggest Highlight of 2013:

Christmas of course!  We spent all year looking forward to Christmas because we knew our families were coming to US.  This was the first time ever that we were hosting Christmas for either of our families so this was a huge deal to us.  The guest list included My parents and sister, Aaron’s parents and brother’s family of four (all the way from England), along with his grandfather and an Aunt.  At one point we had 11 people staying with us!  It wasn’t easy but we all made it work and had a fantastic time.

Aaron and I also got our first tree over 3 ft tall

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and were able to attend our first Christmas party together since 2007.

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We took our families to see a handful of Vegas attractions to include the Christmas display at the Bellagio

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the Hoover Dam

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and the Fabulous Las Vegas sign.

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Christmas day was extra fun since we had a child in the house.  He got his whole set up for Santa ready and of course Santa was able to find him and bring him something special.

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Santa even brought the pups their annual, insta-destroyable squeaky toys.

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and destroy them they did Smile 

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The Christmas eats all went off without a hitch too thanks to lots of helpers in the kitchen.  (Cooking for 12 at 9 months pregnant isn’t as easy as I thought it’d be)

Christmas morning involved a french toast bake (left) and a sausage, egg and cheese egg casserole (right).

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The dinner menu was:

  • Maple Bourbon Cornish Hens
  • Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
  • Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, and Parsnips
  • Lentils w/Balsamic Portabellas <—My SIL is veggie so I winged these Christmas day and they were amazing!  I’m really going to have to give you guys a recipe on them.
  • Loaf of wheat bread
  • Apple Crumble
  • Cinnamon Caramel Cheesecake

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And that concludes my year!  Now it’s 2014 and all I have to do is study for various tests coming up and hang out in the baby room waiting for the little guy to show up.  The due date is 25 Jan so hopefully he’ll be here anytime now Smile

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Hope your year was just as full and that your new one has started wonderfully!

Any highs (or lows) from 2013 you’d like to share?  What about a goal/resolution?