Saturday, December 27, 2014




Just thinking about everything we have gone through this past year and all I can say is WOW! What a year. So here is a very quick recap of our year...

- Kicked off the new years with family back in Texas
- 2 Months pregnant with surrobaby
- Got temporary custody of Adams niece
- Headed back to Fort Bragg, NC
- First huge snow of the year in NC!!
- Bought a minivan.... For those of yall that don't know I am SO not a minivan person haha
- Brynna started gymnastics
- Adam was in the field and his battery was involved in a training accident that killed a soldier, severely injured 2 others, and a few others suffered minor injures.
- Brynna did her very first pageant(she decided pageants just aren't for her)
- J&J(surrobaby's parents) came to visit and we found out surrobaby was a girl :)
- Brett got septic arthritis and ended up having emergency surgery and was hospitalized for a week and out of school for a month and had to do physical therapy twice a week
- Adam's niece went back to Texas
- Brett turned 6!!

This was 2 weeks after surgery.
The right foot was the infected foot and the left foot was what his normal ankle would look like

- Adam reenlisted into the military
- Brett was able to go back to school exactly one month after his last day of school due to the infection
- We headed out to our first beach trip of the year
- AND we found out we'd be pcs'ing to Alaska come October!!!

- Our 3 year wedding anniversary
- I got pregnancy induced lactose intolerance(that was miserable!)
- Brett was released from physical therapy
- Headed to the beach for memorial weekend and we decided to camp at the beach at 32 weeks pregnant haha
- Adam became a big brother again!!
- PCS'ing began.......

- My last full month pregnant
- Found out I was SEVERELY anemic.. My numbers came back at 7.4 and they want them at 11 when your pregnant
- Brett's last day of kindergarten was in June
- We decided to make one more beach trip to the outer banks. It was one beach we wanted to see before we moved from North Carolina and we knew if we didn't go before I delivered then we wouldn't be able to go at all.
- Brynna learned how to swim
- Adam's birthday!!

- My due date with surrobaby was July 16th!
- Went into labor July 1st and had surrobaby July 2nd at 1:02am. I was exactly 38 weeks! If you'd like to read more about the surrogacy journey click here and it will take you to my surrogacy blog.
- Since we were moving to Alaska Toyota wouldn't sign off on us taking the van with us so we were able to just give it back. Which I was VERY happy about ;)
- July 17th the movers came and July 18th we headed to Texas
- Adam and I were able to surprise my family in Mississippi while we were on our way back to Texas
- Temporarily moved back to Texas to live with family and Adam started his tdy school to reclass in Fort Sill, OK while we lived in Texas

- I chopped off about 10 inches of my hair and donated it..
- Adam failed his reclass which actually turned out to be a blessing in disguised
- Brett started 1st grade and Brynna started pre-k
- Brett came home from his first day of school with his very first loose tooth!

- Adams orders ended up change from Alaska to Fort Drum, NY
- Since we were now moving to New York we had to drive. Originally we were flying to Alaska so we had a crap ton of suitcases we'd be flying with us. Well now we had to scramble to find a second vehicle that could tow all of our luggage.
- We ended up purchasing a GMC Acadia
- Adam was promoted to Sgt
- We left Texas and started our road trip to New York September 27th. If you'd like to read about our road trip click here. A few stops along the way were Graceland, Grand Ole Opry, and Niagara Falls.
- We finally got to New York September 30th

- We were offered our first home October 2nd but turned it down. A few days later we were offered another home which we were happy to accept.
- Brett started school again in New York a few days after we got a house
- October 11th Brett was climbing our fence and had his hand bit by our neighbors dog and we put in a full arm splint for about 3 weeks
- My great grandma passed away a few days before my 24th birthday
- Found out Adam would be deploying sometime in 2015
- Our HHG were SUPPOSED to get here the end of October but never showed up -___-

- My mom came to visit to help with our HHG but they ended up getting here after she left.
- We experienced our first REAL snow!!
- Our HHG FINALLY got here November 14th. 4 months without HHG was now fun.
- We got to experience our first lake effect snow storm. THAT WAS CRAZY!!!! Schools shut down, the base shut down, EVEN WALMART CLOSED haha
- We celebrated our very first Thanksgiving just the 4 of us..

- Adam and I went to our first military ball and we had a great time
- Brynna turned 5!!!! WOW! 5 years old 29lbs and 3 feet 3 inches tall.. And she is still in a 5 point harness which I'm pretty proud of :)
- We had a great Christmas. It was just the 4 of us and it was our first Christmas alone with no family other than the 4 of us but I was so thankful to have Adam home with us and be together :)


  1. CONNIE = Rose

    Oops...I commented on your What Some Military Spouses May Not Know post what I wanted to say here :)

    "Your experiences for the year were amazing! I got a new appreciation for my parents since I was a air force brat."

    1. Hi Connie!
      Thanks for the comment. This year has been pretty amazing at times. Also a little hectic but that's life isn't it :) I do appreciate the military experiences but at times they can get a little overwhelming.

  2. Busy year y'all had, a lot of firsts! Happy New Year girly.

    1. YES a very busy year! And so many first. Some good and some bad but we have learned so much from it all.

  3. 2015 is gonna be great, can't wait.

    1. I'm very excited to see what 2015 has to offer :)

  4. Wow, what a crazy busy year you and your family had. You make my life look so boring!!

    1. Our life tends to get boring at times but 2014 was a VERY busy year for us as a family.

  5. You had a very busy year. We bought a house in 2014. I wonder what 2015 will bring.

    1. Lots of decorating or DIY stuff to the house maybe? :) I cannot wait to buy a house but with all the moving we have been doing lately I don't think we will buy until he gets out of the military or we know for sure we shouldn't be moving anytime soon. In the past 5 years we have not lived in one place longer than 1 1/2 years.

  6. Crazy how much can happen in one year. Looking forward to hopefully a better 2015 for our family.

    1. It is amazing how much can happen and how fast it can just go right on by.

  7. You certainly had quite a great 2014!

    1. It was a very busy year I must say haha

  8. How much has changed for you in the last year. Enjoy NY. Brrrr.

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