2013 Highlights – Oh Baby!

I thought I should try to squeeze in a FOURTH blog post this year. Yeah – I know. That’s an absurd statement. But it’s true – so we’ll have to deal with it.

2013 has been a fantastic year (dare I say – the best YET) and I wanted to recap the highlights for posterity’s sake (read: my own). As for 2014 – I know it will be even better. And hopefully it will have more than 4 GDW blog posts. ;)

January started out quite nicely with a fun night out on East 4th to celebrate our friends, the Weigel’s and their winter-time birthdays:

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Then – I got to relive some fun high school days by going to see Reel Big Fish at the House of Blues:

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And I got to check out Nashville for the first time ever thanks to a work trip. I stayed at Opryland (holy cow – overwhelming!) and got a chance to tour the Grand Ole Opry:

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In February – our niece (the first for me and Mike!), the lovely Marilyn June joined the world.

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March involved some fantastic birthday celebrations – including a trip up to Bowling Green (my alma mater) for a wild weekend. image001

My very best friends drove 2+ hours up to the corn fields of western Ohio to hit up all our old favorites – include Jed’s (for some amazing “Freakballs” fireballs),  Brathaus (for Legal Joints), Uptown/Downtown, Nate & Wally’s Fishbowl, BW’s (the old spot, which is now some weird Irish bar), Kamikazes, Campus Quarters (for Flaming Dr. Pepper’s) and Polleye’s (for stuffed bread sticks)

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And because birthday’s should be celebrated all month and not just for a day – my friend Stephanie and I continued the party with a special night out on the town in Cleveland. We hit up Velvet Tango Room, Soho (the Chattanooga, pictured below – with strawberries, lime, basil and bubbles? To. Die. For.) and Market Avenue Wine Bar.

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And I got the chance to attend the Ice Wine Festival! (one of the very few actual blog posts this year!)

In April I got to attend Opening Day (my first in at least a decade) – which was a blast – but I had a little too much fun and did end up going home very early. :)

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In May – I ran fourth half-marathon (and then drank the rest of the day away with my family and friends):

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We visited Columbus to celebrate our friend Amber’s birthday:image028 image031

And my handsome husband graced the cover of Cleveland’s Best Lawyers:

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In June – our car got stolen. :( The police did find it a few weeks later but it was totaled. I actually had a few pictures of it on my old phone – but they were too sad to post to social media.

July was a much better month than June though…

My sister-in-law came home so we could meet Marilyn for the first time! And my mother-in-law threw a big family reunion/get-together so everyone got the chance to meet Marilyn, but it also gave us all the chance to visit with some family we hadn’t seen in a while!

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We went to Cedar Point for the first time in about 5 years:

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I got to travel to Vegas for “work” with my friend Megan (one of my most favorite people in the world):

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AND, July just so happened to be the month where Mike and I got pregnant! :)

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In August we went on vacation to Seaside, Florida with our friends Brian and Stephanie! It was a blast – and while I didn’t get to partake in any alcoholic beverages – I made up for the calories with ice cream and cheese.

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In September – our friend “Little John” got married and I attend my very first Browns game at the “new” stadium.

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Oh yeah – and I finally hit 12 weeks so we announced to our family and friends that we were expecting Baby J sometime in early April.

In October – we celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary!

In November – we learned that the little peanut growing inside of me is a BOY and did a fun (quick and not overly complicated) gender reveal with our family at Thanksgiving.

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And December has been insane!

I’m working more hours than I’ve ever worked in my life but that’s thanks to a promotion (so woohoo for promotions, boo to insane hours). And then Christmas was here before I knew it! The holidays were crazy this year – but extra special as Marilyn came home again and we got to spend her very first Christmas morning with her. It was so special and I can’t wait until next year when it’s Marilyn PLUS our little one.

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We got to spend lots of wonderful quality family time together. It really is hard to believe that next year there will be a new handsome guy added to the mix! 

image007     “My people”, I don’t know what I’d do without these 5.

Here’s to a fabulous 2014!


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Happy New Year and congratulations!

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Yay!

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You look so happy in all these pictures. It was a good year for you!
And, just think, this year is just going to be so much better!!!

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yay for blog posts and babies and everything else fun in 2013!!! cheers to the best year yet! :)

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ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! Congrats <3 <3

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Well now, I’d been wondering what you’ve been up to! Congrats on the big news. It will be a busy year for sure but I hope we get more updates in 2014 :) .

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Oh yay!!!! So happy for you. What a wonderful year!

PS: Boys are THE BEST. My sweet love will be 2 in a month (I can’t believe it)! He’s amazing and the most affectionate ever.

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