While waiting for the cold weather to leave us here in MI we enjoyed the warmth of hot cocoa and snuggles with each other.
I'm sure something happened in January, I just can't remember. ;) Would you like some hot cocoa?
We celebrated my nephew, Jude's, 1st Birthday. I couldn't believe how fast the year had gone by. Jude loved opening presents, but not so much with the whole eating the cake bit. But that's okay, he was still cute.
Dresses for Haiti. After that horrible earthquake hit Haiti the ladies at Faith City got involved. We came together to hand sew dresses made out of pillow cases for the little girls and we made blankets galore. It was so fun to get together with all the wonderful woman of Faith City for a great cause. I made 2 dresses. And although it may not seem a lot I worked hard on making those two dresses the cutest dresses EVER.
Tristan & Jude's first Easter egg hunt. It was so cute to see the boys searching for their eggs with their own little prizes inside. We had to make sure they weren't snagging other kids eggs and only getting their own. After our egg hung we took a few family portraits.
Trip to Grand Rapids I went on a mini road trip with the ladies at Learning Zone Preschool to a workshop for Early Childhood Education. It was a great way for us ladies to bond and get to know each other a little more. We had to walk to our workshop from our hotel and I spotted this beautiful scene.
Jeremy and I celebrated our 2nd year Anniversary. One of the best parts of my year was being able to celebrate another great year of marriage. I can't wait to celebrate many more with my wonderful husband.
He's the best in the world... that's for sure.
Although May was filled with love and joy as we celebrated our 2nd year anniversary it was also filled with sadness and heart ache as we said goodbye to my Grandma who went to dance with Jesus. We miss her so much but know she is no longer suffering and is looking down on her family smiling from ear to ear. ;)
Jeremy and I spent alot of time at the shooting range keeping our target shooting up to par. We both have a growing interest in hand guns. Jeremy's is more extreme than mine but I do enjoy going to the shooting range and practicing on my aim. It's fun, but also a great way to learn how to properly shoot and handle a gun. I wasn't comfortable with even putting a finger on a gun before Jeremy took me and showed me how to handle a gun properly and safely. He's a great teacher.
In the months before we had planned a Kautman family reunion. I've never attended a Family Reunion for either families (the Fays or Kautman) at least not one I can remember. So it was fun to meet distant cousins, great uncles or aunts that I've never met or haven't seen since I was to little to remember. The only thing missing was Grandma, and although she wasn't there in body she was most definitely there in spirit.
I took on a project this month that I had been wanting to do for a very long time. I re holstered our dining room chairs. I wanted something with black and brown in it and found this pattern. After getting it home I realized it doesn't quite go with our decor but I still put it on and figured later I would change it again. That's what I was planning on doing anyway. I big accomplishment for me I would say. I didn't even use a how to I just went in blind and figured it out.
Celebrated my 23rd birthday with a little kitty named Ammo. We went to the kitty orphanage and picked him out of all the other little kitties looking up at us with big kitty eyes. I initially had chosen a female cat that was all black, when we went to fill out paper work Jeremy suggested I go in the kitty room one more time and make sure that was the one I wanted. So I did and you know what? I changed my mind. I ended up choosing a male cat that was black and white. We took him home that day and have spoiled him ever since. I mean, he even has his own room. :)
Along with getting a new kitty I also ran the Crim.
It was an amazing experience and will do it again next year with out a doubt. I finished the race in about 36 mins witch is pretty darn good for your first time. I ran with Marla and Dana a couple of friends and co workers. We ended up serperating at some point during the race but met up at the end and took a few victory photos. :)
We celebrated my little niece's 4th birthday. It was an Alice in Wonderland theme complete with tea party and a visit from Alice her self.
We also did face painting too. I had to get a flower on my whole face.
My best friend Brittney got engaged and one of the first things she did to prepare for her July wedding was begin the hunt for the perfect dress. Did we find it? We sure did!
This halloween was Jeremy's 2nd time EVER carving pumpkins. A new tradition we both enjoy doing. Can you guess which one he did?
I went to Seattle for the very first time with my sister in law Tabitha. We had so much fun. We got to go to a lot of cool places, one was the Space Needle. It was huge. We got to go all the way to the top to see the beautiful city up high.
I volunteered my time for a great cause. Standing outside Sam's Club ringing the bell for Salvation Army. Now, I know I don't need to explain what ringing the bell means because I think it's pretty much world wide.
Jeremy and I celebrated our first Nerdy Christmas. :) Our theme of our Christmas cards we sent out. It was so much fun. I'm not sure how we'll top next years.
As I close my New Years Post here are my last Truths...
Day 28: What if you were pregnant or got someone pregnant, what would you do? Well I can't get anyone pregnant, but if I were pregnant I think I would be happy. I know Jeremy would like to wait a little longer to have kids, and when I say little I mean little. But I think I am ready to expand our little family. It would be a good thing.
Day 29: Something you hope to change about yourself. And why. I hope to change my eating habits. I'd like to say I have a great eating habit and my diet is healthy but it's not. I need to change that for me and my body. I think it will help me to have more energy and do better when it comes to cooking, cleaning, and doing my job. And add a little workout routine in there. That would be the ultimate change I'd like do. So I guess that means I'd like to change my body. :)
Day 30: A letter to the one you love.
I can not express to you what you mean to me . Since I was young I knew you'd be a big part of my life, even if I didn't know that meant we'd be married. I enjoy waking up next to you every morning and giving you kisses goodnight. You are one of the best things to have ever happened to me. I can't wait to see what God has in store for our family. And when we have kids what they will look like and how they will turn out. But I know for certain that my love will never change and I will love you forever and always. I love you husband... thank you in advance for all the great wonderful years ahead. :)
Be safe everyone as you celebrate the New Year.