Tuesday, January 6, 2015

lookin' back on 2014

Isn't it crazy how much changes in one year?! Travels, jobs, Mia, etc. I loved looking back and remembering everything we experienced, the good AND the bad, in 2014! Hope you like my highlights from last year!
  • We visited our best friends and went to see the Ice Castles. Our little snow princess was totally in her element :)
  • I locked Mia in the car, worst moment of motherhood to date!
  • I turned 26!
  • Thanks to my sweet husband, Mia and I got to celebrate Valentine's for a whole week as Eric brought us a new surprise each day. He's never done this before and it was so fun to know he was especially thinking about his girls that week!
  • We escaped to Brian Head for a snowy, cabin weekend with my family. This is definitely one of my favorite traditions as Eric and I can enjoy our days snowboarding while my mom takes care of Mia, then we get to soak up family time at night!
  • It was warm enough to play at the park... without a jacket! This was just plain crazy but we weren't complainin'!
  • Mia sported her first ever pig tails, so cute!
  • We went to Arizona and had the best getaway!
  • We took Mia to the zoo for the first time... we can't wait to go back!
  • My sweet Grandma passed away. She was 98 years old and an incredible woman! We miss her and Granddad so much!
  • Mia got her first haircut! This was definitely a highlight for me since I'm a hairstylist. She is my favorite client! ;)
  • We celebrated Easter with Eric's family. The holidays get better and better each year with Mia in our lives!
  • Eric turned 28.
  • Mia and I went on our first hike of 2014...with a lot more to follow!
  • I hiked Angels Landing in Zion National Park with my dad!
  • We went to Lagoon with Eric's family... another one of my favorite family getaway traditions!
  • We spent lots of time in our "backyard" in the baby pool!
  • We went to Eric's 10 year high school reunion.
  • I went to my first ever blogging event. I'm dying to go to more!
  • We debuted our first ever family video. We are still obsessed with it! Definitely something we will treasure forever!
  • Time for another road trip! We went to Flagstaff, AZ for a wedding.
  • We visited the Grand Canyon. DYING to go back for a whole weekend! It's gorgeous!
  • The last week of July-beginning of August, Eric and I went on our first vacation without Mia to... BOSTON! It was Eric's dream vacation but that city stole my heart! {Day 1, 2, 3}
  • Our first and only lake trip of the summer (sad!) Mia's first time tubing!
  • Mia and I found paradise... under a freeway pass.

  • We met up with some of our bests in Vegas! (We are hoping for a re-do in the near future!)
  • Eric very unexpectantly lost his job.
  • Mia and I traveled to Washington state to visit my best friend! {Pt 1 and 2}
  • Mia was a darling little witch for Halloween!

  • Eric started his new job that he was offered just a week and a half after being laid off. Blessings!!
  • My sister in law got married and we welcomed a new brother in law and niece into the family! 
  • Mia officially ditched the binky!
  • We celebrated Thanksgiving with Eric's side of the family!

  • Mia turned TWO! We had so much fun celebrating our sweet girl!
  • We celebrated Christmas as a family of 3, and then we celebrated again with my side of the family!
  • We kissed 2014 goodbye and welcomed 2015 with open arms!
2014 was a year full of ups and downs, but we made the most of it! When I look back on the year, I remember my frustrations at the feeling of being in limbo (as we've felt for the last 2 years here) BUT I can already see that everything happened for a reason, and we have learned a great deal from each experience! But mostly when I look back, I remember all the fun we packed into the year! Aside from our amazing travels (I visited two new states on top of all the little trips we made) we made the most of our home life, took advantage of living so close to Zion National Park, visited our families often, and played with our friends and each other as much as possible! Each day is such a blessing as we watch me grow, she is the sweetest, happiest, silliest, funnest kid around! (Biased? Who, me?!) Life has been good to us and I can't wait to see what 2015 has in store for us!


    Sara Holt said...

    I hope 2015 is filled with just as many great memories for you guys as this past year (:

    Kelly Mock said...

    Such a special year!!! Happy New Year!!!

    Jamie @ The Jamie's + 1 said...

    Looks like 2014 was wonderful!! Hope 2015 is even better!!

    Jenn said...

    Definitely a great year, and beautiful pictures to remember it all!!

    Karina Marie Powell said...

    I love this! you guys are my fav! I have loved reading all your adventures over the last year... the good and the not so fun! You will be better because of them! Love you sweet girl!

    Stacy G said...

    Looks like you guys had an amazing year! I love the first pic and that last one!! I am a true believer in that everything happens for a reason! xo Here's to 2015 being just as great!

    tina bumblebee said...

    Those ice crystals look soooooo cool!

    hello erin said...

    Did ALL Of that happen this past YEAR?! I mean it flew by! But hello- look at all the fun you guys had!

    sara [at] journey of doing said...

    You really weren't kidding when you said it's amazing how much changed in 2014!! Just look at how quickly sweet Mia is growing up!! Looks like an amazing year, despite all the ups and downs! ;)

    P!nky said...

    Such an incredible year, lots of ups and downs, but wow, lots going on. <3 you!

    Chrissy@SimpleJoysBlog said...

    Wow, you guys have traveled so much and done so many cool things.

    Anonymous said...

    the cutest!!! I LOVE the picture of your husband and mia over looking all the rocks, so pretty! YAY for 2015!

    Rebecca Jo said...

    98? Wow... that's a good long life.
    Look how cute you are in a pink tutu with your daughter. Love that!

    Brittany said...

    What a year. I'm so happy I was able to follow along with all of this and watch your sweet little girl grow! I can't believe how much traveling you did! I mean, I remember all of the trips, but when you post them all together, it seems like so much! Keep it up and I can't wait to see what 2015 brings you! :)

    Laura Marie Keenan said...

    Great recap! We are thinking about doing the ice castles this year...we'll see if that actually happens! I also locked Liam in the car last year, so I'm hoping not to repeat that. And I love the tulle skirt you were on Easter!

    Anonymous said...

    What a blessed year! Happy 2015!

    Unknown said...

    Wow looks like you had a full, busy year! It flew by for me so I can only imagine how quick it was for you! Hope 2015 is just as great!

    Unknown said...

    You gotta stop coming to AZ without seeing all of us cool people!! ;) What a fun year for you guys!

    Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

    Sounds like you guys had an amazing 2014! 2015 is going to be even better! Love that picture of Mia with you guys kissing in the background! Soooo cute!!!

    Unknown said...

    I hope 2015 is just as fun! :) I love the pictures you all took. I need to get more with my boyfriend so we can compile a list like this! :) Happy New Year!

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    Unknown said...

    there are so many moments that i love about your 2014 year. but i especially love that you were able to travel to boston - our home! so glad you enjoyed the city, its got so much to offer without being crazy overwhelming. hope you can come back again soon!

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    Elizabeth [Chasin' Mason] said...

    What a year! I couldn't remember when I "found you" but after your recap, I remember so much! LOVED finding you in 2014 and can't wait to keep up with you in 2015! Hope it's the best year yet!

    Nina Robinson said...

    I love the layout of this post, it's so fun to see a whole year's highlights in one spot. And locking Ez in the car is one of my fears. I've locked my keys in the car many times over the years so I feel like it's bound to happen one day.

    meandmr.com said...

    These pictures are so cute! I love the first one at the ice cave!! Looks like a wonderful year!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    Caroline @ Windy City Chic said...

    What a great year you guys had! Those pictures are wonderful too. I had no idea that you were so young too!! I feel so old now lol. Just kidding. I hope that 2015 brings you tons of happiness and I look forward to continuing to follow along! :-)

    Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

    What an amazing year for you! Can't wait to see what 2015 brings you!

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