2013: Year In Review

Now that we’re a solid week into 2014, I thought it might be a good time to do a look back at the past year and join Dwija’s link up again. It always surprises me when I remember how much has actually happened in the last year. 2013 was also the first year that I managed to write at least one post every month all year, so hooray for that!


Andy, Me, Sydney, & Evan at Chichen Itza
Andy, Me, Sydney, & Evan at Chichen Itza

On January 1, we set out on a vacation to Cancun. Although the trip was enjoyable, we went without Andy’s parents who stayed home because Andy’s Grandpa had a stroke on New Year’s Eve and passed away that week while we were gone. Needless to say, I hope we never have to take a trip under such circumstances again. Since Andy’s parents had to cancel at the last-minute, we made Flat Stanley-esque versions of them (you can see Sydney holding them above) and took them with us during the trip. January was also when we first got the crazy idea that maybe, just maybe we could buy a house.


The house that we currently have under contract (!!) :)
The house that we currently have under contract (!!) 🙂

In February, I finally got around to posting about our wedding. Then, we made our crazy idea reality when we put a contract on a house and squealed (ok, maybe that was just me) and hugged each other and thought, “Are we really old enough to do this?!?”


Our Weekly Nutritional Goals
Our Weekly Nutritional Goals

March brought the fulfillment of Andy’s wish expressed in 2012’s review to try the Paleo diet and Crossfit. While we enjoyed both things, we aren’t really doing either of them anymore. We would still be doing Crossfit, but the closest box to where we live now is 1 hour away. Our Paleo efforts fell off toward the end of last year, but we’re hoping to resume our healthy diet in the new year.



In April, we joined my parents for a camp out in Wake Forest and CLOSED ON OUR HOUSE! It was a big month to say the least.



In May, we said our goodbyes to our friends in Wake Forest. The picture above is our first married home, our duplex in NC. Although we were only there for a couple of years, our church family loved us well as we left for KY. It meant so much to us as we started this new adventure.


Outside of our first house!
Outside of our first house!

On June 1, we packed up our possessions and became bona fide Kentuckians! Our move led to a month of unpacking, relaxing, and hoping to get a job.



In July we celebrated Andy’s birthday by baking lots of carrot cake! Our freedom happily ended when I got a job mid-July. Additionally, God taught me a few things about my med school worries.


Living it up in Berea, KY
Living it up in Berea, KY

We celebrated our first anniversary a month early and took a trip to Berea, KY the weekend of July 4. It was a great trip. I am still determined that I will blog about it at some point. My maternal grandparents met at Berea College while they were students, and I hadn’t ever been there before. As we were walking around, I tried to picture my grandparents there in their early twenties.


Both of us on his first day of orientation.
Both of us on his first day of orientation.

The first day of med school finally came. It ended the glorious summer, but in a very good way. So far, Andy has been really pleased with his choice of career, and I couldn’t be happier to support him as he pursues his dream. I also reminisced as Andy’s sister started her time at W&M.



In September, Andy survived his first block exam, and got his white coat! I can’t get over how handsome he looks in it. 😉



We got out of town for the first time since the beginning of school (as in, we really hadn’t driven more than 30 minutes away) and went to the Louisville area to visit some of Andy’s extended family. I also did some fall cleaning around ye olde blog.



November 10, 2013 marked 5 years of Andy and I being together. In honor of the event, I tried and failed to get a blog series going. Hopefully it will be revived soon.


Laura, my cookie making buddy.
Laura, my cookie making buddy.

Despite everything going on, December allowed some time to think about Advent, and make some cookies with a new friend before heading east for the holidays. It was a great wrap up to a big year for us.

If the photos aren’t of interest, you can also look at the year end report prepared for me by WordPress.com:

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: “A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,200 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.” Click here to see the complete report.

Cheers, 2013!
I’m excited to see what 2014 has in store for us!

This post is part of a link-up at House Unseen. Head over there to check out more fun '2013 in 13 Photos' posts.

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