2014 in Review

Looking back over this past year, I’m crazy surprised (…and shocked… and thrilled… and amazed) at all of the things that I did and experienced!  Thankfully, they were mostly good things (even if I may have been stretched out of my comfort zone from time-to-time).  But really, these past 365 days have truly been amazing.  And although I couldn’t have known it last New Year’s Eve as I reflected on a past year and found myself looking at the blank slate that was stretched out before me, 2014 turned out to be one for the record books!

Isn’t that how it always is?  We can’t know what the future holds or just what’s in store for us as a new year begins.  And we can choose to be overwhelmed by ‘what may be’… Or we can take it one day at a time, until we arrive at a point where we can look back and see all of the beautiful things that happened and all of the beneficial things we learned.  It’s pointless to worry about tomorrow, but it sure is wonderful to embrace today.

I want to thank you so much for reading my blog over this past year and sharing life’s ups and downs with me.  My original reason for blogging was merely to encourage myself to write on a more consistent basis (and to document life lessons and adventures), when – in the end – I ended up making friendships that I truly treasure.  Even though I haven’t met most of you personally, I feel as though we’ve been friends for years.  🙂  You’re such an important part of my life, and I’m so thankful for each and every one of you!!

Thank you for the comments, for the emails, for the encouragement, for the advise, and for visiting me at my cozy, corner of the internet.  You make me smile!

I’m excited to see what the year 2015 has in store… and thrilled that I’ll get to share those adventures with you.

But now, without further ado, here is the year 2014 in review!  🙂


 

In January, I quit my full-time job as an Accounts Receivable specialist for a fire-safety company, where I had worked for 7 years.  Nate and I knew that we wanted to start a family soon, and my dream had always been to work as little as possible while raising children.  So I took a leap of faith and left everything I knew to start my own little part-time, piano-teaching business.  We both felt that now was the time to really look to the future and begin making those dreams come true.

The day after leaving my job, Nate and I left on a cruise to just celebrate life and to get the year started off on a fun and romantic note.  From the balcony room of our ship, we sailed past New York City and saw the Statue of Liberty for the first time.  (Talk about a romantic experience)!

On that incredible trip, we also spent a day in Disney…

…and enjoyed time in the sunny Bahamas.

Although I was slightly terrified, I started to teach piano a couple of weeks after returning home.  It was very overwhelming and scary to take on something so big as starting my own little business.  But week after week, I found my confidence growing, as my piano students increased in number… and learned to play piano!  I found myself actually enjoying the experience and having fun with my students.

I now absolutely love it and am convinced that I have the most adorable, talented piano students on the face of this planet.  🙂  (Hi, Alyson)!!

In February, we spent the afternoon in Boston and watched Nate’s brother Joel propose to his girlfriend Rachel.

And I enjoyed some shopping trips with my two favorite fashionista’s – my mom and sister.

In March, Nate and I found out that I was pregnant!!

Within time, we discovered that we were going to have a baby boy…

…and we chose the name Brady.  🙂  (Runner-up names had included ‘Carter’, ‘Bradley’, and ‘Ethan’, but ‘Brady’ just felt right.  Plus we’re huge Patriot’s fans, and my hubby is kind of obsessed with Tom Brady).  😉

I had severe nausea for the entire first trimester into the second trimester, but then finally felt a million times better.  It’s around this time that my cravings really began.  For the entire summer, I would crave red meat (especially no-nitrate hotdogs, hamburgers, and steak), BBQ sauce (which began my love-affair for BBQ’d ribs), relish, fried clams, seafood in general, corn on the cob, and pizza.

I also became obsessed with baking, particularly cupcakes.

I not only shared my pregnancy adventures with my best friend Wendy…

…but also with my best friend Liz.  It was absolutely amazing to share the experience with girls that I was so close to!

This year, my family had its first clambake.  The clams ended up being bad, so we couldn’t eat them.  Bleh!  But the lobster was sure amazing!

Nate and I watched a movie at an old-fashioned drive-in theater…

…and we also went camping at Cape Cod.

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I had my first-ever massage…

…and my first-ever pedicure.

I also got my hair chopped up to my shoulders for a new (and easier-to-take-care-of) look.

I spent lots of time at the beach…

…lots and LOTS of time at the beach…

…went on a mini-vacay to the White Mountains with my Dad, Mom, and sister…

…attended several New England Patriot’s training camps with my hubby…

…went on my first-ever Old Town Trolley tour…

…and proved just how bad I am at Mini Golf.  😉  (Hey, it’ not about whether you win or lose but about how you played the game).

I walked in a 5k with my parents and hubby to support ALS research…

…planned a bachelorette party for my best friend Ashley…

…and was the maid of honor in Ashley’s wedding.

This was the year of the ‘car curse’, as my poor little, yellow car had repair after repair.  Nate’s car got so bad (and expensive) that we ended up selling it and buying a Jeep Grand Cherokee.  Nate couldn’t have been more excited about his new toy!

I attended my very own baby shower (which my mom and sister planned for me)…

…and decorated a jungle-themed nursery.

On November 25th, baby Brady was born…

…and I fell in love.

Brady was a big boy, weighing 10 lb 7 oz at birth.  But even if he couldn’t walk or crawl, he ran away with me and Nate’s hearts.

We celebrated Brady’s first Thanksgiving and first Christmas… and then prepared to celebrate the arrival of 2015!

Yes, 2014 was definitely a year to remember!  🙂

And I can’t wait to see what the year 2015 brings!!!

 


 

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9 thoughts on “2014 in Review”

  1. Nicole! I am so, so happy for you. Brady is so beautiful, and your birth story made me cry as it reminded me so much of my own (plus, I was just so darn excited for you). I am so sorry I missed so much of your special year; I got away from blogging for a while, and I’m bummed that I didn’t get to read about your experiences. But I can’t wait to catch up in 2015. You look AMAZING and radiant. Motherhood definitely agrees with you, and I am so excited for the joys you have ahead. Little boys are the BEST! xoxox Happy New Year!!

    1. Gina!!! I have missed you SO much!!! 🙂 I was thinking about you the other day, actually, because someone told me that they had made my lemon cookie recipe. And I knew that you usually make cookie plates around the holidays. I wondered how you were doing, so it is so wonderful to hear from you! 🙂
      I’m so glad that you’re back! 🙂
      Happy New Year to you as well!!!

  2. Wow, what an exciting and wonderful year!! It’s amazing how easy it is to forget everything that happened over the course of a year, so I loved reading this post. And love all the beachy shots…I’m already craving fried seafood and sand and sunshine…haha!

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