Oh, What a Year

Has another year really gone by already? Even though it feels like a long time since last New Years,  It I can still distinctly remember sitting on the couch with the blue blanket (which Dave and I refer to as ‘Big Blue’ because apparently we’re still 8), a glass of wine, and the Christmas special of Downton Abbey, which left me both sad and angry. I won’t ruin the ending for you…but what a way to end a Christmas special! Curse you, Julian Fellowes! At least there was no party mess to clean up, but I would have probably taken it over the quiet party-for-one.

Thinking about the last year has me rightfully dizzy.

I didn’t accomplish everything on my list from last year. I didn’t compete in Warrior Dash again, nor did I go to Ireland on my long-awaited honeymoon. I exchanged both of those dreams for an amazing week-long trip to Alaska with my mom and Aunt Dina and loved every second of it. I also went running IN Alaska, so I think that’s just as cool as Warrior Dash, right? What’s more frightening than being chased by a bear? (I’m pretty sure there was one in the trees by me).

Other important events of the year included taking a new position at the hospital in Green Bay, which had me up at 3:30am every morning. It left me plenty of time for running after work in the heat of the day, and I got up to six miles, which I never thought possible. Next year, I’ll make it further.

In February, we celebrated Aurelia’s first birthday with an Alice in Wonderland themed party planned by her mama, my sister Emily. Baby A gets more and more awesome with each passing month, and it is so fun watching her grow up.

Dave decided early in the year to apply for his CDL and after studying diligently, he passed with flying colors. He is an incredibly hard worker, and I am so proud of him.

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In July, I celebrated my 26th birthday with a Wine & Cheese birthday party, which was fabulous.

The summer was a whirlwind of dinners out and parties, including my absolute favorite party, Illgenstock.

Dave and I also made our first major purchase as a married couple this year: a new (to us) car! We decided Davy should drive it since he travels much further than I do to work, but sometimes I get to sneak it for a drive, too.

The brand new car lost its luster a little after my second car in a row died, and I had to buy my third one in one year. Sigh.

The most exciting event of the year was definitely my trip to Alaska. It was my first time on a plane and my first time traveling to another state without my parents planning anything. Alaska was gorgeous, the people were wonderful, and my cousins Jake and Amanda were the best of hosts. I still dream about those mountains.

When I came home from Alaska, my blood was stirring, and I needed a change. Dave and I have been talking about moving somwhere…anywhere…pretty much since we started dating, and we finally decided to go ahead and do it. I got a new job in Stevens Point, and we started to rent a bigger place…our very own house. It’s not much, but it’s home.

During the hassle of moving, we celebrated our 3 year wedding anniversary. Well, we didn’t really celebrate…we’ll just have to make up for it next year.

We had a wonderful housewarming party to break our new digs in this winter, but I’m really looking forward to summer in our new house. I can’t wait to start a garden and have bonfires every weekend.

The year unfortunately ended on a bad note. On top of the stress of dealing with an incredibly difficult situation with Dave and his family, I lost my uncle on Christmas Day after a very short battle with cancer.

My family has dealt with many trials and tribulations, including deaths, but this is the first major loss I have experienced first hand. I was so upset with everything that I spent an entire day in my pajamas sobbing and drinking whiskey. Probably not the best way to handle it….

Then, out of the blue, I got a text from my cousin Jake.

“You’re my rock, Chel. Stay strong. Without your path, I would have never learned my own. I love you.”

So those are my goals for the new year. No promise to lose ten pounds, run a race, or get to Ireland (although if that happened, it would be lovely). Instead my goals are to be a rock for others, stay strong for myself, and keep walking my own path.

I hope you all have a wonderful new year. I’m going to make sure I do. And I’m going to start it on the right note with a Sherlock marathon and champagne with some of my favorite people.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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