2014 Year in Review + LINKUP



Welcome my pretties to the 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW LINKUP!!!  Grab a cup of coffee & join me 🙂

Go HERE to participate!!!

What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

This is SO hard!  I can’t think of anything I have never done before off the top of my head.  I ate new foods, tried new little things, but nothing too extravagant.

Did you keep your new years’ resolutions? Will you make more in 2015?

I vowed to lose 25-30 pounds.  And no, I probably actually gained MORE weight this year…of course it’s right after the holidays.  I do want to eat better & not make a goal to lose weight, just to be healthier.

Did anyone close to you give birth?

Yes, someone in Terence’s family is always pregnant or having a baby.  I love all my little nieces and nephews.

Did anyone close to you die?

People I knew died.  Not any immediate family & for that I am HAPPY.

What countries did you visit?

Stayed in the US this year…next year I’m ready to get out of dodge!

What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

will-power, self motivation to chase my dreams, not be afraid of being my true self.

More family time.

What date from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory?

My sister had a beautiful wedding this past summer.  I’ll always remember that.

What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Growing my photography business.

What was your biggest failure?

Oh I fail every day at something.  I am far from perfect, but I try my best.  I am really bad at meal planning and grocery shopping.  I struggle with that the most.  The last thing I want to do when I get home from a long day is cook.

Did you suffer illness or injury?

No *knock on wood*

What was the best thing you bought?

A new Nikon D750!!!!  So excited!

Whose behavior merited celebration?

My husband.  He puts up with me and all my flaws.  He’s very structured and disciplined…and I am very free-spirited.  He keeps me grounded and focused for sure.

Where did most of your money go?

FOOD. Ugh.

What did you get really excited about?

Photo shoots- My passion….anytime I get asked to take photos or have a new event I get SO excited!  I love weddings and the vibe you get from all the love in the air 🙂

What song will always remind you of 2014?

Taylor Swift- Blank Space

Compared to this time last year, are you:

Happier or sadder?


Thinner or fatter?

Fatter. Blah.  I am “Plushious”

Richer or poorer?


What do you wish you’d done more of?

Exercising & spending time with distant family.

What do you wish you’d done less of?


How will you be spending Christmas?

I went to Arkansas and we had Christmas on the farm there.  We also had Christmas with Terence’s family in Texas too.

Did you fall in love in 2014?

No, I already am.

How many one-night stands?


Who were your best friends?

I don’t have any BEST friends here in Texas…I wish I could find one.  My best friends have always been my girlfriends from high school and of course my twin sister Bonnie.

What thing did you do that was meaningful to others?

Capture memories and take photos that will hopefully last a lifetime.

What were your favorite TV shows?

The Goldbergs, The Black List, & so many more!

Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?

Yes.  Not hate…just dislike.

What was the best book you read in 2014?

The Crossfire Series (Thanks Nicole!!!)

What was your greatest musical discovery?

Taylor Swift 1989 album= LOVE.

What did you want and get?

A new camera.

What did you want but did not get?

To move closer to my husband’s job so we can have more time together.

What were your favorite films this year?

I can’t even REMEMBER.  We watched a LOT of movies…I can’t think of a stand out favorite though.

What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

33.  Spent the day with my family.

What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A personal chef.  Ha ha!

What kept you sane?

My MEDS.  No joke.

Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Beverly Goldberg.  Overbearing Mom of the year.

What political issue stirred you the most?

Obama everything. SUCKS.

Who do you miss?

Our old President.  My family in Arkansas.

Who are the best new persons you met this year?

I met some great blogger friends and so thankful for them!

Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

Life is short. You can’t take it with you.  Pick and choose your battles.

Quote that sums up the year:

Your future is as BRIGHT as your FAITH.


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(Terence on the day he enrolled in the Air Force)

December is the National Guard’s birthday. If you are a member of the National Guard I want to say THANK YOU!!!  I’ve talked about our military experience before and also the benefits of the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program.  It provides low-cost monthly premiums and offers a cost share for a variety of dental procedures. Let’s face it…dental care isn’t cheap.  My co-worker chipped her tooth last week on a sucker and now she’s got to go to the Dentist…I know she isn’t excited about that!

One way you can take the pressure off of going to the Dentist is by enrolling in the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program.  They are dedicated to educating members about dental health and important dental care practices. The TRICARE Dental Program is ideal for military families because it is a convenient and cost-effective way for families to have continuous dental coverage despite changes in life events, geographical locations, or military status.

I miss the benefits of Tricare now that I don’t have them anymore.  I stay in touch with a lot of our military friends now, thanks to Facebook and social media.  Seriously, if you have the option to enroll in MetLife TRICARE Dental then DO IT!

You never know what you have until you don’t have it anymore & this is a great program to take advantage of NOW.  The end of the year is a great time to review your dental benefits & get ready for the coming year.

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Christmas Recap 2014 & Changes in the Year to Come!

We had a great Christmas.  Connor and I left to visit Arkansas the week before Christmas.  We had a great time visiting Bonnie, Vinny, and Jarrett.  We stayed with them the first night we got into town.  Let’s not mention how I drove into the wrong driveway and woke up their next door neighbor at 1 a.m.!  So embarrassing!

I visited with lots of old friends and co-workers.  It’s always nice to catch up with people and see how much has changed.  We headed to the farm on Saturday and celebrated Christmas, ate, slept, ate, slept some more….

Sunday we went to church and then packed up the ginormous amount of toy pieces strew all over Nannie’s house & headed back to Conway.  There is NO PLACE on Earth like the farm and I’m so thankful we have a place like that to retreat to.  Mom and I had a day out together of lunching and shopping.  I always love having special days like that with my Mom.  We headed home begrudgingly on Tuesday.  After a long drive we were back in Texas.

We had an amazing Christmas and I feel so SO very blessed that I have a loving family and more than I ever needed or wished for in this lifetime.

On Christmas day we spent time with Terence’s family and had some yummy food and togetherness.  We’ve had great weather this year, but I hear it may snow this week!  (Always a good excuse for building a fire and making soup right?)

This next year we are hoping to make the big move to Plano/Frisco to be closer to Terence’s job.  We have to sell our house, it’s bittersweet because it’s the home we bought when I was pregnant with Connor.  Having family time and being closer together is something we’ve been striving to do for a long time.  I’d like to get settled before Connor starts Kindergarten next fall.  I ask for your prayers as we figure out what to do and transition during this time.  I know everything will work out and God is ALWAYS in control!

Well, I know this is going to photo overload, but here is a glimpse of our Christmas 2014:


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