I was browsing through blogs during December holidays reading about all the
excitement that everyone was going through around the holidays.
I read a few that (like me) had let December take them away without sending Christmas letters/cards.
This year was the year I was going to start writing Christmas cards to our dear loved ones,
I bought the cards, purchased nice writing pens, set aside a day to write them, had everyone's
addresses ready to go....... that day came and went with out even thinking about the letters and cards....... I feel awful for forgetting them, but figured I could make up a wee bit by writing to my
blogger world about our lovely year of 2012~ hope you enjoy!
January was a VERY busy month. Prepping for a wedding, and figuring out where life was taking us.
Cody and I were married January 21, 2012 in the Cardston, Alberta temple surrounded by the people we love the most. It was a lot of fun, A LOT of work (done mostly by my poor mother), but was
a night I will never forget. When fairy tales talk about enchanted nights, they meant nights like that. It was beautiful.
February Cody and I were on our honeymoon(we came back to Calgary early February). We flew off our wedding night to Miami, Florida and waited to set sail to Grand Cayman Islands and Jamaica.
This was my first time flying.... and it was STANDBY!( I hate flying standby, though I am very grateful for the standby tickets, I hated every minute of it). The cruise was a lot of fun, we ate a lot! I found a new love for lemonade. There is nothing better then sitting on the top deck of a cruise ship drinking lemonade. It was swell. I also found a love for free room service, their garlic mashed potatoes, steak, and all their desserts! Yum, Yum! There is seriously nothing greater then cruise food- Cody loved it too. While we were in Grand Cayman, we did a quick tour of the island and went to the turtle farm. Oh man! Those little turtles were no bigger then my hand and they were so cute!
We then sailed our way to Jamaica where we hiked up Dunn's river falls(If you go to Jamaica and are debating about doing this, you should do it. SO fun!) We also did a tour of Jamaica. It's a very interesting place to be..... It was however the first time I touched ocean water! We swam with dolphins their and I got LOTS of water in my mouth.... but definitely worth it!
Cody and I began our calling as Sunbeam Teachers. That was such a fun calling. The little wee ones are always so fun to talk to and hear their sweet voices. Cody got climbed on a lot, and always ended up cleaning up after snack time.
In this month, we also decided we were going to purchase a home.(We were currently living in Cody's parents basement) and started looking around. We wrote up our down payment in this month and gave it to our builders....(I immediately felt sick and it took about 2 days to get over it :P)
We didn't do much in April. As we were saving for our house expenses and purchases.
Cody got a new job at Scotiabank at the Call Centre. He enjoys himself their but can't wait to start back in a branch as a Financial Advisor. ( He is currently working on his IFIC)
I finished my Manager Customer Service Training with Scotiabank and accepted a job in Chestermere, Alberta. I love it out their. It's a wonderful place to work, and sometimes I wish I lived their. It's a great community to work in and I really enjoy the job that I have there.
June was the month we purchased all of our furniture for our house( minimal to everyone else. BIG DEAL to us) We were able to hit up some great deals and get everything we wanted!
July was the big move! We took possession July 31 and moved in that day. We are still finding we are adjusting to it but I'm sure once I have figured out how I want the furniture to go that will help. Cody was such a big help during this month. He was always helping me pack and buying things for the house.
We also went to Vernon, BC for a family vacation with the Zemp's. My FIRST family vacation. It was a lot of fun, but I definitely missed my family and our family vacations as well. ( I am hoping to head to Radium with my family this year as I missed out last year.... they went while we were moving)
August we just adjusted to the new house, organized, cleaned, de-cluttered.... and camped. That was the extent of August.....
In September we got 1 new niece and 1 new nephew(on Cody's side) and a new nice on my side.
We spent a lot of time this month getting to know the new wee ones and helping our family as we could. It was also a month of camping and relaxing at our house.
Cody turned 22! That was a lot of fun! He celebrated by inviting his close friends and family to dinner at Bolero's. Cody's favourite restaurant. We ate A LOT, and could barely move.... but somehow managed to get dessert! October was a fun month with Cody, preparing for his birthday and celebrating life together.
November Cody and I started to prepare for Christmas. I started the bang by going down to Black Friday in Great Falls, Montana with my sister in law. WHAT A FUN EXPERIENCE! I can't wait to do it next year..... we got a bunch of awesome deals and I seriously can't wait to go back!
This month we prepared for our First Christmas together. It was so fun! We watched a bunch of Christmas movies, spent lots of money, tried to hand out goodies to our neighbours.... but no one answered their doors. We gave service to people we loved and cared for and prepared ourselves for a fun filled Christmas. It was a hard Christmas for me as this was the first Christmas I was away from my family. Luckily, I have a great In law family who made the holiday season a hoot!
We definitely got spoiled by our parents and siblings and ate too much. But loved spending Christmas and New Years with family.
We left for my parents for New Years and had such a fun time! (in fact! We just got home from their tonight..... and already wish we were back)
We also welcomed a new nephew on my side. The best Christmas present of them all!
Cody and I are so excited for 2013. We know good things are going to come this year and can't wait for them all to start. Cody is gearing up to build our fence and deck....(I hope) and I am prepping myself for my first attempt at a garden! I can't wait to see what 2013 brings. I know that it is going to be a great year though, and I can't wait to begin it. Cody and I have decided a few person New Years Resolutions for ourselves. (I will blog about them later)
I can't wait to begin. See you all in 2013!
(oh and for those that care....my birthday is in 15 days! I can't wait!)