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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Look Back at 2013

Wow, guys, tomorrow is the first day of 2014. I'm just going to sit back right now and let that sink in for a second. Can I just say another 'wow'? It seems like just last month that Zach and I got married and we moved across the ocean to Hawaii. In all reality though, it's been almost two whole years!!! 

This time last year, I was NOT looking forward to 2013. It was our first time so far away from our families and the people we loved. Zach was all set to deploy to Afghanistan in July and every month until then was packed with training. Our car hadn't arrived on island then so we were pretty much confined to post too. All in all, 2013 looked pretty bleak! Thankfully though, 2013 has been pretty good to us. 


January--We took advantage of some of Zach's leave dates and a rental car special to do some sight-seeing around Oahu. We even made a trip to Pearl Harbor, although we weren't able to tour the Arizona Memorial. After leave ended, Zach and his company were in training for almost a month and a half straight.

February--Zach got his first unit coin  (soldiers are coined for performing especially well during training, pt competitions, etc). I watched my first pro-football game in its entirety when we watched the Ravens win the Super Bowl--Yay Ravens! Zach was home for Valentines Day before going back to the field for air assault training. 


March--Nothing interesting really happened in March other than St Paddy's Day when I got my hubby to watch his first Gene Kelley/Frank Sinatra movie. 

April--The hubs turned 22!!! And we celebrated it in style with the hub's favorite dessert, Strawberry Shortcake, and a homemade chocolate cake. I am sooo proud of myself for baking that cake-my first one ever!! Our car also made it on island in April so it will forever be special in my mind because it was the first time in almost 5 months I'd had McDonalds. 


May--We found out in May that Zach's unit wouldn't be deploying and let me tell you there wasn't a happier person around than me (even though I was slightly disappointed because Zach was looking forward to it). With our car newly in our possession, all of the weekends in May were usually spent on North Shore beach, our favorite beach here in Hawaii. The highlight of our beach adventures was seeing a real life sea turtle swimming less than a foot away from us! 

June--I started my blog June 3rd!!!! That's right my blog will officially have been alive and kicking for six months come the third of January. I laugh now when I look back at my very first post which was mainly just a post telling my non-existent followers that I was posting. I wrote a grand total of three posts for the entire month--two about Hawaii and one was a Sunday Social


July--July was a busy month for us! It was the month Zach was supposed to deploy but that deployment got postponed and then eventually canceled which meant that he got to be home for both our first year anniversary and our favorite holiday, the Fourth of July. Speaking of the Fourth, we went to a concert here on post with One Republic and Switchfoot as well as a gorgeous firework show. I also participated in my very first Cara Box Exchange with Jessica and Breeanna and interviewed Zach for our very first Boy Behind the Blog linkup

August--This was a HUGE month for my little blog! First I had to transfer my blog from Wordpress to Blogger courtesy of a lovely woman who hacked me. I published one of my most popular recipes to date (Cowboy Cornbread Casserole). My pal Jessica  guest posted on the blog and told us all about her honeymoon and gave us ideas for a special Hawaiian date night.  I wrote my first ever guest post about ways to stay busy while the hubs is gone. I also wrote my first military-centric post when I wrote about our experience living on post


September--September means the start of football season and the hubs successfully converted me into a die-hard Denver Broncos fan, something I continually brought up in various posts. My friend Stephanie and I started our very own fall-themed linkup, Autumn on my Mind, I had two lovely ladies guest post on ze blog, and I cohosted my first blog hop. Katherine from Newsom's Nest wrote about how to bring a little bit of home with you when you're transplanted and Mackenzie from Bell Bliss gave some tips about dealing with reintegration. My man talked about a bunch of things he HADN'T done (like riding a horse) and I tried to figure out what personality type I was. September 11, honesty vs security, and blog pet peeves all weighed heavily on my mind this month, but I managed to slip in a few yummy recipes too (Check out my recipe for Red Lobster biscuits and pumpkin bread!). 

October--I turned the big 23 on the eighteenth of this month! My bloggy BFF Jamie shared some recipes for a dinner that is sure to please the man in your life. Zach and I pretty much went on the perfect date night complete with a Bronco win and a hike up Diamond Head plus I made the world's best acorn squash. By far the hardest post I've written to date was 'Show Your Love' for the eight year anniversary of my uncle's death--even reading it brings tears to my eyes. I also wrote about how supportive the blogging community is, my Harry Potter obsession, and learning to write for myself


November--Of course, Thanksgiving was the biggest event of the month and I loved cooking our very first turkey and taking in my very first college football game at the stadium here in Honolulu. Speaking of food, this recipe is simply divine especially if you're a fish lover like me. During the month of November, I told y'all that I was most thankful for being an Army wife and for American veterans both past and present. 

December--I was super duperly excited to write my first sponsored post about a great Christmas gift for the hubs. Christmas is the time for wishing and I made sure to include my wishlist on the blog. Things got a little serious when I tackled bullying in the blogging community. You also got a double dose of the couple behind the blog with the Boys behind the blog linkup and the new Girl between the Lines linkup! And of course I couldn't let the holidays go by without including my mom's sugar cookie recipe and a recap of our Christmas holiday

What are some of the best parts of your year? Happy New Year's Eve, loves!!! 


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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Look Back at 2013

Wow, guys, tomorrow is the first day of 2014. I'm just going to sit back right now and let that sink in for a second. Can I just say another 'wow'? It seems like just last month that Zach and I got married and we moved across the ocean to Hawaii. In all reality though, it's been almost two whole years!!! 

This time last year, I was NOT looking forward to 2013. It was our first time so far away from our families and the people we loved. Zach was all set to deploy to Afghanistan in July and every month until then was packed with training. Our car hadn't arrived on island then so we were pretty much confined to post too. All in all, 2013 looked pretty bleak! Thankfully though, 2013 has been pretty good to us. 


January--We took advantage of some of Zach's leave dates and a rental car special to do some sight-seeing around Oahu. We even made a trip to Pearl Harbor, although we weren't able to tour the Arizona Memorial. After leave ended, Zach and his company were in training for almost a month and a half straight.

February--Zach got his first unit coin  (soldiers are coined for performing especially well during training, pt competitions, etc). I watched my first pro-football game in its entirety when we watched the Ravens win the Super Bowl--Yay Ravens! Zach was home for Valentines Day before going back to the field for air assault training. 


March--Nothing interesting really happened in March other than St Paddy's Day when I got my hubby to watch his first Gene Kelley/Frank Sinatra movie. 

April--The hubs turned 22!!! And we celebrated it in style with the hub's favorite dessert, Strawberry Shortcake, and a homemade chocolate cake. I am sooo proud of myself for baking that cake-my first one ever!! Our car also made it on island in April so it will forever be special in my mind because it was the first time in almost 5 months I'd had McDonalds. 


May--We found out in May that Zach's unit wouldn't be deploying and let me tell you there wasn't a happier person around than me (even though I was slightly disappointed because Zach was looking forward to it). With our car newly in our possession, all of the weekends in May were usually spent on North Shore beach, our favorite beach here in Hawaii. The highlight of our beach adventures was seeing a real life sea turtle swimming less than a foot away from us! 

June--I started my blog June 3rd!!!! That's right my blog will officially have been alive and kicking for six months come the third of January. I laugh now when I look back at my very first post which was mainly just a post telling my non-existent followers that I was posting. I wrote a grand total of three posts for the entire month--two about Hawaii and one was a Sunday Social


July--July was a busy month for us! It was the month Zach was supposed to deploy but that deployment got postponed and then eventually canceled which meant that he got to be home for both our first year anniversary and our favorite holiday, the Fourth of July. Speaking of the Fourth, we went to a concert here on post with One Republic and Switchfoot as well as a gorgeous firework show. I also participated in my very first Cara Box Exchange with Jessica and Breeanna and interviewed Zach for our very first Boy Behind the Blog linkup

August--This was a HUGE month for my little blog! First I had to transfer my blog from Wordpress to Blogger courtesy of a lovely woman who hacked me. I published one of my most popular recipes to date (Cowboy Cornbread Casserole). My pal Jessica  guest posted on the blog and told us all about her honeymoon and gave us ideas for a special Hawaiian date night.  I wrote my first ever guest post about ways to stay busy while the hubs is gone. I also wrote my first military-centric post when I wrote about our experience living on post


September--September means the start of football season and the hubs successfully converted me into a die-hard Denver Broncos fan, something I continually brought up in various posts. My friend Stephanie and I started our very own fall-themed linkup, Autumn on my Mind, I had two lovely ladies guest post on ze blog, and I cohosted my first blog hop. Katherine from Newsom's Nest wrote about how to bring a little bit of home with you when you're transplanted and Mackenzie from Bell Bliss gave some tips about dealing with reintegration. My man talked about a bunch of things he HADN'T done (like riding a horse) and I tried to figure out what personality type I was. September 11, honesty vs security, and blog pet peeves all weighed heavily on my mind this month, but I managed to slip in a few yummy recipes too (Check out my recipe for Red Lobster biscuits and pumpkin bread!). 

October--I turned the big 23 on the eighteenth of this month! My bloggy BFF Jamie shared some recipes for a dinner that is sure to please the man in your life. Zach and I pretty much went on the perfect date night complete with a Bronco win and a hike up Diamond Head plus I made the world's best acorn squash. By far the hardest post I've written to date was 'Show Your Love' for the eight year anniversary of my uncle's death--even reading it brings tears to my eyes. I also wrote about how supportive the blogging community is, my Harry Potter obsession, and learning to write for myself


November--Of course, Thanksgiving was the biggest event of the month and I loved cooking our very first turkey and taking in my very first college football game at the stadium here in Honolulu. Speaking of food, this recipe is simply divine especially if you're a fish lover like me. During the month of November, I told y'all that I was most thankful for being an Army wife and for American veterans both past and present. 

December--I was super duperly excited to write my first sponsored post about a great Christmas gift for the hubs. Christmas is the time for wishing and I made sure to include my wishlist on the blog. Things got a little serious when I tackled bullying in the blogging community. You also got a double dose of the couple behind the blog with the Boys behind the blog linkup and the new Girl between the Lines linkup! And of course I couldn't let the holidays go by without including my mom's sugar cookie recipe and a recap of our Christmas holiday

What are some of the best parts of your year? Happy New Year's Eve, loves!!! 


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