2013 was quite a year for me. There were a lot of big decisions, big changes, big ups and downs. I just wanted to post 1 photo for each month and describe a little bit about what was going on in my life during this crazy year.
January: this photo was taken at a New Year's Eve party, where Billy and I officially decided to start dating! Billy is a manager of a group of global media analysts, and we first met at a mexican restaurant through mutual friends back in October of 2012.
February: I turned 25 on February 3rd, and sadly was sick as a dog with the flu on my birthday! Billy took good care of me, and this photo was taken a few days later when I was feeling better.
March: I continued to be sick on and off through February and early March, and pretty much the only exciting thing in March was dying my hair bright red and learning how to do victory curls and try some pin-up hairstyles while I was bored at home one night!
April: Billy and I moved into our apartment together. It was so bare! It's much more cluttered with stuff now :) The girls have their own bedroom, for when they come every other weekend. Billy has this main room as his music equipment room. He is a DJ and produces all of his own music in his spare time.
May: This was taken on Mother's Day. My mom, sister Leigha, my Nannie and me. Most of May was spent helping my friend Jessica with wedding plans.
Early June: I threw Jessica's daytime bachelorette party at my studio, with a couple of girls. We set up a little photoshoot, and I made the banner that hung above it. It turned out really well, and she loved it!
Later June: Jessica and Matt got married on June 21st. I had helped SO much with the wedding, that I was relieved it finally had come and that everything went so smoothly! Here is a photo of the two of us:
July: I went camping for the first time in July. Billy and I took his 2 daughters to Red River Gorge in Kentucky. It's only about 2 hours drive, and it is so beautiful! We ended up there 3 times by the end of the year.
August: We took our first "family vacation" in early August! Billy and I drove 14 hours to Assateague Island, Maryland and took the girls camping on the beach for 5 days! It was quite the adventure. We slept through a terrible thunderstorm, played in the ocean, got really sunburned, and had an amazing time!
Late August: Sadly, when we got back from vacation, my kitty Demon wasn't doing too well. He stopped eating, and ended up having bad liver failure and needed to be put to sleep. It was very difficult, but I knew it was the best decision for him. I managed to smile for a little and take this photo of us before taking him to the vet. I cried the entire day.
September: we went camping again at Red River Gorge, but this time it was just Billy and myself. We did so much hiking, and the weather was absolutely beautiful!
October: (more extended post about this month, to come) My grandma died peacefully in my parent's home where she had lived for 14 years, and we had taken care of her until her very last breath. Hospice was involved, and helped us greatly through this process. This was a photo of her in her hospital bed, with both puggles on her lap as they always were!
November: Billy came to Virginia with me to visit my extended family for Thanksgiving. It was such a great trip and everyone was glad to meet him! Here is a photo of my entire family (I am on the very left side, with my dad in the gray shirt above me. My sister Leigha is in the blue scarf, and my mom is in the bright orange sweater)
December: Christmas was wonderful this year! We had both girls at our apartment, and got to play Santa for his youngest (she is 6) so that was a lot of fun. All presents were unwrapped by 7:15am! This photo was taken at our Christmas eve dinner with my parents and sister, and both puggles, Luna and Taz!
So as you can see, 2013 was quite the busy year for me!