It’s July.  Sometimes I can’t believe it’s already July and sometimes I can’t believe it’s only July.  We have done so much in such a calculated manner (moving will do that to you) that it feels like one year flew and crawled by at the same time. Since so much has happened since July 2013 I knew I wanted to record it for posterity’s sake.

The Mother has heard that you should only do one major life change or event per year.  Sounds ideal but umm, I think we failed that a million times over.  Now some of these might not be considered major events (like our 30th birthdays for example) but I wanted to document all the big moments as best I could.

Our Year In Review

I left my job as a nanny.

Any time you quit a job it’s going to be tough but being a nanny meant that it wasn’t just a job, it was a significant part of my life.  There was no separating personal life and work for me because I loved my little co-workers more than I can describe.  Transitioning from seeing Big C and Littlest C all the time to seeing them every few months has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.  I cried for weeks before my last day and I still get upset when I think about it now.  They were my first babies.  They will forever be a part of my life.

My last day as their nanny.




We moved from Chicago to the suburbia of Kansas City.

Another huge milestone was leaving the city where we met and fell in love.  It was with a heavy heart that we took up residence in Kansas.  It was a temporary move and went by rather quickly when I think about it, but those first few weeks were hard.  We still miss Chicago and always will.

Us in love in our amazing city.

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Us in love exploring an arboretum in Kansas.



We adopted a dog.

The amazing McKenna!  We can’t imagine life without our baby girl and we feel so blessed to to have had her in our family for a full year now. She is sweeter and smarter than we ever could have hoped for.  Read more about her adoption story here.

Her first day with us.




The Scottish received his green card.

We sent in the paperwork for The Scottish’s permanent residency in May (despite our best efforts to get it done by March/immediately after our wedding), however the interview took place in September and he got his green card a few short weeks after that.  It was a special day for many reasons, but mainly there was no more risk of The Scottish being sent back to Scotland, and he was finally free to start looking for a new job…

The US permanent resident himself.

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I turned 30.

Read about my surprise birthday weekend here.  I was a bit weary of this milestone at first, but now I’m happy because I can say condescending things like, “Well, that’s because she’s still in her 20’s…” and “I’m so much smarter now that I’m in my 30’s.”  Hehe

The gang that visited us in Kansas for my special day.



We got pregnant.

I mean, what else is there to say?  It was planned, we were ready, and seeing those two pink lines for the first time is a memory I’ll carry forever.  Excited and happy doesn’t even begin to describe it.

Those lines.




The Scottish got a new job in Minnesota.

Since I share with you guys what The Scottish and I fight about, I reserve the right to brag about him incessantly whenever I want to as well.  It took about a month and a half but he got a call for an interview with a great company in Minnesota and was offered the job a week later.  I was incredibly proud of him.  PS He loves his new job and it’s a great fit for him!


We moved to Minnesota.

This is huge.  I moved home for crying out loud!  I was the family member who lived farthest away, I was the one who left to follow her dreams in Chicago, I was never planning to move back to the place where I grew up.  Not me.  But life changes, priorities shift, and here we are, back in the Twin Cities.  The Scottish has been nothing but supportive and he really likes being by family too.  I figure if we have to travel to Scotland to see his side, we might as well be as close to my side as possible!  #flightsaresoexpensive

This photo is super old but shows his dedication to doing what’s best for our little family.  The Scottish will be a Bears fan for the rest of his life surrounded by Vikings fans!  GO VIKES!  🙂



The Scottish turned 30.

In case you forgot (it was this past March) you can go here for more details, but I’ll say he’s a lucky guy and now we’re both old together!

We had a great time playing in the snow. 



We celebrated our one year wedding anniversary.

My favorite joke to do with The Scottish is to tell him I still love him after all these YEAR.  Haha!  We’re happy, we’re in love, and we’re excited for many more anniversaries to come.  We went on a wonderful staycation in Minneapolis to celebrate our one year.

Just the two of us.



We bought a HOUSE.

As this is the most recent event I’m going to assume that everyone is up to speed on it.  But yea, it was stressful, life-changing, and wonderful all at the same time.  It’s a relief to finally have a permanent spot we can call home.

The night we closed, visiting the house for the first time as OWNERS.


And our first major life event for the next year and this July?  Why having baby boy of course!  🙂

Looking back, how many major life events have you been through in the last year?  Did they make time fly by or slow down?

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18 Responses to “This One Year”

  1. Katie

    You had (are having?) a major, major year! So many milestones! In the past year we bought a flat, but that’s about it. Everything else is same, same, samsies. 😛

  2. Mrs. Waterfall

    WOW! What a crazy year it’s been! Congratulations on the many, many milestones 🙂

  3. Jenn

    That IS quite a lot of milestones for one year, but they’re all pretty awesome!

  4. Shayla

    Your year is like mine, last year (minus the cross-country moves). As soon as we took possession of our new house, the rest of my pregnancy FLEW. It’s crazy how quickly things change!

    • Stephanie

      Yea, you know how it is to buy a house while pregnant. Madness! My pregnancy flew but oh boy are these last few weeks dragging. Stupid last month. 🙂

  5. Hollie @ Fancykins

    HOLY CATS, what a year! Here’s to many, many more exciting, fantastic years for you, The Scottish & baby 🙂

  6. Margy

    What a year! All good stuff, though I imagine it was stressful at times. You survived! And now on to another year!

  7. Erin

    Wow, good for you! That’s quite a year- and I’m sure the upcoming one will be full of new challenges!

  8. Jeannine @ The Small & Chic Home

    Wow. I thought moving once last year was a big deal! I’m glad you are settled close to family now!


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