In just a few short hours it will be my 9th anniversary! We have been through a lot in our years together (12 when you add in our dating years). I looked for some pictures of our dating years, but didn't have any luck finding any.
For those that don't know our story, I'll catch you up. We worked together at Brittany's (a local restaurant in Troy). I don't actually remember working with him the 1st time we worked together. Wes says we worked together for a while then he left to work for Bonnie Plants (in Kentucky) as a helper then came back to work at Brittany's in late 2001. We were basically living together after a month or so. We officially moved in together after dating about 6 months (I'm now 2nd guessing my time frames so this could be off a bit). I knew it was forever when he agreed to move with me to Opelika/Auburn after I graduated from college. We had been dating less than a year. Wes went back to work for Bonnie Plants and I moved to Opelika to live with my cousin, Chrisy (and her family). As Wes was getting ready to come back to Alabama I found us a house. We lived in Opelika for about 2 years.
July 2004 we were at the beach for a company meeting for Wes. We went walking on the beach one night and he proposed. I'm not sure who all he had told a head of time, but I know Chrisy had seen my ring prior to us going to the beach. Sneaksters!
We moved to Elba in November 2004 to be closer to our families. We got married February 5, 2005 on what would have been my Grandparents 56th wedding anniversary. We got married at Sorrell Chapel on the Troy State Campus and had a small reception at a local hotel.
We went to Apple Mountain in Northeast Georgia for our honeymoon. It was February, so we had the place to ourselves for the most part. We went to Tullulah Gorge and climbed a million stairs.
Happy Anniversary to my other half! I would not have survived the last 12 years without your constant support and love. We have always made it work even working in different states. You were my rock when Madyson was born and when we she died. In lots of situations, losing a child is more than 2 people can handle and it drives a wedge. We did not let that happen. We leaned on each other and became stronger together. You sacrifice so much to provide the best for us. We miss you more than you will ever know while you are gone and can't wait for you to get back. I can't wait for the next million years together!
Thursday, January 9, 2014
I hope to take a picture a day in 2014 and do a blog a month. We'll see how that goes.
Here is our 2013 picture highlights by month!
MK got a bike for Christmas from Santa. She got her 1st scrapped knee not long after the New Year.
|You'll be happy to know she made it through and we did not have to amputate.|
|Group shot at one of the many parties|
|MK and Ian walking to the parade.|
MK did the Junior Distance Classic race for the 3rd year. Ian's schedule finally let him run this year
We went to the Florida State Fair with the Pass Family
|Farmer Ian and Madelyn|
|Mk and Ian had a blast riding rides|
We used our Disney passes and went to Hollywood Studios. We were hoping to meet Sofia the 1st, but she wasn't there yet.
|MK got a haircut|
|and wanted it curled one morning|
|This was her Valentine's Day outfit |
|This was MK's Valentine's Day card she gave her friends|
MarchMarch brought several new babies to our family. My sister welcomed her 2nd son while Wes' brother welcomed his 1st daughter
|Lilliana was welcomed on March 18|
|MK with Baby Aiden 3/7/13|
One of my favorite pictures of 2013. We were leaving the hospital after visiting Aiden and Lulu
|Rayleigh and Daniel came to visit for a few days|
|The Easter Bunny came to the Moose Lodge|
|and there was an Easter egg hunt|
|We went to Disney to see the Easter Bunny|
April was pretty busy. We were on the go the entire month.
|MK played soccer for the 1st time. She said she'd much rather dance than play sports but played again in the fall|
|We brought Melissa to Opp so she could go to Prom|
While in Opp, we had MK a birthday party. This was the 1st time she has had an Alabama party. 2 of her 3 living great grandmothers were able to attend. On the right is my mom's mom and on the left is Wes' mom's mom. My Dad's mom was in the hospital and actually passed away not long after this. Luckily we got to visit on the way to Opp this weekend.
|MK with 2 of her Great Grandmas|
|Birthday Girl on her way to school|
MK came to work with me for Bring your Child to work day. They had lots of fun activities for the kids. MK's favorite part was getting her own Eckerd ID.
|Time of Wonder VPK 2013|
May began as a sad month. As I stated above, my Grammie passed away the end of April/1st of May (I honestly can't remember exactly when). We came back to Alabama for her service. The below picture is one of my Grammie and Grampie (he passed the beginning of 2012) at one of their anniversary parties.
While in Opp for Grammie's service, we were able to attend the Schofield family reunion at my mom's Uncle's house in Beulah. They always have a pinata for the kids. It was nice to sit in the shade and catch up with extended family that we don't see often.
MK had her 1st gymnastic recital/show. They showed us what they had learned throughout the year and then all got awards.
June was a busy busy month! Dance recital, VPK graduation, flower girl duties, last day of TOW.
|Webby Dance recital 2013|
|last day of VPK holding 1st day of VPK|
|Singing her solo|
MK went to TOW a week or so after graduation before taking the summer off. This was her last day at Time of Wonder. It was a bittersweet day. They took care of her from the time she was 18 months old.
|MK with Mr and Mrs Felice|
|Madelyn Kate the flower girl|
MK spent most of the summer with the Youngs. They kept me updated with pictures and frequent phone calls.
|Cousins on the 4th of July|
|7-11 Day = free slurpees!|
|Happy Birthday Kaelynn!|
We ended the summer with a trip to Alabama before school started.
|Ice cream with Rayleigh|
Summer came to an end and Madelyn Kate (she decided she wanted to be called by both names) started school. Her school is a 1st year school, so there has been some ups and downs. Madelyn was placed in the gifted class. Two other kids from her VPK also went to her school. They eventually were all in the same gifted class. Says a lot for her daycare!
Her teacher left after about a month and they got a new teacher. We didn't dislike our 1st teacher, but our new teacher is amazing! She challenges the kids on their ability level. I was concerned MK would get bored with her advanced reading level, but Mrs. Aquino is on top of it and gives her books on her reading level.
I didn't take a lot of pictures in September. It was definitely a busy month. We have been going non-stop since school started. I started a 2nd job and joined the PTSO board. We've done a lot of fundraising and planning in a short time. MK also decided she was going to play soccer again! She moved up a division and had practice 2 times per week plus games on Saturdays. She also started dance at a studio and has 2 hours a week of dance on Mondays.
|Westchase Force U6|
|Grandparents Day 2013|
We weren't quite busy enough, so MK joined Girl Scouts and became a Daisy Scout (she'll be selling cookies starting next week, let us know if you want some!)
|1st Daisy meeting|
The school had a Fairy Tale Bowl for K-2. The month of October each class read lots of fairy tales. They then took a quiz and the 3 with the highest score represented the class in the Fairy Tale Bowl. MK was not only on her class team, she was the team captain because she had the highest score! They also got to dress as a fairy tale character. Mk and a few classmates did a group costume.
|3 Little Pigs and Big Bad Wolf|
The school also had Trunk or Treat. The Daisy Troop decided to participate. We had a Daisy Garden and gave away daisy bracelets. This is part of the girls posing with our garden.
Our Last Halloween with Ian. Shortly before Halloween we found out that the Pass family was moving to Massachusetts. We knew it was coming, but didn't realize it would be so soon. We have Trick or Treated with them for the last 3 or 4 years. We are happy for them, but definitely miss them!!
|Supergirl and Iron Man|
|eating chocolate frogs|
We stayed pretty busy in November! We started with a Daisy field trip to Old McMickey's farm. They girls got to learn about different animals, hold chickens and milk a cow. MK had been asking for a few weeks to pet a bunny. She even asked us to stop at the pet store so she could pet one. We stopped because we needed fish supplies, but they had no bunnies. She was very excited when she got to pet 3 different bunnies at the farm.
|Daisy Troop 505|
MK's best friend in the whole world moved to Massachusetts right after Halloween. There were definitely some tears shed as they said good bye. Thanks to technology they have been able to keep in touch.
|Skyping with Ian|
Soccer ended and they had a team party at Mellow Mushroom.Their season started out not so hot with 2 loses, but they worked hard and came back to win all their remaining games. Go Westchase Force U6!
|Westchase Force U6|
|Smarty Pants with her 1st Honor Roll|
|1st ponytail by herself|
|Cousins on Thanksgiving|
|MK reading the weather on the green screen|
|Snow in Florida?!?|
MK went on her 1st field trip. They went to Lowery Park Zoo. It was also her 1st trip to the zoo and her 1st bus ride. Lots of 1st that day.
|MK and Paityn on the way to the zoo|
|Class at the zoo|
Poor MK was about sick but meant she wasn't going to miss the zoo. She was a trooper and made it through the day. This was the bus on the way home. They were exhausted.
|what are best friends for?!?|
Mk's class had a Polar Express party right before they got out for winter break. Most of the kids wore their pajamas, we watched Polar Express and drank hot chocolate and had a surprise visitor!
|My favorite picture of the year|
Just before we headed to Alabama for Christmas, MK had her 1st Christmas dance show. This girl keeps us on the go!!
|Let it Snow Ballet routine|
We headed to Alabama for 2 weeks for the Christmas/New Years holidays. It was the 1st time we had been back for that length of time since we moved to Florida in 2009. It gave us the chance to visit and not feel rushed. Santa found us at Gaga's house.
|top is little kids (Anna and Aiden) loot||bottom is big kids (Wyatt, MK and Matias) loot|
|this kid loves to read! she was very happy with her new books|
We have had a very busy but fun year. Lots of memories were made. We've also made lots of new friends. I don't think I mentioned all that we have done since school started. I started a second job as a waitress at a friend's restaurant. I also volunteered to be on the PTSO board and be homeroom mom for MK's class. MK played soccer in a big kid league that had practice 2 nights a week plus games on Saturday, started dance at a dance studio (previously she took at daycare from a mobile company), she joined Girl Scouts, and took Mad Science club after school. We are for sure always on the go. Luckily Wes has been home since August as he prepares to take a route in a different place. He has worked away from home before but it has been a while. Working in Florida, he worked year round and we only saw him a few days a week. He will begin working in New Jersey/Long Island in February. He'll be gone for several months at a time but once he's home he's complete home for the rest of the year. I think we will see more of him and get better quality time with him when he is here. I know we will miss him like crazy when he is gone. I am already dreading him leaving. He does so much for us here!
Here's to more regular blogs in 2014!