What We Accomplished in 2013

Wow. I have a hard time believing 2013 is over – this is the year we will have a BABY! Hell, this may be the MONTH we have a baby…I’m due at the very tail end of January!

Most years, Corey and I have set out at the beginning of the year with a little “to-do” list. Not necessarily a list of resolutions, just a list of things we’d like to take care of. We made one for 2013 but, if I’m being honest, I don’t think we crossed off a single thing. This year definitely ended up taking a very different turn than what we originally expected.

So, instead of focusing on what we didn’t cross off our list, I’m going to take a different route and chat about what we did manage to do this year. So, in no particular order, here are the top 10 things we accomplished this year.

1. Renovated our garage.

This room is still far (FAR!) from done, and neither of us are completely happy with it yet. We still need to do something to fix the awful flooring, add some finishing touches like baseboards and new outlets, and add in some accessories and art to make it feel a bit more home-y. However, this room has come a long way this year, and I’m so proud of us for getting it done.

This new room has been so much fun for us to have, and we love the extra space – I’m excited to see what we manage to do to it over the next year – I’m hoping we get it even closer to completed!

2. Took our last vacation as a two-person family.

We loved our family vacation this year, and it was pretty bittersweet knowing that it was our last vacation ever as a childless couple. Corey and I are both super thankful that we were able to take one last big trip before Monster joins our family, and it was a pretty flawless vacation.

3. Participated in Creating With the Stars.


We had so much fun participating in Creating With the Stars earlier this year, and I’m pretty damn proud of us for getting third place. I never would have thought we were capable of competing in (and doing well in!) a competition that difficult, and I loved seeing how far we could push ourselves. I’m still so proud of all we did in that competition, and I’m so grateful we had the chance to participate.

4. Met John and Sherry.

I know, we’re dorks. But it was a pretty huge deal to both of us to meet our blog idols and imaginary BFFs earlier this year when John and Sherry Petersik were in town for a book signing. We had a blast going out to meet them, and it was definitely a highlight for us this year! Especially when John commented on the blog a few days later (and they featured our recap of the signing on their blog!)

5. Completed an entire room.

HUGE ACCOMPLISHMENT, HERE! When the year started, this room looked like this:

And it actually went through two makeovers this year, which is pretty impressive.

I’m so excited for how the nursery is looking (still needs a few finishing touches, and I still have a few things I haven’t shared yet!) and I can’t wait to have our little Monster actually sleeping in it!

6. Successfully had three dogs.

Doesn’t sound like much, I know, but I’m pretty proud of us for taking care of three dogs, especially when two of them are 70+ pounds and full of energy. I love our little (big?) family and can’t imagine it any other way, but sometimes it’s not easy having almost 160 pounds worth of dogs running laps around our living room.

7. Went to an A&M football game.

It was SO exciting for us to get to head back to College Station in September and watch a football game. It had been two years since we had been in town, and it felt so good to be back. We loved watching the game, and I can’t wait to officially turn it into a tradition – we’ll definitely be doing this every year!

8. Got new windows.

I LOVE OUR NEW WINDOWS. We have had them for a while now and I can safely say it that upgrading our windows was one of the best renovations decisions we have made thus far. I absolutely cannot wait to finish updating the rest of the house with new windows too!

9. Got rid of cable.

This was such an awesome decision for us. We had been considering it for a very long time, and we finally took the plunge this past spring and dropped our cable. We’re saving a ton of money each month by just using Hulu and Netflix, and we still have access to basic cable channels with the digital antenna we bought (though we very rarely use it). We haven’t regretted the decision for a second, and we are so much more purposeful about watching television now – it’s super rare for us to just have the television on in the background anymore, and if we’re watching television it’s because there is something specific we want to see. I love that, and we’re enjoying television so much more now that it’s not on all the time.

10. Created a human!

We didn’t get very many house projects checked off the list this year, but I’m going to give us a pass since I spent three-quarters of the year growing a baby. That’s hard work, people!

If you would have asked us at this time last year if we thought we’d be having a baby right now, we’d probably have laughed at you. We went from zero to baby fever in just a couple of months, and it all happened a bit faster than we thought it would – but I’m not complaining…we’re thrilled for the little boy that will be joining our family in a few short weeks, and I absolutely cannot wait to meet him!

What did you accomplish this past year?

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