Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Auf Wiedersehen 2014: Year in Review

So last year right about now I was pregnant and blissfully unaware that our baby would be in our arms exactly one month later (Zoe really snuck up on us over a month earlier than expected).

This year, champagne! Although, like last year, I do foresee NOT making it to midnight. At first I felt a little bit sad but then I was like, but why? This baby wakes up early regardless of when I go to bed and I'm really not missing anything by seeing the clock change from 11:59 to 12:00 so I'm just not going to hold myself to that unnecessary standard. Freedom.
So, as is the tradition here at ATY, let's review the last year. 2014 was a big year...

- We had a baby! And our lives changed dramatically. It has been incredible and hard and new and exciting and tiring and overwhelming and sweet and emotional. It has been everything. Definitely the highlight of our year.
- We traveled to 14 cities in 5 countries (some new, some repeats). Highlights include a trip down to the Alps, our Black Forest adventure, a trip to the states (Zoe's first flight!), Lake Como and Venice, Italy, and our monster road trip to London. We also had a bunch of visitors here in Germany and we LOVED that, as usual.

-Z ended his time in command and transferred to a different position in the battalion. This meant less middle-of-the-night phone calls, less weekend work, less stress overall. I was so pleased to have him around more, home earlier each evening, and not in constant work-mode.

- We celebrated 3 years of marriage and our 2nd full year in Germany.

- I officially quit my job after initially trying to quit and getting talked into moving to a part-time position instead. But then after I quit for real, I got another part-time job, with tons of flexibility and the ability to create my own schedule. It's been nice to do a gradual step-down from an intense full-time job, to a challenging part-time position, to a work-from-home job that gives me complete control over my hours each month. I don't miss the corporate world very much, but it is nice to have something to keep me engaged on an adult level when my days are so filled with baby things (which I love. I adore being a stay-at-home mom!)

- I read 19 books, a pretty significant decrease from the past few years...but you know, we had a baby so that's kind of a time suck. I was really tempted to put 20 books because I'm halfway through 2 right now but let's not end the year on a dishonest note, right? Zach read 24 books and I'm feeling a little bitter that he beat me, but I don't know if he's aware it was a competition. We'll keep it that way.

- I started to grow my hair out. YES THIS MAKES THE LIST, BACK OFF. It's a huge deal. It's awful. It's hard. It is a trial. I am in near-constant angst. I probably need to reassess my priorities.

- We spent our 3rd (and final) holiday season away from our families, but my in-laws were here over Christmas, which was amazing.

I wrote last year about feeling a little bittersweet about the "lasts" (last trips, last Christmas, etc.) we were experiencing as a couple preparing for our first baby, and I'm here to tell you that I didn't even think about that once since Zoe joined our fact when I reread last year's post I was surprised to recall feeling that way. I'm glad I wrote it down, I'm glad I was honest with myself and you all, and I'm even more glad to share that there is just zero regrets about no longer being "just us". Zoe is one of the best things to ever happen to either of us and being her parents is an incredible, enormous blessing. This year was all about her FIRSTS and I wouldn't change that for anything.

2014, you were a good year. There were challenges and bumps, but it was overwhelmingly a joyous, full year for our little family. We are grateful, and we are excited for what 2015 holds (including a move back to the states, WOO!)

Happy New Year, friends! 


  1. Hello! New reader here (and enjoying your story so far)! I've especially enjoyed reading about being stationed in Europe, as it's on the "short" list for where we may be heading. I hope to continue following along and getting advice while waiting to see where the Army sends us. I have to admit I laughed out loud several times as I read a few posts! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Victoria! SO glad you're here. Let me know if you end up getting stationed over really is a great adventure and we have LOVED it, despite the distance from "home".