A Tale of Two Cities – My 2014 in Pictures

Let me take you on a photo journey of what my 2014 was like.

Here’s what my baby looked like when the year started…

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A four-and-a-half-month-old Kennedy just barely began to sit up in January.

I got to begin the year by feeding her purees and limited solids…

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She tried to feed herself a few times, too, as seen here.

I also got to help shower one of my dearest friends as she anticipated the arrival of her own baby…

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Meanwhile, we also started working to fix our home up in order to sell it…

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Those who know what our guest bathroom looked like before know what a vast improvement this was. I also learned how to pull a toilet from its pedestal in order to paint behind it. I’m going to flip a house myself one day…

I reconnected with some people I was missing…

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An old friend came to visit, and brought her adorable baby girl along. Kennedy enjoyed her girl time with Mariah!

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I decided to make my first Mother’s Day with Kennedy a memorable one for me and her, and my mom…

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We flew cross country and showed up at my parents’ door just in time for the Mother’s Day weekend. My mom had no idea we were coming. This was one of the best moments of the year!

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We flew home with an awesome new piece of luggage – my dad!

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Kennedy did so well with flights this year.

We touched down in San Diego just in time for this to happen:

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A glimpse of the ever-destructive, arsonist-started Cocos Fire.

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Surf, sun, and smoke plumes.

Later that month, I got to host a bridal shower for my BFF Allison, whom I’ve written about in this blog before…

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The following week, I got to work my last graduation as a CCSD instructor…

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I think this is my favorite selfie of 2014.

Then, the next day, we partied, bachelorette style…

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Rawr.

We drove to LA to celebrate my friend and fellow CSUSM alum’s marriage…

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Mr. & Mrs. Foss 🙂

When the Del Mar Fair opened (because it will always be the DEL MAR FAIR to me), we packed up the family and went…

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Soon after, we packed up again to drive to the top of a mountain and take part in this…

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Newlyweds! So beautiful! 🙂

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Momming on the road – we did it, Manda!

Around the same time, this happened:

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…and to our surprise, very soon after that, this happened:

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So, lots of this started happening:

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For the Fourth of July, Michelle and I got fancy on her balcony with Doritos, wine, and sorry ass fireworks. We made some drunken promises that night, too…

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Class out the ass.

We also attended another wedding this summer, for Cassie and Todd!

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First dance 🙂

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July 24, 2014 was my last day at CCSD…

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And another dear friend of mine shipped off for deployment that same week…

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You can’t sit with us. Don’t try.

To take my mind off of being sad and in-between jobs, April decided we should go to the Wild Animal Park.

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It was hot.

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The kiddos had fun though. I swear it.

I started planning for my daughter’s first birthday, and decided I’d also get a tattoo in her honor:

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We celebrated Kennedy’s first birthday at our home, and this is the only picture of the event that I have…

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Home-made cake for Princess Kennedy 🙂

I dumped ice water over my head for a good cause…

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I snapped one last selfie with the A-Team…

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And then Kennedy and I boarded our one-way flight out of San Diego. I left plenty of people and places behind that will always have dear spots in my heart…like this girl…

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Fabian followed behind us with the moving truck and arrived a week after we did.

We slept a lot, sat in silence, then contemplated how to start a new life.

So we found a new farmer’s market to frequent…

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…a new spot to drink our beers…

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Mean muggin’ at the Brass Tap.

New places to vacation…

Omni Resort at Amelia Island Plantation

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…and new memories to create.

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My first new friend in Gainesville, Jacqueline Valdez. She’s also my coach. 🙂

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Another family pic fail. Thanksgiving Day.

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