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2014 Year In Review

I was absent a lot from the blog world in 2014. Life just got busy and by the end of the day, the last thing I wanted to do, was sit down and write a blog post. I’m hoping that things change for 2015.

In February I took a new position at work, that has me doing two different jobs. In some ways it’s lessened the stress that I had before and in other ways, I have more stress because I have less time do get things done. End the end it’s all working out and I’m enjoying it.

2014 was the year of job changes for both the hubby and I. In March he switched jobs, moving to a local, family owned company closer to home. The job requires less travel to and from work each day and gives him more responsibility and leadership than he’s ever had before. It’s a job that he’s much happier at and requires less physical stress on him. I think I had the most difficult time with his job change, as our benefits have always been through his employer. We went three months without health insurance, which stressed me out and required a lot of planning on my part to get enough prescriptions in advance and to make sure we both stayed healthy. In the end, it was the best career decision for our family.

My 2014 can be wrapped up with one word, travel. I did tons of traveling throughout the year with friends and family. Due to the hubby’s career change, that left him with no vacation time for the first year. I did a lot of jet setting without him.

In April, I was blessed to be able to travel back to Iowa to spend Easter with my family.


I had lunch with my friend Esther when I arrived in Iowa.


I got to spend time with my brother for the first time in twelve years.


I enjoyed catching up with my sister and nieces over Easter dinner.


My main reason for the trip was to spend time with my 88 year old grandmother. I got to spend time with her going through pictures and recipes and just enjoying her company. My grandparents are very near and dear to me and helped raise me. I miss them more than anything.

FlatStan1 I had Flat Stan along for the trip {for my nephew}. So of course I had to show him the views from the plane.


At the end of May, one of my best friends, her daughters, her mom and I went to Myrtle Beach. The girls were so excited to go to the beach and wanted to go with me because, “Amber goes to the beach all the time.” LOL.

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I also got to celebrate my 30th Birthday on our girls trip.


And spent quality time with my amazing in-laws.


My final trip of the year was in October. I flew to Las Vegas for the first time, to meet up with my mom, aunt and cousin for another girls trip. I’d never been to Vegas before. I’m not the gambling type, but I was super excited to see all of the tourist stuff.

1 2 The photographer in me loved all the beautiful, breath taking views that Vegas had to offer. I can’t wait to go back again with the hubby.


It’s always great to get to spend time with my mom, since we live 700 miles apart.


{ Over the last few years I’ve lost around 70 pounds, so I had to flaunt it ;o) }

 Beligio Flemingo PawnShop We checked out a lot of places that film in Las Vegas including Pawn Stars, American Restoration and Counting Cars.

There were a lot of ups and downs in 2014. But in the end, I’m a stronger person and definitely not the person that I was when 2014 began. 2014 brought a spiritual change to me and brought me closer to our creator and I couldn’t be happier about that.

Here’s to an even better 2015.

And more updates to follow.

Happy New Year!!