Josh went TDY overseas for 5 weeks. And was in 3 different tropical locations. He had a lot of fun but it was a pain to keep in touch with him. In the mean time, my mom and dad drove out to Missouri one weekend before he left, picked me up and took me back to Ohio with them. It was Penelope's first roadtrip and she did not like it, especially after 8 hours. And the last 3 were awful. It took a total of 13 hours. From now on, we make it a two day trip. She met most of Daddy's side of the family for the first time.
We were still in Ohio until the end of February when Josh drove by himself to pick us up and visit for a week. I spend most of my time trying to get back in shape and lost 10 pounds that month. Penelope also learned to roll over from back to tummy. And I went blonde.
I went back to working weekends at the golf course. We celebrated St. Patrick's Day and Easter.
We had to move to a new house because they all needed renovated. So we got a newly renovated house with a basically new kitchen. Also new fluffy carpet that wasn't white. My mom and dad came to help us. Baseball season started and Penelope was learning to crawl.
We celebrated our 4th anniversary. My sister flew out to visit and celebrated her 20th birthday. And I celebrated my first Mother's Day. Josh got me opals, which is Penelope's birthstone. The clasp on the necklace broke, so I took it back but they didn't have any more necklaces so I got the matching opal ring.
Josh's first Father's Day and I got really into running (for a few weeks). I had Josh's Rambler shipped from Ohio because it's been at his dad's house ever since he got it, 4 years ago. We went to the zoo and picked a rainy day. Josh re-enlisted in the Air Force for 5 more years at an Independence Day parade (in June, I know). My mom, dad and sister came to visit and stayed through the first week in July.
Josh's Father's Day gift to us thanking us for a nice Father's Day
We had a huge 4th of July party at our house. We took Penelope to the pool for the first time. There was an area for children and she loved it. I turned 24 and Josh turned 25.
I traded my beloved broken Cherokee for a Jeep Commander and cried on the way home. At 10 months old, Penelope learned to walk. My mom came to visit by herself and we went to the Missouri State Fair. I decided I couldn't keep up with the blonde so went back to my roots.
Josh and I had a rare afternoon date a few days before he took a "business trip" to Texas for 2 weeks. Penelope and I hung out at the house most of the time. When Josh got back, we attended the Air Force Ball. Was also my last day of work at the golf course for the season.
Lots! We drove to Ohio. Penelope and I were in my best friend's wedding. I ended up walking her down the aisle. Penelope was baptized then we celebrated her first birthday with a big party! On her birthday we went with Auntie Shala to a kid activity center place then to the carrousel. We took family pictures with Josh's mom and when we got back to Missouri Penelope had another small party. I found out I was pregnant and Penelope was a piggy for Halloween.
I think the only think that happened this month was Thanksgiving. We went over to a friend's house. November was a welcomed break after crazy October.
I announced to everyone that we would be having another baby in June 2014! Was a busy month getting ready for Christmas. Penelope mostly sat through the entire Christmas Eve service. Thank goodness it was only 45 minutes. My mom, dad and sister came to visit right after Christmas. They are actually on the road back to Ohio right now. Most of my Christmas pictures are still on my camera. I haven't uploaded any yet.
I don't think 2013 flew by like a lot of people have said. To me, it's been the longest year of my life and that's ok because it's the first whole year I've spent with my daughter. Can't wait to meet my next baby in June. Hope 2014 will be just as exciting as 2013!