Well, well, well….here we are on the last day of the year. Today is a day where people generally make a bunch of resolutions that they don’t intend on keeping. (Read: “New year, new me, bull”). None of that here of course because I plan on being pretty much the same as I was in 2015 except that I will be in a new state with new opportunities. Yes, we are quite blessed in that we are moving to Biloxi, MS in a few weeks for Chris to take a ranger job at Gulf Islands National Seashore. We are ecstatic! The whole thing happened really fast (usually, being the government, the process takes FOR-EV-ER). Chris’ EOD (entry on duty) is February 7th and we are hoping they’ll authorize our move for January 22nd so that we will have a few weeks to acclimate.
Looking back on this past year is just insanity. I’ve held three different jobs, made new friends, lost old ones, gained weight, lost weight, seen the births of multiple friends new babies and even learned how to change my first diaper (I’m a freaking pro now – by the way). Becoming a nanny has taught me SO much, honestly. I am definitely glad that God’s plan was for Chris and I to wait to become parents. I experienced so much hurt at first wondering why I wasn’t conceiving right away but now I completely understand. I want to be able to have a healthy pregnancy and lots of energy as new mom; and I’ll only be able to do that if I continue my weight loss journey. I’ve fallen off the wagon the past few weeks with the holidays but Chris and I have gotten back into our healthy dinner routine so that is step one. One of the stipulations of moving to Biloxi is that no matter where we settle there will be a gym membership! (This will not be an issue because Biloxi is a normal city). I am fully capable of this commitment and I am so excited to see where it leads me.
Living in Carlsbad with basically no family or close friends(save my cousin who herself is a new wife), Chris and I really had to learn to be dependent on one another at first. I no longer had my dad 10 minutes away. My mother in law wasn’t an hour up highway 17 anymore. Cortney, Molly, Beth, Amanda…my entire support group was now two days drive from me. It was quite a shock. Chris and I’s marriage was tested. Boy, was it ever. It was stretched, poked, pulled, and even a little bit torn. I was probably tested in every way possible this year and I didn’t pass every time. However, with a new city comes a new beginning and we will be on the beach for our 2nd anniversary. Biloxi won’t solve all of our problems but I would rather cry on the beach than in the desert!
There ARE things I will miss about our time in New Mexico:
- Green chile everything. It’s crack.
- My friends that I’ve made (The Doyles, Sarah, my Candlewood ladies, and our friends at CAVE)
- Hiking in Ruidoso, Cloudcroft and the Guads.
- No traffic
- wine country
- being a nanny to my sweet Doyle babies
- snow — not ice.
Things I am MAJORLY looking forward to in Mississippi:
- THE FREAKING BEACH
- BSF class
- seafood, Cajun food & soul food
- bike riding
- Target, Francescas, Versona, and BELK!
- I will have places to wear Lilly and not look like a weirdo
- Southern hospitality
- Being 10 hours from Mt. P
- Being 8 hours from Mom and Kylie
- Being super close to New Orleans
- Going to Mardi Gras
- experiencing a new part of the country
So, here’s to you, 2015….you kind of sucked, but you have come to an end and dammit; I am still standing.