When I first set out to write about 2014, I was kinda at a loss. I honestly don't remember the first part of the year very well.
As most of you already know, my migraines were at a peak of terrible, awful, hell from about October of 2013 to May/June of 2014. I was hospitalized 4 times at 2 different hospitals. One being a week long at the University of Virginia. I was in the emergency room countless times, and rode on an ambulance as a patient for the first time in my life. Ugh ugh ugh.
The plus side of that is that I seem to have them under control right now. I still have headaches/neck pain/nausea, etc a lot. And I honestly can't tell if they are 'better' or if I am jut coping better now. I work full time, I'm driving a car again, I'm getting things done in my life that had been on hold for quite a while (ahem, divorce is final y'all.)
So that is one of my highlights of 2014. Owned these headaches, like a boss.
January 2014. I don't remember anything that great happening. It snowed a lot. We lived in Manassas still, and our neighbors were obnoxious. Headaches were pretty bad and I saw my neurologist in the headache specialty clinic at UVA. We played with Jax a lot. My middle sister, Erin, turned 28. Wow. Where did the time go?
February 2014. More snow. And lot of it. Poor Chris was still commuting into Arlington most days. We spent valentines day with our best friends at the Melting Pot in Fredericksburg. Dinosaur expo with Aron and Jason. We adopted our Lucy girl, and went on a mini road trip to go get her. She was stubborn at first and I wasn't so sure about her, but now I couldn't imagine our lives without her. She just fits right in.
April 2014. Tons of time with boys since it started to be nice outside. Jason turned 8 with a celebration at Stop N Play. Christopher turned 28 and we celebrated at the Melting Pot with Komar and Gioia. We took Jax to see the circus at the Patriot center. German and Mary's baby shower to welcome their sweet Bodo. I started doing freezer meals, what a fantastic idea! Hannah and Joshua got ENGAGED!
May 2014. I turned the big 3-0. We planned a party and it was a disaster. I got diagnosed with a tick-borne illness from a Lone star tick I got somehow in April. I was hospitalized for a few days due to migraines and complications of the tick. Oh...but...We bought a house! We looked at only 4 houses and knew right away that this was the one we wanted to live in for a long time. It's perfect for our little fam right now, and has some room to grow. Also Jax turned 2 with a Sesame Street party at his house! Our good friends the Kuhl's welcomed baby Bodo into the world the day after Jackson's birthday.
June 2014: Moved into said house. Was a lot harder than it seemed. Thank goodness for awesome friends and family. Oscar Mayer turned 5! He has been my sidekick since he was 11 weeks old. We went on Vacation...to DISNEY WORLD! We rented an RV with our 4 best friends and their kiddos and had an amazing week! Hannah and Joshua were awesome enough to stay at our house with Oscar and Lucy.
July 2014: It was hot. Really freakin' hot. Southern Summer at it's best. We spent the 4th at Tina and Wes' house with all of our close friends and the 3 boys. We had a lot of thunder storms, which seemed to be worse out here at the new house. Possibly because we are surrounded by woods, which is pretty scary with all that wind. We went to Gloucester for a week to visit Chris' parents and friends. I ate Lobster mac n cheese until I thought I'd explode. Oscar and Lucy got to come along this time! Jax became increasingly obsessed with "Frozen." Hannah and Josh turned 25. We celebrated Gioia's 30th at the Japanese Steak house.
August 2014: On the second of August was the two year anniversary of my Grandma's death. We miss her every day and hope that she is in no pain, and looking down on us. I started a new job on August 4th, and again on August 25th. The first one was not really what I am trained to do and I was offered my current position and couldn't be happier. We said goodbye to my sister's dog, Sophie, at the ripe old age of 16. She was the best. Aron turned 11. We celebrated by taking a Limo to the Melting Pot with the whole family and 2 of his friends from school. He and I have been best buds since he was 2!
September: I was settling into my new job. It took a lot out of me since I had not been working in nearly a year. I hosted my baby sister, Hannah's bridal shower here at our house. Jax started school. We were finally making some progress on getting the house unpacked. We hung some curtains, with the help of my momma. We found a dead mouse in the attic, which made us relocate into the guest room for a few days because of the smell. Ahh, home ownership!
December 2014: I did some research and found photos of Lucy's parents from the puppy mill. We got just a touch of snow. I went to the firehouse Christmas party with the boys. We decorated the house and put up THREE Christmas trees. We adopted this sweet little nugget and named him Sven. I got to visit with my BFF in Chicago and see the physicians and co workers from Chicago Cardiology that I miss so much. Did I mention that we have THREE dogs now!? Hard work, but worth it! Chris and I celebrated 2 years together. We had Christmas Eve at my parents house with traditional Chinese food and then took jax to see the Bull Run Festival of Lights. Gioia had major surgery, and we kept Jax for them. Christopher's parents came down from Massachusetts, and I didn't see them at all because on 12/31 I got the worst flu of my entire life, and Chris got it the next day. We were down and out for a week. I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.
All in all, this year wasn't too bad. But there is always room for improvement.