It's already 8 days into the new year and it's that time for a 2014 recap!
Last year New Years, I spent the ball drop with my family getting home just 10 minutes prior to the ball drop. Dom's not really into celebrating the mark of a new year, like myself, so he was probably fast asleep already by that time. We spent new years day lunch at Tita Dang's.
In January, Ate Dee and I also took a quick trip to Toronto. We visited Ripley's Aquarium Canada and stayed in a fancy hotel near the CN Tower. Dom and I also took our engagement pictures in the freezing Detroit weather. We took them around Greektown and on the People Mover, where we had our first Sweetest Day date.
February, Dom took one of his board exams (the D.O. equivalent to the M.D.'s Step Three). I also asked my peeps to be MOH's/Bridesmaids.
In March, we had the Mrs. BNP Michigan Gala to raise funds for Ate Cyrene, our Mrs. BNP representative. It was a very joyous occassion! My whole family was there and Dom and I choreographed and performed our first dance together, along with the rest of the youth. It was pretty awesome! Definitely something I crossed off my bucketlist!
In April, we went to Kalahari to celebrate my birthday and Jay-R and Roz drove all the way there after they got out of work to surprise me and be with me at midnight when I turned 27! I cried. I was reminded of how awesome and amazing Jay-R is to me and am truly grateful to have him in my life. We stopped by a Waffle House, which was Dom's first time. Dom and I also went to a Tiger's game, for which we got free tickets from one of the attending's he worked with. We were the closest we've ever been!
In May, we attended one of Ate Dee's fundraisers for her work. It was called "Cheers to HELP" and we got to drink wine and be fancy at the Detroit Opera House. I also attended one of Samantha's dance recitals. Jay-R and I went to see Lana del Rey at the Masonic Temple. We stood in the freezing 54 degree weather for at least an hour. It was nuts! And a sold out show! We ended May with a Youth Ministry bonfire and celebrated JJ's medical school graduation! Also, we attended Jacqui and Sydney's wedding ON A BOAT!
Fast forward to June when I started working the day shift at work. I remember my first two day shifts, I was pulled to 5 East - Observation. Talk about one hell of a start! It helped me to really appreciate working on my "home" floor, 5 West - Med/Tele. Oh yeah, earlier 2014 the new South tower opened, so 5 East and 5 West were the only remaining floors in the old tower. We also attended Royal Oak's tastefest with RJ and Michelle. And of course, Bruno Mars Moon Shine Jungle Tour. We ended June signing the lease to our first apartment :)
July is when Dom started his 2nd year of residency! 1.5 years to go (from now)! Shopped for furniture and moved into our first apartment. We told everyone that Dom moved in first and I was second, even though I stayed there the whole time. We went SKYDIVING! We ended July with the Justin Timberlake 20/20 Tour.
In August, we celebrated Dom's 28th birthday with a 6-mile run (for him)/bike ride (for me). We also celebrate Kevin and Regina's wedding at the Westin Atrium and then later that night ON ANOTHER BOAT! We finished our last marriage prep classes. And my family threw us the best Wedding Shower I've ever been to! With LECHON! You know it's a big deal when there's lechon! We ended August celebrating 6 years of knowing each other at the Novi Chophouse (Aug 30).
September was full of finalizing wedding stuff. We applied for a marriage license. My peeps took me to Chicago for my bachelorette weekend! Had my celebratory dinner with my sisters - Ate Krystel, Ate Belay and Trisha! Ellie flew in to town!
And then OCTOBER. The best month of last year, by far. We celebrated our 6-year anniversary walking down the aisle, making vows and becoming a union with God, witnessed by so many family and close friends. We then took a crazy trip to Costa Rica, which will forever be my favorite vacation. We went ziplining, hiking through the rain forest to see the most breathtaking waterfall, and we rode ATVs. We ended October celebrating Sydney's birthday and Mom's birthday.
In November, Dom went off for a 4-day annual military training in Grayling. Spent sometime with my sister-friends in Detroit at Vicente's Cuban Restaurant. Dom, Kevin and Reju also ran the 10K Turkey Trot.
In December, I had a playdate with Ate Belay and Abigail at Detroit Kid City. Attended Dom's work Christmas party. Got a stretch SUV for Jay-R's Flirty Thirty celebration. Celebrated the BNP Christmas party, where the Little Lambs completely blew me away with their performance. Attended Paulson's wedding at the Inn at St. John, in which Dom and I got to drink and dance the night away. We ended up staying the night in Plymouth and saw little Andrew on his birthday. We hung out with Mark. We celebrated with the YM, ice skating. It ended up being Randolf's first time. And, as prayed. Ended December getting low census so we could celebrate our first Married Christmas together.
2014 - You were a great year. Because of you, Dom and his friends all had their weddings and we were able to reconnect with old friends. We were able to share such amazing experiences with family. We were able to both grow up individually and together, moving out for the first time, making lifelong commitments, taking once-in-a-lifetime adventures and crossing several things off of my bucketlist.
This year review definitely makes me appreciate how much happens in just one year and makes me excited for what the future may bring!