It’s meant to capture the highs and lows of a year of our marriage just so we can remember the good, the bad, and the crazy.
I love that I randomly started this little tradition because it’s really fun to see the progression.
We’ve definitely changed a lot over the past few years. Our first year of marriage was really rough with a lot of long distance and basically just getting used to the whole idea of being stuck together fo’ life. It took me a long time to get comfortable with the big change that year, but I can say that each year has gotten progressively better, more comfortable, and more successful too.
Just as a recap, I would say the most important thing that happened our 1st year of marriage was that the hubs got accepted to medical school. It was such a huge milestone for us and really changed the course of our lives since we would then move to Grenada and I would quit my job, etc.
I would say the most memorable part of our 2nd year of marriage was moving to Grenada, and it would be hard to forget my harrowing experience of being sucked into a flash flood in the rain forest but immediately rescued by the quick thinking and quick hands of the women who were with me.
And, the most notable thing about our 3rd year of marriage was that we paid off all of our credit card debt. What an awesome feeling!
Of course, I’m sure you can guess the highlight of our 4th year of marriage – getting pregnant with our twins of course.
Here are some other highs and lows from year #4:
- We had three months of long distance total. In past years, we’ve spent as much as 5 months living apart, so this was definitely better!
- Little Julep turned 4. She also decided to eat dark chocolate the night before we moved back to the States for good and was extremely sick on the entire plane ride home.
- The hubs finished his notoriously hard second year of medical school and is now ready to start hospital rotations so he can pick his specialty and then apply to residency in a year or so.
- I had my last year of teaching English at the university and possibly my last year of having a traditional 9-5 ever.
- It was our first full year of being credit card debt free, and we dutifully paid off our credit cards in full every month.
- I opened an IRA and maxed it out.
- We did not have to dip into our emergency fund.
- I got published on the Huffington Post and interviewed by Huffington Post Live and Google +.
- The hubs traveled to India with several of his classmates and had an amazing time.
- In July, my freelance income surpassed my day job income for the first time ever and continued to do so throughout the rest of the year. This gave me the confidence to try out blogging full time in 2014.
- Every year I post the #1 thing that we argued about. The last few years, it’s always been chores haha, and don’t get me wrong, we still nitpick about those. However, I would say the hardest thing we dealt with this year as a couple was just the stress of the 2nd year of medical school. There were times when I just couldn’t be the good, supportive wife for the hubs because his stress level in school was so unreal. I felt like there were many times this past year where my supply of “You can do it!” really ran dry, and I would have to just let him deal with his own work and retreat into mine. When we got pregnant with the twins, though, I feel like we really made the babies our priority. It was super distracting for the hubs to do school and me to work while worrying if the twins were both healthy, but it definitely reaffirmed our devotion to each other and our family and made us work better as a team for the last half of the year. The med school life is crazy, but I still believe in my heart of hearts that it’s worth it.
- Of course, I spent many days enjoying Grenada in 2013, hanging out at the pool and drinking pina coladas…that is, until I couldn’t drink pina coladas anymore haha.
- I continued to make a ton of new blog friends and even got to meet one in person on New Year’s Eve!
- I still don’t like to cook and wonder if I ever will…
- We found out the twins were boy/girl. What an incredibly fun day that was. Still can’t believe we got that lucky.
- We moved back to the United States after several years in Grenada and definitely had to deal with some culture shock.
- I saved 60% of our income in the month of November – I don’t know if that will ever happen again, but I’ll surely try. Also, our total 2013 income was more than double that of 2012, which was a really big confidence builder for me to give full time blogging a try.
- We’re still in love, so very excited to meet our children soon, and hope to really stay open minded, communicative, and understanding as we adjust to having two babies in our homes very soon.
Can’t wait to write the recap for year #5 now! Have a great day everyone!