2018 Recap (three months into 2019)

Hi friends-

I thought I’d do a 2018 recap as quickly as possible and also introduce myself to any new blog readers! Welcome 😄.

2018 was such an amazing, wonderful, and crazy year. Ryan and I got married (!!!!) back in May ❤️, and closed on our house the week before our wedding (insane is an understatement and I would not recommend this course of action for the faint of heart 😂).

This somewhat absurd timing ended up working out perfectly for us since the previous owners needed to stay through July, allowing us a much needed few weeks to relax after planning for the big day.

The wedding couldn’t have happened without our amazing family and friends. Everyone involved contributed so much, and I can’t thank them enough. I think about this day all the time and how wonderful it was.

^ It was 50 degrees and kind of windy during this picture, but we took our chances because it was torrentially pouring the entire day except for this brief window!

We hired Kylie Bricker as our photographer and couldn’t have asked for better images to capture our day. Her work is incredible and I love that she carries a digital camera and shoots some images on film too.

For our honeymoon we went to Thailand (!!). I am going to do a Thailand travel series with our reasoning and some details of our trip, but suffice it to say: Thailand was so incredible and a destination I would recommend to absolutely anyone (young, old, single, with a family, etc).

Reason #1 is below.

Reason #2

Reason #3

And one more:

Don’t worry, I have hundreds more “reasons,” to share with you and I can’t wait to work on a Thailand/honeymoon post in the near future 😄.

Back to reality. After our honeymoon we got to work on painting our house. We had to do very little “fixing up,” overall, but we did paint every single room in our entire house. This was a family affair and thank goodness we had help from all of our parents and family. I am going to do another blog post on our home improvements and decor because it totally deserves one!

Below: This picture is right after we finished painting the living room. We used Sherwin Williams paints throughout our home and are really happy with how it all turned out.

Here is a pic of the living room decorated for Christmas. This picture makes me feel so happy and warm 😁 especially in the middle of winter when it’s cold, gray and everything seems drab. These walls were green with beige trim 😬 before we painted.

We’ve had that tree for 3 or 4 Christmas’ now and it’s held up great. It’s from Wayfair.

Our new street in the morning light, covered in a blanket of snow. ^

We’re finally feeling settled in our new home and loving it. We didn’t need to purchase much furniture (biggest purchase by far was the previously reviewed Crate&Barrel couch!) so it was pretty smooth sailing in that regard.

Also, as mentioned, Ryan and I both got new jobs! He moved to a different company and I moved to a whole new line of business (we both work in financial services and met at work!). It’s been challenging for us both but ultimately the right decision. We’re both settling in nicely and have our work routines semi- figured out. Does anyone ever really have work totally nailed down? Maybe it’s just me who can never seem to figure it out…

Anyways, that’s my quick 2018 recap! A lot of it revolved around planning, deadlines, big decisions and was extremely stressful at times. On the other hand, it was also a year filled with love, growth and incredible happiness I’ve never felt before.

We’re enjoying a slow and wonderful start to 2019 and can’t wait to see where this year takes us!

Thanks for following along.

Molly

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