I guess they say time flies when you are having fun, and I can’t believe that Nate and I have been together for FOUR years…
This past year we:
Did a Photoshoot
Last January, Elisebeth from Elisebeth Ann Photography reached out and asked if Nate and I would do an in-home lifestyle shoot. I accepted – without asking – and Nate was a trooper. I love how all of our photos turned out. They are one of the most cherished things from Year Three.
Attended Eight Weddings
And all of the events around them. From weddings to Bachelor/Bachelorette parties and showers, we had a full year. We are already looking forward to five more weddings (so far) this year!
Took Two Full Weeks Off Together
With Nate being gone for work, this year we decided to coordinate our time off together. We took the week of the 4th of July for cabin festivities and landscaping at our place, and also the week between Christmas and New Years to unwind and relax after a crazy 2017.
Survived a Job Transition
I accepted a new job within my company in August. There had been conversations about it for a couple of months prior. My transition from my former position to the new one was over four months. I am a very emotional person, and the transition was particularly hard on me. I think interviewing and watching someone else come in and replace me made me very sad, but I was also so excited for the new role. Nate was encouraging and supportive – even when I was being a little crazy.
Adapted to Small Town Living
In November, we celebrated the one year mark of moving into our home. A lot of projects have been completed, new friends made and we (ok – just me) have adjusted to our small town life. I am now better at planning ahead and making less trips to town (Target) and enjoy just spending time at home.
Wrapped a Dance Team Career
I added this in here not because it was significant to our relationship but it was definitely the end of an era. After 24 years, I wrapped up my dance life and decided it was time to move on. I can honestly say it was one of the hardest decisions I have had to make and Nate was there to support me 100%! Read about it here.
Nate has an Ulnar Nerve Transposition at the end of 2016. He spent the last year recovering and getting an all clear!
Grew as Individual People and a Couple
One of the biggest things that happened this year for us was that we spent more time apart. We got better at communicating with each other and that allowed us to grow into our own lives too. Nate and I have some very different interests. I love to travel and try new wineries/breweries and Nate loves working on projects and going fishing.
Nate took out the fish house and spent weekends with friends as well.
Celebrated Small Wins
Whether it was painting a room, finishing our landscaping or making it home earlier than expected, we chose to celebrate the small wins. Setting attainable goals and celebrating them boosted our moods and made the year more enjoyable.
Here’s to the last four years, babe. Looking forward to many more to come!
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