Holidays, Life

Happy New Year & New Decade!

It’s CRAZY to think — There are only 2 DAYS left in this entire DECADE.

Yes, let that sink in – decade.

In 2009, 21-year-old me was busy drinking my way through college, most worried about passing calculus and what I was going to wear to the party that weekend.  Now, in 2019, I’m a 31-year-old adult, married, with a baby on the way. Whoa.

With this new decade aproaching, I’m feeling inspired by everyone’s posts on social media displaying side-by-side photos of themselves in 2009 versus 2019. Try not to laugh, but here’s mine:


These side-by-side photos have made me realize: HOLY COW, so much has changed in just ten years. Most notably, I no longer bake in the tanning bed, and I’ve learned how to fill in my eyebrows. Shew.

But a few of the more major changes include:

  • 1 College Degree. I graduated from the University of Cincinnati and earned my Bachelor’s Degree (2011)
  • 3 “big girl jobs” including where I’m still presently employed.
  • 3 boyfriends. One which ultimately led to marriage! I must admit, these were the years that I learned the most about myself, and relationships in general.
  • 3 cars. A 1999 Toyota Corolla until 2012, a 2008 Toyota Corolla 2012-2018, and now, my Honda CRV
  • 1 marriage proposal & 16 months of engagement
  • 1 apartment, and 1 house (after I moved out of my parents’ home in 2014, that is!)
  • 1 wonderful husband, 1 extremely beautiful fairytale wedding, and 27 months of marital bliss (and counting!)
  • 2 honeymoons (first to Las Vegas, then to the Bahamas) and countless other trips to Chicago, Florida, Norris Lake, etc.!
  • Many new friendships 
  • Turning 30!
  • 4 pregnancies, 3 ending in loss.
  • 1miracle baby girl due to join us in March.
  • 1 new blog!

This decade has sure been great to me. It has challenged me in more ways than I could ever imagine, and helped me grow into the woman I am today. In a way, I feel like I’m turning the page and starting a new chapter of life – one titled, MOTHERHOOD, perhaps. I’m optimistic that the next year, and the next decade will be just as good (if not better!) than the last.

Last but not least,

I thank you for continuing to follow this little blog of mine, and keeping up with The Petes. We wish you great health and lots of happiness in 2020 and beyond!

Christmas Card 2019

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