Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Year, New Job

I don't know what I did to be on Santa's good list the past two years but he brought me another new job this year : )

I absolutely loved my time at Old National and am so thankful for the wonderful people I worked with there and the amazing opportunity that it was. 

I have joined an independent financial firm in 2015 and am so excited to see what the future has in store here! I could not have felt more blessed with all the amazing things that happened in 2014 (see my year in review here) and God had one final unexpected surprise for us to end the year with! 

Here's to hoping for a happy, healthy, love filled and maybe a little more sleep & free time filled 2015! 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

2014: Year in Review

2014 was one of the biggest years of my life by far. Compiling this list of what we did in 2014 just makes me amazed by all we accomplished and humbled by the bountiful blessings in my life. 2014 you were so good to us!


We rung in the New Year together!

I started my new job with Old National!

We attended the Grand Opening Gala for the Owensboro Convention Center.


In February, we enjoyed the snow, celebrated Valentine's Day and this guys birthday!


In March we had such a fun time at Charity Ball with our friends!


Oh April, how much happiness did you bring!

On April 18, this man got on one knee and asked me to be his wife. This will forever be one of my most favorite days! 

Celebrating Easter with my fiancé : )


We celebrated our engagement!


Nelly & FlaGa Line


We celebrated the Fourth of July!

Last family of four trip to St. Louis!


August was a huge month for us!

We bought our first home!

We went on an amazing work trip/vacation to San Diego!

And we started working on our home!


Bachelor/Bachelorette Party


Best month of the year : )

So thankful for the most amazing husband!

Awesome honeymoon in Punta Cana!


We celebrated my birthday at the Eric Church concert!

We celebrated our first married Thanksgiving : )


Our first Christmas tree : )

Cookie party with these two!

First married Christmas and it was wonderful : )

Here's to hoping for an awesome 2015! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Cookie Party

Right before Christmas, we had a cookie decorating party with Dylan and Lauren and have decided to hopefully make it an annual tradition! Always a good time spending time with these two!

<3 them!

My favorite cookie decorator : )

Such a fun night!

So. Much. Fun. 

Love spending time with these people!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Very Married Christmas

Our first tree : ) we collect ornaments on all of our trips so it was really fun looking back at all the ones we purchased and so special having those on the tree!

So excited we had a countdown! Being a newlywed makes the holidays so exciting : )

Loved having our fireplace to decorate this year and looking forward to having our new logs so we can sit by the fire next year : )

We continued our annual tradition of looking at Christmas lights! 

Christmas on the Kaelin side!

Some fun cousins!

Loved our view from the couch at night! Christmas lights make a house so cozy : )

Wrapping presents & watching Christmas movies is one of my favorite holiday activities and it was so fun doing that in our home this year!

We decided to make a gingerbread house. We had finally gotten all the walls put together and had to walk out of the room and we came back to find this!

So Jared turned it into a snack : )

And we just went right out and bought a pre-built one to decorate! 

Love this man so much!

Christmas with Jared's family!

Reading by the Christmas tree is one of my favorite things! My husband was a doll and put some books in my stocking which made me one happy girl : )

Car all packed up & headed to my Dad's side!

Loved their real tree!

Love, love, love. 

New brothers :) I love both of these men so much! 

So excited for our first married Christmas!

So much fun opening presents and stockings!

Christmas with the whole Mann side!

Beautiful ladies!

Love these two! 

The boys couldn't wait to get into their presents!

They look so much alike.  Like father, like son!

Grandad and his offspring!

My favorite thing about Christmas this year was having my husband there with me! 


Did I mention we're a crazy clan?! So glad we could all be together! Christmas Eve is such a special holiday in our family and I know we all cherish spending it together. 

My brother's girlfriend Lauren - love her!

Christmas Day cooking in the kitchen with my Granny! 

Celebrating Christmas on my mom's side! (Jared was working Christmas Day - we missed him!)

Aren't they adorable?!

After this celebration, I headed to the fire station for Christmas dinner with Jared. It was so nice to get to spend some time with him on our first Christmas Day! Please always say a special thank you to emergency personnel around the holidays because they are still working and continue keeping all of us safe : ) so proud & thankful for my husband and all of his coworkers!

Also, I hope that everyone took some time to remember the real reason for the season. It is such a time of hope to remember the birth of Jesus and be reminded of the hope of eternal life through him. Feeling Christ in your life is a blessing and I wish that for all of you! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas!