2014: Year in Review

by Maggie Griffin


As always, this year has both flown by and dragged on. When I think back to January it seems like forever ago and just yesterday. Time baffles me, and still, here we are again celebrating the countdown of 2014 as a new year, shiny and bright, arrives. Byron and I are full of resolutions this year, but before we get to those, here are our highlights of this year. 

To offer you this report of our year, I am jogging my memory with iPhone photos, so this will be a chronological review, rather than sorting by importance, most memorable, or favorites. Here we go!

JANUARY //

Byron started his first job after graduating in Dec 2013! (SPOILER ALERT: he also left his first job this year and started his second.) I began creating a healthy living cookbook for patients at Waco health clinics, for my work with Community HealthCorps, a division of AmeriCorps. This was one of my proudest accomplishments from that job. We also kicked off a revamped second semester of hosting a community group at our house,  which provided us with meaningful friendships and great conversation. We got into our 2014 groove.

FEBRUARY //

February was all about love...of animals. I rescued a pup from the streets of Waco, named her Sochi, and gave (sold) her to my older sister on Valentine's day. Her name was obviously inspired by the Olympics which we enjoyed watching this month, and the Olympics inspired our White Russian obsession, which made a return in December.

Byron and I celebrated our wise decision of not keeping that puppy with a delicious meal at Homestead Heritage in Waco, one of the best meals of our year. We then rushed into another rescue animal situation when Byron brought home two turtles from the Waco wetlands. I enjoyed naming them Teeny and Tiny. That was the end of my enjoyment of the turtles. I don't even call myself a turtle mom. Byron cares for them, and they are satisfied.

During the shortest month of the year, I was busy with my side project, magpiewrites, working on items for a show the following month. I had lots of fun and explored new possibilities, which is hope becomes a theme of 2015 for me. My bestie, Kaytlyn visited and brought enough joy into my life to last the year. This was the only time we saw each other this year, and that is by far the worst thing of this year. 

Though the turtles were a fun thing from B's work, he was slowly but surely discovering that lab work was not for  him. 

MARCH // 

March kicked off with a weekend in Dallas for my 2nd handmade craft show, hosted by my in-laws mortgage company. It was extremely fun and I made some great connections! It is always nice to have people confirm that you are indeed doing what you hope you are -- creating something beautiful.

March was also an amazing month for my hair. I jumped on that ombré bandwagon, and it am not looking back. 

This month we celebrated Byron's 24th birthday! It fell on a Tuesday, which had become our trivia night at a local pub. I brought brownies and we made it a mini party with our close friends. 

It appears not much else happened, because there are lots of meaningless selfies with the dogs in March.

APRIL // 

Another month, another weekend in Dallas. This time, Byron bought a road bike and took up cycling as a passion and it stuck! 

I also began something new, which is now a huge part of my life, @magpiewrites365, a daily project where I create and sell an original calligraphy piece.

We quit trivia, because some professors and old folks were dominating and leaving  no chance for us youngins to even have fun, and took to bowling instead!  

Byron's dislike for his work was taking a big toll on both of us, and we began to dream of different possibilities. We found a short-lived passion in donut making in April and invested in a fryer and dreamt up different icing options. Every once in a while we still dream of our donut shop, but it did not become a reality this year. 

MAY //  

We did it!  We hit our one year anniversary! Yay marriage! We celebrated by returning to our rehearsal dinner spot and our first date spot, and thawing and eating our cake with friends! We love love! It is fun to be young and in love, and we are lucky and blessed to have what we have, and we are super grateful.

We celebrated cinco de mayo! 

We went to Dallas a lot!  We went to Dallas some more! (This month began a 14 weekend streak of going to Dallas...phew!) 

We ended this month with a trip to the George W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum with my parents, in Dallas, of course. That place is awesome--go! 

JUNE //  

Byron made the decision to leave his job and pursue alternative teaching certification (SPOILER ALERT: he is a teacher now).

I kept on keeping on and explored teaching calligraphy classes with a practice class of 2, it was so fun, and definitely something I am thinking about doing in 2015. 

June was ALL ABOUT Nantucket, the trip we eagerly await each year. For a complete review, click here.

JULY // 

Byron and I both had extremely lax schedules. He was not working, but was studying to take his content test for teaching, and I was wrapping up my last month of service with Community HealthCorps. We were hitting up Dallas every weekend, and our weeks in Waco felt like short pauses between the fun. 

At the end of the month, we took a road trip with the Jones' to celebrate the now Hollers' wedding shower in Tulsa. Friends are fun and we are thankful for such fun times this year!  

AUGUST // 

Byron and I both had secured new jobs that began this month! He was offered an elementary teaching position at Lake Air Montessori Magnet, and I was offered a part time position at Baylor with the Spiritual Life department doing some PR/graphic/social media work. 

We slowed down our Dallas weekends and were able to extend our pause in Waco and make it our main location again. Byron busied himself with preparing his classroom and I kept working at expanding my side project to make it a better income supplement.  

We also decided to start looking at houses in Waco to purchase. (SPOILER ALERT: we renewed our houses' lease through May 2015.)  Then we came to our senses and realized that two new jobs don't mix with moving. 

We ended this month with Byron's first day of school and my 24th birthday (in Dallas)! 

SEPTEMBER //  

September is a busy month in the life of two people working by an educational institution's calendar.  The typical beginning of the school year push of activities proved true for both of us, and we were quickly adjusting to our new positions. We worked hard and rested harder and made the most of our downtime! 

OCTOBER // 

We celebrated our favorite little person's birthday at the beginning of this month, hosted a gathering of young professionals at our house for a game night, and traveled to Chicago to be a part of our friend's wedding party! October was very special and it event by fast, but we still had time to dress up and serve at a local community center's Halloween event.  

NOVEMBER //  

At the beginning of November, we celebrated the birth of our new niece! We weren't able to meet her right away, but we did later in the month--she is too cute to handle.  

I had my second craft show of the year, and worked hard on making lots of festive holiday goods...I had a wonderful and successful time and the ladies of my family drove down to see my new collection! 

Perhaps my biggest accomplishment of domesticity occurred--I brined and cooked  a turkey for our church's Thanksgiving lovefeast and it was AMAZING. Soon after, we celebrated Thanksgiving with our families. We are extremely grateful that our families live close enough that we can spend time with both during the holidays! 

DECEMBER // 

The second we returned to Waco after Thanksgiving, I broke out the holiday decorations a and turned our home into a winter wonderland. We kicked off December with gingerbread pancakes and I decided to take part in December Daily, a scrap booking project that helps you record the days leading up to Christmas. I'll share more of December when I do a post on that book.

We also took our friends' kiddos to Waco wonderland, went to a few Christmas parties,  and attended a choir concert at Byron's school. Then we headed home for the holidays! 

2014 was grand.


2015, what do you have in store?
We can't wait to see!