2017 Recap

Wow! I cannot believe that 2017 is already over. (But don’t we say that every year?) Time really does fly when you’re having fun. As I was flipping through the thousands of photos on my phone, I thought it would be fun to recap some of our most memorable moments from 2017. We welcomed three babies into the world, ate a lot of really good food, spent some (but not near enough) time outdoors, made multiple trips to Georgia, St. Augustine, and Tampa, survived a hurricane, celebrated birthdays, spent time with family and friends, reenlisted and picked new orders, and experienced a lot of firsts with Emme.

Here are some of my favorite memories from 2017.


We rang in the New Year over tacos with Dustin and Rebekah in Atlanta. I was 28 weeks pregnant and in my third trimester. (You can also read my first and second trimester recaps.) I did a collaboration with Cato Fashions, where I dressed my baby bump in a store that doesn’t sell maternity clothing. We went camping at Hanna Park, which the boys loved. We had our first baby shower with our motorcycle club family and started putting together Emme’s nursery.


We had our second baby shower at a barbecue restaurant in Adam’s hometown with our Georgia family and friends. Adam took me to Camp Thunder to reminisce about his days in the Boy Scouts. (And wondered why I had such a difficultly hiking at 8 months pregnant.) We celebrated Emme with one more shower – a fiesta! – while the boys went fishing with Capt. Leon. We celebrated our March wedding anniversary early with dinner at Capital Grill thinking Emme would arrive early or on time and we wouldn’t get to properly celebrate. (Ha!) We took maternity photos with Jenn Guthrie Photography, which gave me all the heart eyes. And finally finished and revealed Emme’s nursery.


We started seriously preparing for Emme’s arrival and installed the car seat. At 39 weeks pregnant, we went mountain biking through Crooked River State Park in Georgia. We celebrated our two year wedding anniversary (again) with dinner at Ruth’s Chris. I clocked out for the last time at work on March 25th. March 26th, my due date, rolled around and we spent the day in St. Augustine trying to will this baby out. And at five days over due, my friend Samantha sent me flowers hoping they’d convince Emme to come out.


But at seven days over due, I was walking around the St. Augustine Alligator Farm STILL VERY PREGNANT. I even tried yard work as a last ditch attempt to get the baby out. On April 3rd, eight days past my due date, I was admitted to the hospital for induction and Emme was (finally!) born in the wee hours of the morning on April 4th. A few days later, we were back in Jenn’s photography studio taking newborn photos. We spent my 31st birthday and Adam’s 30th birthday enjoying lunch at one of our favorite restaurants in Jax. We celebrated Easter as a family of three with a trip to church and my aunt and uncle’s brand new house in Vilano Beach. (And Emme met the Easter Bunny!) After 10 days of paternity leave, Adam was back to work and I spent my first day home alone with Emme… and survived! Emme finally got to meet her great grandmother from Georgia. And Bean finally snuggled with his new sister.


Emme turned one month old and we started the tradition of taking monthly photos with her obnoxiously large numbered bow. We took our first hike as a family to the Arboretum. Adam and Emme spoiled me on Mother’s Day with a beautiful rose gold and diamond ring. We took our first of many walks around the neighborhood, which is still one of Emme’s favorite things. We showered Shelley and anticipated the arrival of Emme’s new BFF in the coming months. At the end of the month, we packed up the motorcycle and headed to Pensacola for our annual Memorial weekend trip where Emme got to meet all of our friends on the Gulf Coast. And Emme went for her first swim in Papa DonDon’s pool.


I kicked off June by eating lots of Tacos with my foodie friends at Tijuana Flats. Emme and I spent the afternoon at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens. (After that, I sort of fell off the blogging wagon for a couple of months.)I started working out again at the YMCA. We left Emme for the first time with Nana and Poppie to enjoy a date night where we ate at a local Irish pub and went line dancing. On June 12th, Emme’s BFF Morgan was born and at the end of the month, we made a trip down to Tampa to meet him.


Our friends Dustin and Rebekah from Georgia came down to finally meet Emme and we took them to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. I finally met with a lactation nurse who gave me the tools and information to build up my milk supply after it plummeted in Emme’s third month. Emme ordered hair bows on Amazon Prime Day. And attended an influencer party in St. Augustine with other local bloggers hosted by Flippersplash.


We celebrated our friend Ansley’s birthday with lunch at The Candle Apple Cafe and a candy making class at Sweet Pete’s. Nana and I threw Dad and Sara a shower to welcome Sloane into the world. Emme and I made another trip down to Tampa to spend some time with Shelley and Morgan. We had lunch with Adam’s sister, Christy, as well as her husband and son in Brunswick, Georgia and explored Jekyll Island while we were up there. I enjoyed an afternoon out with the girls (sans baby!) seeing Annie at the Alhambra Theater. We enjoyed dinner at Chuy’s for their soft opening. Adam and I had a dates at BRIO where we tried their Fall Seasonal Favorites menu and brunch (with bottomless mimosas) at Juliette’s Bistro. We celebrated Nana’s 75th and Poppie’s 80th birthdays by attending a big house party with all of their favorite people. And attended Dr. Gary Chapman’s The Marriage You’ve Always Wanted seminar.


I donated over 200 ounces of breast milk. (I came a long way from July!) Adam left on a humanitarian mission with the Navy in the wake of the hurricanes. About that time, Hurricane Irma hit Jacksonville and Emme and I hunkered down at Dad and Sara’s house to ride out the storm. (Emme slept through the entire thing.) We ended up spending almost a week at their house while we waited on power to be restored to ours. Meanwhile, Sara was overdue with her baby and willing herself into labor with every trick in the book. She finally went into labor and my sister Sloane was born on September 18th. After being underway for two weeks, I picked Adam up from the ship (with ChickFilA). He reenlisted while underway and pledged four more years of his life to the Navy. And we used his leave time to make a trip up to Georgia to see our family and friends.


It was Sloane’s turn for newborn photos with Jenn and Emme made a guest appearance for a couple of shots. Tropical Smoothie invited me to sample their revamped superfoods menu. I completed my first DIY project in a long time and created stumpkins for our front porch. We officially announced that we are being transferred to Pensacola in 2018. We made a day trip to St. Augustine and visited Castillo de San Marcos (which I still haven’t recapped for the blog). We went to Catty Shack Ranch to see the big cats. We traveled to Georgia again for our annual friendcation to Blue Ridge. (You can read my recaps from the trip here, here, and here.) Emme started baby led weaning and had deconstructed chicken noodle soup for her first full meal. We took Emme to her first Florida/Georgia tailgate and made a wager on her team loyalty. (She’s a Georgia Dawg!) We made a trip to the pumpkin patch to take photos of Emme and Sloane. And I dressed Emme up as a taco for Halloween.


I went on sneak peek tours of the new IKEA and the Carvana used car vending machine. I got dolled up and attended a wedding as Nana’s date. We took Emme to her first air show to see the Blue Angels. Desi and I went on a foodie tour at Moon Over the Market at the Jacksonville Farmer’s Market. Emme and I made another trip down to Tampa to visit Shelley for her birthday. We checked out the Tampa aquarium while we were there. I foraged through Nana’s attic for my childhood memories and restored a whole collection of clothing for Emme. I finally got my hands on some donuts from The Mini Bar. I was invited to dinner at B Street Eats. (So good!) Adam’s parents came down to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. And we bought Emme’s first Christmas trees. (Yes, trees plural.)


I found my best thrifting score to date at Goodwill – a $225 Macclaren umbrella stroller for only $12.99. Desi and I crashed The Mini Bar + Bold Bean Coffee event and indulged in way too much sugar and caffeine. We attended my company Christmas party at Caps on the Water and enjoyed delicious food and drinks with my coworkers and family. Adam and I had a date night to see the Night of Lights in St. Augustine as well as food and drinks at San Sebastian Winery. Emme and I entered and won Goodwill’s ugly sweater contest. We started going to the library for music and story time a couple of times a week. I only purchased Christmas for children, including Emme’s Grimm’s rainbow. I contributed my first post to Jacksonville Moms Blog. I ate eight courses of pizza and paninos at Trasca & Co Eatery, which I plan to recap soon. We took Emme to the Jacksonville Zoo for the first time. We celebrated Christmas early with my side of the family before heading up to Georgia to spend the holiday with Adam’s side. And we finished off the year downtown watching the light boat parade and fireworks as a family.

Happy New Year! Wishing you the best in 2018.

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