2018 has been quite the year for us! I’ve spent the past few days looking back on this year and thinking about all of the things we did in a short amount of time. We celebrated a lot this year and truly have so much to be thankful for, especially all of our amazing family and friends that have supported us through some of our favorite moments and memories to date! Here is a recap of our year and some highlights of 2018.
We started out the year with our annual ski trip to Snowshoe, WV with friends which is just about all of the traveling we did this year other than a beach trip and my bachelorette party in Nashville. Not long after our trip, wedding planning and house hunting took over our lives.
We listed our amazing condo in Clarendon on March 1st and it sold in about a week. We had it looking exactly how we wanted it and were so sad to leave (I cried every night for 2 weeks) but we knew it was the best thing for the future. We were running out of space and REALLY wanted a puppy. Since the space was small and brand new when Patrick bought it, we were getting a little bored without any projects. We had so much fun decorating our first place together and it will always be special.
Our search for a new house was even harder than we thought it would be. We were so picky with what we wanted and didn’t want to settle. The real estate market in Arlington is crazy and it seems like everyone else also wanted a cute craftsman in the best location. We put offers on 4 different houses and lost all of them. Each time I would get my hopes up only to be let down. We lived with my in-laws from April through August which ended up being the best thing for us. They are awesome and were able to save a lot toward our house and not worry as much about spending money on our wedding.
July 21st came quicker than we thought and we had the most amazing wedding weekend at Brittland Manor despite the 7 inches of rain on our wedding day (which took place outside!). I had a minor panic attack on Friday when almost a year of planning for an outdoor riverfront ceremony, poolside cocktail hour, and tented reception all had to be changed, but all of my worries disappeared on the big day and we had the best day ever. There is nothing like having all of your favorite people together to help celebrate such a special day.
We decided to skip a honeymoon so we could save for a house and went to the beach with my family instead. It was on our beach trip that we secured a rental property that would get us back into Arlington in time for the school year to start. It was a carriage house that was basically a converted garage we called the tiny house. It was little, but was on the ground level with direct access outside which meant we could finally start thinking about getting a dog. We were casually looking online when we came across the cutest little pup. We both instantly knew we HAD to have him. Fast forward 2 weeks and we were moving into the tiny house and picking up Chester. Our little fluffball now weighs 55+ pounds and we can’t imagine life without him!
All it took was moving into the rental for us to find the perfect house. For some reason we had a good feeling about this one. It wasn’t the style or location we originally thought we wanted, but it checked every other box on our list. We have been here for 3 months now and we fall more in love with our house and “The Little City” each day. After moving 3 times this year, we decided we might not ever move again!
Since moving in, I started my blog, completed the One Room Challenge, demoed the basement, and have so many big plans to put our touch on our house and make it truly reflect our styles and personality.
I’ve learned a lot this year. One thing I’ve learned is to be patient (even though it’s really hard!). The best things are worth the wait. I’ve also learned to embrace the unexpected. Life doesn’t always go exactly according to plan but that’s the fun part. Things don’t have to be perfect and that’s okay. I’m so glad I decided to leave my comfort zone and take a bit of a risk with starting my blog and sharing our house progress. I’ve enjoyed the process more than I even thought and can’t wait to see where it takes me in 2019!
Thank you so much for following along! Wishing you all the best in 2019!