1- Hannah turned one years old: Hannah's first birthday was in March 2014. I couldn't believe that my little girl was one years old. I wrote a post about my feelings relating to her growing up here. We had a fun birthday party with our families and Hannah even tried sugar/dessert for the first time in her life :)
2- We became Settlers of Catan fans: This may have been a little bit back into 2013, but we LOVE the board game of Settlers of Catan! We have spent MANY hours playing with our families back in Rexburg before we moved. It was a regular event to be up until 1:00 am at my parent's kitchen table playing an intense round. Since being in St. Louis, we have found other Settler's fans and have had fun playing.
3- We got pregnant: This past summer we found out that we were pregnant! We wanted another baby and were so excited to find out that we were expecting. To add to the excitement, we found out at my 18-week appointment that we were having a baby BOY! I have always wanted both genders and now we will have one of each. The pregnancy has gone well overall. I love feeling this little guy move around inside of me. He is very active in there! We already love him so much.
4- Hannah GREW: Hannah grew and learned soooo much this year. I am frequently amazing this sweet girl and how much she grows and learns each day. Here are some pictures/updates of her from 2014...
|Easter basket 2014|
|13 months old|
|Hannah started to walk after we moved to St. Louis when she was 17 months old. Both Jaren and I were able to witness her first steps and I cried. My baby was growing.|
|This little girl's vocabulary is so amazing and above average! I'm pretty sure that while all the other kids were walking, the thinking part of her brain was developing on high speed :) She is our smarty pants.|
5- Celebrated 5 years of marriage: Jaren and I had our 5 year wedding anniversary back in April 2014. These past five years have been so amazing. Being married to Jaren is easy and natural. We were able to fly to Las Vegas to celebrate just the two of us. It was a trip we will always remember. Thank you to our mom's for watching Hannah for the week!
6- Jaren's brother left on an LDS mission: Elder Chris Dickey left for the Microneshia Guam mission this past July. We miss him and are glad that things are going well for him out there. We got to talk to him on Christmas which was really neat! We love Chris!
|My sweet parents helped us drive all of the 23 hours to St. Louis and helped us get settled here for a week. It was such a special time with them.|
9- Jaren started medical school: Jaren started his first year of medical school in August 2014. He is doing the MD program at St. Louis University. He has really enjoyed it and has done very well. We LOVE his SLU medical school and have been really impressed by what they have going on here. Jaren studies so hard and still finds a balance to spend time with his little family. He is such a beast.
10- Sarah became a freelance writer: I have been able to work from home about 13-15 hours a week doing freelance writing for online newspapers. Some good family friends of ours helped me get the job and it has been such a HUGE blessing for us. I'm so grateful that I can stay at home with Hannah but still help financially by working during nap-times and after her bedtime.
11- First NFL 49rs Game: One of Jaren's life-long wants became a reality haha. We went to a Monday night football game to see his favorite team play... the San Francisco 49rs! Jaren and I loved the alone time and having the 49rs win made it even better!
12- Mom surprised us and came to St. Louis: In November 2014, my mom literally showed up on my front door step at 11:30 pm! She flew out from Idaho to surprise me and I was totally shocked! I had no idea that she was coming. We spent the week preparing for baby boy, relaxing, and having fun. Hannah loved having her "Nana" here. Jaren, Hannah, and I had so much fun with her visiting!
|Painting frames for my kid's room that my mom helped me decorate|
|We watched an old season of Survivor... like a whole season... while she was here haha|
13- Trip to Idaho: For Christmas break we were able to fly to Idaho to see our families. Hannah and I were there for 3 weeks and Jaren was there for 2 weeks. It was such a special trip. Seeing Hannah constantly surrounded by people who think she is the most amazing thing to ever walk the planet, did my soul well. We love our families so much.
|Hannah loves her grandma Dickey|
|Great grandpa Winn|
|Great grandma Winn|
|Great grandma Anderson|