2013 at The Herron Nest, Not Too Shabby

I know that I’m publicly sharing this post but I have to admit that the reason I wrote it would be more self serving. Reminiscing about 2013 and thinking about all the great moments and happy memories that we created makes me well-up a little but also makes me proud of hubs, myself and Ab. There were a fair share of ups and downs (we’ll get to those) but an overall great year. Here are the highlights by month:

{January} NYE Spaghetti

  • Rang in the new year with our little girl at LaRosa’s, there was spaghetti sauce EVERYWHERE! I remember that we actually tried getting into a semi-nice restaurant first, which was a joke.
  • Celebrated George’s birthday
  • George lands a new position at Kroger and is uber happy
  • Ab started swimming lessons

{February}

  • The only thing I can think of was really training for the 1/2 marathon
  • And Valentine’s day
  • Does anything else happen during this month?

{March} 

  • I participated in the Cinciditarod which was one of the biggest mistakes of 2013 – it SUCKED!
  • George and I saw an awesome Beatles tribute band at Belterra Casino
  • I started a weight-loss transformation that changed my body, our family’s health and made me a different person (after the sucky Cinciditarod)
  • We started tearing up our kitchen which turned into THE major project of the year (or so I thought at the time).

{April} BeachBaby

  • Florida vacation
  • Our first trip to Disney
  • Visiting with Aunt Sue and Uncle Jack in Florida
  • Celebrated my parent’s 36th wedding anniversary.

{May} Pig Ladies

  • I ran in the Cincinnati Flying Pig 1/2 Marathon with my best friend and cousin, Kat.
  • I turned 31 (blerg)
  • I became a health coach for Take Shape For Life and started coaching others to optimal health
  • George started another season coaching for Butler County Challenger Baseball

{June}

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  • Many awesome weekends spent at Fox Run
  • Time spent on Papa’s new pontoon boat on Brookville lake
  • Fun at Gower Park and the Sharonville Pool (our favs)

{July} Nashville_July'13

  • George and I took a family of three vacation and trucked ourselves down to Nashville for a long holiday weekend….in the rain. Literally, rain the ENTIRE time.
  • I made my 40 pound goal
  • George and I saw Willie Nelson in concert, 4 rows back!
  • George coached the Butler County Challenger Red Sox during the 2013 Butler County State Tournament – it was hot but he did a fantastic job.
  • and apparently got pregnant!
  • Celebrated my in-laws anniversary and started to share the news of my pregnancy with family
  • THEN found out my brother-in-law and sister-in-law were also pregnant and due 5 weeks before us

{August} 

  • Spent a lot of time together as a family playing at “Abbey’s Park” and “Abbey’s Pool” in Sharonville
  • Put new gutters on the house and put the final touches on the brand-spankin-new-kitchen (thanks to Grandpa and Uncle Tom)
  • George had his tonsils removed (YAY) and miraculously stopped snoring (bonus)
  • Abbey and I did the Super Hero Run for Pro Kids with Grandma Herron, Sarah, CJ and Henry

{September} 20130921-174809.jpg

  • Started to share pregnancy news with all family and friends!
  • Celebrated a combined loss of 216 lbs in just the women of my family
  • Celebrated my nephew’s, Henry, 2nd birthday
  • Celebrated the wedding of Zeek and Nicole and watched my dad actually marry a couple, good job Rev!
  • Spent the majority of our “extra” time and money at Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards

{October}

  • Put the house on the market
  • Got an offer 2 days later
  • Was under contract 1 day after that
  • Celebrated our 8th Wedding anniversary
  • Then the offer fell threw, whomp whomp whomp
  • Abbey went to Disney On Ice and because of my killer blogging hook-up we got to see Mickey and Minnie backstage!

Abbey and Mason Meeting Mickey & MInnie

{November} revealboy_TheHerronNest

  • 20-week ultrasound to see our healthy baby
  • Gender reveal party with family and friends to find out we are expecting Jack Edward Herron in late March 2014!
  • Updated our electric
  • Celebrated my 5th year anniversary at US Digital Partners
  • Bought a brand new furnace
  • Celebrated Abbey’s 2nd birthday with her little buds Mickey Mouse Clubhouse style, “we’ve got ears, say cheers!”
  • Spent Thanksgiving with all of our family, blessed!

{December}

  • Took said house off the market for the winter (we’ll be back on in the Spring, don’t you worry!)
  • Celebrated Mason’s 3rd birthday, my silly Bubby!
  • Celebrated the Christmas season all December long thanks to WARM 98 and the non-stop Christmas music Ab demanded 🙂
  • Spent time with family in Louisville, KY at the Galt House and Christmas Village (highly recommend)
  • Got through Abbey and George colds
  • Celebrated Christmas about 6 times and loved every crazy-lovin moment!

Remembering Abbey’s Gender Reveal Party

Today is like Christmas – it is BABY REVEAL day for Baby Squishy. One of the more nerve-racking days in all of pregnancy, for me anyways. I’m praying for a healthy baby and I can’t even explain to you how anxious I am for 3:30pm. The Herron’s are set though! George has the recorder from Build-A-Bear, I’ve said a million prayers, all of our family and friends are thinking about us, my sweet Abbey Road is in good hands with her Papa Herron…now all we have to do is wait. 

I’m 19 weeks pregnant now and thought it would be fun to look back at my pregnancy blog post with Abbey at 19 weeks and read up {side note: we had Abbey’s reveal party on the date that George and I had our first date and got engaged}. While searching, I came across the blog post that George wrote about our reveal party. What an awesome day! I remember the anxiety at the ultrasound, I remember asking so many questions, I remember essentially holding my breath until I heard that everything was okay. I was choking back tears just reading the post, I could literally feel all the emotions flooding back all at once. George and I felt like the luckiest parents that day and we still feel that way now. I can’t tell you how many nights we sit down to relax after putting our princess to bed and we look at each other, smile and talk about how lucky we are to have our Abbey girl. I digress….

We are both nervous about today but for different reasons, George is genuinely nervous that our house will be overrun by women and I’m still just being mama-bear wanting to see my baby with all 10 toes, 10 fingers, strong heart beat, and healthy! George also wants to see a healthy baby and I’m happy that he is balancing out my fears and nerves. I keep telling him that he doesn’t need to worry though, I truly think Squishy is a boy! We shall see, Rick will be bringing the box Abbey and I painted full of either pink or blue balloons to our house for the big reveal at 6p. 

Thank you again to all of our family and friends for the support and love, we are half-way there people!