Jim and I moved in to our first house together. She has been a bit of a fixer upper but nothing we weren't aware of at purchase. Yes, we got a great deal! Since this photo was taken she has gotten a new roof, new chimney, updated electrical, repaired foundation inside and out and a new fence. Not to mention the little things we have done without contractor help! Wow, that's a lot!
We have had fun exploring our new city's different restaurants.
Its fantastic architecture of buildings re-built in 1882 after a devastating fire.
Its parks and reservations.
I got my first pixie cut when I decided to go natural and never color my hair again. This has made my life just a little bit easier!
The biggest thing that happened this year was Jim and I got married! Ok, so I'm clearly a very private person!
We both said we would never get married but from time to time this would come up in conversation that maybe we should go for it. So one night over wine we decided to do it. The next morning we went to City Hall to get the ball rolling. 3 weeks later it was a done deal!
We wanted to run off and do this in private but knew we would feel guilty about not telling the moms and dads. Since Jim's parents are in MA during the summer it seemed like perfect timing.
This was the size of our wedding above. I am next to Jim's parents and he is next to mine. It is obvious when you look at the moms because we each look like our mom.
Combined, these sets of parents have over a century of experience in making a marriage work and last.
We were married in the backyard where I grew up. Wow my hair is getting grey!
The minister of my mom's church officiated the ceremony. She was really sweet. I was concerned since Jim and I aren't churchy (is that a word?), but that was not a problem. I have great respect for the churches that accept and appreciate everyone. I bought a classic Calvin Klein dress that I will get plenty of future wear out of.
I wanted this whole thing to be as quick and stress free as it could be and it was!
No dull moments this year! I would say it is my best year yet. It is not easy saying that when I know it has been a difficult year for many across the globe.
I hope you have enjoyed my year in review and that I didn't shock you too much with the husband and wife thing. 💕 2017 will likely be another year about the house. We wish to conquer the kitchen and half bath remodel this coming year so we will see!
Thank you to all my lovely readers. Wishing you an awesome, fulfilling 2017! ~Val