2013 in Review

2013 was [mostly] a fabulous year for our little fam.
Many great things [and a few very sad things] happened and it's a year we will never forget.
This was our life in 2013:

We started 2013 still living with my parents while we hunted for a house.

In late January, Jack & I took a trip to Texas where we spent time with my uncles & their families and also my sister, Laurin, and her kidlets who came from Kansas.  We went to the alligator park, the Houston temple, the children's museum, the playground, rode horses and spent lots of time with family.

Right when we got home from Texas, Jack & I flew to Chicago to join Daddy who was there on business.  We spent almost a week in The Windy City. We swam in the [indoor] hotel pool, attempted to brave the cold, went to the Lincoln Park Zoo, went to the famous Portillos where we met up with my cousin Alyssa, saw the Chicago LDS temple, and had true Chicago deep-dish pizza at Giordano's.

Jack celebrated his first Valentine's Day.

In late February, Jack turned 6 months old and was still in the 90th percentile for height and weight!
Talk about a little chunker!

In March, we took Jack on his very first picnic and had our first experience of losing Mr. Bunny. It has happened several times since. Luckily, he has always been found and is still with us today!

We took family pictures with our favorite photographer who I'm pretty sure will be taking our pictures for the rest of our lives ha!

We signed papers and went under contract on our very first house!

 We took Jack Jack to his first Kings game.

On May 1st, we got the keys to our house!

We spent a lot of days renovating, renovating, and renovating!

I celebrated my very first Mother's Day!

My little sister & I participated in the Nor Cal 5K mud run. It was SO fun!

In June, Jack & I took a vacation with my little sister, Jamie, to UTAH. We went to visit with my sister, brother & their spouses.

We spent a lot of time in the summer swimming to get relief from the Sacramento heat.

Jack celebrated his first ever 4th of July! We went to our church pancake breakfast (where Jack Jack got to sit in Grandpa Wallace's 1930 Model A Ford), attended the Rancho Cordova parade, had a BBQ with the Wallace fam, and enjoyed street fireworks at night. Jack was a trooper and [mostly] didn't mind the loud fireworks!

The week after the 4th of July, we went to Yosemite for the Wallace Family Reunion.  We did so many fun things like hiking, playing games late at night, swimming in the water hole, eating delicious food, roasting marshmallows, and spending lots of quality time with family.

This is Tom's immediate family!

In mid-July we announced that we were expecting baby #2 - due January 19, 2014.

On July 19, Tom & I celebrated our 5th anniversary with a weekend getaway.

On July 25, Jack turned ONE YEAR OLD! Where did the time go?

As Jack's birthday present, we turned a [large] empty room in our house into a playroom. It's definitely the best use of space in our entire house!

A few weeks after his first birthday and just two weeks after he started walking, Jack Jack broke his leg!
You can read about his broken leg follow-up visit here.

In September, we had a gender reveal party and found out we were expecting another BOY!

In October, T turned 28!

Jack was Peter Pan for his second Halloween and went out trick-or-treating for the first time! He got ridiculous amounts of attention and also a ridiculous amount of candy.  He had fun visiting Great Grandma & Grandpa Davis during the day (in costume) and trick-or-treating to Grandma & Grandpa Davis then Grandma & Grandpa Wallace after all the strangers' houses.

On November 6, Tom's dad suffered a massive heart attack  We were heart-broken when he passed away just three days later on November 9 without ever having a chance to say a true good-bye. We still struggle with this loss on a daily basis but we are grateful for our knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and look forward to the day when we can see Dad again.

A week before Thanksgiving, we went to LA for my cousin's wedding. It was beautiful and so fun!

My brother & his wife came to Sacramento for Thanksgiving.  T had the week off and we had so much fun spending time with family!

In December, Jack Jack got to see Santa Claus (twice!) and sort of liked him haha.

On December 7th, my grandpa had a massive heart attack [the situation was all too familiar from Dad Wallace's heart attack just one month previous] and he returned home to Heavenly Father on December 20. I miss him dearly.  

We celebrated Christmas here in Sacramento with family. T didn't get much time off work but I got to spend quality time with my two sisters who came from Utah.

On December 31 we celebrated my 25th birthday (what?!) and then rang in the new year with family and friends!

Here's to a happy 2014!

1 comment

  1. What beautiful memories; some sad and yet so faith promoting and joyous. Thank you for sharing your blessed life with us! Family and our relationships with others is truly what it's all about. Love you, Marci!


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