Sunday, May 28, 2017

2015 was HARD.

After the first few weeks of being pregnant, I was sick all the time basically. I had especially bad headaches. I did finally get some relief with a special medicine, just in time to see Van Halen in concert. During my pregnancy, I was averse to almost all meat and I could barely eat, so I actually LOST weight.


Lauren was also pregnant, and we went up to DC for her baby shower in the summer, and then Shep was born October 19, 2015. I knit him a sweet sweater that is more for a keepsake than anything. I don't think it ever fit him!




In Sept, I drove to Nashville cause I had a work conference and also to see Kiki and Brinn! The drive was long and hard since I wasn't feeling the greatest. Later in Sept, Jim and I took a "babymoon" to Dad's cabin in Vermont, with a day trip to Montreal. It was fun to explore and have real Canadian poutine! I didn't feel the greatest though, so I'd like to go again sometime.








In October, we put our townhouse on the market and found a house too, and would move in December to get ready for Kelsey to come!




My dad retired from ABC News at the end of the year, and they ran a little story on him on World News Tonight.



Here are some other highlights... including the time our new address got mistakenly listed as a meth house.





Kelsey is almost here!


Sunday, April 09, 2017

Life was forever changed in 2015!

2015 changed my life in many ways. It started good as N2 had our January conference at Disney's Coronado Springs, so Mary Powell went with us to play at Disney!

Things took a turn in February when my cousin Paul passed away. We drove down to Georgia in a snow/ice storm for the funeral, but made it. It was good to see family, but not under those circumstances. We will always miss him.

Jim's good friend, Nelson, moved from DC to California in March, so we went up to DC for his going away party.

In April, what was supposed to be a big group knitting cruise, turned into a group cruise of our friends! It started with a couple of days at Disney, with me, Julie, and Jim. Dana, Dennis, Travis, Mary, and James joined us on the cruise. It was a four night cruise from Tampa to Cozumel on Royal Caribbeans Brilliance of the Seas.





Later in April, I traveled to Salt Lake City for another N2 conference, where we stayed at the 5 star amazing Grand America hotel. It was the perfect time of year to see it. Didn't get to see anything outside of the hotel area but it is definitely a place I'd like to go again.



May was when our lives would forever be changed! After only ONE try, we got pregnant! I "announced" it to Jim's family by crocheting a pair of booties. I went to the beach with my Lunachick group of girlfriends, and made them all take pregnancy tests to make sure mine was real. With 4 negatives and a positive, I knew it was true! More to come on our new addition... Spoiler alert: it's a girl!







Monday, January 23, 2017

A lot happened in late 2014!

In July of 2014, the organization I have been involved with since 2012, Cary Creative Center, had a big fundraiser that I chaired. We made all sorts of decorations, and Jim and his dad even made a photo cutout for us from scratch! We painted flowers on them for people to stick their heads in. The event was called the Bohemian bash, and was totally groovy!




In August, the Limerick side of the family met up for a week at the beach in Emerald Isle for Dad's 70th bday. Uncle Dan got a bunch of us a house, Dad and others had another place, and the Duffys were there too! Cousin Anna and her family even came from Texas! It was so good to see everybody! My favorite part was going for a day with Leigh and Aunt Wendy to Shackelford Banks to see the wild horses and finding awesome shells!



It was the 20 year anniversary of starting college, and Jim's group of friends from NC State (The Natureboys) all got together to celebrate their meeting. It was fun to see how the group had expanded with wives and kids. And that was how I even met Jim back in 1998!



Some of the UNC band alumni played at the UNC homecoming game, and it was strange to play cymbals again! Dana and Jim also came for the game. It was a fun day with the Marching Tarheels!



My first issue of my new magazine, Abbington Life, finally went to print, after getting it ramped up for most of 2014! I feature neighborhood pets, residents, homes, and trips every month and work with local businesses to get involved with the community!



Happy 1st year anniversary to Jim and I! To celebrate, we drove to Uncle Dan's beautiful cabin in the mountains of Georgia. When we returned home, we ate the top of our wedding cake, which was still OK!










Saturday, November 05, 2016

2014 gets started with a bang!

I got a rocky start with my new career with N2 Publishing, and Jim got laid off. Wahhhhhhhhhh! In the middle of the stress, we both got out there trying our hardest, though.


I had a fun day trip in April with Mary Powell and friends to Busch Gardens, and realized I am much more wimpy at roller coasters than I used to be!




Jim got placed in the Food Sciences dept at NC State in May, as their IT person, so he really had to go one month without pay. Yay! It's where they make the NC State ice cream.

N2 has conferences several times a year. I went to training in Chicago, a Jan conference in Dallas, and then back to Chicago for a May conference. It's neat to go places I have never been but I don't really have time to see anything. I did get to sing karaoke with colleagues tho!


May of 2014, I went to Florida with Mary. We stayed one day at the new Cabana Bay 60s themed resort at Universal. It was super cool!!






Then, Mary and I went to Disney for the 24 hour day at Magic Kingdom!!! What? We got there at 6am, played for a while, then went to all the other parks before coming back to MK late. We made it till 4am before we couldn't handle anymore. It was an experience, that's for sure!

BEFORE


The brand new Seven Dwarves Mine Train ride! I love it!


AFTER


We also went to the special Star Wars weekend at Hollywood Studios and had a villain breakfast!





Saturday, July 16, 2016

Late 2013 changed my life forever!

I married my sweet Jim! Our wedding was November 9, 2013, at my hometown church in Charlotte, St. Peter's Episcopal. I even had my childhood rector, Gary Jones, perform the ceremony. He lives in Richmond now, but came just for our wedding! The reception was there too, and we had a great time! Before the wedding though, there were showers and bachelor/ bachelorette weekends...  Beth and Mark threw us a UNC/ NC State House Divided couples shower, and Katie threw me a Pampered Chef shower. I went with girlfriends to Black Mountain, NC and to Asheville for the fiber festival I love. Jim went to Myrtle Beach with the Natureboys.





I also went to nashville to see some of my Ladies. (not a great picture- but what a GREAT picture!)


My mom made my dress, based on a pattern I loved!


Our wedding night, we stayed at the historic Dunhill hotel in the Penthouse, in Charlotte. Our rehearsal dinner was there too.





Jim gave his groomsmen themed robes!


Aint we cute?





For our honeymoon, we went to Disneyworld!! We stayed at the beautiful Wilderness Lodge in the honeymoon room, and got to see the christmas decorations go up all over property.