Happy 2014!


I still have so many posts to share about our holiday vacation in Texas, but I can’t help but share our New Year’s Eve in the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee first. We drove up yesterday to stay in a cabin with 13 friends and ring in the new year. I think this may be the best way to celebrate New Year’s…no need to dress super fancy, pay a huge cover charge or need to drive home. It’s especially nice since I’m about 8 months pregnant!

We made and brought way too much food and of course too many beverages, we watched Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and played a myriad of card/drinking/pool/random type games. At midnight we got distracted and had one of those “Oh crap, I think the ball dropped!” moments, so we “cheers”ed quickly, kissed our loves and ran out the door with sparklers!

glow sticks cheers soexcited woohoo

Our cabin is right at the top of the hill so we were lucky enough to catch all the fireworks being shot in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg.

cabin fireworks

The first few hours of 2014 were spent hot tubbing (not me…sadly), playing many more games and staying up way past our bedtimes.


It’s hard to believe that it’s already 2014 and next New Year’s we will be parents doing who knows what on New Year’s Eve! Now, it’s time to figure out my resolutions…(uh…drink more coffee once Luna arrives and do not become a super competitive Mom are topping the list right now) and start this year off right. However, we have 2 more days left in the mountains, so resolutions and what not are on hold!


My 2013

Happy New Year’s Eve! We made it back to Nashville last night, unpacked, re-packed and are now getting ready to drive up to the Smoky Mountains to ring in the New Year with a small group of friends in a cozy cabin. At this moment, I am actually sitting under a big warm blanket on the couch.. I am trying to enjoy every peaceful quiet second because it will be about a week before I get this moment again. As I sit here, I am reflecting over the last year…

Every year brings its great and its terrible moments. The bad times aren’t always forgettable, sometimes I don’t want to forget them, but for today I want to focus on why 2013 was a great year, and why every year just seems to keep getting better. You know I like to focus on the positive!

My 2013 in Review

The year started off with a little New Year’s Eve Party in Nashville.

1 new year 2013

My nephew, Micah, was born and I got to meet him for the first time when he was a month old. Being an Aunt is the best.

2 meet micah

Not only was my sister’s baby boy born, but a few of my closest friend’s had their baby boys this year. Being an honorary Aunt is also the best. 

3 danica

I learned to swing and flip on a trapeze!

4 trapeze

We made the decision to buy a house, and ended up buying a house in the country in Middle Tennessee… a huge move and decision after years of moving and traveling from city to city.


I left my job, which I loved, in NYC and have changed my entire idea of what I want to be when I grow up.

5 yoga

After spending the last month in NYC alone (Husband was already in Tennessee), I said “good-bye” and prepared for a new adventure. 

5.1 bye nyc
me in the cab on the way to the airport

*Our BIGGEST news this year! We announced at 10 weeks that we are expecting our first baby!

6 zimbickijr.

We found our Duckie abandoned and abused on the riverbank while canoeing and made her the newest addition to our family. 

meet duckie

We found out our first baby will be a little girl!

7 it's a girl

I met Taylor Swift at a fun and fancy awards dinner for Aunt Amy. 

8 taylorswift

I started a new website/blog with my friend Chris and am having a lot of fun learning to make it better and better each week. 

Get Kidz Fit

This was the first year we did not take an International trip in a very long time, but we still made time to travel in good ol’ America. Husband, surprised me on our 8 year dating anniversary by taking me to Disney California…completing our goal of visiting every single Disney park in the world!

9 disneyland

We had our annual trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina with the family. 

10 hhi

Spent some time in Pittsburgh visiting more family. 

11 pittsburgh

Went to a beautiful wedding Chicago.

12 chicago

And, OF COURSE, we made our annual trip to Disney World. 

13 halloween

There are dozens more good times I could write about from 2013, but this sums up the year pretty well. I’m getting anxious about what 2014 has in store (more good and more bad), but it’s exciting to think that some of our best memories and adventures have yet to happen. 2014, you have a lot to live up to, see you soon!