This year was the equivalent of a roller-coaster. Seriously.
January was spent very much bored and sad indoors because of consistent snowfall. February was quite hard, with lots of money spent and lots of knowledge learned. March, April and May felt like a balloon, constantly inflating and deflating… June, July and August were awesome and sunny! September was relaxing, but much-needed. October, November and December were full of experiences. Here’s our year in review; our most favorite adventures and our greatest learning moments. Our first -full- year together as a couple, and our most life-changing year to date! [100+ pictures below- and we are totally not sorry. Lots of scrolling going to be happening, but the smiles are well worth it! 😉 Promise!]
This was the first full month in our bigger room and new house with my family. My family and I hadn’t moved since 1997 when we moved here to NJ, so it was quite the change. Jordan and I had a room that felt like an apartment because we didn’t have enough stuff to even fill it until mid-year! It was also our first month full of full-on bills… Rent, lots of car issues [$400-600 worth. Ugh!], gym membership, and other little in-between things. We also got a little blizzard later in the month, and exploring it was one of my favorite spontaneous little “adventures” we ever have done!
February wasn’t anywhere near easy. One of our hardest months to date! Though we were looking forward to this month the most because of our one-year anniversary on February 14…
The week after was quite the ride. Our car [with brand new tires and spark plugs! Read above about how much we spent just that month…] got flooded. Our mechanic forgot to close something and we went through a puddle at 7 am, and flooded. Completely. Nothing worked besides the engine and sometimes the locks or doors! This week was simply awful, but we learned SO much. So so much, and I am incredibly grateful of it all. We were left car-less for a few days, and then witnessed our first ever car buying moment! We ended up with our beautiful 2014 Versa Note with extremely low-mileage and energy efficient tires. Good left, and better came! Tears were shed for days, but man, it was worth the hardship. [Keep in mind we only had one other car at the house, with 4 adults. So, that’s another factor in why this really sucked.] Since this day, we have explored nearly 17,000 miles… and those 17,000 miles are full of some of the most memorable, amazing moments! I wouldn’t change it for the world, and we have tons of more to drive! Oh, and another moment of this month: the same weekend our car blew, our bed broke, too… So, we bought our first bed together and later on in the year, our first expensive [but the most amazing] mattress. #AdultThings
March was pretty great. The snow started lightening up, the weather started getting a bit warmer, and our smiles brighter. We got our tax returns, and Jordan got the most she’s made to date! We got a lot done and thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of spring. We started hiking again, too!
Though it rained a lot, come April we hiked almost everyday of most weeks. It was so lovely to be outside in the sunshine again! We picnic-ed and enjoyed the weather a whole lot. Also, we celebrated our second Easter together!
We visited my brother at Fairleigh Dickinson University and went to Smash Burger for the first time ever. We also hiked some new and old places, and then Jordan’s 21st birthday came on May 21, 2015! I treated her to a day in New York City after she opened all of her presents, and we witnessed Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum for the first time ever! [Man, I was SO happy I could do all of this for her.] Our first taxi rides together, our first full day in NYC together, our first Central Park walks and our first time at the best pizza restaurant ever- John’s Pizzeria, which was built inside an old beautiful church! Her birthday was amazing, and we cannot wait to do it again.
Come June came Pride Month. Our Pride date was June 7, and we went for the first time [together]! It was so great and felt amazing being surrounded by others in the same boat. We went with two friends and ended the day with the buffet and some hangs. It was very hot, but very worth it! And, ironically during Pride month…. LOVE WON! Love was legalized in ALL 50 states. How beautiful is that memory?!
Also… WE ADOPTED OUR FIRST PET! Ringo, at the time named Boston [his brothers and sisters were all city names!], was only about 6 weeks when we adopted him. He went from shy and timid from months on end, to the most lovable and playful little guy ever. He’s now nearing 8 months old and going on his first Christmas!
I had surprised Jordan with tickets to Warped Tour, because it’s one of her favorite concerts and we originally didn’t plan on going because of our money situation. So, we attended our first Warped Tour together… and possibly our last. It was 98 degrees, they had only one water station, and an insanely small and crowded venue. It was fun, but we didn’t catch much music! Mainly just Mod Sun and some of ATTILA.
My 20th birthday came on July 23rd, and it was awesome! We spent the day at Grounds For Sculpture and continued going up to northern Jersey for dinner. We went to my favorite place- The Cheesecake Factory! This place was mind-blowing and we plan on going back come next spring and summer!
Alsoooo, my 8th tattoo happened as a birthday gift from my parents! I can’t wait to get her background finished.
August 9, we hiked our first mountain together. Two paths, over 5 miles uphill and rocky, 80 degree weather and 4 hours of moving. We recorded some of it on our YouTube channel and took a million pictures! My favorite place, to date. My favorite adventure.
And we went to the zoo with a friend…
September wasn’t very eventful. Though it was a time of good things because work kicked back up and we were busy with that, and because fall was slowly on its way [the weather was very on and off, but nights were dreamy!], we didn’t do much! A few main things: we went to our first art show together [Jordan’s grandma’s, at that!] and we saw Florida-Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett and Frankie Ballard a few days after! Most amazing concert of my life. All three performances were mind-blowingly amazing and SO personal!
We celebrated our second Halloween together this October, and had made two amazing costumes! Princess Leia and Han Solo: our version….
Oh, and R2D2, of course!
Other things we did in October: pumpkin carved two awesome pumpkins…
And went apple AND pumpkin picking…
Explored around town and took lots of foliage pictures…
And just enjoyed the fall! Our favorite time of the year!
With lots of breakfast dates…
Aside from lots of Christmas shopping, November was spent doing a lot of relaxing… and not-so-much relaxing at the same time. I don’t recall much standing out to me, but we did explore another new town together! Red Bank, NJ //
Jordan got me a new engagement ring [reasoning here], and even though I have to switch ONCE more [some flaws with color and sizing is all], we fell in love all over again!
And we did find the most perfect house to move in to with my family again! This time for long-term [hopefully forever, until we head down south ourselves!] We got the entire bottom floor, so it’s basically a mother-daughter/two family home. Basically, we’re on our own, a good portion of the day. It’s lovely and 100% cheaper than moving into a 1 bedroom run-down apartment on our own in this town and state. We basically have just that! Oh, AND we celebrated our second Thanksgiving together as well this month Here’s our OOTDs:
December has been, well, hectic to say the least. The week of the 1st-5th, we moved into our new place. We packed up and moved and unpacked all within 2-3 weeks! Now everything is a little calmer and at peace… We are at home again!
We went to a bunch of Christmas shows [residential ones]…
Decorated a bunch of different Christmas trees… [top left: my classroom tree at work. top right: OUR tree! bottom left: my parent’s tree. bottom right: Grandma’s tree!]
Met with Santa once again… and he was super nice! 😛
Took lots and lots of Christmas pictures…
Saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens [and I fell in love with the entire Star Wars series]…
Celebrated our second Christmas Eve and Day together..
And now, in just a few days, we celebrate another brand new year together!
Like I previously mentioned, this year was the absolute equivalent of what you could call a roller-coaster of a year. We have had lots of new “firsts”, and I absolutely love that! We saw many new faces, hung out with many old, adventured in so many beautiful spots, and hiked nearing hundreds of miles! We really tried to focus on spending lots of time outside when the sun was shining and we accomplished that quite well! We went on a bunch of dates and threw a whole bunch of date-night-ins. Whatever we needed, we got and did ourselves; from a car to our own fridge and food. If that’s not something to reflect on proudly, I don’t know what is! BUT, let’s specify- just because all of these good things happened, it does not mean we didn’t have bumps. We had weeks of bumpiness in our relationship and lives. We’re best friends- we’re going to fight. We’ve bickered like a married couple and learned even more about each other! Life’s a balance, as are relationships. Healthy balances. [Sometimes the energy might lean more towards good or bad for a week, but it always fixes itself.] The couples who claim they don’t fight are the ones I see not lasting, at least come this year.
Anywayssss! This year was full of thousands of pictures, like almost 3,000, and just so much love. So, you know what? Let’s forget our worries and cheers to 2015, and every single thing it has taught us about life and compromising for things we need and of course, for things we love.
Today, we get to happily to celebrate nearly two years of pure love, loud laughter, lots of tears and buckets of newness! I cannot wait for all the adventures and pictures that 2016 will bring our way! Here’s to food, family, friends and most importantly, love. Happy end of December- it’s almost NYE celebration time!
Keep smiling ♥ ☕, Alissa Ellen + Jordan Hunter