2016 Recap


This is the 9th year of JMO and I have done a yearly recap. His can be found at jmo.me. Looking back, I’m sad to see my last post was my 2015 recap. I love that I have my recaps and stories saved in one place, hopefully I will be compelled to write more stories in the future!

In the last year…


I got a call out of the blue for a librarian job at a nearby elementary school. I wasn’t expecting to go back last spring, but the opportunity wasn’t one I could pass up. The position had been vacant for a chunk of the school year, so it has been quite an adventure cleaning up the library. But, I’ve really been able to make it my own. Ander’s Bebe, retired last year too. Ander gets to spend his days with his dad and grandmother.


My grandfather passed away early this year. He was always someone I wanted to impress. I loved his enthusiasm for anything I cooked or baked. I’m grateful for a childhood full of visits where he took me to the pool, bowling, museums and wherever else he thought kids might like. He lived a long life, had a wonderful family, and went on amazing adventures. My grandma now lives in New Orleans. It is a little closer than Florida, so we’ve been able to scoot over there every few months.

Ander turned 1

Ander is one hilarious child. He is so eager to explore, make messes, and get hugs. He never has time to sit and snuggle, there is to much to be done. It is hard to remember life before parenthood.

Brother’s Wedding

My brother got married this past summer. My brother is loved by everyone who meets him, so meeting many of his friends at the wedding was a lot of fun. There is something amazing about interacting with people that all traveled to watch two people we all love for different reasons come together. JMO, Ander, and I were all in the wedding. Timing naps around wedding events was something I had never pondered before having a one year old!



We had lots and lots of family time this year! My family took a trip to Florida, we went to Galveston for a few days with JMO’s family. We travelled to my brother’s wedding and we travelled to my brother’s for Thanksgiving. Ander had both sets of grandparents and all his uncles at his first birthday. There were lots of weekend visits from my parents and lots of meals with JMO’s parents. We are very grateful for our loving and generous families!

In 2017…

Baby #2

We are expecting our daughter at the end of March. I can’t wait to see Ander’s reactions to having a sibling. I’m excited to meet our newest family member. I’m sure 2017 will be full of diapers, toddler chasing, and time at home!










2015. This is the 8th year JMO and I have done a yearly recap. JMO’s is on his blog jmo.me. Every year I feel grateful for all that has transpired the previous year. Every year I feel like a lot happened, this year is no different, it was a glorious year.


IMG_5008We had the best baby boy in the whole world on June 24, 2015. Holding Ander in my arms is the most satisfying thing I have ever done. The feelings of parenthood are hard to convey, he has brought us so much joy. I love watching JMO with him, both of their faces light up when they look at each other. It is incredible to watch our families with Ander too. He just brings out the best in everyone!

Yoga Teacher Certified

While living in Florida, I completed a 200 hour yoga teacher certification through Navarre Living Yoga. I loved this studio and these women. There were certain postures I couldn’t do while pregnant, but I think the amount of yoga I did during made for a pretty easy pregnancy.

Masters in Library Science

I’m so ready to have my own library. Cross your fingers some lady retires soon!

Bought a house & moved back to Texas

Our time in Florida was unforgettable. I miss the waves and our balcony and running my hand through the sand. We came back in early August, and ping ponged between both our parents house until the house was ready at the end of October. It took longer than we expected, sharing a room with our baby was challenging at times. But, it was nice to have dinner nightly with our families and have extra hands to help with our new guy.

Grandpa turned 90

Being able to have our 5 week old son attend my grandfather’s 90th birthday was amazing. If we’d been in Texas, we probably wouldn’t have made the trip. Grandpa’s 90 years, 5 kids, 15 grandkids, and 3 great grand children is something to marvel at. If only we all might be so lucky.

This year was amazing. Things have been good.








2014 was pretty glorious

For the last few years, JMO and I have sat down and reflected and blogged about the previous year. JMO’s post for this year is right here. He has pretty good things to say. At the end of the year, it always seems surprising to acknowledge how much really happened!

  • I took some time off from teaching. In June, I packed up my classroom to prepare for our move. I really loved the school where I worked, and it was hard to leave. But, I know I’ll have a home there if I have the chance to go back!
  • Took a trip to Fredericksburg with my good gal pals in the spring. It was an escape from life and a chance at quality friend time before life changes for all of us.
  • IMG_3184We moved to the beach in June! JMO and I rented a condo in Navarre, Florida. We see my grandparents every week. We had company most of the summer and have really enjoyed getting to be part of our friends and families vacations. The view is wonderful and the town is small and quiet. JMO and I get to spend lots of time together and lots of quality time with my grandparents and family that comes to see them.
  • IMG_4214I was able to put my feet in the Pacific Ocean and visit the Jackson’s in Oregon. It was a relaxing and outdoorsy week with my oldest friend.
  • IMG_3958I turned 30. It was pretty fab, great weekend in New Orleans with great friends. I think I’ve done pretty well in my first 30 years.
  • IMG_4043I interned at a middle school and a primary school library this fall. Two more classes and I’ll have a master’s degree in May.
  • JMO and I are having a baby. I’m loving getting to talk to my grandparents so much and share part of this experience with them.

IMG_4459This year was a little different for us, but I’m extremely grateful for this chance to spend quality time with family and my husband. Life will be very different again this time next year, as was 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008.

2013: A year of joyous occasions

2013 was a year filled with change and fun. Over the last several years, December 31st has become a day of reflection. It is a great day in which I look at years worth of pictures and feel lucky. In the past, I’d spend sometime looking at blog posts, but my blog did not get a lot of action this year. There wasn’t much time for sitting still this year, and I hope to make more time for that next year.

Getting married was a HUGE part of this year. I was able to spend lots of time with those  I love in preparation for the wedding. Two of my good friends also got married in 2013, so the year was filled with showers, bachelorette parties, and quality friend time. So here it goes, the BEST of 2013!

  • Lauren’s wedding was so lovely. We had a fantastic time on a girl’s weekend in Fredericksburg, we went out on the town in Houston, and her wedding was perfect. 
  • I got to spend Spring Break in Florida with my mom, JMO’s mom,  sister, aunt, and cousin planning out our wedding. We rented a little house and visited the church, looked at flowers, met photographers, and ate cake. My Aunt Rhonda and Ashley had a lovely vision for my wedding. It was really wonderful to spend so much time with these women. 
  • Our friend Caren took beautiful engagement photos of us that we will cherish for a lifetime. 
  • Abra and Mike got married! We were able to spend the weekend in Austin and got some quality time with our pal Mikhail too!
  • My baby sister graduated high school! 
  • Bachelorette Weekend!! I love my friends. They are the best of friends. We had a phenomenal time. Thank you ladies!
  • OUR WEDDING! Best part of this fantastic year. We rented a beach house and our friends all stopped by for visits!
  • Emily tagged the graffiti bridge!
  • We had a little BBQ at the house for everyone who had made it to town. It was good to see everyone early.
  • The rehearsal and rehearsal dinner were both pretty surreal. It is such a strange feeling to have people from all parts of life together. It was hard to not be overwhelmed by how far everyone had traveled to be there. 
  • The wedding itself was a whirlwind. It was such a joyous day. We have some pretty fantastic people in our lives. 
  • The honeymoon in Jamaica was a great trip. We ate lots, and swam, and drove dune buggies. It was a really really really great trip. I’m ready to go back tomorrow. 
  • Leah’s bachelorette weekend in Gruene was a great time with friends.
  • Leah’s wedding party was a pretty fantastic time too! 
  • Emily went off to the University of Alabama and I was able to journey with my parents to get her moved in. 
  • We moved to a house closer to my school. I’ll miss our place in Midtown, but it is nice to spend less time in the car. 
  • We went back to Florida for Thanksgiving. That was a lot of quality time with family.
  • Michael graduated nursing school. 
  • I’m made it through another semester of graduate school. I learned again that 6 hours plus a full time job is a lot to take on.
  • I made it to Christmas break! 

And I just realized why I was so run down for the last leg of 2013. I did a lot this year! This year was absolutely unforgettable. Now as I rest and recuperate and enjoy the rest of my break, I can reflect upon how lucky I’ve been. 


Recaps from the past: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008


2012: Year End Review

2012 was an amazing year. It has been crazy busy, it held some surprises, and some adventures. Life has treated me well, and for this I am grateful. In fact, life just keeps getting better and better. 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008 were all wonderful.  I have blogged less and less over the past four years, but I am so glad to have the last few years’ memories right here.

2012 highlights:

  • JMO and I got engaged! We are ecstatic about getting married and enjoying this special time in our relationship. JMO even made us a website (www.jmoandmeg.com).
  • I started graduate school. One day I will be a librarian, and it will be worth it. Right now it has been an absolute roller coaster. The program is more work than I could have expected, but it also more challenging and satisfying that I imagined. Roll Tide. 
  • We went with JMO’s family to New Mexico for his cousin’s wedding. It was lovely and such a good time.

  • I took my second mission trip to Honduras. Mission Lazarus does such a great job of structuring these trips and planning them out. It is a gorgeous country and they match people up with jobs that need to be done. Construction work makes me feel like superwoman. Hikes into villages make me feel like Outdoor Barbie. The entire country and the people remind me that the life we lead is very different, and it is not to be take for granted.
  • Guatemala. I went to Spanish school for three weeks in June and it was magnificent. School was a challenge, and I grew from that experience. Hiking a volcano was a giant obstacle, but one of the most amazing things I have ever done. I went to the rain forest, saw Mayan ruins, and got way outside my comfort zone. I truly love Central America.

On top of a temple overlooking the courtyard.

  • My family and all my relatives spent a week at the beach with all the Pickerts. It was such a relaxing time. It was the 29th yearof the beach house!
Family June 2012

  • JMO and I went to Vegas in April for a wedding. It was one of the best trips we have been on together. We just had an amazing time from plane ride to plane ride.

  • This is my third year teaching fourth grade. Ashley, my partner teacher, and I are like a well oiled machine. We’ve come to a place where we work very well together and we’ve learned how to tackle anything that can be thrown our way.
70's Day


This year has provided many challenges and many times for reflection. I am so proud of the direction my life has taken. I learned great challenges come with great rewards in 2012. Everything that has come my way has done so for a reason, let’s see what 2013 throws at me!

2013 Goals and Guesses:

  • Get married! This will be a huge change. Twenty-eight years of Pickert, traded in for Oswalt in one day. Crazy!
  • This year I hope to truly enjoying the process of planning a wedding and becoming a new family. It is a special time with those I love, I do not want worry to mess with it!
  • Get in shape. Every year I plan to be better. This year is no different, I want to feel strong and capable in 2012.
  • Continue to grow professionally and in my own education. The more I know, the more I can use what I know!

Each year gets bigger and better, 2013 will be amazing. Happy New Year!

Best of 2011

This year was great! I enjoy being able to reflect upon the year that was through my blog. I blogged a lot in the Spring and Summer, but the Fall got a little crazy. I wish I’d done more blogging here these last few months, (I’ve shifted some of my blogging energy to my classroom blog). Being able to look through all my posts for a year reminds me how much I love recording and journaling it all. It has become a bit of a tradition (2008, 2009, and 2010). Below is my highlight list of 2011.

  • I ran a 10k! I’m actually still surprised I did this.
  • Tranee and I took a girl trip to Fredericksburg.
  • JMO and I took a cooking class, which he gave me for Christmas.
  • I went to visit Mike in Orlando for Spring Break.
  • I was named rookie teacher of the year for my school district.
  • My family and I spent a week at the beach in Florida visiting with my relatives.
  • I travelled to Honduras for my first mission trip.
  • I enjoyed karaoke with my pal.
  • JMO and I have been dating for five years!
  • My cousin got married in New Orleans, not only did I get a mini vacation, but I got lots of family time!
  • I completed a year long Happiness Project

Next year….

In 2012 I have a few broad plans. I’d like to save more money. At my age, I feel like I should have a little more in the bank. That means only buying things I truly want and having a plan. I quit my gym this week. The monthly amount I paid for my gym fee will now automatically go into savings. I’ve really enjoyed doing bootcamps, zumba classes, and whatever else I find a Groupon for. Indpendent studios are more motivating to me. I’m doing the Rodeo Run again in February, so that will motivate me to get outside and run a little more. Next year I want to continue to spend time with people and make sure they know what they mean to me. Life has been good to me, and I hope it continues to be!