Goodbye to a year full of living life to the fullest! This piece is a little bit about everything big that has happened in this amazing year of 2016. I’ve always considered the New Year as a time of reflection as much as a time for assessing change.

Engaged: March 22

Engagement at The Venetian

Zack and I went to Las Vegas for a trip together. He proposed to be while taking a gondola ride in The Venetian. I cried, he smiled, the gondolier yelled “he proposed” several times and tons of tourists took our photos.

Verandahs Apartment

Zack Moved: April 15

Zack flew out Sunday, March 27 for an interview on Monday in Fort Worth, Texas. He was accepting a job offer on Friday, April 1. He gave his work (and me) two weeks notice. We drove two days with an overnight in Missouri. We arrived at our new apartment, viewed the unit, then signed the lease. We had packed as much as we could in the back of his truck, then unpacked it all. The only thing we needed to buy was a mattress once we unloaded the truck. I flew back to Wisconsin on Sunday.

Zack and Katie

Married: May 28

Long story short: We wanted to get married before I moved across the country to be with him. My mom and I planned the entire event in less than two weeks. Zack flew home May 17 to apply for our marriage license. We drove to see his step-mom at work to let her know what was happening. Then I drove him back to the airport to catch his 3 p.m. flight. Then, he flew back in on Friday, May 27. We spent the Saturday with our family in front of Lake Michigan and then went to dinner at Cafe Benelux in Milwaukee.

Moved to Texas: May 29

The immediate day after saying our vows, we drove across the country to our new life together.

Colt puppy

Got a Puppy: June 6

We had one weekend together alone, then we got a puppy! We named him Colt. Since I was working at home, we decided that this was the only time that we could ever potty and crate train. Once I started my new job, Zack was working half-days in the office and half at home to continue the training.

Started a New Job: June 28

I accepted a job offer at a private high school running their social media accounts and managing their website. The biggest frontier was learning to drive without my GPS to go to work.

Left Job of 9 Years: June 30

I was working remotely at my other job finishing up some database cleanup. I had already said goodbye on May 27, but I stopped answering emails and calls. It was weird leaving behind the only career I have known.

Drove to Wisconsin: November 20-27

We took Colt home for Thanksgiving so he didn’t have to go into a kennel. It was a 16 and a half hour drive (each way) and the dog did okay. He threw up within the first couple of hours in the car. I think mostly likely he was nervous and anxious. He hardly ate the entire ride and would only drink a little bit of water. Once we got to my parent’s house, Colt never stopped playing with my mom’s dog, Walter. He slept almost the entire car ride home. My mom invited all of my friends over for a Friends-giving. There were over-flowing drinks and plates of food. It was fabulous!

Christmas 2016

First Christmas Away From Family: December 25

Zack and I celebrated our first Christmas as a married couple (because everything is celebrated in firsts this year) and we celebrated it completely alone! We cooked (Zack cooked it all, haha) a turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and green bean casserole. We proceeded to watch all The Hobbit movies while drinking old fashioned’s. It was a relaxing weekend together.

7 Months Together: December 28

Today marks seven months of being married and seven months of living together in Texas. It been a great year full of firsts and full of life-changing events!

Cheers to 2017!

Dallas Dreamhaus Katie Kinsley Selkie Puff Sleeve Dress

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24 Comments

  1. Brittany
    January 12, 2017 / 8:47 am

    I love this! Thanks for taking us into your biggest changes of 2016. Very encouraging! I bet you’re more motivated than ever for 2017! Your new job sounds awesome!

  2. Genevieve
    January 12, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Congratulations to you in such an exciting year! Good Luck in the new year on your new marriage and your new job! Thanks for sharing!!

  3. January 13, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    You had a very eventful year. Congratulations on your marriage and on moving. Cute puppy.

  4. Kristie
    January 14, 2017 / 6:02 pm

    Wow, 2016 sounds like it was a great year for you with lots of positive changes! It’s so nice to be able to look back at it and have so many accomplishments. Congrats on the engagement! Hope 2017 brings you lots more adventure & happiness.

    xo,
    Kristie
    http://www.kristiesreverie.com

  5. March 18, 2017 / 8:03 am

    Reading your post 2016 was a whirlwind of a year with tons of changes and adjustments. May 2017 bring you much happiness and some excitement as well.

  6. Anita Anderson
    March 18, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    That is awesome congrats on your wedding. Wow, that you and your mom’s planned a wedding in less than 2 wks and it turned out perfect.

  7. Rocky
    March 18, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Congrats on your marriage!! Really some great and special moments from 2016, you can always look back and cherish them in year ahead.

  8. March 19, 2017 / 2:33 am

    What an exciting year for you. Awesome throwbacks. It is nice to know that you positively embraced changes in your life.

  9. March 19, 2017 / 8:55 am

    2016 has been a big year for you. Congrats on your marriage. You had such a sweet proposal from the gondola ride.

  10. Jennifer Van Huss
    March 19, 2017 / 11:32 am

    What an amazing year!! I was married on May 28th too!! Sounds like you had many changes but handle them all beautifully! I wish you all the best in 2017

    • kkinsley
      March 19, 2017 / 3:00 pm

      awww, many happy years to you and yours!

  11. March 19, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Looks like you all had a very full year. Congrats on all the new beginnings

    • kkinsley
      March 19, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      Thank you so much! It has been a wonderful year!

  12. March 19, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    What a fun post! Thank you for taking us along with you. Nothing like adding a puppy to the family! You got married on my birthday!

  13. Leigh Anne Borders
    March 19, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    Sounds like you guys are off to a wonderful start. Marriage is a beautiful thing full of ups and downs. Enjoy your moments together:) Wishing you all the best!

  14. March 19, 2017 / 6:31 pm

    I went on that Gondola ride in Las Vegas. The singers make it feel so authentic.

  15. March 19, 2017 / 8:27 pm

    What a whirlwind year you had! It’s so nice when you know someone is “The One” and makes you happy.

    • kkinsley
      March 20, 2017 / 6:31 am

      It went by so quickly!

  16. Rebecca Swenor
    March 19, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    Congrats on your life together. I love your story and years from now you can look back at these post to feel these feelings again. Thanks for sharing your story.

    • kkinsley
      March 20, 2017 / 6:30 am

      Thank you, Rebecca!

  17. March 20, 2017 / 10:23 am

    Wow, my 2016 year is so bland compared to yours. I hope your 2017 year is every bit as awesome. You seem like a person who knows what they want and that’s wonderful.

  18. Ave
    March 20, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing and eventful 2016! Congratulations on getting married! The wedding cake looks amazing!

  19. March 21, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Congratulations on your first 7 months as a married couple! Looks like you guys had a very memorable and eventful year.

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