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I created this blog as a way to "Keep up with the Joneses"! We feel so blessed to get to spend everyday together and my hope is that this blog is a way for us to look back and remember our journey together! I know this will evolve and I cannot wait to see what it turns in to. I have recently added my side business on to the blog. I taking a leap of faith with my photography and cannot wait to see what happens. I hope you enjoy!

Friday, January 18, 2013

2012 in Review

Well my goal was to do a review of our 2012 on Jan 1.. here we are on Jan 18 and I am finally getting it done. I have been horrible at my blog during the holiday season. I think I just did not have the energy. I was still reading tons of blogs, just did not really know where to start at on mine. So here we are again at a new year and here I am setting a goal to blog at least two-three times a month about what is going on in our life . I know one day I will be so very thankful to be able to look back through all of these. 2012 was a great year for the Joneses. God truly does make all things work together for our Good. With that being said here is a quick summary of our 2012.

January 

This was our first month home as newlyweds since December was filled with holiday travel and celebrations. We settled into our rent house in Downtown Grapevine, ate out way toooooooooooo much and just enjoyed being together. We rang in the new year at our house with some amazing friends, watched some Wampus Cats basketball (Go Coach Heflin), took a trip to Chicago to visit The Blandfords and celebrated more weddings.

 Happy New Year! 
 Wedding Fun 
 Chicago 
Go Wampus Cats 


February 
1 year ago this month we were ENGAGED!! We celebrated our first married Valentines Day which was a fun day starting with breakfast and sweet dinner at home.We celebrated more marriages! My birthday is in Feb and Jeffrey gathered all my friends up for a surprise birthday dinner followed by cake and games at our house. On my actual birthday we spent the day hanging with our best friends (James & Krista) we walked to downtown for lunch and had a yummy dinner on Main street. It was a great month!

 Valentines Day Lunch 
LOVE 

Before my surprise 

Birthday Lunch 

Stephen's Wedding

March 
This is always a favorite month of mine because of SPRING BREAK! This year I stayed home and had so much fun playing with my family, friends and even Jeffrey took off a day of work. We also went downtown for the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Jen's Birthday Celebration. It is always such a fun time! We celebrated my sweet sisters Birthday in Ft. Worth. Had some more fun celebrating our friends at their weddings. I got to dress up as a Disney princess for a little girl at our churches birthday party. Our sweet Nephew Bennett was born! Oh and Jeffrey played against Tony Romo and Jason Whitten in basketball. 

 
Bennett is here!

 Princess Party
Happy Birthday Jen/St. Patricks Day! 

Spring Break Fun with these ladies

 Happy Birthday Annie! 
Mattingly Weddding

Basketball fun 
April 
April was of filled with lots of wedding showers, hanging out and finishing up grad school for the semester. We also decided to become Young Life leaders, a decision that would change our lives. We attended our first YL event in April for their annual crawfish boil! We are so blessed to be a part of this organization and hope we can lead high school kids to Christ. We spent Easter weekend in D.C. with Cary, maybe one of the coolest trips I have ever been on! 

 Young Life Crawfish Boil 


White House Tour 

Bike Ride tour of monuments 



May 
In May we hosted our first annual community group Fiesta at our house. Celebrated two amazing moms in our life. Spent a weekend with our Best Friends (James & Krista), boys went fishing, Krista and I went shopping, went on a picnic at Lake Grapevine with Annie and Nathan,, played some YL kickball, went to a festival on main street and finished out the month meeting sweet Bennett and spending time with the rest of the Jones Clan. And we celebrated  Jeffrey & James's 26th Birthdays in ft. worth visiting Rahr and the Food park!

Fiesta! 


 Happy Mother's Day Cathey! 

Happy  Mother's Day mom! 

 Jeffrey & James Birthday! 

 Picnic! 


Day with the Best friend 

Amarillo 


June
We road tripped with Annie and Nathan to Corpus Christi for Trent & Victoria's wedding which was such a blast. We also celebrated two amazing dads! Had lots of fun dinners, drank starbucks, spent time in the sun, enjoyed fun Fridays, hung out with sweet friends and family oh and went to Grad school. 
Road trip pit stop @ Common Grounds 
Trent & Victoria's Wedding! Congrats! 

Starbucks fun! 

 Love him! 

Thankful for such an amazing father in law! 

Dinner Date! 

July
We spent an entire week in Boston with some our best friends. Including 4th of July on the Boston Harbor.We celebrated Daniel & Kim , Laura & Jon's and Jon & Lilly's marriages at three incredible weddings.Welcomed Baby Luke (Congrats Kenny & AL), hung out with my niece and nephew (Maddy & Max). Spent more time just enjoying the sun, each other, friends and family. Took a week long trip without Jeffrey ( do not plan on doing that again) to Florida with my family oh and went to Grad school! I almost forgot this was the month we started our supper club. We had our very first one in Grapevine! Such a fun tradition. 
Fun in Boston 



Daniel & Kim's Wedding 

Laura & Jon's Wedding 


Fun with Maddy & Max 

Lilly & Jon's Wedding 



Family Vacation

Welcome Luke! 

First Supper Club 

August 
Finished summer school and got ready to head back to work. Annie got her first class room and we got to help set up that. We were also in the midst of getting ready for her engagement that would take place next month! (she had no clue). We baby sat Jon Ryman , celebrated sweet Sienna with a baby shower,enjoyed one last Friday of summer on a day date for the two of us, went to a rangers game, and celebrated more friends weddings, and soaked up the last bit of summer! 
Back to Work! 

 First Meet the Teacher
Staff development 

Last Summer Day Date 

 Wedding Fun 
 Hanging out with JR 
Congrats Jayson and Kristi
Surprise Lunch
 Rangers Game FUN 

September 
ANNIE & NATHAN ARE ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!! We traveled down to Waco for Labor day weekend for the first Baylor football game, at least that is what Annie thought. Little did she know she would leave engaged to the love of her life! Congrats we are so excited for yall! We also got to celebrate some of our very close friends engagement the very next weekend Mark & Lauren! AH such a fun time! We went to our first Grapevine football game and were in the full swing of club! We spent a weekend with our young life leaders at a retreat that was so relaxing and a great way to spend time in the word. I had some fun girls night including fashion night in town square and got in full swing of wedding planning! Annie said YES to the DRESS! ps Happy Birthday MOM!!!! 

 Let the Shopping Begin! 



YL leader retreat 



Girls Nights Out


 Supper Club 

 Club! 
First Football game 

October
We jumped on a plane with James & Krista for a long weekend in Cancun to celebrate both of our anniversaries. Such an incredible trip.. can we go back? We hosted a pumpkin carving party at house for our community group, the Joneses came in town, visited the fair, attended an event at church, made a trip to Waco for some wedding planning, shopped for bridesmiad dresses, spent time with friends, attended lots of YL club, went to lots of football games, dressed up for work and enjoyed Halloween with friends. 

Mexico 





Bridesmaid dress shopping
 Run in! 
 Friday night lights 
Got to see Kathleen! Love you! 
Fair Fun 

Church Fun 
 Say no to Drugs WEek 
 Supper Club 

Happy Halloween 







November 
We made our FRIST trip to Lubbock to see the Joneses to new home, we had so much fun spending the week there and are so thankful for precious time with family. We celebrated Krista's birthday (Happy Happy Birthday Krista), Baylor homecoming, which I am sad to say we did not attend this year, but we had a great time cheering on the bears at the Jeffrey's.We celebrated Will & Ashley's wedding, hung out with sweet friends, hung out with family, went to more football games and YL clubs.  Last, but certainly not least we celebrated a wonderful FIRST year of marriage! I am so thankful for you Jeffrey Jones so glad God chose you to do life with me! I love you! 

Fun times with Friends & Family 


 Congrats Will & Ashley! 
Thanksgiving Fun 




 Baylor Homecoming Weekend 
 Happy Birthday Krista
 Fun Saturday at the Arboretum 

Football fun 



December 
WE BOUGHT A HOUSE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OUR FIRST HOUSE!!!!! (more to come on this)
Finished up another semester of grad school, counted down the days to winter break, and got in the Christmas spirit. We stayed home for Christmas this year. We went on our annual date with the Jeffrey's (dinner and Cirque de Solei movie), attended my mom's church service, started a new tradition with Annie & Nathan (dinner, Christmas lights, Christmas movies and a sleep over), I took my first set of engagement pics (CONGRATS JAY & BRITT),  attended Compass's Christmas eve service, the Women's christmas gathering, had a YL girls pinterest party, hosted and attended lots of fun Christmas parties, hosted my family at our house on Christmas eve, went to my mom's Christmas day. IT SNOWED! and just enjoyed spending time with each other. The rest of the month was spent hanging out with sweet friends, checking on my sister after her nose surgery, watching the BEARS win in their bowl game, welcoming sweet Jameson into the world (just barely, congrats to the Just's). We spent New Year's eve in Mansfield enjoying hibachi and our amazing friends!  

First Home 

Pinterest Party 
Community Group Christmas Party

 Women's Gathering 
Fun dinner 
 Break from pictures 
 Christmas fun at School 
 Always love hanging with this sweet boy 
 Dinner out with the Hubby 
YL TACKY CHRISTMAS 
 Jeffrey/Jones 2nd Annual Christmas Date 
Christmas EVE EVE with the soon to be Heflins 


Christmas EVE 


Christmas Day 



Poor Annie 

 New Years Eve 



Baylor Bowl Watching 
Welcome Jameson 

WOW! That is really all I can say. What a year 2012 was. Looking back over it makes my heart filled with joy, and brings a smile to my face. I am feeling really grateful because Jesus has promised me none of this. To him be all the glory!  I am so thankful for the friends and family we have in our life you truly mean more to us than we can express. We are lucky to have you on this journey with us. I cannot wait to see what God has in store for us in 2013.  

Blessed beyond words, 

MJ 









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