a year in review

I’ll make this short and sweet.

We had a pretty awesome year, but next year is bound to be even better.  I’m ready to ring it in with our sweet friends, glass of wine in hand and hubby by my side.

I was going to do a month-by-month like everyone else does.  But instead I’ll just touch on the highlights.  What was important.

We rang in the new year with champagne, wine and pajamas at home with friends.  Apparently going out strong on December 30th doesn’t make for a fun NYE.  Note to self.  Stay away from the lemon drops until the new year.

I threw my best friend a london-tea themed bridal shower.  She just happened to be marrying my brother. Sweet girl.

What’s a better escape from the cold weather than a quick trip to LA?

Oh, and we tore up the town for Megan’s bachelorette party.

And of course shed tears of joy as my best friend married my brother.  Does it get much better?

I vlogged.  Once and only once.  Excuse my Cleveland twang.  I straight up draw out my ‘a’ in every word.

We bought a house.  Without really planning to.  We walked in and just realized.  This is it.  And so began the moving process once again.  Which took up the entire month.

My first trip to Vegas.  Of course it was for work.
Kind of.  I think I worked three hours.  I have to say.  The people I work with?  Amazing.

Ricki turned ten.
And we went camping.
I formed a new appreciation for indoor plumbing.  And ate my weight in Cool Ranch Doritos.

The new boat arrived.  It was spectacular.

We discovered that cheap fireworks can provide hours of fun.
Managed to get some work done on the house.
And enjoy the dog days of summer.

On that topic, summer.  Need I say more?

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary.
And I made my magazine cover debut.

Went on our annual trip to the Outer Banks.
Always my favorite week of the year.  Seriously, it’s better than Christmas that place.
Threw a trip to NYC in there too.  Just for kicks.

Lots and lots of volleyball.
A few weddings in between.
A run in with the vatican.

And watching our beloved Browns with friends.

Our housewarming party (only six months late).  I got pretty crafty with the invites.

The creation of the gallery wall.
And Adam bought me my first pumpkin.

I put enough candles on my brother’s birthday cake that it caramelized the frosting.
But that’s neither here nor there.
We fried a bird.

And toured our favorite brewery.

Seriously.  People go ape crazy over Christmas Ale here.

Adam took me to see The Nutcracker.

And we spent Christmas with the most wonderful people.

[she melts my heart]

And are about to spend New Year’s with some of our favorites.

I learned a lot last year.
How to open up.
Accept what is in my life.
Trust in others to understand.
And love every moment.

I’m so thankful for the friendships I’ve made this past year, near and far.

Especially far.

Next year is going to be epic.
Suit up.

  1. I enjoyed this post! Loved back-reading some of the earlier events that I missed since I started following recently. Happy New Year!

  2. *sniff* *sniff*

    New Year’s resolution #1: do a better job of keeping up on reading blogs done by people I love.

    That WAS a pretty darn good year.


  3. Wow! You look like you had one awesome year, your sister-in-law/best friend looked stunning at her wedding!

    I love reading your blog! We just bought a house too, and loved reading about your new adventure!

  4. What a great year! I loved reading about all you’ve accomplished! Cheers to a new year full of fun, blessings and success!

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