This year is almost over, can you believe it?! I can’t. Things I did in January seem like a million years ago, but at the same time this year feels like it flew by. How does that work?
One thing I can tell you is that I probably didn’t blog enough. But WordPress does this super great thing where they give you your stats for the year.
Some of them were interesting…
To think that anything I wrote was viewed that many times, even if it’s by the same small group of people, is crazy to me.
Others were obvious…
I have 3 words for you: Simple Little Sunday. It’s pretty much what kept this blog alive this year.
The US and Cyprus? Big shocker there! wink wink The 46 countries in all was pretty crazy though.
I’d like to say I’m going to set goals for these stats next year, but one of two things will happen: I’ll either get sucked into that and not rest until I have 60 countries or a streak longer than 2 days; or I’ll completely forget about it until I read this wrap-up in a year.
My money is on the latter.
All that said, let’s take a look back at the last 12 months of my life. They’ve been pretty crazy!
Aside from my birthday, the biggest thing that I did in January was go to my friend’s graduation from Navy Boot Camp. In Great Lakes, IL. In January. Guys, it was COLD! But also 110% worth it.
Patrick is one of our closest friends (he was instrumental in getting Dave and I together whether he knows it or not, and was one of the groomsmen in our wedding. But I’m getting ahead of myself). To be there for such a huge moment in his (and his wife’s) life is one I don’t think I’ll ever forget.
Other than snow (bleh), February brought the first valentines day I’ve ever fully enjoyed. Probably because I was with someone who loves me so well without even trying. He’s the best!
I also contemplated life…
In March I did a BeachBody challenge group competition thing with my friend Lynda. We both started the 21 day fix at the end of February but committed to do this team challenge thing for all of March, which proved to be a bad idea for me and my knees. BUT I had some decent results:
Before: Weight: 140; Waist: 32; Thigh: 23; Arm: 11.5
After: Weight: 136; Waist: 29.75; thigh: 20.5; Arm: 11
And we had the best team name: DIE LARD WITH A VENGEANCE
Half way through the month we treated ourselves to a huge Italian meal with wine and martinis. We didn’t care. We earned it for finishing the first round of the 21 day fix! Plus we needed an excuse to go have dinner just the two of us haha.
Ok, April was HUGE.
I went to California for the first time in my life with my boyfriend and came back with a fiance! This started a whirlwind of events and emotions. My life was beautiful, but insane.
I found my wedding dress! Thank the Lord for favor and grace!
This thing is beautiful and I want to put it back on!
We also went to check out a wedding venue that I’m so glad we didn’t go with! It was a nice enough place, but we would’ve compromised entirely too much.
I also went to Isle of Palms, SC for a DIVE Alumni Retreat where I met even more amazing women and solidified friendships. It’s amazing what Rita Springer can deposit in moments. If you’re a worshipper of God in any form (photography, paint, dance, singing) I highly recommend checking out her week-long school in Texas. You won’t be the same after it.
I rode more of that emotional-wedding-planning-roller-coaster and can honestly say my prediction was right: Thank the Lord that was only 5 months!
We also nailed down our caterer – Impressive Catering – and were NOT disappointed! I’ve written reviews for Dave (the owner/chef) and we go to his restaurant (The Tea Kettle in Old Saybrook) all the time. We didn’t just get a caterer, we were blessed with a team member and new friend. He bent over backwards to make sure our wedding had everything we wanted, even down to the gluten free chicken parm for me. He’s amazing and we honestly can’t say enough good things about him.
July brought Dave and my’s 1 year anniversary (July 9th) and we started Premarital Counseling with our pastors. Which we totally rocked, btw. And chose our Cake Lady, where we still go for cupcakes.
I also brought these crazies to Six Flags for our annual trip.
On August 9th, my bridal party pulled off the best bridal shower ever. It was in my friend’s backyard, very laid back and FRIENDS themed. Perfection. Except for when Dave knew too much about me for the bubble gum game and I had a wad the size of Texas in my mouth.
Dave and I also went to see Waitress up at ART in Cambridge! It was amazing. We laughed, we cried, I peed a lot – everything you want in a musical! Plus the music and lyrics were done by my female crush: Sara Bareilles. So it was a giant win. And now we have the opportunity to go see it on Broadway! Guys, it was that good.
August also brought another huge event for one of my friends that I got to be present for! Christine was pinned! She’s officially an RN! I’m so ridiculously proud of her for this accomplishment!
We got to spend some time with Dave’s family from California as well, which was great. Distance is for the birds. Literally. Because they can fly for free!
And we went to my happy place for our honeymoon!
The first Saturday of October, I joined some amazing women for what would have me walking like a freak for a week – Mudderella.
Basically, I woke up one morning and decided to run a 5 mile obstacle course. With zero training. BAD idea! But these women kept me going and encouraged me like no other. I definitely would have given up were it not for them.
I also got to witness one of my little cousins get married!
November was filled with parties, Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving and entirely too much food. Not to be outdone by…
Which brought even MORE food! More parties. More quality time with friends and family. And yes, more food.
We got to celebrate our first Christmas as a family with the boys and it was a total success, if I do say so myself. My mom came over and we brought our Christmas Eve traditions (fried dough and homemade pizza).
The highlight of Christmas Eve was probably the nerf guns I got for Dave and the boys. Total war instantly broke out in our home and I almost cried from laughing so hard.
Christmas day was the BIG family Christmas, and it was beautiful so we played outside with the kids in between courses.
And tomorrow we celebrate the end of a phenomenal year with some of our close friends (that can make it).