Tuesday, January 1, 2013

rewind and fast forward: 2012

it was one year ago. 
i was sitting at a table with close friends getting ready to ring in the new year.
we were talking about all the cool things that would happen in the year 2012.
and boy oh boy, did i underestimate the amount of cool things that really did happen.
it was the best year of my life, easily.
and if you had asked me then if i thought i would be married AND pregnant by the end of it,
but, here i am.
pregnant, and madly in love with my husband.
you just never know what life will throw at you!

here is a little review of this awesome, crazy year!
lets start at the very beginning 
{its a very good place to start}

started off as single as could be. chillin with the girlfriends 24/7

towards the middle, jeff and i started hanging out and studying together all the time!

+ we took our first {semi-awkward} picture together. we saw each other every day.
+ i got a little scared, but decided to be brave and just let myself fall for him
+ went on LOTS of dates
+ he asked me to be his official girlfriend

+ first and foremost, national free pancake day at iHop
 + he came to colorado with me and met my family
+ he proposed to me :)

+ we reveled in our love, and couldn't focus on many other things...
like school for example.

+ we went on a bunch of roadtrips to visit each others' family

+ the long separation began.
+ he left for DC
+ i left for uganda, and spent my first 3 weeks there.
my soul was stretched further than i knew it was capable of.
but my experiences there were priceless and unforgettable.

+ i emailed jeff, and skyped a few precious times
+ i rafted the nile and almost drown
+ my soul was stretched further, but i grew to love the people in uganda and love the experience
+ i came home to america at the end of the month
{after the longest string of plane rides known to man}
yes, it was still hard.
yes i got a parasite, and the whole works.
but it sure was humbling.
i adapted a new sense of gratitude that i never had before.

+ i started really counting down the days
+ wedding planning craziness
+ talking to jeff on the phone all the time
+ my good friend Lauren got married
i was happy for her, but also a little bit jealous :)

+ my brother got his mission call to NY, NY south mission
+after 104 days, i was finally reunited with my love!
+ we got married!
+ went on a honeymoon cruise
{and  milked the room service for all it was worth}

+started school
+ moved into our new apartment which we are now moving out of
+ didn't take any pictures...lame.
+ went on lots of fun dates!
+ i became all domesticated...and stuff

+ got really excited about it
+ then the symptoms started popping up.
 i got sick.
 and stayed sick.

+ was still sick
+ brother left on his mission
i cried.
+ we had our first thanksgiving together with some of my extended family
+ still didn't take any pictures. {bullet 1 may be a contributing factor}

+ yes. you guess right. still sick
+ but its ok because my belly started growing :)
+ listened to christmas music
+ took finals. jeff dominated and i got dominated
+ packed up our apartment
+ left to texas for christmas
+ then drove to colorado
+ had a wonderful time NOT stressing about anything, and just relaxing.

and now this whirlwind of a year is over. 
and by next year, our family of 2 will be 3.
im thinkin' this year will be just as crazy awesome!
happy new year!


  1. what an eventful year! happy new year!

  2. wow! how awesome! i'd say that is an extremely eventful year. yours tops any i have heard of so far. many blessings to your family and friends in 2013! xo

    brani laine

  3. Your year gave me the chills. It looks like you had such an eventful & fun year. I had no idea Lauren was your friend. I just found her blog and am a bit obsessed. Yours and her blog are two of my favorites. That's for sure. Sorry I've been a bad commenter. I look at your blog everyday. I think I have a problem :/

    amanda @ we and serendipity

    1. aw thanks! I'm so flattered! your blog is one of my favorites too! yeah lauren and i have been good friends since junior year of high school! I'm the one who prodded her to start a real blog cuz i knew she would be good at it, so you can thank me partly for her blog ;) haha.

  4. Hey there - new follower from the blog hop! Love the blog & can't wait to read more! Hope you have a great day! :)

  5. WOW. what a year, definitely an awesome one at that. such wonderful experiences for you. good luck with 2013. Found you via the blog hop, now following along, would love you to stop by and say hello.

  6. I love this idea-- its darling!!!! I'm so delighted that I've found this blog on the blog hop and am your newest follower!
    The concept of your blog is great and your 2012 snapshots really are blessed :)
    Can't wait to read more from you:)
    Hoping you'll stop by to say hey sometime.

  7. What an eventful and blessed year! Congratulations on finding out you're going to become parents soon!! How exciting!!

    I hope you're having a great week and a Happy New Year!

    Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I'm following you.

    If you have time, we'd love to have you come and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven't already! (Thank you so very much if you've already linked up, I truly appreciate it!!)

    Come and link up and celebrate the coming weekend with us!


    Jean {What Jean Likes}

  8. Amazing year you've had!! Your love story happened in the blink of an eye ~ lucky you :))

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!!


  9. You sure don't know what life will throw at you. Hopefully 2013 will be a great year.


  10. Hi! I’m your newest follower. Please stop by and say hi when you have a chance. I'm also hosting a blog hop - if you would like to join us :) Hope you're having an awesome week.

    April from:
    A Mommy’s Blog Design

  11. Hello, new follower here and I’d like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/01/clever-chicks-blog-hop-18-and-country.html

    I hope you can make it!


    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  12. Wow!! What a year!! My husband and I were on opposite sides of the country for 7 weeks while we were engaged. So not fun!!
    Are you from CO or is your husband? I'm from Parker!

    1. yeah not fun at all....im from colorado. colorado springs. thats like 30 minutes from parker! cool, small world :)



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