December 31, 2010

A Trip Down Memory Lane...

January 31, 2010.  The very last day of a year we will never have back again.

As I reminisced on 2010 for purposes of this post, I was simply astonished by all that has changed in my life over the past 365 days - and consequently, how it has all changed me.

Twelve months ago, I was fresh out of college.  I was planning a wedding, preparing to change cities, and adjusting to the fact that I was about to quit the job I had kept since age 15 - for 7 and a half years. 

Twelve months ago, everything about my life turned upside down, and now here I am.  And I'm OK.  

Isn't it incredible how much life can change in one short year?

I have a few things to say about New Year's resolutions, but I'll save that for another post in the near future. Right now I'd like to take a little trip down memory lane... and you're welcome to join me. :)

In January of 2010 I took bridal portraits at the beautiful Antique Rose Emporium in San Antonio. 
It was freezing cold out (by Texas standards), and yet I had to try my best to look like a happy, sexy bride when all I really wanted to do was dive into a mountain of Snuggies and not come out til April. 

In February of 2010 I married my Prince.
I know.  Cheesy.  But cheese is the stuff this life is made of, my friends!

Thanks to Bend the Light Photography!  They're the BEST!

And we split our honeymoon between Hawaii and New York City. 
Not too shabby.

How unfortunate that this was the view from our hotel room!

And then we finished up the renovation on our new home!

See before and afters here or here!

I explored Austin.

I was stung in the head by an unprovoked bee that, discriminatingly, chose ME over seven others beside me in a ranch vehicle.

I took 4 million iPhone pictures of these two...

(yes. 4 million)

I got serious about blogging.
You're welcome.

I went back to New York with a friend.

I made my first pie...

I got this baby for my birthday...

I met up with friends I hadn't seen in 10 years!
(They weren't even dating when I knew them last, but now they're married and have a beautiful daughter!)

And that's just some of the highlights.  Not including Thanksgiving and Christmas!

What a year.
Here's hoping that 2011 is even better for all of us...




  1. Wow girl, what an amazing year you had! I love your bridal portraits, they are so beautiful! And the pictures from your honeymoon look so amazing! Glad to see you had a wonderful year, have a happy new year.


  2. so cute!! I love your wedding pictures your looked gorgeous

  3. Wow! You did have an exciting year! Your bridal and wedding pictures are gorgeous! The kitchen looks fab, too!

  4. You have had a fabulous year!!! Your bridals are gorgeous! Happy New Years, my friend!

  5. Looks like an amazing year!! Your bridal portraits are gorgeous! And you can't even tell you were freezing to death ;)
    Happy New Year!

  6. Happy New Year Jenni! You definitely had an amazing year. You bridal pictures are gorgous, your husband is a cutie, your house is a beauty and I have no words for that pie. LOL I hope 2011 brings you nothing but happiness.

  7. Happy New Year and thanks for sharing your year with us.

  8. Jenni,

    What an awesome year! Best part is for sure seeing your friends from 10 years ago. I mean, that is 10 times better than getting married to the love of your life or moving and decorating your gorgeous house! ;) I hope this year is filled with adventure and blessings! Love ya girl!

    BTW your pictures are gorgeous!

  9. So very glad I "met" you this year!!!! Looking forward to a new year!! Cheers! Wishing you and your loved ones many blessings! <333

  10. Happy New Year darling girl!

    I am so excited to have found your blog this year! It is a real treat when I get to read what you have to write!

    2010 was incredible for you! I have this huge feeling that 2011 is going to be even better for you!

    P.S. In love with your bridal portraits and wedding pictures! You are a stunning bride and that dress! Gorgeous!

    Again, Happy New Year to you!

  11. That was some exciting year you've just had. It will be hard to beat that!! Lovely photos you have posted, as usual. My daughter has just had that camera for Christmas. Your first pie looks delicious. I wish you and your family a very happy and peaceful new year.

  12. What an awesome year! Your wedding looks like it was beautiful, your house is gorgeous, and you took some fabulous trips!

    (your puppies are pretty cute too.)

  13. Ah. What an amazing year you've had! I love my Canon, and I know it will help both of our years look a little more lovely :)

  14. your wedding pics are so beautiful!!!! congrats on making your first pie. :) it's so cute! i had to have help making my first pie! making crust is a challenge! lol!

  15. Wonderful year darling!! Great pictures of everything: bridals are gorgeous, wedding is stunning (LOVE the side profile of you looking at your bridesmaids), and your babies, cooper and gracie, are absolutely adorable!! :) SO happy 2010 was a terrific year for both you and Matthew!!

    Here's to bringing in a new year tonight with a fresh start and kiss at midnight! Cheers babygirl :)

    Oh p.s. thanks again for the lovely birthday wishes yesterday!

  16. okay seriously, i am in love with this post. especially since you included the bee sting in it. haha!!

    but honestly your year sounds amazing. i cannot wait to see what this upcoming year holds for you. you have such a wonderful blog and so much heart, i know you will ROCK 2011's socks off. :)

  17. Your bridal portraits are so beautiful! It looks like you had a wonderful year and 2011 can only be better :)

  18. Being a relatively new reader of this here blog, I LOVED reading this:-) Your year sounds absolutely magical and I hope 2011 brings you the same great things...and a baby (I kid, I kid...I know you said you weren't ready;-)) Happy New Year!

  19. Your children will have such beautiful smiles between you and your husband!

    I am super jealous of your kitchen! It is gorgeous! And, I applaud your pie making skills. I can't believe THAT is your first pie! It's very Martha worthy.

  20. What a great year you've had :) I'm sure the new year will be even better! With more photos, more friends, more pie making, more blog writing, and more fun times with your hubby! And dogs!!
    It was great for me to 'meet you' and your wonderful blog this year! Can't wait to continue reading it in the new year!
    Happy New Year!! Champagne toast!

  21. I love this! I hadn't realized that you just got married in the past year - CRAZY! Woman, you have done it all in the past year. Go you. Life happens so fast, we just have to hold on for the ride :)

    You are a beautiful bride!


  22. Your bridal pictures are beautiful...You and your husband look fab together. :)

  23. I'm going to have to go back and look at more of your wedding pictures! You looked STUNNING!

  24. I am so glad I wandered into your little space on the web a couple months ago.

    You are seriously drop.dead.gorgeous.

    And philosophical to boot? Not fair.

    Everything about you just oozes sweetness and I will be keeping up with you, miss thing. Count on it.

    This is going to make me sound really old but you remind me of me when I was your age. So much passion for life with a little dash of trepidation and fear. But you don't let it stop you :)

    Hope your 2011 is lovely just like you.

  25. what an exciting year for you :) lots of fun things happened in your life. happy new year!!!

    btw you bridal portraits are AMAZING!!!

  26. You had an amazing year!! I love the wedding were such a stunning bride! Can't wait to see what 2011 has in store for ya'll!!

  27. You have certainly had a blessed year to say the least! Your wedding pictures were amazingly gorgeous and you house is incredible! Cant wait to see what this new year holds for you blog!!
    Happy New year :)

  28. Wow, girl! I can SO relate. I had a baby (after trying for over 2 years) and quit a job I had had for 9 years! Yes, an eventful year. I feel very blessed!

    I hope you have an amazing 2011! Happy New Year!

  29. That's so amazing! It sounds like you had quite a blessed year. I love all of the pictures, especially your bridal portraits- absolutely stunning!

  30. Sounds like an amazing year! Hope each new year is better than the last! :-)

  31. What a year!! I'm SO happy for you!! It's going to be another amazing year. xoxo

  32. This post made me so happy. I am so excited this time next year to write one just like it.

    Beautiful bridal photos! :)

  33. Love your bridal portraits! Gorgeous! Happy new year darling!

  34. Your bridal portraits are absolutely stunning!! Looks like 2010 was pretty dang spectacular!

  35. What a great year! Change is good....You look fabulous as well as hubby! Your house is gorgeous, along with that view! I must stay at the hotel when I book my first trip to NY this year! Do you mind me asking which hotel it was, and which floor?! LOL. Happy New Years!

  36. Your bridal portraits are STUNNING! But I guess it helps that the bride is so drop-dead gorgeous, huh? :)

    2010 was an amazing year for you! I just know 2011 is going to be quite the ride as well. :)

  37. What an amazing year for you! Hope 2011 is the best yet!

  38. You always have amazing posts!
    I love all your photos, the pie looks so delish!
    I have to try and make my own homemade pie now. :)

  39. What a wonderful year! Hope 2011 brings y'all many blessings!

  40. You had one amazing and worderful year, girl! Love all the pics and I hope this year proves to be as great as your last one did! Blessings to you!!

  41. Hope 2011 is as beautiful, life changing and adventurous as the last :) Your bridal portraits are stunning!

  42. what an amazing year!! I LOVE Bend the Light Photography! I discovered them so long ago and fell in love with them and I wish I lived in Texas so they could do my wedding!!

  43. What a year - indeed!! Cheers to an even better (is that possible?) year in 2011 (:

  44. What a wonderful year you had, my friend! I bet it was the best one yet, huh? :) :) I think 2010 was my favorite year so far too. Here's to an even more fabulous 2011? I say yes!


  45. Your first pie? That was your first pie? Ok. Now you're just showing off. (o;

    I so LOVE your kitchen.

    Fun to see the highlights of your year!

  46. what a fabulous year =)

    and that was your first pie? are you kidding me? seriously, i'm not talented in the slightest. ha ha!!

    and i'm in love with your kitchen =) truly fab!!

    happy new year to you and your hubby!!!

  47. Oh my Gosh, your wedding dress!! LOVE. So beautiful.

  48. I must say you and your hubby make a pretty cute couple! And, your Bridal pictures are beautiful!!! Wow! Sounds like you had quite a year! Hope good things come to your in 2011! Happy New Year, doll!

  49. So beautiful :) I love reading your blog...
    Your wedding was gorgeous, house renovations, everything! HAPPY NEW YEAR! xoxo, Baily

  50. holy cow those wedding pictures are gorgeous!! and love the house remodel, too!

  51. loved reading this - and your wedding pictures are gorgeous!!

  52. On Jenni!! Where are you hiding? What are you up to? It's been a long time since you posted (today's 1/11/11) and we need our "fix" of your blog!! lol We miss you but I bet you're doing something very interesting-and hope you soon will blog about it. Pleeezzzzzzeeee come back and tell us what you've been up to!! Miss you!!


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