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...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!


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December 27, 2010

Twas the Week After Christmas…

Happy week after Christmas everyone!  I, along with the rest of the blogosphere, am finally feeling my way out of the holiday fog, shaking off the sugar coma, and getting back to life as I know it during OTHER eleven months of the year. 

Depressing, isn’t it?  For a month (or more!) we build ourselves up for that one day – December 25 – when we will tear open presents and drive to see family members all over town and eat ourselves sick and silly and laugh and be merry, only to watch December 26 roll around all too quickly.  And then, *POOF* – you’re back at home, knee deep in shirt boxes and doodads you have to find a place for, not to mention all the other household chores you’ve been neglecting while getting your Christmas on. 

I don’t know about you, but I battle a little bit of the after-holiday-blues just after Christmas.  Sometimes it all just feels a little anti-climactic.  And taking DOWN the Christmas decorations is about .0009% as fun as putting them up was. Am I right, or am I right?

But I didn’t intend for this post to be negative and depressing; quite the opposite, in fact!  This year, I decided to challenge myself to look at this week (and the following new year!) after Christmas through different eyes.  I decided to challenge myself not to bemoan the passing of Christmas, but to find joy in all the goodness, the special occasions, and the reasons to celebrate in the year to come.  Christmas isn’t the only time of year that can be beautiful and full of childlike joy and giving and celebration.  With the New Year will come new beginnings and fresh starts, with the spring will come wildflowers and warm sunshine, with summer will come scorching, stifling, life-sucking heat and the desperate desire to do nothing besides languish inside the nearest air-conditioned building and dream of cooler climates with… oh.  That’s just summer here in Texas. 

I’m bitter, clearly. 

But you get my point, right?  There is just SO MUCH to STILL be excited about.  Joy begins right inside your own mind and heart; don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Enough rambling for now.  I’ll leave you with a few pictures from my lovely Christmas, and I’ll wish you a perfectly beautiful new week… :)

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December 24, 2010

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas...

Merry Christmas everyone... from my little family to yours!!!  I'll be doing my best to stay off the computer for the next couple days, but I plan to get all caught up after the holiday. I have big plans for this little blog in 2011!!! :)

Wishing you joy and a very Merry Christmas, wherever you may be and whatever your holiday might entail... :)

Photo by me
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December 21, 2010

I Think Wrapping Paper Is My Very Favorite Thing. Is That Weird?

HOW is it Tuesday already???  Christmas is coming folks, ready or not!  I  ventured out this weekend to do some last minute wrapping paper shopping (which, it turns out, was entirely unnecessary as I already had 13 rolls of it from last year; what can I say... I have a problem), and I witnessed a small accident in a parking lot along with the general frenzy of the-week-before-Christmas-holiday-shopping. It was pretty terrible and exacerbated my stress tenfold as I stood for a good 25 minutes in the ribbon aisle of a craft store, wiping sweat from my brow as other shoppers buzzed around me, not seeming to have the same issue as I did with the overly-vast selection of holiday ribbons and bows.  Ohhhh, the repercussions of choosing the WRONG ribbon.  I have no idea what they are, but I bet they're just awful.  

Anyway.  Once I finally got my delicious wrapping paper and ribbons safely home with me, I transported all the presents downstairs to the dining room where I cleared off the table I would use as my ultra convenient wrapping station.  Up until this year, I always sat on the ground and wrapped presents, which is pretty hard on the back and just overall not conducive to wrapping.  So this year, I had the bright idea to wrap presents on a table (which, I KNOW, clearly demonstrates my advanced levels of intelligence.  This blog is just FULL of out of the box thinking). 

So I took my time and wrapped each gift with love, and I must say: I am very sad this year's present wrapping is over for me. It really gives me a lot of joy.  And as I was snipping and taping and tying and snapping away pictures of the entire process, I thought really hard about how grateful I am to be able to afford to buy presents for people in the first place.  Many, many people are really struggling this year - maybe even some of the readers of this blog - and I just wanted to remind everyone to be so thankful for what you have.  Not just the material things that you have, but the immaterial as well.  The support of your family, the love of your spouse or your friends, the health to wake up and go to work each day.  We take so, so, so many things for granted.  

You can't apologize for what you have or for the good fortune that may have befallen you in life, but you certainly MUST recognize that, in an instant, everything can change; and it HAS for many people.  If you have enough, I urge you to search for a way to give a little back this Christmas.  In this economy, it should be a crime not to.  Just a thought for this lovely Tuesday.  

Here's a visual of what I've been up to the past few days.  Happy Tuesday everyone!!



















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