Tuesday, December 28, 2010

{2010...A Year in Pictures}

I can't help but look back on this year with the happiest thoughts...so many incredible and VERY life changing moments for my friends, my family, and certainly me as well. Thank you Lord for making 2010 a year to remember:
Rang in the New Year with my mister and my parents
 Took a little weekend getaway trip to Charleston, South Carolina
which turned out to be the best {and sneakiest planned for months} proposal
any girl could ever have dreamed of
 complete with our parents, and my best friend and her fiance
 To which I of course jumped on Facebook as soon as we returned home to accept this request {we all know it's not official until it's on FB!}
The "pre-proposal" meeting ...Jeff with my parents when they officially gave their blessing =)
Bought our very 1st home together...I wanted this house from the moment I
saw it and prayed this was "the one"
 
 Celebrated Easter with the family
 and yes, the bunny still comes to our house
 Kicked off the wedding fun for my BFF by attending parties, showers, and festivities
 Took in a few girls' nights at our favorite locales throughout Nashville
 Completed my very first 1/2 marathon in April--signs and support from Mom and Jeff
 Family and friends supporting me at the finish line... truly an incredible
day for me after months on training
 Ewww... I look horrid, but getting that medal was one of the best feelings EVER
 Then travelled to the beach for a week vacation of
nothing but sun, sand, and fun with my 3 favorite people
 Rum Runners... our favorite place for singing and kicking back
Continued our annual tradition of Steeplechase activities--
my favorite day of the year!
 
Celebrated with fun-filled showers for our 2010 brides!!
 Attended a fabulous celebrity gossip-themed bachelorette party for Amber
Began my search with my best friends for the perfect
wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses!
 And Mom of course, too!
 Indulged in a few early evening getaways to Arrington Vineyards for picnic dinners
 Ventured to Ohio with my parents and Jeff to see my step-brother tie the knot
 Had a few fun summertime cookouts at our abode--with crazy dance parties, too!
Travelled with Meg and Aaron to ATL for a fun shower honoring the happy couple
Threw one heck of a bachelorette weekend in Charlotte, NC for my best friend!
 
Celebrated my 27th birthday with friends and family
Took Jeff to his 1st ever fair so he could experience all the deep fried goodness! Of course Matt and Jenna know everyone at the Wilson County Fair ;)
Took part in a fun-filled weekend full of Grunke wedding festivities!
 Me and My BFF Bride
 Attended the most adorable shower for another friend, Jamie
 Jeff and I were thrown the most incredible engagement party by 4 of my best friends...
 Here with all my bridesmaids ;)
 Our new family!
 Took a few weekend drives to K-town to see our
beloved boys in orange play some football!!
 Nothing like gameday in Neyland Stadium
 Did a little wedding registry scanning/shopping for goodies!
 And more tailgating pre-Florida game
 Ventured to the gorgeous IU campus for Jamie and Eric's wedding fun
 Drove to Georgia for a little romantic getaway with the boy...just me and him!
 Continued our yearly traditions...like the infamous Bell Buckle festival with my family
 Celebrated best friend Bev's 27th birthday with our huge group of friends!!
 Showered Cami for her brand new arrival--Master P
{that's for you Cami} debuting in early 2011
 Had some fun birthday tailgating and dinner for Candice's 28th!
 Continued girl's holiday weekend tradition with shopping
for our angels and taking over Nashville!
Went on our December outings to shop for all the presents for our families
 and decorated for our 1st holiday season in our home
 Played in the VERY first snow at our house...
 And finally, celebrated my last "single" Christmas with my family
How are we going to top this year? I am not quite sure it can happen. God has blessed us beyond measure in 2010 and Jeff and I pray everyday and give MANY thanks to the Lord... the older I get, the more I realize that when I give glory to Him, the blessings continue to flow and we are able to give back and give to others, which makes us even happier.
2011 has many great things in store for us: in January, Jeff's groomsmen are throwing his bachelor party in Costa Rica; in February we'll be visiting Jeff's grandmother in LA for her 95th birthday; in March, April, and May, we'll celebrate our upcoming wedding with showers hosted by friends and family, travel out of town to attend other friends' weddings, and then it'll be my turn to venture off to Chicago with my best friends for my bachelorette party, and watch my cousin Lauren graduate from college. And then in June, the day I have been waiting for will FINALLY be here...  I'll get to marry the man of my dreams and officially start our married life together.
Thank you all for taking the time to learn a little bit about my life and letting me share a bit of myself with you each and everyday--you'll never know how much your sweet comments and emails and well wishes mean to me... I am truly grateful and can't say enough. Cheers to a happy new year to every single one of you--may your 2011 be wonderful and beyond your wildest dreams!

24 comments:

  1. 2010 was a wonderful year for you!

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  2. You sure do have so much to be thankful for! :)

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  3. So many blessings in one year! Happy New Year to you, I hope this next one is filled with just as many blessings!

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  4. The year(s) before you marry are a special time. Enjoy them while they last.

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  5. I'm a new follower from SC. Great pics and cheers to 2011! Looks like you will have another great year :) Congrats!

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  6. love the year in review!!
    The day you walk down the aisle will definitely trump EVERY moment you have had this year =) OK getting engaged is right up there too ;) Can't wait to see what the new year brings =)

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  7. Yay! 2010 has been great and 2011 will surely be even better!

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  8. This was a lot of fun to read. I wish you the very best in 2011!

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  9. Looks like you had a great year! Wishing you all the best for 2011!

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  10. Looks like your year was amazing!! I love your blog and look forward to reading next year too!

    Hope your holidays were amazing!!

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  11. I love your year recap in pictures...such a great idea...I might have to do that and credit you! :) Looks like you had a lovely year and I hope 2011 is just as lovely or better!

    Liesl :)

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  12. 2010 was an amazing year for you! 2011 sounds like it will be even better!! Happy New Year:)

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  13. What an awesome year! I love that you took a picture of the facebook screen with the fiance request. You're adorable.

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  14. You have had a fabulous year!! :) Loved getting to see all the pictures and recap your year with you!

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  15. Looks like you had a wonderful year! Here's to more of the same in 2011 :)

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  16. I love how your hair gets blonder as the year goes on :)

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  17. What a wonderful 2010 you have had! Here's to an even better 2011 with your hubby!!! Congrats!

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  18. You have had such a fun filled year! Wow!

    I know 2011 will be bringing you great things as well! Have you started the day-to-day count down until "the big day"?

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  19. I had so much fun looking through all of your pictures! What an amazing year it has been for you! Congrats on your 1/2 marathons, engagement, and home! I have really enjoyed following your blog this year :)

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  20. I love your blog, and I love when you post photos! It's so neat to see a recap of your year :)

    ps you have to have the BEST dress collection I have ever seen, hands down. If you ever need to clean out your closet, this girl would be more than happy to buy some from ya ;)

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  21. You are so cute! Your outfits, your house, you and your man, how you guys do alot with your parents! You look like you do have so much to be grateful for. I so thoroughly enjoy reading your blog :) You inspire me to be better and do more things in life!

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