Friday, December 30, 2011

2011...A Hello Happiness Year in Review

At the end of every year, I like to look back at all of the exciting events that have taken place over the past 12 months just as a little highlight of monumentous occasions and such...some may have little to no relevance to others, yet played a big role in my life.
Here we go:
Rang in the New Year with friends in the mountains
 Played in loads of snow in and around Nashville...it was a gorgeous winter!
 Flew to Los Angeles to celebrate Jeff's grandmother's 95th birthday!
 Traveled to ATL to stock up for the wedding and spend a little r&r together!
 Canoe...my fav restaurant in ATL
 Had a fun family night on the town to toast
my Uncle Robert as he turned the big 50!
 Threw my birthday boy a big "gourmet hot dog" theme party for his 27th year
 Oh my March birthdays...the next week, we had another
fun birthday celebration for Lauren--love that woman!
 Spent time with the family for Easter
Celebrated our upcoming wedding with fun showers thrown by family and friends
Welcomed another UT graduate into the family when my cousin Lauren graduated
 Attended one big party of a wedding for Joanna and Rhett
Ventured to the Windy City with my best friends to
celebrate my last days as a single lady!!
 Hosted all my favorite ladies to a bridal
luncheon to kick-off wedding weekend festivities
Practiced saying our vows in preparation for our big day
 Celebrated with fun, food, and drink with our
dearest at our rehearsal dinner
 Spent the happiest day of my life--June 11, 2011--surrounded by family,
friends, and finally getting to marry my prince charming
Hopped on a plane the next morning en route to
Antigua to spend a week with just the two of us

 Said goodbye to my former ride and hello to Annie the Acura!
 Spent the 4th of July relaxing by the pool
  Then found out the very next week that we were in for a
big {and yes I mean BIG!} change

But our little secret didn't last too long...we just had to tell
Mimi and Pappy they were going to be grandparents!
Sipped on a few virgin margaritas to celebrate my 28th birthday!
Made our little announcement official
Travelled to Seaside to help ring in Andy's 30th birthday
Then met up with Mom and Dad to have a few relaxing days in Destin
Ventured to Knoxville for a few football games with our wondeful friends!
Did our annual Bell Buckle craft fair visit
Hosted a Gender Reveal Party to FINALLY spill the beans on Little Miss
Attended a fabulous fall engagement party for Jules and Jon
Spent time at my Aunt Michele's house for their Fall Fest/Chili Party
 Hopped on a plane to spend Thanksgiving with Jeff's family in Hilton Head
 Decorated the house for my favorite time of the year!
Sent out our very first Christmas cards as Mr. and Mrs. Stoneking
 Bombarded the Big Apple right before Christmas
 
 Got to paint the town in celebration of Lauren and Andy FINALLY getting engaged!
 And the very next week we got to celebrate as another BFF Candice and
Adam got engaged...it's officially the season of love!

 Then spent a relaxing Christmas holiday with my family here in Nashville
What's on our plate for the big New Year's Eve celebration this weekend? An evening at our house with my parents...this year, we decided we wanted to take it easy and spend time in our "yummies", cooking dinner, playing games, and watching the ball drop. Hope you all have a fantastic time ringing in 2012 and to celebrate everything new that's to come.
As bittersweet as it is to say goodbye to a year that I consider to be the best thus far, I know 2012 can only top these past 12 months, and I can't wait to savor each and every moment in anticipation of the arrival of the biggest blessing of all.

From the bottom of my heart, I am so thankful for my blogging friends and this opportunity--your genuineness and thoughtful comments make life even better and I only hope to be able to continue to share a little bit of my life with you in 2012.

Cheers to you with all my love!! OXOX
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