I love New Year’s. Love, love, love it! Of course, for the nerdiest reasons. Sure, I’m going to go celebrate with my friends on a party bus, but what else does New Year’s mean? Reflection and goal setting time! If you read my blog, you know these are pretty much my favorite pastimes.
2015 was an amazing year for several reasons. I have incredible memories of the year, but here are a few of my stand-out moments.
We got engaged!!
Fun engagement photos
We’re engaged! And I have sweats on!
5 minutes later, happy crying, where’s the champagne?
Yoshi gives her blessing
Saying yes to the dress!
Joining families, engagement party
Bridal party and family threw us an amazing engagement party. Engagement ring cookies!
Bridesmaids! Plus two more that aren’t there
Let’s drink champagne for the entire 20 months that we’re engaged
Kyle started my year off on a pretty high note by popping the question. How could the year get any better, right? Well, every wedding-related moment has added to the excitement, (except for the occasional nightmares of the wedding day). Our friends and family threw us a beautiful engagement party with lots of cookies and cupcakes, and relatives of course. In September, I found my perfect princess wedding dress. And in October, we found our cake baker. As far as I’m concerned, our wedding is now good to go! The rest will come together magically, right?
Tomorrow I’ll be able to say, “Hey, we’re getting married this year!” While everyone is saying these next eight months will fly by, I want to hold this engaged time in place and enjoy it. I can’t wait to marry Kyle, but being engaged to him is pretty awesome, too. It’s a time of dreaming about our future and yet enjoying how relaxed and fun everything is now. Every day I realize how right he is for me, and I know that I’m an extremely lucky girl. September 3rd, here we come!
Shania Twain concert!!
Love my girlfrans from Ames!
Mommy and me getting sloshed at a bridal expo, a new pastime of ours
My birthday Girls Night was awesome!
Barichello Girls trip in Chicago was awesome!
Girls Night with Gwenny!
Bringing back slumber parties was probably one of the best things I did this year. When you don’t see some people for months in between, the only way to hang out is to stay up til 3am rocking out to 90s music videos, am I right? From my All-Girls birthday party to the Shania Twain concert and all the fun in between, I love looking at these pictures and knowing you can never have too many girlfriends.
Yoshi’s First Birthday
Our baby is getting so big! This year with Yoshi has been such an adventure. I love her so much, it’s insane. She is my buddy for everything that I do…writing, yoga, baking. She’s there with her nose in all of it.
I can’t wait to dress Sylvie up like a little princess!
Our two big trips this year were Nashville in April with Kyle’s mom and Aunt Lea and Colorado in July to see our friends, Kaitlyn and Tom, and my family, Beth, Olaf, and Sylvie. Both trips were short, but we were good at packing in as much fun as we could.
I don’t have a lot of photos from our visits (note to make a picture-taking resolution for 2016), but Kyle and I were very grateful that friends and family came to visit us here in Des Moines quite a bit this year. It was nice for us to stay home more this year, especially knowing how busy we’ll be with traveling this upcoming year. We always love having company, and we know what an effort it is to make the drive here. Thank you friends and family!
Be calm and write.
I recently wrote about my weekend trip to Lake Panorama with the Des Moines Writers’ Workshop. Writing was huge for me this year. In addition to joining the workshop, I had four short stories published, attended a workshop at the University of Iowa, and wrote 42,000 words toward my novel (40,000 of which I will probably rewrite, but hey!). This is the year that I finally felt I could call myself a writer. With this momentum, I can’t wait to see what doors may open in 2016.
I really found my baking jam toward the end of the year, thanks to a blog call Sarah Bakes Gluten Free. Sarah, I don’t know you, but you have truly enhanced my happiness. If you follow a gluten-free diet, you must visit her blog and bake everything on it. My Christmas cookies turned out so good. The snickerdoodles especially I thought tasted even better than the regular kind.
2015 was filled with fun, books, cookies, love, dogs, new jobs, happiness, and princessy things. I would say it can’t get much better, but I have a feeling 2016 is going to pretty much kick butt, too.
I hope everyone has an amazing and safe New Year’s Eve. Here’s to the end of an awesome year, and to the beginning of a magical one. See you in 2016!