2011 has been one of those years that I will remember for the rest of my life. I am so happy I decided to do this post because it made me look back at all the pictures, stories and memories I've created in the past year and how special each and every moment was.
So take a look back with me....
+ Our after-Christmas/New Years vacation to Waikiki on Oahu, HI. I feel so blessed to be able to go to such a beautiful place with someone I love so much.
+ I celebrated my 22nd birthday (the 4th one celebrated with J) and was spoiled rotten!
+ Our poor Ollie got horrible blisters on his feet but did so well as they healed and
+ We spent far too long without furniture waiting for the new stuff to arrive
+ J's birthday was spent with friends from out of town, lots of margaritas and days spent relaxing by the pool.
+ We graduated! It was a long four years with lots of stress, studying, and wondering when it was going to end but I finished my bachelors degree and J finished his masters.
+ We spent lots of time taking our pup swimming in the ocean. He loves it so much it's hard to get him out.
+ J and I celebrated our 4 year dating anniversary! I cannot believe how quickly the time has past and how many amazing memories we've created together. I love that man!
+ We got to spend some time back in CO this summer to celebrate the wedding of two of our great friends. While the drive from SD to CO is never fun we wouldn't miss trips like this for anything.
+ After a lot of stressful paperwork, specific deadlines and lots of finger crossing we finally bought and moved into our first house! We have loved being able to do whatever we wanted in the new house and there's nothing quite like home.
+ We've done lots of work since we moved but it is all so worth it. A yard for our pup to play in and a guest room to host family and friends.
+ Now that we have this amazing new house we decided to host Thanksgiving for my mom and sister. Our turkey was a big success, I made homemade gravy for the first time ever and we spent some time at the beach. Noting says Thanksgiving like the sun and the sand!
+ The holidays are definitely my favorite time of the year and I was so excited to finally be able to decorate outside as well as inside wherever and however I wanted. I can't wait to make holiday traditions in our new home.
+ And last but definitely far from least.... J and I got engaged on Christmas Day 2011. I promise that I will do a post soon specific to the details about this but lets just say I have never been happier in my whole entire life. I cannot wait to start planning this wedding and continue to grow our lives together!
for an amazing, spectacular, whirlwind year that I'll never forget.