Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 a year in review

So many things happened this year, and it's this time of year that I remember why I love blogging.  I love looking back on my life and seeing all the things I've written, remember the places I've been, and all the friends I've made.   

At the beginning of this year I made my first beanie for Brand and styled it in my first awkward and awesome post of the year.  It was a great month for fashion because I bought my very favorite-ever-loving bordeaux jeans that I have worn at least two times a week this winter alone.  I started school a few weeks into January and it what seemed to be the beginning of a forever journey of school life.  And with the journey of school life comes the awkward moments of first days and really the overall awkwardness of real life moments. 
January was also the month that I restyled my hair and created a new part.  It was one of those should I do it?? Moments, because I wasn't too sure about the whole thing.  But It has definitely caught on. 

February was the month of love and I shared with you my tips to having a memorable valentines day. I talked about my love for my pup, Mandy, and shared with you my first tv debut. I gave an ode to Brand about all the things I love about him and shared with you my Valentines playlist.  And in the theme of Valentines day I made red velvet cakes cookies that I had to share the recipe for because they were the most delicious things I've ever eaten!  My first time sharing something personal on the blog took place in February, it was one of those 5 things that you share about your self. 

The end of February turned March into a rather trying month, a trying three months to be correct.  It was the month my car was totaled.  You could say that these positive post became my crutch and light in the whole episode. After the whole thing played out it seemed that things started to become easier and my attitude changed,  it could have been from this sweet experience or the fact that I literally could not change what happened.   In Arizona March marks the start of warmer weather, so obviously I blogged about that too.  The month went on and I talked my imperfect life, and how being grateful for trials it what it's all about. 
In April I talked a lot about my self, bullying, that one time I was actually dress coded, the first time I remember being happy when someone said I looked like I was eighteen,  the wedding registry disaster of a list when I thought I was being smart, and when we were featured in the newspaper for our awesome volunteer skills.  April seemed to be a turning of events, and I happily greeted it. 

May started off rather down, when my step-grandfather passed away and we headed down to his town and celebrated his life.  The rest of may wasn't so bad especially since it seems to be the month of mothers and obviously I expressed my feelings for how left out I feel on mothers day.  It also is a high school graduation month and my younger brother graduated this year, which of course made me nostalgic about when I was in high school. May came to a close and we finally found a replacement car

June was our turn around month, I shared about 10 things that make me happy, I sheared one of my favorite friends who has become one of my best examples, and the things I love the most.  My brother came home from his mission in mid June and it was one of those things that I waited two whole years for, the most perfect reunion for me and my family.  June was a bit of a heat wave, but there was one weekend where the weather was exceptionally wonderful and of course Brand and I took advantage of it

When I think of July two things come to mind, the 4th and Brand's birthday... well, we celebrated both and this year I actually documented and took pictures of my 4th. Brand's birthday was extra special, I wrote him a poem and decorated the apartment for him just because I wanted him to feel special!  July seemed to be a fun month, we went to a baseball game and had a fun spontaneous date night in downtown phoenix

August I started one of my last first days of school... one of because I had one semester after that. Brand started back at school in August too, so it only seemed appropriate to get in all our 'I want to go to's", we went to the Phoenix Art Museum with some fun friends, we experiences our first dinner at texas road house where we had a rather weird experience.  Before school started I was a full time nanny and told about how much I've learned from the kids and how great of a blessing they really are.  In August I also started my posts about how to dress a pear shaped body, one and two

September I was a really bad blogger and seemed to be trying to get the hang of all this school junk.  My Great Aunt passed away in early August, which was pretty tough.  I talked about stress and how I was already burnt out with school, and lastly I wrote about my first encounter with the kids from Brand's school, and our fun weekend with family in town.
October was more school posts and of course you can't forget about my weekend shenanigans-which usually consisted of school.  I talked about Anne Shirley and how sometimes I too feel like I'm in the depths of despair.  Don't forget about the one where I gave some awesome tips for those of you who are in school or your husbands are in school.  I talked about good ways to keep your relationship strong when someone's in school. 

November was a good month for us.  Brand and I celebrated our 5 year anniversary, and I shared a few of our favorite songs.  In November we got to go to Rocky Point and stay in one of the resorts on the beach-such an awesome experience, we love Rocky Point and all the fun things there are to do.  I found my way through stressful situations and learned from them.  I learned not to stress-such a huge thing for me to learn.  And of course I talked about my weekend

December has kind of been a lazy month,  I finished the school semester early in the month and have had the most enjoyable time playing and doing absolutely everything I've ever wanted to do.  It's one of the greatest things ever!  I shared the best chocolate chip cookie recipe-literally the best. Brand and I went to the hometown Christmas parade and enjoyed every minute. And then I also shared a list of must watch Christmas movies! 
This year was pretty darn eventful!  And 2014 only brings so much more potential. I graduate in May, Brand graduates in May and then hopefully that's only the beginning.  Here's to a wonderful new year! I hope 2014 brings you everything you wish for! 


  1. You two are adorable, looked like a fun year - besides the crash!!


  2. Great recap- loved reading some of the posts you linked to. How sweet of your mom to buy the medicine on your registry list, before telling you to take it off! ;) I got contacted about Rocky Point too, and we asked to wait until next spring to go...hopefully that doesn't fall through! Looks like the place is gorgeous!



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