Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2011 in review.

in january, we welcomed 2011 with a TCU rose bowl win & our first visitors in california - dave, justine, and krista! taking full advantage of our new year in a new state we drove across the golden gate bridge, enjoyed lover's point in monterey, and went hiking in muir woods. we were living in our little apartment in los gatos, and i loved sunday mornings in LG.

in february, i revealed that i used to be blonde. we enjoyed a warm day at the beach in half moon bay, i spent my first valentine's day with my husband, and i professed my love for hiking! we were featured in a wedding magazine, and nick started traveling a lot with his new position at work.

nick and i celebrated six months of marriage in march! i won the march madness tournament at work,  went wine tasting during barrel weekend in wine country, and changed my hairstyle a bit! oh, and it rained A LOT and i debuted our very special wedding video!

when i turned 25 in april, nick whisked me off to san diego to celebrate, and i loved it! while there, we went to the beach, saw a gorgeous sunset in la jolla and went to the zoo. my co-workers decorated my desk at work, and we kepy busy working hard and playing hard. (not to mentioned i dressed up like a spice girl and sang "wannabe" in front of senior staff!) i may have been a little obsessed with the royal wedding, but who wasn't?! and believe it or not, we did more hiking!

in may, we explored pescadero, celebrated cinco de mayo at work, went up to seattle for our neice/goddaughter's baptism and flew to dallas for a night to surprise justine and dave at their engagement happy hour!

june was so much fun!  the sun finally came out in san jose, so we went wine tasting! and we were lucky enough to spend a week in barbados with our great friends - justine, dave, lauren and joshua. it was such an awesome vacation! and june was also when we celebrated national doughnut day. :)


we celebrated the fourth of july in sausalito with a picnic on the bay and fireworks. then, we flew down to south padre island, texas to visit my family. we drove down the beach, went fishing and ate a lot of fresh seafood. the last weekend of july, nick and i went to a cable-car bar-hopping 80s themed party in san francisco. haha, you have to check out some of the pictures on that post!

in august, i totally slacked on blogging, but with good reason - we moved into a new house in san jose! i was busy packing and unpacking. nick's brother CJ married his long time girlfriend janelle in portland, and i helped with the flowers for the wedding! the whooooolllee mead family was there - and it was great to see everyone again!

september was a busy month! we celebrated a YEAR of marriage with dinner and cake. (seriously time flies!) i am so lucky to have married such an amazing man! if the first year is the hardest, then we are going to have one amazing marriage. :) i also went to georgia for a girls weekend with a twist - allison had a baby! i joined junior league and started decorating our new house!

in october, we flew to nick's hometown, omaha, to celebrate his mom's 60th birthday. it was a TOTAL surprise and everyone had so much fun. while we were there, we cheered on the huskers and were throughly entertained by our niece and nephew. we finished a little craigslist entertainment center DIY, and i showed off our furnished living room. i joined and became addicted to pinterest. and dressed up for halloween parties - cleopatra by day and mary poppins by night! (nick and i won the best couples' costumes award at my junior league social!)

in november, i dressed up like a flapper for a junior league fundraiser. and, i found out that i passed an exam i had studied hard for. i watched edward and bella on the big screen opening night of breaking dawn (which is my second most popular post per blogger stats - here is the most popular!) thanksgiving was spent in vacaville with my aunt and uncle. nick and i took some pretty pics at a vineyard and could not wait for december to put up our christmas tree and exchange ornaments!

in the last month of the year, i decided to be super adventurous! i went indoor skydiving, rock climbing, snorkeling, ziplining, and even played eggnog flip-cup (yuk). i celebrated an early christmas with my family on a caribbean cruise to mexico, grand cayman, and jamaica. when i got back in town, i made some christmas goodies, enjoyed christmas lights and goofed around at work (just a little). nicholas and i spent christmas eve (& weekend) back in vacaville (same family/place as thanksgiving). and, on new year's eve, nicholas turned 27, ate cinnamon rolls and opened LOTS of presents. we said goodbye to 2011 with a delicious meal at left bank and a looonng kiss at midnight.

2011 was such a fun year! 

even though i didn't blog much about it, i would call 2011 the year of happy hours, new friends and few responsibilities! :) it was our first year of marriage, and we were able to live it up. we explored and travelled and slept in as late as we wanted to (on the weekends, of course). 

i am so excited for what 2012 is going to bring, especially with such great family, friends, and of course, my husband to share it with.

(reviews of 2009 and 2010)


Joelle said...

Last year sounds like it was amazing for you two! So many fun trips and experiences...and wine tasting :)

I hope that 2012 is just as beautiful and eventful!


Emily said...

Looks like and sounds like an amazing year for you and your hubby. Hope 2012 is even better! :)

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

Best wishes in 2012!

Liesl said...

You are both too adorable for words and I just LOVED your look back at 2011...so many wonderful memories and adventures! Thank you for sharing all of them...I'm sure 2012 has already started filling up with new ones!

Liesl :)