The Best Year of my Life

I went back to last year's recap post and noticed it was titled."The Craziest Year of My Life" . It really was. So many ups and downs in 2012, but it seems as though all of that was leading me to a glorious 2013. 

And just like the, these two years have passed by in lightening speed.
Change can be hard to see when you are in the thick of it

-I sent out our Save the Dates


-I ran a 10k with Joel and some friends to support research for Pancreatic cancer

-We booked our honeymoon for 2 weeks in Hawaii

- I went home to Chicago for my first wedding shower

-And got to taste test for our wedding menu and wedding cake


-I had my Bachelorette party in Santa Barbara, which was the best party of my life. My best friends flew in from Chicago, along with my mom and they had made the weekend so, beyond perfect, it could still make me cry



 -Joel and I celebrated our six year anniversary

-Our friends Brent and Dawn announced they were expecting a baby boy

-Wedding diet and carb free living were in full swing

-I went back to Chicago for two more wedding showers

(and got my first spray tan)

-Joel ran his first Ultra Marathon (32 miles in the mountains)
and survived! 


-I mailed our wedding invitations

-I celebrated my 25th birthday in Laguna Beach

-and picked out a very grown-up birthday present

-Joel and I went back to Chicago

-We had our engagement party in the city while we were there as well 

 (and celebrated my dad's birthday too)

-Joel became a God Father to his niece Gracelyn

-My California girls threw a mini-shower/last fling for me in Venice

 -We spent memorial weekend back in Santa Barbara

-I did a juice cleanse and hated every second.


-We got our wedding license in the state of Wisconsin

 -We had our rehearsal dinner at Gordy' s in Lake Geneva

-We were married in front of all of our friends and family and celebrated on of the best days of our lives.

-We left for our honeymoon in Hawaii for 10 days


-I changed my last name

-We celebrated Joel's 26th birthday with an indoor camping trip and then a night out in Malibu

-We showered Dawn and little Max

-My sister Hannah came out to visit

-My family decided to meet up in Scottsdale for a weekend getaway

-Max was born on September 21st

 -My cousins Nick and Dre came out to visit

-We saw John Mayer at the Hollywood Bowl

-Another day trip to my favorite city, Santa Barbara

 -We had an amazing vip expierence at the Zac Brown Band concert at the Hollywood Bowl

-We got a new dining room set

-We had a Halloween party with friends but I got sick the moment it started and had the flu for 5 days following.

-We  (all 3 of us) flew home to celebrate Thanksgiving with our family in Chicago


-We decked our halls

-I hosted an ornament exchange with some of my girlfriends here in LA

-We sent out our 1st Christmas card

-We celebrated our first married Christmas and successfully made lobster

-I met my family for week in Mexico and rang in 2014


Wow, even looking back, I can't believe how full of love and joy this year was. I can only hope that 2014 will be even bigger and better.


  1. You're right - that does look/sound like a pretty amazing year!

  2. You had an amazing 2013! Have you ever heard the quote about sometimes the most rewarding things in life are the scariest at first? Your move to Cali seems like it really has been such a great experience! So happy for you.

    PS Where did you get your rehearsal dinner dress from?

  3. Wow you did have a great year! I can't over all the wedding festivities you had!

  4. Looked like a fab year for you! :)

    And I can't believe I forgot to tell you! When I was in Chicago, I came across Roscoe street and totally thought of you and your pup. :)