Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: a year to remember

Well, here we are at the end of another year.  2013 was a good one, and I'll treasure the memories that I made this past year for many more to come.  I decided to break down my favorite memories by month, so here we go...the 12 months of 2013!


Austin and I rung in the new year with some friends, watched The Cotton Bowl in style, and went on a fun brewery tour.


My birthday month was a blast this year.  My parents came to visit, Austin threw me a great party at Painting with a Twist, and Austin made me a delicious Valentine's Day dinner.


In March, Austin ran a half marathon, we partied at the Dallas St. Patty's Day parade, and we booked our wedding venue!


April was a fun one.  I love it when the temps start rising and summer gets close.  Austin and I had fun at good friend's wedding, we dyed Easter Eggs, and I made my favorite meal of the year: short ribs with mashed potatoes and asparagus.  YUM!


Austin's kickball team won the 'ship, I had a lovely Mother's Day weekend with Sherbo, and Austin and I had a fun date at Simply Fondue.


June was a busy one!  I wrapped up the regular school year, worked for an entire weekend at the PowerHouse Annual Revue (dance recital), I taught summer school, and some of my gal pals and I took a fabulous trip to Fredricksberg for a wine tour!


July was tons of fun!  I saw the best play I've ever seen, watched the fireworks with my main man, and took a trip to the beach with Austin's family.


August was pretty low key, but there was one big highlight: I said, "YES" to my wedding dress with the help of an expert judging panel!  I got a call last week that it is in, and I get to go for a fitting very soon!  Yay!!! 

PS- Don't worry...the dress in the mirror isn't the one I picked. ;)


We took a trip to Aggieland to watch our Aggies take on Bama, went to Oktoberfest, and I got to meet my new ballerina babes for this year.


October was another busy month.  Austin and I registered for our wedding, we went to ACL (a music festival in Austin) with some friends, and Austin and I went to Washington D.C. to celebrate our 4 year anniversary and for Austin to run a marathon!


Last month was tons of fun!  I got to meet The Pioneer Woman, and she signed my cookbooks, our engagement pictures were ready, and Austin and I went back to College Station to watch Johnny Football play his last home game of the season.


We ended the year with a bang this past December!  We celebrated Austin's 25th birthday, survived the big freeze, I had an awesome bachelorette party thanks to my incredible friends, and Austin and I had a great Christmas with our family and friends.

Unfortunately, 2013 wasn't t all good, specifically this morning.  I got a call from my sister letting me know that my sweet grandpa had passed away.  I know Peepaw had a good life, and it makes it easier to know that he got to spend his final days surrounded by his friends and family while we celebrated Christmas.  If you're the praying kind, keep my family (especially my grandma, mom, and aunt) in your prayers.   

I love you, Peepaw!

Like I said, 2013 was mostly great, but I can't wait for 2014!  I'm going to turn 25, Austin and I are getting married then going on our honeymoon, and I get to keep doing what I love: teaching pesky 7th graders how to read and write and little ballerinas how to dance!  Happy New Year, y'all!  Cheers to 2014!


  1. Y'all had quite the year! Congrats again to Austin on completing his first full marathon! Meeting the Pioneer Woman had to be a big moment for you - I know you love her!

    I'm sorry to hear about your Grandpa. When my grandmother died this year, I tried to remind myself that she had a good, long life and it was her time. A friend told me that it's still okay to cry and be sad for ourselves and the person we are losing. I'm saying a prayer for you!

    1. Thank you, Amy! You're right...he had a long life, and it is comforting to know that he isn't in any pain or discomfort anymore (he's been sick for awhile).