My Highlights of 2011

Happy belated 2012 everyone!  I’m making it one of my New Year’s Resolutions to blog on here more often.  In the last several months, I have really been neglecting this little blog and I miss it.  Time to get back on board in 2012!  I’m going to start with my highlights of 2011.  I did a 2010 in Review and it’s so fun to look back on.

Overall, 2011 was a really great year for me.  A BIG year, in fact!  The past few years before that were pretty rough, so 2011 was a fresh breath of air.  It was fun-filled & busy!  Such lovely memories were made.


Note: Not necessarily in order.

2011 started off by visiting Ryan in Plainfield, Indiana, where he had just moved in with our friends Todd & Carrie.  I had so much fun when I visited Ryan while he lived there!

I got on a craft kick around Valentine’s Day and it hasn’t left me since.

I fell in love with coffee all over again when Ryan bought me the Aeropress.  Goodbye French press!

The impossible happened.  The university gave us not one, but TWO, snow days!

Celebrated 5 years with Ryan.

I completed several service projects with a local group we called “Helping from Home.”  We assembled safe birthing kits, made shoes for Sole Hope, had a baby shower for the Kenya Mercy House, sold cupcakes with the Cupcake Kids for Sixty Feet, etc.

Ryan got the job as Community Manager for WooThemes. He also graduated from AU in May. I was so proud of all he accomplished in 2011!

Ryan & I visited my cousin Darah in Savannah, Georgia during my Spring Break.  We also were able to ride bikes on Hilton Head Island – so so awesome.

Went to Silver Dollar City with my family for the first time in years.  Went to the Home of the Throwed Rolls (Lambert’s) for the first time.  For the record, I caught a roll!

Ryan & I took photos at three wedding & took video at two weddings.

Ryan & I both “earned” Starbucks gold cards.

I jumped on the bandwagon and got my first iPhone.  How did I last so long without one?!  hah

Discovered Trader Joe’s for the first time.

Went to IKEA & the state of Ohio for the first time.

Got three new fancy pants lenses & a 5D Mark II.  WHOA!

Survived Organic Chemistry II online.  Earned my FIRST ever B.

Lost our dear kitty Milo to Bobcat Fever.  :( So sad.

Rescued two new kittens – Lil Bit & Onyx.  Actually four, but we gave two away.

Became completely addicted to almonds.

Rode horses a few times & tried to overcome my fear.

Won a photo contest for my 4th of July carnival pics.

Fell in love with frozen yogurt (with gummy bears!)

Kayaked for the first time.  LOVED it!

Went to an “adult swim” at the new pool.  Conquered my fear of going down the slide!

My Mom turned 50, my Grandma turned 90, & my brother turned 20.

Discovered cake pops & made my own.

Got BlogHer ads & a few blog makeovers. Neglected my blog.  :(

Turned 23 years old.

Started Two Are Better LLC with Ryan.

Flew on a plane for the first time in years. (Felt like my first time!)

Visited Florida.  Went over the Sunshine Bridge.  Found shark teeth.  Had an amazing time.

Shot an engagement video & two promo videos.

Went roller skating for the first time in ~10 years.

Dressed up like a mad scientist for Halloween.

Painted pumpkins for the first time.

My paternal Grandma, Nana, was suddenly diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and joined my Dad in heaven.

Went ice skating for the first time ever.

RYAN PROPOSED AND I SAID YES!

Succeeded in student teaching.

GRADUATED with my B.A in Biology and a Certification to teach secondary ed. & a minor in Psychology.  Got recognized for a 4.0 in the University of Missouri system.

Continued to grow my hair out. ( Dec 2010 vs Dec 2011)

    

Did 27 photo shoots.

Megan & Cody’s Engagement Session

Fall is a busy time of year for photo shoots!  One of my recent photo sessions was with Megan and Cody for their engagement photos.  I actually went to high school with Megan, but this was my first time meeting her fiancé Cody.  They are getting married next year around this same time of year – in a glass chapel.  How cool is that?!

The fall weather was just perfect that day.  We went to a couple different locations for their photos, from a pumpkin patch to a field.  Megan & Cody had some really fun ideas for their engagement session.  We set up a “picnic” setting and they brought some cool props – an old camera and a ukulele.  They were such naturals in front of the camera!

Thanks you two for a fun session, and congrats on your engagement!  I wish you the best! ♥