Monday, December 30, 2013

A Look Back at 2013

With the year coming to a close, I thought I'd take a moment to look back at how wonderful 2013 has been to me! These are just some of my favorite moments from this past year!  I'm sure there are definitely some great moments that I missed, but here's some highlights from my 2013!

I started (and stopped and continued again and stopped but started again) a new diet! I'm thinking fighting the bulge will be an uphill battle for the rest of my life. I'll just blame that on my love for all things sweet.

We survived winter at the beach. It's boring and there is definitely not much to do in the wintertime, but it's all worth it come summertime.

Got to see Luke Bryan shake it for me for Alexis' bachelorette party!  Man, that man is sex-ay!

In March I gained a new sister and had the honor of standing beside Alexis and my brother as they exchanged vows.

The Ice Flyers won the President's Cup, bringing the 1st major championship to our little city of Pensacola!  I was so lucky to actually be at the game and watch them win!  I was also at the game that they unveiled the Championship banner! Super cool!

I enjoyed a beach day or two.  This upcoming year I vow to take off more random days just to lay in the sun!

I turned 24!  Which is kind of old if you ask me.. I think it's the 1st year that I've actually felt old!  I celebrated with some good friends by eating Mexican food (hey.. my birthday is Cinco de Mayo) and just hanging out!
Ethan and I got our Disney fix this summer by going to the parks a couple days with our pastor and his family.  Even though it rained, we still had a great time!

I got to fulfill a childhood dream by seeing THE Backstreet Boys in concert in August!  I don't think it was quite the same as when I was 10 years old seeing that just about all of them were in their 40s. Kinda weird.. but very fun girl's trip to Atlanta! 
We found out that my cousin and one of my best friends were having babies this year and both were due in December!! We welcomed little William in November (little stinker just couldn't wait to meet his new family so he came a little early) and Miss McKinley June in December!

My grandma turned 70!! And we threw her a huge (successful) surprise party in her honor! She was shocked!
Made new friends with a Ladies' Bible Study.  Me, Taylor, Katie, Chelsea, Marissa, and Rachel completed the book Feminine Appeal.
Football season was crazy exciting this year!  I watched my Noles move up the ranks until they topped at #1! I can't wait to watch the Championship game in exactly 1 week!!
Speaking of FSU football, I was lucky enough to go to a game this year!  We went to the FSU v. Miami rivalry game and we kicking some major Hurricane booty!!
Of course I got to spend lots of time with friends and family!
{Me, Mom & Hannah @ Alexis' Bridal Shower}

{Bachelorette Party to see Luke Bryan}

{Homemade sushi night with the newlyweds}

{Easter Sunday with the fam}

{Hockey game with Grandma & Grandpa}

{Beach Days with the Bestie}

{Disney rides with Sarah Boo}

{Disney rides with my boo (see what I did there..)}

{Wahoo's Game}

{4th of July}

{Finding out the baby is a GIRL!!}

{Zoee turned 9!}

{Dakota turned 20!}

{Eating hibachi for Tracee's birthday}

{Headed to see BSB}

{Thursday nights at O'Rileys}

{Movie Nights In}

{Date Nights on the Boardwalk}

{Baby Shower for Mary Ann & William}

{Baby Shower for Marissa & McKinley}

{Fair with the fam}

{Getting in shape with a weekly run date}
(normally followed by an unhealthy dinner at The Happy Pig.. we tried at least)

{Florida State Football Games}

{Church camp in the FREEZING COLD}

{Black Friday Shopping}

{Welcoming McKinley June to this world}

Like I said 100 pictures ago, this year has been great!  It had it ups and downs, but honestly right now I can't think of a single "down."  I'm so looking forward to the wonderful things 2014 has to offer!


Friday, December 27, 2013

High Five for Friday

To be completely honest here.. I totally forgot that it was Friday.  I did not forget too much as I did wear my "Casual Friday" jeans to work today.  My days are completely screwed up from having so many days off this past week!  I was off for 5 days, now I'm at work for 2 days, then back at a 5-day weekend!

I'm linked up again with one of  my favorite bloggers The Lauren Elizabeth.

Here's my High Five for Friday this week!

1. Let's talk about having FIVE glorious days off!  It's the bee's knees, the cat's pajamas.  Abso-freakin-lutely the best thing there is. Except for maybe losing ten pounds.. I'd take losing ten pounds over 5 days off. #realtalk

2. This guy celebrated his 3rd birthday this week!  Happy birthday week, Nikola!

3. Can we talk about how cuddly my Jinxy Cat has been lately.  He's really turning into a Momma's boy and that's quite fine with me!  I'll take all the kitty cuddles I can get!

4. I've enjoyed all the family time Christmas brings, but the most important family member I got to cuddle with is obviously baby William!  I've only known the little guy for a month now, but my heart just explodes with love when I get to hold him. So precious!

5. Mom and Dad got me a gel-mani kit for Christmas.  It's pretty awesome and I'm actually pretty good at it!  I'll probably be setting up shop sometime soon.  ;)  Overall I'm very pleased with how the finished product looks and I'm pretty excited that I no longer have to deal with chipped polish!

Right now I'm just counting down the minutes till 5 when I get off.. then it's another 5 days off for this girl! :)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas

What a whirlwind these past 5 days have been!  I've been off work since last Friday and let me tell you, it's been wonderful!

Last Friday night I went to the hockey game with Grandma and Grandpa after work.  It was just the 3 of us.  We ate at Chet's before the game.  It's a good thing I called Grandma before I went to Chet's because my happy butt was on it's way to the Chet's in Pace, rather than the one that's literally 10 minutes away from my work! Haha!

Saturday morning, for some crazy reason, I decided to go to a 2-hour Zumba class!  As crazy as this sounds, it was actually a ton of fun and I burned some major calories!

After I got home, I kind of piddled around the house until Ethan got home from playing golf.  We got ready and went to the mall for some last-minute Christmas gifts.  I didn't even feel bad about eating the gut-bomb of a "Wrong Doug" at Moe's! Add some chips and queso and I was one fat happy camper!

Saturday night was my kind of perfect night.  Ethan was playing his Xbox while I was cuddled up next to him playing Candy Crush.  We didn't have a care in the world.  I so enjoy those moments when it's just me and him.

{Jinxy cat helping me wrap presents}

Sunday morning I went to church.  Turns out Ethan pulled a muscle in his neck playing golf on Saturday and was so stiff he couldn't move.  Poor baby!  I ended up eating lunch with my family and going back home around 3ish.  Ethan's parents arrived at Sarah's house around 6, so we packed up and headed to see his parents!  We only see them once or twice a year, so when they are in town, we spend as much time with them as possible!

Monday was Christmas Eve Eve and Ethan had to work a half-day.  I got up late, went to the gym, and pretty much lounged around until he got home.  We went to Sarah's house for dinner with the family.  Ethan finally decided that December 23rd was the appropriate day to get my Christmas presents from him! Hah!  I stayed at Sarah's looking at the baby pictures of him that his Mom brought for me to look at.  I've decided we can stay married.. he was a pretty cute baby! ;)

Christmas Eve was a busy one!  Ethan got up early to go shooting with his Dad and brother-in-laws.  I, once again, woke up late and lounged around!  Are we seeing my holiday trend here?!  Taylor called me about 10 and I met up with her to do some kickin'.  We discovered an awesome secret to ShopKicking.  If you go under the bookmark section at the top and then "scan all,"  you can scan any product at any store.  It always was annoying to me that I couldnt' scan a particular item because "I wasn't at that store.."  Well guess what, Shopkick?!  We got you beat!  Me and Taylor both racked up around 1,500 kicks in a little over an hour!  I've now got enough to get myself a $25 Target gift card! Woo-hoo!!

Nikola turned 3 this Christmas Eve!  His birthday party was train-themed.  We had a good time eating cake and watching him open his presents!

{Birthday Boy blowing out his candles}

{Thomas the Train}

{"Hey, Nikola, give me a big smile!"}

Christmas Eve night we went to my parent's house to have Christmas with my Grandma and Grandpa from my Dad's side.  It was nice.  We ate dinner then opened presents.  Ethan got a smart blu-ray player and I got lots of workout clothes and some K-cups for my Kuerig.  We ended up staying over at Mom's still pretty late.

Christmas morning me and Ethan got up around 6:20.  We got ready and opened our presents from each other.  Ethan definitely spoiled me this year!  He got me new makeup brushes, a cell phone case, 2 workout tops, an FSU hoodie, and my favorite It's a 10 hair spray!!  I got him a couple movies and a dartboard for the back porch!  We got to Sarah's house about 7:15 to which the kids yelled "you're late!"  We opened presents and ate the yummiest egg/sausage/cheese-baked casserole I've ever had!  We got to my parent's house around 9ish and opened even more presents!  To say we are spoiled is a major understatement!  I got a steam mop, a gel manicure set, and Ethan got P90X3!  After we opened presents, me and Ethan took the most glorious naps ever known to man.  I'm talking conked out, no one's going to wake the dead kind of sleep.  It was wonderful! After the nap and after helping Mom with some last-minute food prep, we headed over to the pool house to have Christmas with my Mom's side of the family.
{She'll hate me one day for this}

We ate some more and opened presents!  We got new boots, cologne, a gift card to Outback, and some moolah!

{Hannah & Grayson}

{Grandpa & his girls}

{Grandma opening gifts}

{Mom & Dad}

{Lex & Dakota}

{Grandma & me}

{Grandpa & me}

{The Ladies of the Family}

{Grandma, Grandpa & me}

{Excuse the crazy eyes.. this is the only pic I have of us on Christmas day}

{Grandpa & Mom}

{Baby's 1st Christmas}

I can't believe my 5-day vacation is already over.  I had a lot of fun and relaxation, but guess what?  I get to do it all over again starting tomorrow at 5!  I'll have Saturday thru next Wednesday off!  Coming back to work for real then will be a bummer, but as for right now.. I can handle a short 2-day week!