Cheers to a New Year!

It’s always exciting to look back and reflect on our year as it comes to a close. 2014 followed one of our most exciting years, the one where we got married. This year was full of travel (both work and pleasure), weddings for dear friends, new challenges, exciting moments (buying a house), my husband finishing grad school and of course, our first year of marriage. Tomorrow we’ll go through our “Good Things jar” and reminisce on the year and our best times! Here’s a quick recap:

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A few things not mentioned:

  • I wrote three articles that were published in Charlotte Happenings, a local magazine through the Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority (CRVA)
  • My husband finished his Master’s degree through Northeastern University (we’ll be heading to Boston to celebrate in 2015)
  • I was offered a teaching job at a community college for Communication courses (due to work travel I couldn’t swing it this year, but maybe in the future)
  • I only ran two races this year, but spent almost all of my Wednesday nights this summer at NoDa Brewing’s run club with my (new) girlfriends
  • I started a book club with some really awesome girls that I look forward to seeing each month
  • We saw some really awesome concerts
  • We watched the Hokies beat UNC and Duke
  • We grew a really awesome garden with tomatoes, zucchini, squash, cucumbers and herbs (AND A LEMON TREE!)

Some of our favorite trips were to Ponte Vedra Beach, Ocean Isle, Annapolis, St. Martin and Chicago. We also loved our trips to Boston but we were too busy frolicking around and eating that I apparently forgot to document us being there!

We fostered some really awesome dogs this year (and only fell in love with one of them!). I also began managing the Twitter feed for a local rescue group and have grown our following. Fostering saves lives like the ones above. It’s a great way to help out if you’re not sure you want to adopt. If you can’t foster, helping out at adoption events on the weekends or transporting dogs are both great ways to help out.

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I’m beyond grateful for our sweet friend, Sarah, who took our anniversary photos for us. And I’m even more grateful for this guy and everything he did to make this year amazing. 2014 was another wonderful year and I’m looking forward to all that 2015 brings. Off to ring it in with some fun friends and my favorite husband! Wishing you a happy and healthy 2015!

Licensed to Wed!

Yesterday, I spent the day contacting our vendors and making sure all of our contracts were signed and on file and then issuing some stomach-turning, heartbreaking payments. Pretty sure that was my bank account I heard saying, “ouch!” But, somewhere in the middle of that not-so-fun part of the day, my handsome groom came and picked me up to go get our MARRIAGE LICENSE!
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We had to drive to the middle of nowhere South Carolina to get it but the process itself was quick and painless. Afterwards, we selected wines for our rehearsal dinner and then had a celebratory lunch/drink before heading home to spend our afternoon doing other wedding related activities. Just kidding, he did homework and I took a nap. But, here we are just 15 tiny days away from our wedding and we are licensed to wed! And boy are we ready!

And while we’re talking about being SUPER CLOSE to weddings, tomorrow, my sweet friend Valerie is marrying the love of her life! I can’t wait to see their beautiful ceremony and celebrate with this fun couple. Yay, Valerie + Dave! xo
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RINGing in the New Year!

Based on my Facebook newsfeed, I saw lots of folks got engaged this holiday season. Always a popular time. I was happy to be ringing in the New Year with my love and traveling all over NC. As I mentioned before, we spent Christmas with my family in Virginia (almost 30 people this year!).

2013-72013-8Then we spent a few nights back in our own house with our doggies, recovering from Virginia and driving before traveling to Chapel Hill for fun with my soon-to-be in-laws!2013-2

We took a sweet, little puppy to his sister that they had agreed to rescue from Charlotte. We saw Life of Pi as a family. And we celebrated Christmas with his family on the 29th and 30th, because we went to The Fearrington House on the 30th. Yum! (Hot Chocolate Souffle – aka HEAVEN – pictured below).

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Then we drove to Greensboro for New Years Eve! After our J. Crew shopping spree (he loves me!)… we checked out Natty Greene’s Brewery. And boy were we impressed! They have got their act together. We love the local craft beer scene in Charlotte but Natty Greene’s blew us away. The food was delicious, beers were tasty and the staff was fabulous!
2013We checked in at our hotel and prepared for another tasty meal (man did we eat well this trip!). Landon’s childhood friend’s husband owns Nico’s in downtown Greensboro. Real deal Italian food. Seriously, the best we’ve EVER had. Obviously, I love all desserts, but nothing compares to Tiramisu… and honestly, nothing compares to Nico’s tiramisu!
2013-1And then it was on to ring in 2013 with The Avett Brothers and Amos Lee! They are so fun to watch – and so talented! Amos Lee too, what a beautiful voice. And at midnight, we were showered in balloons and confetti and we entered: THE YEAR OF OUR WEDDING!
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