A year in review

Wow!  I can’t believe it’s already 2014!  How did this past year go by so quickly!?  I have to say that 2013 has probably been one of my most memorable years to date and I wanted to show some of the highlights in photos.  2013 was brought in with great friends and family, as well as music at the Lexington Avenue Brewery in downtown Asheville.  In March, I was able to travel down to Orlando to see Harry Potter world with my dad and brother…and it was amazing!  I would love to take another trip down once the rest of the park gets finished!  And of course, we got Felix.  She has been the light of our lives and I can’t imagine a day without her!

Felix is always the center of attention and not a day goes by that I don’t think about her or have my phone on hand for a quick picture.  She is my dog child and I love her more than words.  In April I got my second tattoo!  It says “and Love is reflected in love” on the back of my right arm…and after all these months, I still love it!  In June, my mom’s side of the family had a reunion in Charleston, SC.  It was bliss spending time with everybody, relaxing on the beach, playing tennis, shopping downtown…getting our remote control helicopter eaten by an alligator.  I am so, so, so thankful for all of my wonderful family!

In August, we got Crookshanks (the second).  After months of not being able to find original Crookshanks, we wanted to get a playmate for Felix and so adopted C2 at our local shelter.  If I could pick one word to describe him, he would be a lover.  There isn’t a mean bone in his little body and I’m pretty sure his only desire is to be held and kissed…and to lick every open spot of skin he can find.  Felix and Crookshanks get along so well, although Felix is a bit of a bully…but when they think I’m not looking, they curl up together.  In September, Handsome Taylor’s cousin, Jennifer, took my bridal photos and our engagement photos by our house.  You’re amazing Jennifer…and thank you!!!

And of course, in October, we had our wedding, and we couldn’t have picked a better weekend!  All of the leaves were starting to change color and fall creating such a memorable and beautiful experience for us as well as our guests.  We had a wonderful rehearsal dinner at Laurey’s Catering in downtown Asheville.  Our wedding was in Fairview on an old farm and for our reception we had an old bluegrass band and a square dance caller. It was great, but I’ll never square dance in heels again!  More than anything, I am so grateful for my wonderful friends and family for their support and love!  Thank you for everything!

More wedding… :)

And some more wedding…and square dancing :)

December finally came…along with my brothers graduation from UF.  He graduated suma cum laude from the College of Engineering!!!  I am such a proud sister!  I flew down to surprise him for his graduation and we had a great weekend celebrating in Gainesville.  After Christmas, my stepdad, Roger, had his family reunion in Phoenix, AZ.  I’ve never been to the desert before and it was simply spectacular!!!  I’m in love!  Although I could never live in a place where summer doesn’t drop below 100, being there in the winter was great.  We had such a fun time together, relaxing at the pool, hiking, eating, and playing Game of Thrones…well I didn’t play, but those who did put in a lot of hours.  And what a way to bring in the new year than with family!  Thank you for a wonderful year and here’s to 2014!!




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