Saturday, December 17, 2011

You're a mean one, mister grinch!

As usual, the title has about 0% to do with my post.

I was just thinking.
It's almost the end of the year.
This has been an eventful year.
I've learned a lot.

In semi-chronological order...

I got engaged.

Turned 21.
Spent a weak in the hospital. [meningitis]

 It's okay. I look awful.
My first nephew was born.
Had my second niece born!
Got married!

Went to HAWAII on honeymoon!
Moved into our first place together.
Spent a summer working like crazy trying to figure out a newlywed student budget.
Learned couponing/pricematching and cut grocery bills in half.
Learned how fun it is to be a wife.
Learned [even more!] how lucky I am to have clint in my life.
Faced my fears and finally went to the dentist and had cavities filled that had been waiting years.
Learned why my mom would get frustrated when my dad always asked her where everything is.
Learned that you can even hear when your neighbor uses the microwave in an apartment. [sorry neighbors for our constant giggling]
Learned apartments are not for dogs. [they get territorial and bark all day.] 
Started a new semester.
Got the best semester GPA I have so far!
Completed what most people say is the hardest class of my program- Advanced Human Nutrition (micro and macro nutrient metablosim, fxns, def, everything) with at least a B+! Still waiting for the grade to be posted!
Learned the blessings and power of therapy.
Adjusted to a family ward.
Were blessed with an incredible amount of incredible friends!

Learned how frustrating migraines are.
Spent our first married Thanksgiving together!
Had my first black friday experience
Learned my thoughts and feelings count and I can stand up for myself.
Learned that when you get married everyone and their dog gives you unsolicited advice about everything and you just have to stick with what you and your spouse know to be right.
Learned I can cook! Mostly.
Had great missionary experiences!
Donated bag and bags and bags (x57) of collected clothes to teenage girls in need.
Learned that having a faucet that sounds like a helicopter and a dishwasher that sounds like oceans are fighting can actually be pretty entertaining.
Learned how to utilize ever square centimeter for storage!

All and all, I'd say it's a pretty fantastic year. It's my first full year with my honey. It's been insanely eventful! So much has happened. I can't believe how much I've learned and grown. I'm excited for next year!
And thank YOU for all your love and support you've shown me this year! It's been tough in some areas, but I'm so grateful to have such awesome friends to support me! I really mean that! :)

12/26: I am linking up with Brooke here :)


Ali said...

That sounds like an awesome year! Other than hospital stays....sorry about that....I'm a little jealous of your year, and your honeymon! I love Hawaii!

LaynahRose said...

And I started following your life this year! It's been a roller coaster, some of the best of times and some of the worst of times, eh? Your optimism and sweet spirit are contagious, so thank you for that. It was a good read :) Here's hoping for another eventful, fantastic year in 2012!

ashley.warner said...

what a lovely year indeed. so much happens in a year, huh?

you're darling and i am so thrilled that we are blog buds!
lots of love!

cheers to 2012

Sara Shoemaker said...

now THAT is one exciting year!! wow. you had meningitis?! I've heard that's pretty bad.. But you seem like such a happy cheerful person All the time which is such a great quality. We could all learn from you! looks like a very educational year for you! yay for great years!!

The House of Shoes

Brooke said...

What a year! This is such a perfect way to look back on all the big things you did this year. I love this tribute! I may have to copy you and do one like this as well. Here's to an amazing 2012 (before the world ends that is)!

Dawniepants said...

Gosh what a crazy year!! Bet you wouldn't swap it though!

Kari said...

Sounds like a huge, monumental year for you full of milestones! :)

Erin said...

You have had one eventful and amazing year....aside from all the sickness! :) Much better to accept than try to wise!

Shalyn said...

Holy cow this has been one crazy year for you. Probably the only thing you could do to make it crazier would be to get pregnant;-)Congrats on your great grades!

Mary Ruth Gilliam said...

What a wonderful list to remember such an eventful year!!

Carlie said...

It sounds like it has been an eventful year for you! Congrats on the good grade in a tough class! It always feels like such an accomplishment to get a good grade when it is hard class.

Kassie said...

Wow- you had a lot go on this year!
You are beautiful by the way and that wedding picture is awesome! I love Hawaii...such an awesome place!

Kassie said...

P.S. Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! I'm not creeped out that you want to squeeze his cheeks. I can't really blame anyone! ;)

Brooke said...

Hey, I'm hosting a Year in Review linky party in my blog. I would LOVE for you to link up if you have a minute! Well, it might take 90 seconds, but still :) It would mean a lot to me. Thanks girl!

Brooke said...

You are the best. Thank you!

Dani said...

Wow--what a year! Happy end of 2011 and here's to a fantastic 2012!

Natalie said...

Now that's a year! If 2011 went so well, it must mean 2012 will be even better right? Have a great end of December and Happy New Year!

ashley in wonderland said...

great recap! i really need to learn the couponing thing!

Alex Jackson said...

Okay, you don't know me but I read your blog after reading something Elise posted about you. First of all, I think you are fabulous. Second of all, I am not dating anyone or engaged but I love photography and I was wondering who took your pictures because I love them :) Thats all.