What Was in 2014

Last night, after prying Joey’s phone out of his hands (seriously, when should I stage that Candy Crush intervention?), we participated in my favorite “Oh my gosh, it’s already the end of December!” tradition… recapping the year!

Either we were tired, Joey was trying to hurry things along so he could get back to his real true love (yeah, I’m still talking about Candy Crush) or we had a busy year because we were having such a hard time remembering all the things that happened.  I guess there are worse things than having your entire year be one big wedding fun-filled blur, right?

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In January, we very sadly sent our first houseguest home, started our catering tastings, I bought a bridesmaid dress and we hit a dog.  Don’t worry, that story had a happy ending.

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This picture of the beginning pose during a figure skating event still kills me!

In February (and hold on to your hats, because this list is long), the Broncos lost the Super Bowl (wah wah), we saw every single movie nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars (plus all the shorts!), had three cake tastings, booked a wedding band, watched the Olympics and the Beatles Tribute Show, made a wedding website, celebrated Valentine’s Day, sent out Save the Dates, I took a calligraphy class and spelled my own name wrong and we watched the Oscars.  This list is making me excited for this February!

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In March, we partook in Denver Restaurant Week (twice!), painted a chalk wall in our house, celebrated Mardi Gras by making red beans and rice, painted our kitchen and living room and I went to the Lorde concert, where I was probably unknowingly inducted into her cult.

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In April, we celebrated Joey’s birthday, Opening Day and my sister’s birthday, started wedding beer brewing trials, bought a kegerator, binge watched Freaks and Geeks and I had my first wedding hair/make-up trial.

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In May, I attended Hannah’s first bridal shower (!!), rekindled my love with Augustana when we saw them perform at the Bluebird, had my first VooDoo donut experience, we hosted Mother’s Day and celebrated our 7th anniversary (!!), I took a trip to Santa Fe with my mom and sister and when I got back we saw American Idiot — spawning an intense love affair with Green Day–, ran the Bolder Boulder and wrote a Summer Bucket List that I forgot about until just now.  I think I got most of those items crossed off!

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In June, we went to Breckenridge for Hannah and Josh’s Bachelor/Bachelorette party, I decided to be trendy and join in on that #100HappyDays thang, I threw Hannah’s second bridal shower (nailed it!), did a 3-day juice cleanse (who am I?), got to enjoy my cousin being in Colorado for the second time in a year and started honeymoon research (eek!).

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In July, my best friend got married (what?!!!!), and who really cares what else happened after that.  Just kidding, the rest of July was awesome.  I turned 25 (and ate all the things), we sent out wedding invitations (ahh!), I shared my decision to keep my last name, celebrated mom’s birthday, hosted a summer BBQ (or two or three) and took a trip to the cabin, where we wrote our vows!

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In August, we brewed our actual wedding day beer, I posted a house tour, we “partied hard” (that’s how Joey described our separate bachelor/bachelorette parties, ha!), got our marriage license, had my bridal shower and wrote a “10 days away from our wedding” post that was admittedly so cheesy 🙂

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Go figure that we have a million professional wedding pictures and my favorite it still this iPhone selfie we took in the car…

In September…


We certainly didn’t have a hard time remembering that one 🙂  I hope we talk about how perfect our wedding day was for the rest of forever.  Because it really really was.  And lest the rest of September should be overlooked by the wedding, we spent the rest of the month in Europe.  Guys, seriously, did we really get to spend 6 days in Paris?!


In October, we celebrated Halloween, took a shorty trip to Dallas (hey Joey, we forgot that one!), ran the Rock’n’Roll 10K and I shared some exhaustively long wedding and honeymoon recap posts.  Sorry…kind of.


In November, skunks decided to move in underneath our house (yay…), I remembered how to cook after what felt like months and months of eating out, took a trip to NOLA with my mom, brewed our first post-wedding beer, pretended I knew how to be crafty and loved the heck out of Thanksgiving.


And last but not least, this month, was filled with all kinds of holiday fun.  Including the “grand illumination” of Denver, our annual Studio C tradition, the Parade of Lights, watching almost all the Christmas movies, two holiday shows, getting Joey hooked on nog, hosting Christmas Eve and having an amazing Christmas day.  Oh and I finished blabbing on and on about Paris.

It’ll probably be pretty hard to top 2014, but I’ve got some 2015 aspirations that I think will make for a good year.  But that’s a post for another day 🙂


Christmas Things

HARRY POTTER WEEKEND!  I mean, Christmas weekend!  Sorry, but some of us may have been binge watching the Harry Potter marathon on ABC Family since Friday and no longer know what real life is.  And for some of us, Harry Potter is more than just a silly book/movie series about magic.  It is everything!

But outside of my Harry Potter obsession, Christmas weekend is winding to an end — wah, wah! — and much recap-age is necessary.


Christmas Eve started with breakfast at Sunny’s.  Having an awesome breakfast spot minutes from our house probably ranks among the top ten things that make me happy in life.  I had this bacon-cauliflower-cheddar-egg number and an almond milk latte and all was right in the world.



After breakfast, we got absolutely spoiled by Lori.  She made me this incredibly thoughtful wedding detail display and I could not love it more.  Seriously, it’s amazing.  All of the stationary stuff was such an important part of our wedding so I’m so happy to have it displayed.


We spent the rest of the afternoon at the movie theater, seeing Wild.  I’m not a huge Reese Witherspoon fan and I felt like there were a few holes in the narrative — I’m wondering if they were better addressed in the book? — but I still liked it.  Though the man a few rows back loudly snoring apparently did not…









Christmas Eve dinner at our place was a hit!  We got back from the movie around 3 PM and felt so prepared already that we kept thinking, “what do we do until 6?!”  I don’t know how to function in life without stress.  But come 6 PM, the table was set, the house was clean(ish), the bar was set and we were ready to start the Christmas celebration.  We had so much fun and the food (Mom brought the best appetizers!) and cocktails turned out so good.  Our stew got rave reviews!  We ended the night with dessert and A Muppet Christmas Carol.  Much to Joey’s horror, my entire family loves that movie.




Christmas morning was blissfully lazy.  We opened presents — Joey got me that KALE sweater and I kid you not, I have been living in it ever since — ate pancakes and watched Love Actually.  Twas perfect!







At 2, we made our way over to the Thoutt Christmas celebration where I fed everyone a vegan Caesar without telling them and we did our annual Secret Santa present swap.  I got a set of mini OPI nail polishes from Joey’s aunt and now I regret getting that long lasting shellac manicure last week.

Though my mom suggested canceling our Dorsey Christmas celebration due to snow, I was having none of that so we were there for dinner at 6.  We got spoiled, as usual — new apron, new jacket, cupcake clock and the coolest leggings ever were some of the highlights — and ate well, as usual.  We ended the night with snow and Christmas in Connecticut.  In years passed, I’ve really clung onto old family traditions but this year, I realized Joey and I are our own little family now and it was fun to spend time just the two of us and starting our own traditions 🙂




The rest of the weekend has involved lots of lounging, dinner with Hannah and Josh — they got us those cute little appetizer plates and I kinda want to eat everything off of them — Joey’s high school alumni basketball game and I think I may have mentioned some Harry Potter?

Meanwhile, Joey just called it “Harry Potter and the Dark Hollows” so clearly I’ve taught him nothing.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!