Memory-a-Day in July

Sunday, July 1st: Taking a very brief moment to just rest my eyes in our hammock, with the umbrella over me.

Monday, July 2nd: Being literally the only person in the office at noon and listening to Drake very loudly.

Tuesday, July 3rd: Holding back tears during a very beautiful wedding ceremony.

Wednesday, July 4th: Feeling unprepared and disorganized, grabbing 4th of July dinner ingredients at Whole Foods and being 100% okay with that feeling.

Thursday, July 5th: Leaving a very good therapy session and seeing a rainbow in the sky.

Friday, July 6th: Walking just a block from the bustling Highlands and finding ourselves on a shady quiet street lined with big old brick houses (and lots of free parking spots).

Saturday, July 7th: Feeling hot and irritated at the Farmers’ Market and guilty for wanting to immediately leave a place that I’m “supposed” to love.

Sunday, July 8th: Pulling a stool directly in front of the window A/C unit in the kitchen while I kept an eye on chickpeas in the pressure cooker and eggs boiling on the stove.

Monday, July 9th: Watching a beach ball hit Joey in the head while we sat in the crowd at Red Rocks, waiting for The Big Lebowski to start.

Tuesday, July 10th: Pressing snooze one extra time and feeling extremely out of it after going to bed at 1 AM the night before.

Wednesday, July 11th: Saying no to TV time and instead, getting into bed early to read.

Thursday, July 12th: Feeling thoroughly impressed with the manicure my sister gave me and with how prepared she was!

Friday, July 13th: Remembering how out of it I had felt coming home from work and how refreshed I felt now that I was sitting outside at the Rockies game.

Saturday, July 14th: Joey asking me if I wanted to sit outside in the backyard with him at the very end of the day.

Sunday, July 15th: Making a donut out of modelling clay with my niece.

Monday, July 16th: Waking up to the smell of coffee and parting my hair down the middle because why not?

Tuesday, July 17th: Having lunch with my dad at the last shady table on the Mod Market patio.

Wednesday, July 18th: Having breakfast toast with Joey at Huckleberry before work.

Thursday, July 19th: Sharing a quote my therapist had shared with me with Joey.

Friday, July 20th: Watching Mason try a lemon for the first time.  He didn’t hate it!

Saturday, July 21st: Feeling uncertain about having our dog out in the front yard.

Sunday, July 22nd: Playing ABBA very loudly in my car while driving to Whole Foods.

Monday, July 23rd: Catching up on Food Network Star while eating a very fluffy pita.

Tuesday, July 24th: Feeling lucky to live so close to Coors Field when there’s a rain delay.

Wednesday, July 25th: Seeing Joey come inside with a surprise first zucchini from our garden.

Thursday, July 26th: Wondering why I felt sort of crabby.

Friday, July 27th: Waking up to go for a run and feeling refreshed and ready.

Saturday, July 28th: Rushing to clean the bathroom and shower/get ready to leave the house for the day.

Sunday, July 29th: Going to Sunday afternoon yoga for the first time in a long time and smiling when I saw new gold veggie decals on one of the walls.

Monday, July 30th: Trying to get in a better mood by listening to Janelle Monáe at work.

Tuesday, July 31st: Wearing my new running sunglasses for the first time and feeling legit!

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July was so so good, but we must say good bye and I have a real feeling August will be pretty good too 🙂

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 GOT MARRIED!

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?!

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂