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 🙂


Weekend Things

Gosh this weekend was good.  I can’t say anything life changing happened (unless you consider a lavender mimosa to be life changing and I kind of do…), but it was just one of those weekends where you don’t have too many concrete plans or serious expectations and everything just ends up being fun and easy and productive. (I recently read some article about things we become obsessed with in our 20’s and “having a productive weekend” was one of them.  It was spot on!)  I felt like I had a smile cemented on my face and I just kept thinking how sweet life is 🙂

Also, lately I’ve been caught in this limbo between wanting time to slowwww dowwwwn (I LOVE summer!) and wanting it to speed up (till, say, September? :P).  It’s very confusing :O


We mailed out our wedding invitations on Friday!!!!!!!  I’m still pretending the group of people standing outside in the same parking lot as the mailbox thought it was totally normal that we took a picture of us putting envelopes in the mail and then high-fived.


Another night, another Rockies game.  I still can’t get over how cool it is that we can be sitting at home one minute, decide “okay, let’s go to the game” and be at the park five minutes later.  It was kind of raining on and off in the beginning but the rain let up and we managed to win.  Schweet.


Saturday started with a trip to Ikea — no wait, it started with sleeping in.  I think we both felt so behind on sleep and it was nice not to have any morning commitments.  Okay, one trip to the coffee shop and two iced coffees later, we made it to Ikea.  I think we’ve finally become Ikea pros and this trip thankfully went surprisingly smooth.  I can’t say that’s always been the case in the past… We left with some wedding goodies 😉 and a few house organization things.  All of which I’m really excited about!


Afterwards, we went to pick out wedding rings!  Actually, we mostly went to pick out Joey’s wedding ring.  I’ll explain about mine in a later post 😛  He currently wears zero jewelry so we both think wearing a ring everyday will probably be weird.  He picked out a few he liked that our jeweler is having brought in to try on.

Oh and the jeweler happened to be in the same shopping center as Trader Joe’s so I obviously dragged us in.  We bought some bread and a few frozen things and decided that place isn’t as great as everyone thinks.  We did get a free grocery bag since it was our first time in the store though!


Once we got back home, Joey headed to the office for a few hours (boo!) and I went on a caffeine-induced cleaning spree.  Our house was starting to feel gross and needed a serious scrub down.  I mean I don’t know if cleaning the dust off the top of the fridge was necessary but seriously, I had too much energy.  It felt so much better afterwards.  Although, I’m sure it will only last a few days.

Once Joey got home, he cooked us up some green chili cheeseburgers and grilled corn plus our newest homebrew (which needs just a bit more time to carbonate) and we relaxed on the back porch before planting ourselves on the couch in front of a movie.  We watched “The Trip” and I seriously loved it.  We were laughing so hard in some parts.  And I just learned there’s a sequel.  Yes, please!


Sunday brunching!  I swear I’m drinking a lavender mimosa and not a glass of water, or worse, vodka.  We met up with Bobby and Becca for food and to hear all about their trip to Jamaica.  Joey and I showed up early because we figured it’d be crazy busy at 11 AM on a Sunday but we showed up to no wait and our pick of tables.


Later, we geared up our bikes — okay Joey geared up our bikes — and headed to the Rockies game!  Turns out there’s a path that takes us straight to the stadium and somehow avoids any major hills.  I’m all for paths like that!


The game time temperature was 75 degrees but I swear it felt like 105.  Remind me not to run, bike and sit in the sun all in one day.  So hot and sweaty.  It started to sprinkle on the bike ride home and it felt so good!


After the game, I left Joey at home to build our Ikea shelves for the basement.  Yay for storage and organization!  Meanwhile, I went to the grocery store and almost decided to just move in there because it was so cool and refreshing.  Back home, we heated up leftovers, watched Big Brother and Food Network Star (was anyone else sad that Chad wasn’t the one who got to rejoin the competition?!) and got into bed early (who am I?).

If every weekend could be as good as this one, I wouldn’t mind 🙂