This year has been an amazing year filled with new memories, great experiences and positive vibes that will long live on through next year. I feel blessed to have 2015 be such an amazing year. January 2015 started off with the Tennessee Volunteers bowl game which I attended with my ever-so ecstatic husband and his brother. It was his first Tennessee football game and he had a blast. As did I though I had a hard time rooting for my SEC rival! (Go Gators!) We tailgated, went to the pep rally the day before and watched the team arrive on a bus to the stadium. It was a great memory and an even better one for Judd and Ryan who watched their beloved Vols win.
I also celebrated my 26th birthday in January. It was a bit of a shock to me turning 26. I found myself worry a lot about the pressures of being an adult and making those adult decisions: like when to have kids, buy a home, where I wanted to be in my career. If there is anything I have learned while being 26 is that I don’t have to have any of that figured out. Just because one person my age has been through that doesn’t mean I need to feel pressured to. Plus all those things are really big and should take time to make a decision on! In a few weeks I will be 27 and I am excited…and maybe a little bit nervous to be closer to 30! 2015 was filled with a ton of new memories.
In March, I was honored to stand beside my dear college friend, Katelyn, as a bridesmaid in her wedding. I was a bride before I was a bridesmaid so I was a little nervous I wouldn’t know what to do! We planned a fun bachelorette party at Disney Springs for Katelyn and when we arrived to our hotel we saw that it was on fire. For real, the building where our hotel room was located was smoking when we arrived. It appeared to be a small fire that the fire fighters put out rather quickly. We made our bride take a photo with the fire fighters who played along with it as we were a bachelorette party! We had a running joke that “we didn’t start the fire” all weekend! Katelyn’s wedding was a beautiful ceremony followed by an awesome reception.
In May, my parents took us out to Tampa to see what is assumed to be Rush’s last tour R40. It was a night filled with a lot of emotion: excitement for the tour, denial that this could and very well will be their last tour and overwhelm as they played songs I had always wanted to see live. It was one of the best concerts I have ever been to. Ever!
In June, we packed up our tiny apartment and moved into a town home in a quaint little neighborhood. It was a stressful and exhausting process but well worth it. I love our new home! It’s nice to finally live somewhere I can actually call home. We are still in the process of decorating and furnishing our place but it is home!
Also in June, my mom and I took a girls road trip to Charleston, SC for my best friend and former MOH’s bridal shower. We planned for weeks and when the day came it went off without a hitch! I teamed up with the girls in the bridal party to throw a Southern Style bridal shower complete with mimosas, amazing food and some fun party games. One game in particular was where each guest wrote down a memory or inside joke they had with the bride and she would pick each out of a jar, read aloud and guess which guest wrote that memory. Chelsea and I have been friends for about 23 years I had so many memories I would’ve written down. I chose to sum it up! Chelsea enjoyed her shower and we had an amazing time planning and hosting it. Her wedding is in a few weeks and I cannot believe how close we are!
In July I decided to challenge myself. I had been attending yoga classes regularly and decided to take on a monthly yoga challenge. I would try a pose each day and photograph it. If you remember I shared each pose every day in July here via my July Yoga Challenge. It felt great trying new poses and perfecting the ones I had already known. I felt so proud of myself for achieving this challenge as well as dedicating myself fully to my newfound yoga practice. Out of the last 6 months I have only missed one week of class-which was last week due to the holiday madness.
Fall came quickly and so did our annual Florida/Tennessee football game in September. Judd and I swore last year we would start a new tradition and attend the game every single year. We lucked out this year because it was held in Gainesville which isn’t a far drive from where we live. We packed up Judd’s truck and headed out to tailgate with family friends. Judd’s brother flew down from Pennsylvania and joined us at the tailgate. It’s always an interesting occurence watching our rival teams play each other. In prior years I have not always been a great sport when my team was down points wise. But this year was different. I bought us tickets in the Gators section but next to the Tennessee band so the boys would have some fans near us. The game was epic. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. My Gators pulled through with a 27 to 26 winning score. Judd was disappointed but held his head high. I kept my celebrating to a minimum. We did it. We survived another Florida/Tennessee football game. 2016 is going to bring us to Knoxville, TN for game day. We are so excited!
October marked our first wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe we’ve been married for a year already! We celebrated the occasion by heading south to visit our families for a week. On anniversary day we went to Magic Kingdom with my parents and acted like kids again. We even managed to hit up Epcot’s Food & Wine festival which was a first for us both. We had an amazing time eating our way through the park. The following day we went for a couples massage and out for a lovely dinner. I am so lucky to have an amazing husband. Marriage can be touch at times but wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world!
November came quickly and so did plans for hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner. I prepped for what felt like weeks and when our Saturday approached to host, I felt like I had missed something. My brother came up and helped us cook and set the table for our first Thanksgiving. To avoid Turkey overdose we opted for an Italian Thanksgiving meal. Since we held our Thanksgiving on the Saturday after we felt our families would be so sick of turkey by then. The dinner went off without a hitch and both of our families enjoyed it. It’s so nice having them both in town and able to get along so well!
December was filled with a lot of memories: my brother graduated from college. My brother graduated from college a few weeks ago. It blows my mind that he is finally done with school and is in the real world now. He has goals and dreams that I know he will accomplish. I am so proud of him!
We also celebrated our second married Christmas and 5th dating anniversary this month. Crazy to think that just 5 years ago Judd had asked me to be his girlfriend. (And told me he loved me.) That moment forever changed my life. The other day when we woke up Judd leaned over and said happy 5 years. Silly to celebrate a dating anniversary when you are married but it’s just as important in our story as our wedding day was.
The last favorite memory of 2015 was celebrating my best friend’s bachelorette party. This past weekend was one for the books! I headed down to Orlando to spend the weekend celebrating Chelsea’s bachelorette weekend. We went out Saturday night to a nice dinner and drinks. I’m not one for drinking much but I managed to down a few fruity rum drinks which I paid for on Sunday. Sunday morning we woke up bright and early after a night of not much sleep to brave Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was a blast! I managed to trek throughout the parks through heat and hectic crowds slightly hung over and sleep deprived but all for the love of my best friend.
2015 was an amazing year. I am looking forward to 2016 and all the memories and experiences that lie ahead! Happy New Year! See you in 2016!