Favorite Moments of 2013

Christmas is over.

I’m back at work, sitting at my desk trying not to cry that there is no more Christmas music, movies, or people being extra nice. The Christmas hangover seems four times worse this year.

Know why? Because it’s been a pretty damn great year over here. As I grow older, I feel like I’m always saying something similar to, “This was the best year yet!!!”. But truly, this year was full of so much love and growth. Each year is a blessing and I feel like I become more and more aware of that as I accumulate more years under my belt – which in turn makes my days so much fuller.

And it’s not just the big blessings, like vacations, our wedding, and success at school and work. The smaller everyday moments, when added all together, turn our life into the beautiful masterpiece we will look fondly back on when we are in our 80’s talking about the good old days. I’m talking about the good morning kisses, the sing a longs in the kitchen, the chats with parents, the meals with Pop-Pop, the walks around our neighborhood. That is life. That is what we will remember.

Who knows what 2014 holds for us. We have some hopes but fate is always full of surprises. But I never give up on our hopes, they are what define us as a person and couple. We look forward to the adventure.

As we prepare to say goodbye to another year, I wanted to share five of my favorite BIG moments of 2013.

1. New Years 2013 in Vieques, Puerto Rico

Vieques Puerto RicoDecember 31, 2012 it was a blustery and cold day as Ryan and I boarded a flight headed to a very small island off of Puerto Rico. Veiques is a gorgeous island with some of the most pristine and tourist free beaches in the world. There is only one hotel on the island. All other accommodations are inns and rentals. We had quite an adventure staying in a waterfront apartment, exploring the island on a jeep and checking out the local cafes. Other highlights included the Bioluminescent Bay kayak tour, wild horses, and getting lost in the jungle.

New Years eve was spent dancing in the street to a Puerto Rican band with about 100 other revelers, sipping drinks out of paper cups, and dipping our feet in the ocean. You cannot beat that for New Years!!

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2. My 30th Birthday/Bachelorette combo Party

On March 26 I turned 30 and was excited about it! Most people are hesitate about saying goodbye to their youth. Not me, I’m celebrating getting older – it’s a gift some people are never able to receive…not to mention my 20’s were a MESS! I loved my casual joint 30th Birthday/Bachelorette party at a cabin in the mountains. It was a small group of just my bridesmaids. We had so much fun just being silly together, shopping, eating, drinking, making YOLO t-shirts, hot tubbing it, and singing karaoke. It’s rare for all of us to be together – so it was really special to me.

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3. Our Wedding

I think this is pretty self-explanatory – but yes I loved every minute of our wedding and most of every minute of our wedding planning. I loved sharing our vows to each other in front of all our family and friends. I loved having an excuse to get all of our family and friends together for a big party. I loved all the preparations and how it was a reason for my Mom and I to bond for 6 months. And yes, I loved my dress. It was a simple yet elegant Sunday and we were very lucky.

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4. My Mom’s Surprise 60th Birthday Party!

On July 9 my mom and best friend turned 60! After all that she did for me for my wedding I wanted to give her a big celebration. Together, Ryan, my dad, and I planned a SURPRISE birthday party at Ryan and I’s house. My mom loves all things beach and ocean related so the theme was easy. I had a blast planning and preparing all ocean themed decorations and food. About thirty guests attended and we managed to keep the surprise under wraps. The night was so much fun!

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5. Taylor Swift Concert with Kay Marie 

 Also in July, my bff and I went to go see Taylor Swift in concert for our second time together. I have no shame in expressing my complete love for Tay Tay. People can knock her relationships and music as much as they want, I will never waver. Girl is talented, driven, positive, and a great role model. We had so much fun rocking out with all the teens and moms at the sold out stadium. We even had fun waiting for 1.5 hours in between sets until a terrible thunder storms passed through. I’m so happy by bestie shares my love of Taylor!

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 2014, I’m ready! Come and get me!!

xoxo katie

Five Friday Favorites – Guilty Pleasures 10.11.2013

Five Friday Favorites

I’m devoting this week’s Friday Favorites to five of my top guilty pleasures. It seems that most people’s “guilty pleasures” come out in slightly tipsy moments over cocktails or when you’re having a moment of female bonding. A woman might bashfully admit that yes, she does indeed have every single season of The Hills on DVD or that she can’t seem to quit rocking out to Selena Gomez (this may have been another way for me to slip in an extra two of my guilty pleasures here). But are these things really something to hide away and feel guilty over?

If something makes you happy, why do you have to hide it away? If a person is going to judge me over something as small as my choice in music or my opinion on a movie then they aren’t the type of friend I want to have anyways.

Life is too short, have fun, and let your freak flag fly! Who knows when you’ll meet someone who shares your same “guilty” pleasure!

My top five not so guilty pleasures:

1. Ketchup

ketchupI love ketchup. I love to slather my fries and mac and cheese in it, make ketchup and bread sandwiches, and use it has a dressing in a bind. This may seem like a weird “guilty” pleasure but ketchup is what triggered the whole idea of this particular post. Last weekend while having brunch with friends, I dipped my pickle into ketchup, like I always do and a friend shouted out, “oh my god, did you just put your pickle in ketchup?” I boldly replied, “yes!”. His response? “I love to do that to, but I’m always afraid to do it in front of people!” Do not hide your ketchup away people!

2. Taylor Swift

Taylor SwiftI love this girl with every inch of my soul. I can sing every song from every album by heart. I don’t care how ridiculous she is. I don’t care that she is still surprised every time she wins an award. I ignore all the bad press she gets over relationships (come on, this girl is way too busy to hold a man!) She is like the little sister I never had. I started listening to her when I broke up with my ex fiance and I would cry and cry and cry and it felt okay. She kept me going. More recently, Ryan used “Love Story” to propose to me. He has had to listen to her albums on repeat in my car since we started dating. Bless him. The two concerts I’ve attended have been two of the best performances. The girl has ambition, drive, talent, and isn’t afraid to be herself.

3. Us Weekly

At my first “real job” out of college we did a meet and greet around the conference table. We were to say one thing that most people don’t know about us. I said, “My favorite thing about Friday is going home to collect the newest Us Weekly from my mailbox.” They’ll looked at me like I was crazy. I thought it was a light and fun response especially since we worked at a magazine, I thought knowing that I still care about paying for a printed subscription would matter. Apparently, it just made me sound shallow and stupid. Oh well, their loss for being Judgy McJudgersons. I love celebrity gossip. I know way too much. I also save them. If you’d visit my basement it’s like a celebrity gossip museum. I have every “important” gossip magazine (especially if it involves Miss Britney Spears) starting from 1998. It’s a serious business.

4. Pretty Little Liars

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I love my teen dramas. I love the bad acting, the clothes, the drama. Pretty Little Liars knows what they are doing. I’m so hooked that I have a countdown on my phone to when the next pivotal episode airs. I screamed at the TV screen at the mid-season four finale this summer. I read all the theory blogs and have read the books. If I don’t find out who A is soon I’ll tear my hair out and end up at Radley. (By the way, all previous seasons are on Netflix – don’t worry I won’t tell anyone)

I couldn’t live with out musicals. Emotions are simply better said in song. I just love feeling all the feelings! I was raised on the above musicals and as a child I re enacted scenes from all of them on my parents balcony. An early career ambition was to be a lyricist. I thought it was normal to know all the words to these popular songs – and then was sad to know that most people never even heard of them. Then there is me, who goes around thinking, wow this would be the perfect moment to pause and sing. It’s like having a sound track to your life, how cool is that?

xoxo katie