Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012: A Lott to Remember

The year is winding down and I thought it would be fun to take a look back at some of the fun things that I've done this year. This year has been full of ups and downs, but isn't every year? You take the good and you take the bad, you take them both and then you have, the facts of life (you can thank Survivor: Philippines for that flashback). Now, let's get started! 

In January, our babygirl Kimber turned one! She was a whopping 75 pounds and a ball of energy. Some things never change! Also in January, George and I attended the first concert that we have BOTH enjoyed together. Thank you Corey Smith! It was bound to happen! We claimed a spot right adjacent to the stage and immediately next to the bar and had a great time! Corey Smith's best shows are acoustic for sure!

Also in January, George and I bought road bikes: an adventure that never really made it anywhere. It's tough to get into cycling! Hopefully when George gets a better schedule going for him, we can get into like we really need to. It has the potential of being really fun! 

February was a pretty exciting month for me. I did something in February that I never thought I would ever be able to do in my whole life. Literally. I put my mind to it, in the process I completely ruined my feet, but I did it. I ran a half marathon! I couldn't be more proud of myself than I was when I crossed that finish line. So many emotions run through your head. 1) OMG I actually did it! 2) Okay, I can stop running now, but I think I'm going to fall over 3) Really legs, you can stop 4) Alright I guess I'll keep walking 5) TEARS. So many tears. Shaking. Disbelief. It's so surreal. 

My support system for this half marathon was incredibly important. I couldn't have done it without them. Hopefully one day I will be able to run again. Also in February was the Miranda Lambert concert with one of my best friends in the whole world and I went to Canada for the first time ever! 

In March, I ran a 10k with work. I don't think I was ready for it coming off of that half marathon, but I was an overzealous rookie runner. Oh well. Had fun! 

Also in March, I got pretty freaking good at shooting my .22 at the range. Check it out! These are 9 round groupings: 

Yeah, you don't want to mess with me! :) 

In April, baseball season started so my life consisted of going to work, coming home, watching baseball and doing it all over again the next day. I love baseball season! This year we went to the home opener and this  happened: 

Yeah, just the whole roster standing about 30 feet away from me! Also in April I did something else that I've never done before. I went to a Paint Your Pet day at a paint studio in Tallahassee. It was so much fun and I LOVE my painting of my pretty Kimber girl. See? 

May was Talledega! My favorite weekend of the year. Nothing but NASCAR and the best friends/family that you could ever have from only seeing each other once a year! I especially love it when it falls on Cinco de Mayo! Things like this tend to happen:

And this too: 

Really, nothing gets better than that. In May, the Mr and I celebrated 2 years of marriage together. That's a pretty big milestone now-a-days, as sad as that is. Don't worry though, we love each other more than ever. :)

June was the month my ovary tried to kill me. At least that's what it felt like. Apparently when a cyst in your ovary bursts, it feels like someone has reached through your stomach, grabbed a hold of your ovary and is twisting it as hard as they can and will not let go for anything. It's the most painful thing I can ever remember going through. Thankfully George was there to help get me to a doctor and get it taken care of, as much as they could. They informed me that I have another in my other ovary. It may burst, it may not. It's like a ticking timebomb. I'm overjoyed about it. Really. I do not envy anyone with PCOS. I can't even imagine. 

On a lighter note, in June my daddy got to come home for a little bit! Here we are hanging out back home: 

I was having a fantastic hair day. Like father like daughter, am I right? 

July was filled with baseball, babies and cowboy parties (it bothers me that I couldn't think of another 'b' word to finish that out). I think we went to 2 Braves games in July. Have I mentioned how much I love the Braves? No? Well, I do. In addition to the Braves games, one of my sweetest, dearest friends, Maggie (who can be found over at Maggie the Mrs.) had a beautiful baby shower for her handsome (not-quite-born-yet) baby boy Will. We had a tremendous time. 

We're adorable, we know. :) Oh, and here's a picture from our cowboy party:

Any excuse to wear my cowboy hat is a good excuse! Just sayin'.

In August, my mom's house was broken into and she walked in on it. I can't believe how incredibly blessed my momma is. The guy had my dad's loaded revolver and decided to just run out the back door when she walked in. I don't even know what I would have done. Life is too short everyone! Love on each other as much as you can, as often as you can for as long as you can. That was too close! 

Okay, so I'm not gonna lie - I'm using Facebook to figure out what has happened over the course of this year. If you are my friend on FB you should really check out my September updates. It starts with this: "The greatest 2 months of my life is upon us: NASCAR, Baseball and College Football all at once! I can't even begin to describe how happy I am!" Then it proceeds to be updated on the following, in the following order: 
Braves, Braves, Braves, Braves, throat hurts, Braves, throat hurts, feet hurt, Braves, UGA, UGA, UGA, Falcons, Braves, Braves, long week, Braves, I WON A LAPTOP!, Braves, Braves, UGA, UGA, UGA/Braves (same status), Braves, Braves/Falcons (same status), Motors on Main car show, "LOL TECH", UGA, Falcons, Braves, Braves, Braves, Braves, UGA, Falcons, Braves. 
This was not an exaggeration. I think I might have a problem. Okay, not really. I love it. 

Basically the same statuses were happening in October. But, there were a few highlights that should be noted. I got to hear Laura Bush speak thanks to the best bosses in the entire universe. 

She was beautiful and so elegant and classy. Everything you think she would be. She was not a disappointment, that's for sure! I loved every minute of her speech. Also in October was my fantastic Mario outfit for Halloween and my very first blog post. I really didn't realize that was in October! 

In November I made a cosmetic change for myself. I dyed my hair dark again. My hair is naturally dark, and it's been SO long since it's been dark, so I decided it was time. 

I freaked out about it for about a full 24 hours before I actually went in to get it done. I called my hair stylist twice to make sure that I wasn't going to hate it after I got it done. She's so good about calming me down before drastic changes. Thank goodness. I never knew how nice it was to have a good hair stylist before her. Priceless. 

Also in November was the 30th anniversary party for my company which I've already blogged about a little bit and some really stressful Falcons games - but I'm sure none of you want to hear any more about that. 

And that brings us to December. We have 3 days left, but I feel like we've gone through 9/10ths of the month so we're good to sum it up now. This was a pretty exciting month for my family. Not only was it full of Christmas gatherings and birthdays, but this year we had a wedding! My little brother got married to his gorgeous fiance right before Christmas. It was beautiful! Here are a few pictures, courtesy of The Photography of Haley Sheffield (She's AMAZING).

I cried like a baby. Like. A. Baby. I was crying before anything even started. I told myself that I wouldn't cry and believed it so much that I didn't even bring tissues. Big mistake. I should have known better. It was my brother. My baby brother is all grown up. It was beautiful. I really couldn't be more happy for them. I can't wait to see everything that they are going to do with their lives together. It's going to be just as beautiful as their wedding. 

With all the ups and downs of this year, I really can't remember it being anything but good to me. Every year is. Here's to next year being even better! 


  1. Awesome job, Princess. I see you get your writing skills from your Aunt Maggie. haha. ;) Thanks for sharing your memories. I am so proud of you. Especially, thank you for sharing David's wedding pictures. Wish we could've been there.

    Love you,

    Aunt Maggie

  2. L-O-V-E-D every thing about this blog :) and it makes me realize that we need to spend more time together! I will be done in March with work so I will be a free WOMAN!! :D