2013: A year of joyous occasions

2013 was a year filled with change and fun. Over the last several years, December 31st has become a day of reflection. It is a great day in which I look at years worth of pictures and feel lucky. In the past, I’d spend sometime looking at blog posts, but my blog did not get a lot of action this year. There wasn’t much time for sitting still this year, and I hope to make more time for that next year.

Getting married was a HUGE part of this year. I was able to spend lots of time with those  I love in preparation for the wedding. Two of my good friends also got married in 2013, so the year was filled with showers, bachelorette parties, and quality friend time. So here it goes, the BEST of 2013!

  • Lauren’s wedding was so lovely. We had a fantastic time on a girl’s weekend in Fredericksburg, we went out on the town in Houston, and her wedding was perfect. 
  • I got to spend Spring Break in Florida with my mom, JMO’s mom,  sister, aunt, and cousin planning out our wedding. We rented a little house and visited the church, looked at flowers, met photographers, and ate cake. My Aunt Rhonda and Ashley had a lovely vision for my wedding. It was really wonderful to spend so much time with these women. 
  • Our friend Caren took beautiful engagement photos of us that we will cherish for a lifetime. 
  • Abra and Mike got married! We were able to spend the weekend in Austin and got some quality time with our pal Mikhail too!
  • My baby sister graduated high school! 
  • Bachelorette Weekend!! I love my friends. They are the best of friends. We had a phenomenal time. Thank you ladies!
  • OUR WEDDING! Best part of this fantastic year. We rented a beach house and our friends all stopped by for visits!
  • Emily tagged the graffiti bridge!
  • We had a little BBQ at the house for everyone who had made it to town. It was good to see everyone early.
  • The rehearsal and rehearsal dinner were both pretty surreal. It is such a strange feeling to have people from all parts of life together. It was hard to not be overwhelmed by how far everyone had traveled to be there. 
  • The wedding itself was a whirlwind. It was such a joyous day. We have some pretty fantastic people in our lives. 
  • The honeymoon in Jamaica was a great trip. We ate lots, and swam, and drove dune buggies. It was a really really really great trip. I’m ready to go back tomorrow. 
  • Leah’s bachelorette weekend in Gruene was a great time with friends.
  • Leah’s wedding party was a pretty fantastic time too! 
  • Emily went off to the University of Alabama and I was able to journey with my parents to get her moved in. 
  • We moved to a house closer to my school. I’ll miss our place in Midtown, but it is nice to spend less time in the car. 
  • We went back to Florida for Thanksgiving. That was a lot of quality time with family.
  • Michael graduated nursing school. 
  • I’m made it through another semester of graduate school. I learned again that 6 hours plus a full time job is a lot to take on.
  • I made it to Christmas break! 

And I just realized why I was so run down for the last leg of 2013. I did a lot this year! This year was absolutely unforgettable. Now as I rest and recuperate and enjoy the rest of my break, I can reflect upon how lucky I’ve been. 

 

Recaps from the past: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, and 2008

 

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Bridal Shower – 2 months later

Awhile before this wedding, there was a bridal shower. It was the finest bridal shower anyone ever saw. My fabulous friends (Tranee’ and Sandra) and my lovely sister (Emily), made lots of yummy treats and adorable decorations. There were snacks and gifts. I felt like one lucky duck, a sweaty lucky duck. It was odd to have all the ladies I love together. It isn’t often all those that matter can be in the same room.

I’ve definitely got some fine friends and family. Thank you for an amazing day ladies!

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Lots to share!

When you have a blog, and don’t blog, and get married, and go on a honeymoon, there is a lot to share. I’m not really certain about where to begin my sharing. But, I miss sharing. This summer, I took a break from graduate school (which is going to kick me in the butt in less than a month). We had an awesome wedding, and an awesome honeymoon. The last few weeks, I’ve been trying to work on changing my name everywhere, writing thank you notes, and organizing our little apartment.

I’m going to start working on some posts. Honestly, this will probably be a sharing spurt. Then, work begins again and graduate school starts back. The blog break cycle probably will continue on, but luckily, pickmeg.com is still here when I’m ready!

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Emily Graduates

Isn’t she lovely? Last week my baby sister graduated high school. When I was in fourth grade, Emily entered our lives. She was my human baby doll. It was hard to see her as a real person, she was just this thing that entered our world. The thing grew and developed a unique personality. Emily has always been someone who does things the way she wishes to do them.

The morning of her graduation, I went to the grocery store to get a few things. I saw giant balloons and teared up. My baby sister needed a giant balloon. My baby sister wasn’t a baby anymore. When I graduated high school and went off to college, Emily was eight. Emily is a wonderfully creative young woman now. While Michael and I grew up together, we watched Emily grow up. When I watched that girl cross the stage, I shot up and screamed with pride and joy. I am so proud of the person she has become. I love her lots.

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Engagement Photos

A few weeks ago, we took engagement pictures. At first it felt awkward to appear loving, happy, and carefree in front of Caren’s camera. Then, it felt like we were just enjoying each other’s company while our pictures were being taken. It turned out to be a lot of fun and the pictures turned out lovely. I can’t decide which are my favorites. If you click any of them, it will take you to the Flickr photostream of the set.

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Typical Encounter

This was JMO’s idea for a picture. He is often on his iPad, and I am often competing for his attention.

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We put this one on our save the dates. I think it is lovely. I almost skipped this part of the “wedding process” and I am so very pleased that I didn’t!

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Houston Life List

I was searching Trip Advisor and took a look at Houston. It turns out, there are lots of things I haven’t explored here. So, I’m adding a section to my list for home. I can’t let the great things here get by me!

  • Buffalo Soldiers National Museum – not even a block from my house and I haven’t been!
  • Houston Bicycle Museum – I pass this on my runs!
  • Houston Fire Museum – I didn’t know this existed…
  • Holocaust Museum Houston – Again, just a few blocks away from me, but I’ve got to be prepared to deal with sadness.
  • Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden - never heard of this, but it sounds cool!
  • Art Car Museum

I went through and added a little section to the bottom of my life list. When the intense busyness passes, I will not be short on activities. 

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