Top 12 Moments of 2012

I know I didn’t focus on my blog nearly as much as I wanted to this year, but as we all know, life can get crazy!

Before we say goodbye to another year, I’d like to highlight my top 12 moments for 2012. Thanks, Meredith for the idea! 

Wishing you all a very Happy 2013! See you next year!

I got engaged to my best friend on my birthday in Cancun!

I got engaged to my best friend on my birthday in Cancun!

Sleigh ride in Breckenridge, Colo.

Sleigh ride in Breckenridge, Colo.

Pulled off a surprise 30th trip to Vegas and birthday party for my fiancé.

Pulled off a surprise 30th trip to Vegas and birthday party for my fiancé.

My first hot air balloon ride over Boulder in June.

My first hot air balloon ride over Boulder in June.

Our fourth nephew was born on June 11, 2012 - Reese Michael.

Our fourth nephew was born on June 11, 2012 – Reese Michael.

We got our sweet English Bulldog, Bosco!

We got our sweet English Bulldog, Bosco!

Picked grapes straight from the vine during harvest in Napa.

Picked grapes straight from the vine during harvest in Napa.

Saw my nephew take his first steps!

Saw my nephew take his first steps!

Went to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival in October.

Went to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival in October.

Made a delicious Thanksgiving feast together.

Made a delicious Thanksgiving feast together.

Visited New York City during Christmas time.

Visited New York City during Christmas time.

Our first Christmas as an engaged couple and our last before we are officially a Mr. and Mrs!

Our first Christmas as an engaged couple and our last before we are officially a Mr. and Mrs!

Thanks for the memories 2012, now here’s to an incredible 2013!!!

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I’M AN AUNT!

I’m proud to announce the birth of my first nephew, Luke Daniel, on Sept. 15, 2011.  He’s pretty much the cutest baby on earth. He weighed 7 lbs, 3oz. and is 20 inches long. I can’t wait to spoil the little guy!!

Hello 2011…

Things have been quite hectic lately so I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. I’ll try and get you caught up on the highlights from the last few months:

Denver Botanic Gardens – Blossoms of Lights

Myself and a couple good friends went to the Denver Botanic Gardens Blossoms of Lights to take in all the beautiful displays of lights around the gardens. I had never been to the Gardens before so it was a great time of year to go. I even saw the location where my brother asked my sister-in-law to marry him, which was special.

It was a peaceful, yet chilly evening, but so much fun and definitely something I would do next holiday season.

Zoo Lights

I had never seen zoo lights either during the holidays, but have always heard good things about it. My good friends, Abbey and Meredith, joined me and we walked, laughed and took in all the lights, families and joy the zoo offered. I haven’t been to the zoo since I was a little kid, so it was fun to go back even though we didn’t get to see many animals.

Junior League Holiday Party

Our provisional group had our holiday party at Julie’s house, where she made fabulous chocolate martini’s and a variety of holiday sweets. It was an ugly sweater party, so I put my holiday best on and took in the fun. Nice sweater, right?

I love my junior league provisional group. I’m so glad to have joined such an amazing organization. I’ve really met some great women and new friends.

Holiday Lights Wine Tour

A couple weeks later, my boyfriend and I went on a holiday lights wine tour through 5280 Wine Tours (http://www.5280winetoursco.com/). If you’ve never done a wine tour through them, I highly recommend it. I did one this past summer and experienced some of Denver’s local wineries which I had never done before. On the holiday lights tour we started at D’Vine Winery (http://www.winerydenver.com/) in downtown Denver where we did some wine tasting. Afterwords we  got on the bus and went to Union Station, the City & County Building and even stopped at a few homes in the Cherry Creek area to do some caroling. It was so much fun and such a fun activity for the holidays!

Christmas

Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. I love everything about it – from making Christmas cookies with my mom and sister-in-law, putting up the Christmas tree, wrapping gifts and seeing the faces on those who open them and carrying on family traditions including eating monkey bread on Christmas morning. I think this year was one of the best Christmas’s I’ve ever had. I was around the people I love the most including Ben, both our families and friends. There was love and happiness all around me!

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Family Vacation to Ocean Reef, Fla.

My family hadn’t taken a family vacation in years, so the six of us took a vacation down to Ocean Reef Club in Florida to see my grandfather. It was great spending time with him and celebrating his 87th birthday. The guys played a lot of golf (Ben was in heaven), while the rest of us enjoyed relaxing on Buccaneer Island, driving around on the golf cart and a doing a little bit of shopping. Definitely a trip filled with good laughs and even better memories!

Canvas and Cocktails

Myself and four other girls enjoyed a morning at Canvas and Cocktails (http://www.canvasandcocktails.com/) down in Cherry Creek. If you ever are in need of exploring your creativeness, this is the place to do it. Plus, have a cocktail… or two, while you are at it! I can’t even tell you the last time I sat down and painted something… it was probably in middle school. I was surprised at how relaxing it was. What better way to paint, drink mimosas and listen and dance to some great music with your girlfriends!

Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace

The end of January, myself, Abbey, Meredith and Laura did Afternoon Tea at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver (http://www.brownpalace.com/dining/lobby_tea.cfm). We sipped on English tea while munching on scones, tea pastries and tea sandwiches. It was fun to get dressed up and chit chat with great girlfriends while taking in a beautiful and historical atmosphere.

Phew… it’s been a crazy few months, but oh so worth it! I promise to get better on updating this blog more often. 2011 is going to be a fabulous year and I hope yours is too!

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!!

This past Friday, my parents celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. It’s amazing to see two people sharing their lives with love and commitment like they do, especially since you don’t see a lot of marriages get past two years. I’m lucky to call them my parents. Congratulations, Mom and Dad! I love you! 🙂

Happy Father’s Day!

Wishing my dad a very Happy Father’s Day today! He’s loyal, kind, supportive, generous, wise and overall a phenomenal father. I’ve looked up to him in so many ways since I was a child. Everyone always tells me how much we’re alike, and I take that as a compliment. In my eyes, he is the best dad a daughter could ever have.

Thank you, Dad, for all you’ve given me in my life. You continue to be an inspiration to me in everything I do and I’m thankful for you everyday. I love you!

Like father like daughter

Happy Mother’s Day!

A very Happy Mother’s Day goes out to my beautiful mom. I truly believe I have the best mom a daughter could ever ask for. She’s the most kindhearted, loving, supportive woman I know.

Thank you mom for everything you have done and continue to do for me. I’m not only lucky to call you my mom, but I’m lucky to call you my friend. I don’t know what I would do without you. I love you!!!

Mom and me after playing tennis and golf – 2010