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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Toast to Friendship

In March, I entered the Korbel Mimosa Girls Getaway contest where I was to submit a “toast” to my girlfriends. The grand prize winner received a VIP trip package to the Korbel Winery with five of her best girlfriends. Eight finalists were chosen by the Korbel team and featured on their Web site. Although I wasn’t selected as the grand prize winner, I was one of the finalists and was awarded with a pretty fabulous Korbel spa robe. Don’t get me wrong, the trip would have been wonderful, but I entered this contest because I wanted to show how much my friendships mean to me. To me I have some of the best friends a girl could ask for and I meant every word to them in my toast. My friend, Meredith, said it best, “Friendships come and go, but good friends, they’re always in your life.” You all know who you are, and I am truly grateful for each and every one of you.

There’s a Little Kid in All of Us

A couple weeks ago, I went to Canvas and Cocktails with my good friend, Meredith. This is my second time doing this (see my post, ‘Hello 2011…’ for my first experience at C&C), and I must say, it was a blast. Whether you are artistic or haven’t painted since elementary or middle school (like me), it’s a great outlet if you’ve had a long day and need to de-stress or if you just want to revert back to being a kid and have fun with friends.  An instructor walks everyone through a step-by-step process on how to create the featured nights painting all while you sip on a glass of wine or mimosa. I was pleasantly surprised at what I ended up creating and had a great time with a good friend. You can never be too old to paint… after all, there’s a little kid in all of us!

Ta da!

Meredith and I with our finished pieces

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!

My 30th Birthday

Last Saturday I turned the Big 3-0 or in other words the ‘Dirty 30’! Hard to believe. A lot of people freak out when that day finally comes, but to be honest, I’ve been looking forward to it. I was able to share my birthday with one of my closest friends, Abbey, and the whole weekend was one to remember sharing and spending time with friends and family.

The Birthday Girls!

Abbey and I stayed at the Magnolia Hotel (www.magnoliahoteldenver.com)for those of you who have never stayed, it was wonderful! We were upgraded to a suite and treated like royalty the entire time. In the afternoon we got our hair done by Wendy and Duane at Juno Salon (www.junodenver.com). They were great and we left feeling fabulous! Once we got back to the room it was time to get ready and kick off the celebration with a bottle of bubbly and chocolate covered strawberries, until we met up with friends at Peaks Lounge on the 27th Floor of the Hyatt Regency Denver for some food and good fun! The view of the city skyline was beautiful and a perfect way to start the evening.

Laura, Me, Meredith and Abbey at Peaks Lounge

Linnzie, Abbey, Me and Sarah

Following Peaks, we went to Vita Restaurant (www.vitadenver.com) where we met up with the rest of our friends on top of their incredible rooftop. We had the entire patio all to ourselves facing, again, the incredible Denver skyline. We all spent the evening laughing, taking pictures and enjoying the company of good friends. I could not have asked for a better birthday!

Brian (brother), Me, Crystal (sister-in-law), Bret (cousin)

At 30 years old, I’ve already lived a very happy and fortunate life.  As I enter a new decade, I often find myself wondering what changes and experiences will come my way, but I do know I’m looking forward to what’s ahead and the new beginnings in my life.