Holiday Hoopla

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Has it really been fifteen days since I last blogged? That's embarrassing.

I've been so busy with finishing up with school for the semester and getting things ready for Christmas that I haven't had time for much else.

I'm pleased to report that I finished my class with an A+ though! Hard work really does pay off. And who knew that Hopkins had an actual "A+" in their grading system? From what I remember about the +/- system, the highest you could get was an A, but hey, seeing that little plus on there really made me feel good, so I'm not going to complain. Two A's down, only eight more to go! (hopefully...)

We spent the weekend after I took my final exam celebrating with our friends in downtown Annapolis. It was just what we needed. The store fronts were all decorated with fresh evergreen and twinkling lights. The windows were lit with candles and wreaths. Even the alleyways were decorated with snowflakes and bright white bulbs! Annapolis is by far my favorite town any time of the year, but there's just something extra magical about it at Christmas time.

 
 
 
We were surprised to find the Christmas boat parade in full swing when we got down there. Between that and the Navy win at the Army/Navy game earlier that day, the streets and bars were filled with happy people. It was such a beautiful evening and to make things a little more festive we snuck a little Bailey's in our hot chocolate as we watched the parade.



 
 
 

We spent the rest of the night dancing at some of our favorite spots. It was great to get out and really let loose after so many weeks of studying.

 
Santa's helpers opened up the dance floor with a giant holiday jumprope...?
 

Last week, we finally got some lights up outside, but unfortunately I don't have any photos to show for it. And not surprisingly, right after Mike got everything strung up, half of the lights went out on the left side of the roof, so it's probably better to just imagine what it would look like anyway. That's what you get when you buy your Christmas lights at Wal-mart, I guess. We now know exactly how Clark felt at his anticlimactic light ceremony...


Better luck next year!

On the horizon for 2015

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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The other night, Mike and I were sitting around talking about the upcoming year. We are beginning to plan out our budget, projects, and vacations for 2015 and as we were writing down all of the major events we have coming up, we started to reflect on how many positive things we've got going on next year.

For starters, my dad will be graduating in the Spring with his Master's degree! We are so incredibly proud of him! He has been working for a few years, chugging away one class at a time, and in just a couple of weeks he will be finishing up his final project. We can't wait to be there with him when he is awarded his degree!

We have a few milestone birthdays in 2015 but probably the most significant is Mike's 30th! We are hoping to do a giant combined birthday celebration with Mike and his mom and it's bound to be a blast!

Mike is not the only thing turning 30 next year either. In October, my parents will be celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary! I hope to plan something extra special for them!

My mom is also planning to retire after more than 35 years in September! She is one of the most hardworking, dedicated, and intelligent people I know and she so deserves this! I also hope that when she retires, she will have more time to come up to my work to have lunch with me. Ha!

We are also planning the trip of all trips for sometime in the fall next year. Where are we going? COSTA RICA!!! I am finally going to get to meet my sloths!!!

And just when you think we've packed all the fun and excitement we could possibly fit into 2015, there's more!

Three, count them THREE, of our absolute favorite couples are getting married next fall and I am in ALL THREE OF THEIR WEDDINGS! We've got Katie and Tyler in September, Ali and Matt in October, and Chelsea and Jordan in November! Ahhh!!!

SERIOUSLY SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE!!! (AND SERIOUSLY SO MANY EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!)

If you can't already tell, I am so excited for next year! 2015 is bound to be one of our best years yet!

What have you got planned for 2015? I'd love to hear about it below!

Well Hey There December!

Monday, December 1, 2014


It is so incredibly hard to believe that we have officially reached the last 31 days of 2014. I seriously don't know where the year went! In only a few short weeks, we'll be waking up to brand new 2015!

Mike and I have been pretty busy over the last few weeks, just trying to soak in all that this season has to offer. Aside from wrapping up my second grad school class, we've been focusing on spending time with family, catching up with friends, and decorating for the holidays.

Our thanksgiving was absolutely fantastic and filled to the brim with love and laughter. We spent so much time enjoying all the food, games, friends, and family that we totally forgot to take pictures! We did manage to get a few moments here and there but even without photos it was a memorable year to say the least.

 
 
We ran a 5K Turket Trot on the morning of Thanksgiving and headed back to my parent's house afterward to cook and spend time with family the rest of the day. Mike's mom came to dinner with all of us and we thoroughly enjoyed a few rounds of drinks, games, and a late showing of "The Princess Bride" after the meal.


On Black Friday, we opted out of any shopping excursions but went up to our good friends Chelsea and Jordan's house for our first annual "Friendsgiving." It was by far the craziest evening we've spent at their house but we had a total blast and can't wait to do it again next year!


 
 
The rest of the weekend was spent catching up with friends that were in town and then taking a road trip up to Showvaker's Quality Evergreens like we do each year to hunt down our Christmas tree.

We got our tree home, decorated him up real nice, and spent the rest of the afternoon listening to Christmas music and decking the halls both inside and out. We are planning to put up our outdoor lights this week!


I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving this year! Happy December!