Sunday, January 2, 2011

2010 - our beautiful year

This past year was one of the best yet. I didn't think it was possible, but I manage to love Danny more every day. He is my best friend and we enjoyed a great year together. We worked, traveled, played and enjoyed our second year as newlyweds. I'm really loving this season of life.

I got a promotion at work in January. It was exhilarating and challenging, and I loved every second. I stayed super busy. Danny returned from his 2 week trip to Costa Rica on January 5th, and it was such a sweet reunion when he came home. I decided then that we would never spend Christmas apart again.
Posing with all the goodies he brought me from Costa Rica :)
It was an unusually cold January. Danny and I spent one Saturday volunteering at the annual Mississippi Blues Marathon. The water was freezing as we poured it in the cups and the temperature got down to 17 degrees. We spent our weekends relaxing and having fun with friends.

February brought us our first snow in the new house.
I stayed busy in my new role at work and finished up all my training. We took leisurely drives through town and spent Valentine's day exploring local places we'd never seen before.

I spent the first week of March in Dallas for work. Danny began landscaping around our house and planted our first tree in the front yard. We spent alot of time at Lowe's, Home Depot and Callaway's Yard & Garden.
March was a really fun month! We went to a crawfish boil...
a professional soccer game... 
and saw the Hornets play the Lakers in New Orleans! 
I spent a week in Memphis for work - which totaled two weeks out of town in one month. We also celebrated St. Paddy's Day at the annual parade downtown with our good friends.

April was another busy and fun month for us. Our grass was finally green and the yard was finally finished!
It was finally warm enough to enjoy laying out by the pool! We had friends over to our house for a backyard BBQ and also went to Ashley & Tyler's wedding at the end of the month. 
 I planted sunflower seeds back in February and never expected them to sprout. By April you could see them (to my surprise)!
Danny also mowed our lawn for the first time since we moved in! 

In May, we went to Jill & Michael's wedding and vacationed in Destin, Florida. The oil spill happened a few weeks before our trip, but the water in Destin was still pristine and beautiful. Brannon met us in Destin and we had so much fun!
Danny finished up his basketball season with a win at their last game.
We went to a Mississippi Braves baseball game and got to sit in the BankPlus suite! 
We spent time with friends and looked forward to a hot, southern summer. 

Danny completed his first half-marathon in June! He finished in the top 5 in his age group and I was so proud of him.
We had our friends over for a summer BBQ...
 and also enjoyed watching the World Cup!
We kept my parent's dog Bella when they flew to Chicago for a week, and we also booked our trip to Jamaica!

It really felt like summer in July, as the temperature got above 100 degrees several times! We spent alot of time at my parent's house enjoying their pool. My sunflowers bloomed and eventually grew to 3.5 feet tall!
 We spent 4th of July at Jessica & Matt's house and watched fireworks in Madison!
We also went to Disney World!! It was our first time to go back since our internship three years ago. We drove down on a Wednesday and came back on Sunday. It was SO FUN!
We got to see my good friend Obie (who I met during our college program)! 
We went boating on the reservoir with friends and got to know our new neighbors.
I also got my new DSLR camera in July and it was love at first sight!

August was laid back and everything slowed down a bit! I had my first photography session with some friends of ours and realized how much I loved my new hobby!

We took our big vacation to Jamaica in September! It was incredible and we had the time of our lives. It was so nice to take a break from everything and enjoy time with my hubby.

October has always been my favorite month and this year was no different! It started off with us going to the annual Mississippi State Fair with our friends Sarah & Derrick!
On October 12th we celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary! Danny surprised me with dinner at AJ's and it was so romantic. Danny also finished building our fire pit in the backyard and it turned out great.
We had a party at our house on October 16th and revealed the new fire pit!
I flew to Chicago for work during the middle of the month. The trip was short which was nice. We went to a Halloween party at Kevin & Beth's house and we had so much fun!

November was a sweet month. We took our Christmas card pictures and celebrated Danny's 24th birthday.
I also took Wyatt & Rachael's engagement pictures.
Tyler, Danny and I celebrated Thanksgiving by ourselves as my parent's were spending the holiday in Montana visiting my older brother. It was our first time to cook a turkey and I think it turned out well!

December ended our year in a great way. We hosted our annual Christmas party at our house...
 Danny's brother Christian flew in town from Costa Rica to spend the holidays with us, and my entire family (minus my brother Trey) were all together to celebrate Christmas and my birthday.

We spent New Year's in New Orleans and just got back today. I am so excited for 2011 and know that God has great things in store for us. I'm so blessed to have such a great family and their unconditional love.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. -Ecclesiastes 3:11

1 comment:

Baily Jones said...

You totally rocked that Year In Review. Loved "catching up" on it! Wish I would have done it one in that way but I didn't... 2010 was way too crazy for me.

Glad to hear you are doing well.
You look great and your house is adorable. Continue praising God! He is good! :)