As I said in my last post, I want this blog to be something I can look back on to remember how I felt about different points in my life, & since I haven't written in almost a year, I should probably catch up on that. So here's a bit of what I've been up to in the last several months, plus a bit of a refresher on the beginning of last year!
We got a new puppy! His name is Padfoot, & I may or may not have made Laker take us on a 6 hour round trip to Kansas to get him. But I was browsing puppy adoption websites online (a common occurrence) & found his photo & started crying, so it had to happen. Hashtag no regrets.
January is also when Alex & Halli got engaged! I was lucky enough to be a part of it - Alex asked me to secretly photograph the proposal, so I was able to be there. More crying. Lots of happy tears in January.
Alex & Halli came to visit for Valentine's weekend, & Laker & I cooked a nice meal from my Downton Abbey cookbook. Then Halli & I had a Galentine's celebration with my sisters. We had a sleepover, played Disney Sing-It & Just Dance 2, ate way too many sweets, & went out for Italian food. I need more nights like that in my life.
Alex & Halli also asked Laker & me to be their Best Man & Maid of Honor (technically I'd be a matron, but that makes me feel old, so nope). We were so excited to be asked!
We went to the Medieval Fair in Norman with Alex, Halli, Sarah, & Cary, & it was a lot of fun. We also took Padfoot with us, & everyone loved him - even the costumed workers. We constantly had strangers petting him & asking about him. Padfoot, however, was over it pretty quick.
AND I FLEW A PLANE! It was the coolest thing ever, & I can't wait to do it again!
I also had the pleasure of helping to hostess a bridal shower for one of my closest friends from high school, Katlyn, & attended Halli's first bridal shower, which was held in Duncan.
Laker & I saw Circa Survive & Brand New in OKC, which is pretty much a dream pairing for Laker.
We had Halli's bachelorette weekend, which was so much fun! Rapunzel is Halli's favorite Disney princess, so we had a Tangled-themed sleepover, complete with pink & purple decorations, paper lanterns, & a skillet cookie! The next morning, we went to The Brush Bar in Shawnee, where our friend Amy had prepared a custom painting for us. It was designed to look like the painting Rapunzel does in the movie! We all had so much fun, & I'd definitely recommend The Brush Bar if you're in the area.
I also got to see Dashboard Confessional & I melted the whole time because Chris Carrabba, & Sarah was with me & it made it even more perfect because I didn't have to melt alone. Laker & Cary were there too, but they weren't melting as much. Also, Augustana opened for them, & we missed part of it, but it was still great! I'm not 100% sure this was in May, but it was somewhere around there.
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They were married the week of our third anniversary, so Laker & I took a belated anniversary trip in the days after the wedding. We went to Wichita, KS for a couple of days, where we explored the botanical gardens, saw the Keeper of the Plains, & (as always) ate too much.
We saw Jurassic World. Which is a big deal.
Two of my other best friends from high school, Kate & Myka, married their husbands at the end of June, & I had the pleasure of attending their weddings as well!
Laker & I are also beginner astronomy nerds, & this was a good year for that! At the end of June, we checked out the "Star of Bethlehem," which was cool to see!
I also recreated the outfit Bruno Mars wears in the "Uptown Funk" video. Because why not?
Maddie is (or was - she had her baby now!) pregnant! Taryn & I went to her gender reveal party, & both called that he was a boy ;)
Mackenzie also found out she was accepted to the spring 2016 Disney College Program in Florida! Such exciting news!
The three of us went on a triple date to the county fair with our boys. We ate a lot. That's kind of a common theme in my life, if you haven't figured that out yet.
Taryn turned 18, & Mackenzie & I planned a Faux-chella surprise party for her. It was the coolest thing, & we should probably go into the party planning business, if I'm being honest. We had a tent in the backyard, the best playlist (I might've made it), & even the Coachella astronaut, thanks to an old Harry Styles cutout. Everyone dressed like hipsters, & the girls made flower crowns. So fun!
I also watched the Super Blood Moon Eclipse, which was super cool.
We went to Sarah & Cary's annual Halloween party, which was the coolest. We were Janet Snakehole & Burt Macklin (a Parks & Rec reference - it's basically a costume of two characters' costumes).
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The end of October & beginning of November were tough for me. I haven't really talked about this much on social media, but towards the end of October, I was diagnosed with lupus (for reference, I was diagnosed the same day Selena Gomez announced she had it, coincidentally), & the same day found out I was being scheduled for surgery. In November, I had my surgery, where I was diagnosed with endometriosis. Many of you know I've had my fair share of health issues in the past few years, many of which are ongoing, so I was discouraged for a long time, & frustrated that things kept piling up. But I've just got to take things one day at a time, & trust that God knows what He's doing, even if I can't see what that might be sometimes.
Anyway. Beginning of November, I had my surgery. Hung out in bed & watched Netflix for about a week, took it easy for another week after that.
Taryn went to Fall Ball, which is a semi-formal school dance. She & her friends looked fantastic!
At the end of the month, we went to Duncan for Thanksgiving & spent a few days with my in-laws. It was nice to see everyone & relax for a few days!
Padfoot also turned one around this time, but we don't know when exactly. The shelter didn't have a birthdate for him, We decided for the future, we're going to say his birthday is November 3rd, which is Sirius Black's birthday. I realize most of you won't care about this, but Harry Potter nerds will appreciate it! Also, by this point, since he is about 20 pounds, we are 99% sure he is not going to grow into the 80-100 pound German Shepherd mix we were originally promised. But he's cute, so oh well. Lily's not the 35-pound Boston Terrier mix we thought we were getting either.
A new tradition we seem to be starting is that I go see the Nutcracker with the ladies from Laker's side of the family each year, & I absolutely love it! The Nutcracker also seems to get better every year with the improvements the ballet is making. It's a great Christmas tradition!
We were with my family for Christmas this year, which was one of only a few days we were home during Christmas Break. It was nice to be with everyone!
Then we went to Atlanta for a night & on to Florida, which was magical (more on that later). Ending the year as it started, with some of my favorite people in one of my favorite places. As I said, it doesn't get much better than that!
With Taryn in the middle of her senior year, she has been very busy with extra-curricular activities. I've loved getting to see her do the things she loves. She is currently president of chorale, & first chair of the cellists in orchestra. She is so talented & a wonderful performer! Taryn is also amazing at hair & makeup. She did all of the hair & makeup in Halli's wedding, & my hair & makeup for a lot of the events pictured here (my Leia hair, my Halloween look, etc.). I love how close we've gotten the past few years, & can't wait to see where the next few years lead her.