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Thank you, 2015

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday. This year was a bit crazy for us as we were driving back and forth every day from one family to the next. We split our time home between my family, Andrew’s mom and her side of the family, and then Andrew’s dad and his side of the family. We squeezed in a bit of time for lunch with friends – and that we even had to split into two different days because everyone else was just as busy as us! I was glad we got to see everyone, but it is good to be home again. Being constantly on the go really exhausted me. The details are all a bit blurry and I’m still wondering where all the time went.

2015 Ornament

Nonetheless, our Christmas was exactly what I wanted with time spent with those important to us. With that, I’m looking forward to the new year.

I’ve gotten in the habit at the end of the year to review all the big things that happened throughout the year. 2015 has been very monumental for me with a  many big life changes. Change isn’t always easy to accept or handle, but it’s definitely easier when you have a hand to hold.

Andrew met my grandma. We went to Pennsylvania over our spring break so Andrew could meet her and also to see my dad’s side of the family again. She’s not doing the best health-wise, so it was really important to me that he met someone so dear to me.

I turned 21. While I didn’t have a huge lets-get-wasted kind of party, it was great to ring in the big 21 with my close friends. I also learned that no matter how many types of beer I try, they are all gross! :P I will stick with my girly, fruity drinks, thanks!

I married my BFF. This is hands down the biggest and best thing that happened this year. I spent so much time this year preparing for our wedding, and then wrote a ton of posts about our big day! It was so worth it, and it was so much fun – it all felt like a dream or a fairytale!

You can read about the morning of, the ceremony, the reception (part 1), and the reception (part 2).

We traveled to the Dominican Republic for our honeymoon. Getting there was an absolute fiasco, but once we were there we had so much fun! After all of the stress of planning the wedding and working all summer, it was like heaven to just sit on the beach and by the pool with a drink in my hand!

I received an internship in downtown KC. This is maybe one of the most satisfying things that happened this year because I got to quit the movie theater. I do not miss the long shifts, the horrible managers, horrible scheduling, and customers yelling at me all. night. long. This was a big confidence booster for me, too, because I had a really hard time finding an internship when all my peers at school seemed to be getting them so easily.

I finished my penultimate semester of my undergrad! This is very exciting. One more semester and I will graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in finance. Still not sure what I want to do, but having a degree in my hand will mean I have something to show for the last four years of my life.

I hope that this year has been just as good for you. Cheers, friends. :)

I wrote my brother a book

Christmas with my older brother Ryan has always been interesting. Since he is the oldest and I am the youngest, he would always pick on me the most. Even now, we relentlessly bicker and tease each other. It drives my mom crazy. :)I’m not really sure how our little Christmas tradition started, but every year we always get each other a funny gift or a gift that’s hard to open.

At first we just made it really hard to open each other’s presents. I think he may have started the tradition when one year he used a whole roll of scotch tape on my present. I had to use my dad’s pocket knife to cut through all the tape! Everything is a competition, so I vowed the next year that I would get my revenge. So the following year, I put his present inside a box and wrapped it with duct tape. Then I wrapped it, put it in another box, put it in another box, and on until I had put it inside an old TV Box. It looked like it was a huge present, but it was really just a gift card. :P

A couple of years ago, he had given an old granny dress he had found at a thrift store as a gag gift. It smelled horrendous, but it was funny. He asked me if I would wear it for him, and jokingly I said that I would wear it to his wedding whenever he gets married. I had given him a St. Louis Cardinals jersey in return because he can’t stand them. I kept the dress in a bag in the corner of my closet (I’m telling you it smelled awful). When he proposed to his girlfriend, I knew immediately that I would stay true to my promise and wear the dress to his wedding. I only wore it before the ceremony for a couple of the formal pictures. I didn’t want to actually ruin any of the wedding pictures and I am too proud for other people to actually see me in it – haha!

Last year, he bought me the DVD Frozen, which he knew that I really liked when I saw it in theatres. When it was time for me to open his present, he informed me that it was in the garage. With a sense of foreboding, I found two old gallon jugs of milk he had filled with water and were now frozen solid. I could tell there was something inside of one of them. I knew that there was no way he could put a gift in there without ruining it, but he told me that I had to get it out anyways. So I took it to the sink and ran hot water over it until it all melted. Inside was a blank CD with the words Frozen written on it. We all had a good laugh and he gave me the real gift which he had hidden behind his back.

Lately I’ve been trying to not work harder, but to think smarter. As much fun as  it is wrapping his gift a million times, it takes a long time and I wanted to do something different. I tried to think of the funniest gift I could give him, and Andrew had coincidentally won a coupon to Shutterfly for a free mug. He didn’t want it so he gave it to me.

At first, I browsed the site just looking for something simple or plain for myself – who doesn’t want a free mug with a cute design? But then, I saw one with hearts on it and a place to put a picture of your child or boyfriend, etc. I knew immediately that I wanted my face to be right there and I picked out a hot pink color to be obnoxious. I also stuffed candies and a gift card in it so that he would have something useful as well. It turned out awesome and he could not stop laughing when he opened it.

Mug for Ryan This year I do believe I’ve outdone myself. I stumbled upon the idea in a similar way. I recently had signed up for a Kohl’s charge card and when it came in the mail, a coupon for an 8×8 hardcover book from Shutterfly came with it. So I made a book about my brother’s undying and never ending love for me and filled it with a bunch of corny pictures of me. I included some baby pictures and some pictures of us. I cannot wait for him to open it! I’m not even going to make him go through ten different boxes to find it.

Here is just a sample of the front cover and some of the pages.

I had the book shipped to my parent’s house and my mom called me the other day letting me know that it came. She couldn’t stop giggling on the phone as she looked at the front cover.

Needless to say, I am pretty excited for Christmas. It’s going to be a funny one at our house, and I wish you all a Merry Christmas, too! :heart: