Thursday, November 24, 2011

2011 Coming to an end...already?

Can you believe 2011 is almost coming to an end? 2012 is right around the corner!

As we close out 2011, Jason and I have a lot to be Thankful for this year. We started the year off with me looking for another career opportunity. With this opportunity came another company offering me a job...yes the company might be purchased by AT&T...but I moved from the famous Microsoft to T-Mobile! I started the day after the buy out announcement, March 21st.

School still going strong and only one more quarter to go! With a new job, my last quarter of my BA Degree in sight, and not to mention two of the most important people in my life, my loving Grandparents Jan and Don's 50th wedding anniversary quickly approaching my Father and I kicked it into high gear planning. We had a beautiful party in Tri-Cities at the Marriott hotel ballroom, invited all our close friends and family, and personally decorated the entire room. It was beautiful and after 50 wonderful years my Grandparents still looked amazing on their special day.

I believe my Grandmother has waited 50 years to do this....!

In addition to my Grandparents 50th Anniversary, my baby cousin Bailey graduated High School! My Uncle Craig can finally celebrate, all three girls have all graduated!

Speaking of Graduation, my turn! After a lot of sleepless nights, midterms, and more papers than I would like to remember College for I graduated June 16, 2011!!! With all my friends and family by my side, I walked across the stage, got my degree, and off we headed to dinner to celebrate! Well, after about 1000 pictures. Here are just a few... to show how we celebrated with style for the next five days!

First on Thursday was my actual graduation ceremony. My family all showed up to to cheer me on. Friday night, my close girlfriend Michelle planned a night away at Tulalip Hotel for a little R&R. It was exactly what I needed to celebrate school being over!!  Then on Saturday my wonderful husband threw a party for our family and friends to help me celebrate. No more school! Wahooo!!


Jason and I are blessed with an incredible group of close friends. Last year we decided to start a new tradition. Every year we want to take a week out of our summer to spend quality time with each other away from the daily grind. This year, Kerri found an amazing place in Leavenworth for all of us. We made camp fires, cooked dinners, played card games, listened to great music, and made wonderful memories. We already cannot wait until next years trip!

Happy Birthday to our first niece, Madeline! Her Mom and Dad threw a lovely party and invited all of their friends to help celebrate their adorable daughter's first birthday. We had velvet cup cakes, lots of presents, and played our hearts out! We love you Madeline and cannot wait until your second birthday!

Every July is Jason's families reunion, this year was a beautiful day. We drove to McCleary, WA to spend a couple hours with his family and then head to his Grandmother house. His three uncles, his Dad, and cousins were all waiting for us. We visited memory lane, lots of laughter was shared, and of course talk of new traditions being made.

One of our closest friends, Tad, moved to Texas to pursue his dream of working in the Flight Industry. He was able to get a job teaching flight path information (from what I understand...). We miss him terribly, but are incredibly proud and excited for all the new opportunities heading his way. XO!

August 6th, we were invited to a wonderful celebration for our friends Ngoc and Alexey. The were married May 8th, 2010 and threw one heck of a wedding reception this year. We watched these two people share an incredible bond of love cherishing each other and every moment. Thank you for allowing us to celebrate your special day.

August 21, Adam, Michelle, Jason, and I all went to Toledo, WA for another friends wedding. Brian and Morgan were married outside a beautiful red barn with beautiful weather. We wish them well in everything they do in the future.

I cannot believe another year has gone by, our nephew Calvin turned one this September and has gotten so big! My sister Erin and brother-in-law Mark threw a party for all their friends and family to celebrate. Calvin was a little scared at first with all the people around watching, but Daddy helped that along with shoveling cake into Calvin's mouth. From there on out, he was over the moon! Presents were next and he could not wait to play with all the amazing toys he just got.

Another year and another Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 60 miles in 3 Day walk has flown by. This year we walked from CentryLink Field (AKA Qwest Field) in downtown Seattle to Marymoor Park in Redmond, or approximately 26 miles the first day. The second day we walked from Redmond through Bellevue or approximately 23 miles, and then the last day we walked back to Memorial Stadium in Seattle. It was an amazing walk and I couldn't have been more happy walking with three wonderful ladies; Christina, Amy, and Laura!

Another amazing memory was made on a cold and windy Friday night in October. We met our friends at a Corn maze/pumpkin patch in Redmond, ran around the corn maze (even though we could see over the corn stalks!), picked pumpkins and then headed back to our house for some Pumpkin carving. We were incredibly blessed to have such a wonderful group of people around us during this special holiday.

With a new job, also means meeting new people. One of the lovely ladies I work with invited us to her wedding at the Georgetown Ballroom in Seattle. Little did we know, it was a Halloween Wedding! They had acrobats, Gourmondo catering, wood fire pizza, a hot dog stand, Dick's hamburgers at 10PM, and during the party three old school game machines. Congrats Tressa and John - it was the best wedding we have ever been invited to.

On lucky 11/11/11 our dear friends, Chris and Kerri, welcomed their first baby girl into the world. She was born at 7:13AM, weighing 6lbs 8oz, and measuring 18 3/4. She is an incredible addition to our family. She didn't have the easiest entrance into the world, as unfortunately her Mommy had to have an emergency C-section. We couldn't wait to meet their adorable daughter, Brooke! We love her with all our heart and cannot wait to watch her grow up and become the perfect mix of both her parents.