From 2011 to 2012

Around this time last year I posted my favorite things about 2010.
This week I'm reflecting back on 2010 and 2011
 to help plan for a wonderful 2012! It's crazy how fast this year flew by. It's important to me, as I'm sure it is to you, to set goals for myself and to cross off some items on my bucket list this upcoming year!  
Here's what I wrote...
 Top 10 Favorite Things About 2010:

#1. Our Wedding! We finally got married after 6 years of dating. It was everything I ever imagined in a wedding and more<3 can we rewind to that day?
#2. We bought our first house in 2009 and have decorated it and added some personal touch to now be able to call it our H.O.M.E! Something very important? We bought a house that we can afford, that doesn't leave us house poor, and we have yet to be late on a payment.
#3.  I have had & kept a stable job.
Nowadays, with this economy, you just never know.
True that.
#4. We went on an amazing all-inclusive honeymoon to the Dominican Republic. This trip definitely makes the list. still miss it...
#5. I gained more family :) A new mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law! I am thankful for them. :)
#6. I started this blog!! I love it so much and hope that in 2011 I can convince some of my good friends or family to start a blog. It is so therapeutic for me and I love & appreciate all your comments. I have learned a lot from it too! so so much.
#7. I got married. This should count for 2 of my favorite things. I mean come on...this is a big deal! We have now been married over a year! woo woo.
#8. I made new friends and kept the old!  ::insert song from elementary school:: and multiple  blog friends!
#9. Our vacations. I hope to have many more awesome vacations in 2011 and see some new places! Siesta Key, Naples, Boston... {need to work on the new places}
#10. Billy and I are happy & in good health and that's really something to be thankful for.
My knee took a turn for the worse in 2011
 but in the overall picture-just a minor speedbump.


....and this year?
My top moments of 2011:

We went to Florida (Siesta Key) for Billy's birthday
in March

During that trip to Florida in March, I read this book which prompted me (other reasons as well) to become a vegetarian!
I've been loving this lifestyle ever since.

continued our St. Patricks day tradition
of going downtown Dublin and to Flannagans for the day

went to the Lil Wayne {our fav, duh} concert
and had tickets in the suite

went with my cousin Megan
to Tim McGraw/Luke Bryan/The Band Perry concert

celebrated my 26th birthday with family and friends!

Billy took me to Naples for my birthday
....and set up a day in Miami to swim with dolphins!!

Billy's parents bought
 a new BOAT!!!

had floor seats to the Kenny Chesney concert
{thanks to my Jessie bear!}

played indoor and outdoor soccer!

Traveled to Boston and Rhode Island in August
for our 1 year wedding anniversary 
 and went on a whale watch when there.

went on my first trip with all of Billy's family
to a state park!

met Jess :)
my first blate!

Dressed up for Halloween as the Mad Hatter & Batgirl
{and Billy won best costume for $200!!}

celebrated my Dad's 60th birthday
and last final party at the house before it sold!

organized a Columbus Blogger meet up
 with Holly

What were your top moments in 2011?

At the end of 2010, I posted this quote and
I repost it today for the end of 2011..

*Always remember to forget,the things that made you sad.But never forget to remember, the things that made you glad.Always remember to forget, the friends that proved untrue.But don't forget to remember, those that have stuck by you.Always remember to forget, the troubles that passed away.But never forget to remember,the blessings that come each day

PS-How was everyone's Christmas?!
We had a wonderful time in Cleveland with Billy's family. I will be doing a recap this week about it! I am guessing I will be behind this week with commenting on blogs, but know that I'm still reading all of yours! I have so much going on this week! ta-ta!


  1. Very sweet... you've definitely had a year worth celebrating!

  2. Loved all these pics. You are sooo tan!!! Jealous! You had an amazing year and traveled to some fabulous places. Here's to a great 2012!!

  3. Cute pictures. Sounds like 2011 was great for you!

  4. What a great couple of years you've had! I hope 2012 is just as fabulous!

  5. Wow! What an amazing year it has been! Thanks for the inspiration-I need to look through all of my pictures now!

    Cheers to another great year,


  6. Looks like you had an amazing year! And just a side note, I'm so glad to hear someone else dated their bf for 6 years before marrying them! haha He proposed this month, and it made me over the moon! lol

  7. Such a cool recap Katie! :) Happy almost 2012!!

  8. Can you and Billy just have babies already so we can all "oooooh" and "awwwww" over such beautiful little beings???


    (haha...leave it to me...the anti-baby-fever girl to say this...)

  9. What a great year! I thought for sure at the end you were going to tell us that you were preggers.. :)

  10. Okay, so I have a few things to say:

    Making it ONE year in marriage is definitely a huge deal! I've been married almost 3 and sometimes I still wonder how!

    You pull off a Romper better then any Hollywood star/celeb could dream! I'm jealous!

    A BOAT! A freakin' boat?! Jealous x2!

    I love reading your blog! You have done so many things! It's wonderful to see other people doing things and adding it to my bucket list!

    Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

  11. *than not then.
    Sorry, minor brain malfunction after 4 days off!

  12. Wow! What a great year! 2010 sounded awesome too! I'm sure 2012 will be an amazing year too!

  13. Such a cute post Katie! I love what you wrote about 2010 and 2011! Makes me love you soooo much more! Thanks for the SHOUT OUT, whoop! whoop! Ps. if I haven't told you lately... I appreciate you and love you sooooooo much! Hope you have a wonderful day! I REALLLY liked today's post!

    xoxox, JP

  14. This is a great post, Katie!! You had such a wonderful year, and I'm sure your 2012 will be even better! I hope your knee fully recovers soon so you can use all your workout stuff and also can add it to your 2012 wrap up! Have a wonderful end to 2011!

  15. Love this! What a great year. Here's to 2012!!!

  16. i just love this list! I can't wait to see what 2012 brings! :)

  17. Looks like 2011 was a great year! The Tim McGraw/Luke Bryan tour was amazing!

  18. cute pictures :) It looks like you had an amazing 2011. I wish a lot of happiness and good health for your 2012 and look foward to continue following your blog of the years :)


  19. Love this recap!! Looks like it has been an exciting 2 years to say the least!

  20. I love love love all your gorgeous travel pics!!! Makes me want to plan a trip immediately!

  21. I love your quote at the end! I've never heard that before!

  22. The black Romper is still my fave on you. You wear it/wore it so well! A closet repeat MUST :)

  23. what a great year for you ... 2012 is going to be even better.

    love all the pictures!

  24. I love all the pics! Sounds like you had a great year!

  25. what a fabulous 2011 girlie!! :) I'm sure 2012 will bring even more! xoxo

  26. What a FUN photo recap!! I love it! I need to do this but am scared to look back at how few pictures I probably have from 2011! Here's to an even greater 2012 :)

  27. Melanie here! I enjoyed this piece, please email me--I have a question about your blog. MelanieLBowen[at]gmail[dot]com

  28. Looks like you had a great year! here's hoping that 2012 is as sweet!


    tho i wish i knew you while you were in BOSTON!!!! :-)

    you and billy are seriously the cutest little couple


  30. I love this post! Such a cute idea! 2011 was so good to you--I hope 2012 is just as good! :)


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