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Thank you, 2014

2014 has been such a wonderful year! I’ve had some pretty monumental life changes and I think that these struggles and triumphs have made me a better person. It’s hard to think that Christmas is already over and that tomorrow is going to be 2015.

I finished another year in my finance degree, with a 3.9 GPA. Not the straight A’s that I wanted, but I worked my butt off for the grades that I got and am still really proud of what I’ve accomplished both semesters while working 30 hours a week.

My beautiful, wonderful, amazing roommate decided to quit her job and move home, so I searched desperately for someone(s) to take her spot. Unsuccessfully. I searched for a while with two girls that were a bit bat-crazy before I decided I would cut my (financial) losses and just live on my own. One of the better decisions I made, because I love my studio!

On March 29th, as we celebrated our four year anniversary at a fancy restaurant, Andrew proposed. :love: Speechless and shocked and totally in love with him, I said yes! This year has been full of wedding planning and my heart is full with so much love, I can’t even begin to explain or describe my feelings. I am just incredibly happy with him and I can’t wait until August 8th of 2015!

I got an internship at a marketing company over the summer. It was a great learning experience, but most importantly, it paid really well! ;P I was able to save up some money for the wedding and get valuable learning experience as well, even if it’s just how to work with drama-loving-women. Sheesh.

In July, after wearing glasses for as long as I can remember, I got contacts. A big, scary step for me, but one that I’m glad I made. They’ve been great to wear so far! I still keep trying to push imaginary glasses up my nose and I still wear my glasses on occasion, because I do miss them at times. ;P

At the beginning of August, Andrew and I took a road trip to Ohio to visit the infamous amusement parks, Cedar Point and King’s Island. It was so much fun planning the trip and booking the hotels, and doing it all ourselves! I can’t even describe how much fun we had (or how much sweets we ate!) but if its any indication of future vacations, I can’t wait!

The last half of the year wasn’t as exciting as I focused on my classes and working, but Andrew and I had our engagement pictures taken and I squeezed in some more wedding planning. We both should’ve been models. ;)

Overall, what a wonderful, wonderful year. I’ve been very grateful for the wonderful people I have in my life and the wonderful memories I have to share. I hope that 2014 has been as good to you as it has been to me. Have a happy new year’s eve!

Christmas Recap

What a great month December has been! I have been so busy/lazy that I haven’t had a chance to blog yet this month.

I came back a couple weeks ago and helped my mom bake up a storm of cookies and caramel popcorn and other sweets. I squeezed in my last bit of shopping for my family and wrapped all my presents, soaking in my favorite time of the year and enjoying the break from classes, which are done for a month! Yay! I finished this semester strong with straight As! It was a pretty easy semester compared to some that I’ve had in the past, but I was still relieved to be done with all of my classes and to see that I still did well in all of them.

Christmas was wonderful. Christmas morning, at 8AM, I went to Andrew’s house to open presents with his family. I literally rolled out of bed and drove over in my sweat pants and baggy shirt to realize that they were all showered and well dressed. Eh, whoops. :)

His mom gave me two sets of books I’ve been wanting, the Fablehaven series and Ender’s Quartet. Andrew bought me a noise machine since my neighbors in KC are so loud. I plugged it in right away to see how it worked and I can’t wait to try it out. I bought Andrew Cards Against Humanity, a card game neither of us have played before but we’ve heard is very funny! (It’s tag line is: a card game for terrible people so I thought it suited us well. ;) ) He loves to play games so hopefully it’s fun!

We spent the rest of the day with my family. We opened presents (I received more books, yay!! A few favorites: King Raven Trilogy, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the Selection Series.) and then my grandpa and my cousins from Mississippi joined us. We played Catchphrase, which is a game where you have to describe the word/phrase that pops up on the machine and your teammates have to guess what it is. We had a blast, except when we got to the 70s and 80s because I didn’t know any of the movies or people that were popping up. Before my time, y’all.

My mom baked a ham and completed our Christmas day feast with scalloped potatoes, fruit cocktail, green beans, corn, rolls, and of course cookies. :)

The past few days have been rather lazy. I’ve hung out with Andrew and we’ve walked our dogs together. My dad dug up some old home videos that we had when we were little and we’ve enjoyed watching those. In some of them, I am only two and look like a little Asian kid. So cute :)

We also squeezed some wedding stuff in as well. We booked our honeymoon (!!!!!) which I am so excited about! We are going to Samana, Dominican Republic and staying at an all-inclusive resort. Andrew also picked out his wedding band and I purchased that, so I’ve got a few more things to check off our list. August is getting closer and closer!! :love:

Overall, it’s been a wonderful break. I’m looking forward to New Year’s Eve tomorrow and spending it with some great friends and family. :love: