Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Memories

Happy New Years Eve!! I can't believe another year has gone by and 2012 is here. Justin and I had an amazing year and I was able to capture most of it in pictures which makes my heart happy:) We traveled the world...Italy, France, Spain, Tunisia, Hawaii, Las Vegas, San Diego, Arizona, and New York...We had great times with great friends and family...We celebrated our first anniversary...We celebrated a promotion in my job...We also went through some tough times but as you can see with the pictures below...the good times are definitely greater than the bad :) So cheers to you 2011 - it was a GREAT year and we have lots of memories we will cherish forever!!


I was able to visit friends and work on my photography skills
Showered Rachel with gifts for baby Audrey


*Snow Day*

Played with the dogs in the snow!


Justin and I were able to visit Audrey when she was only 4 days old  - sweet girl
*A&M/t.u. Basketball Game*
Went to the A&M/t.u. bball game in Austin with friends
Took a photography class with a friend - learned a lot

*Parent's 25th Anniversary Party*
Pulled off the surprise of the century for my parent's 25th anniversary!
*Chimpsy Field Trip*
Did a FUN field trip in East Austin with LeeAnn
*Segway Ghost Tour*
Private segway tour of downtown Austin!

*European Cruise*
Took a wonderful Mediterranean Cruise to Italy, France, Spain & Tunisia


*24th Birthday Celebration @ Lake Travis*
A weekend of celebration, rest & relaxation
*Bridal Portraits*
My amazingly talented friend Magan allowed me to come along with her on  a bridal session and do some shooting


*4th of July*
Day of girls pampering @ BloAustin & Sephora
*HeIsWe Concert*
First HeIsWe Concert @ Emos...with Rachel the lead singer!


*Hunter's 3rd Birthday*
Celebrated Hunter's 3rd Birthday & Lexie's 2nd Birthday


Fantastic trip to Hawaii (Maui & Oahu)

*Las Vegas*
Surprised Justin with a trip to Vegas for his 25th birthday


*New Floors*
Got our new laminate floors installed!
*Texas A&M Football*
Watched A&M BTHO Baylor @ Kyle Field
*1st Anniversary*
Celebrated our 1st Anniversary at Travaasa @ Lake Travis


*One Year Anniversary Pictures*
My friend Magan took our 1 yr anniversary/Christmas card pictures

*San Diego*
Took a weekend getaway to San Diego with Michael & Christine
*Connecticut/New York City*
Sunrise @ my great Aunt's house in Torrington, CT
*Grand Canyon*
Took a Thanksgiving trip to the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Sedona & Phoenix


*ICE Shrek the Halls*
Visited ICE Shrek the Halls at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas
A Trojacek Christmas

Can't wait to see what 2012 has in store for us :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Parties, Presents, and Pictures

I can't believe it's only 6 days until Christmas!! This past weekend we were busy busy with all kinds of different festivities. Thursday night we had Justin's HotSchedules Christmas Party at Cool River. They had a nice buffet, free drinks and games. Justin won a $100 gift card to Ruth's Chris! Whoop! He has so much better luck than me but I'm not complaining :)

The only picture from the party - @ least it's a keeper :)
Friday night we headed to College Station to spend the evening with Sandie, Rachel, Neil, Audrey, and Laura. We had a great dinner and then had fun watching Audrey open her presents. It was good practice for Christmas morning because they realized to have Audrey open her books last. She opened the book first and didn't want to open anymore presents! What 9 month old do you know that loves books that much?! She's just so precious!

"Hey mom look what I've got"

The tag was more of a hit than the clothes

My FAV picture!! So sweet

After a great breakfast at Madden's on Saturday morning, and a stop at Grandma's house, Justin and I were off to Huntsville for Kristin's graduation. After graduation we took some pictures and then headed over to Margarita's Mexican Restaurant for Kristin's party. We had some great food and fun but then it was time to head back to Austin.

Congrats Kristin!! (boo for the dark picture)
Sunday was the first time in 6 weeks that I woke up at home on a Sunday. It was SO nice to relax and enjoy the morning with Justin and the dogs. After some down time it was time to run errands and clean the house. But inbetween my dad and I took the dogs to get their pictures taken with Santa. I've been so busy this month that I almost forgot about this! We've done it every year since Hunter was a little puppy and I wasn't about to let my busy schedule stop me this year!

Look at those sweet faces!

We ended our weekend last night with our Neighbor Christmas gift exchange...It was the perfect end to a perfect weekend! I am super exicted about Christmas next weekend!! Not only is it Christmas but it will be my first full weekend at home in 7 weeks (that's almost 2 months). This has been a crazy busy year but an extremely crazy busy last couple of months. I am looking forward to spending the holidays with family and just relaxing. I have 10 days off for Christmas and am looking forward to relaxing :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

ICE: Shrek The Halls

This past weekend my parents and Justin and I went to Dallas and stayed at the Gaylord Texan to go to ICE. We went 2 years ago with Michael and Christine and had a blast. This years theme is Shrek The Halls. It was SO cute!! A little more hectic this year since it's gained popularity in the last couple of years but I definitely want to go again next year...just maybe in November before the craziness starts. The only time I've been to the Gaylord it has been decorated for Christmas but it is SO pretty!!

Gaylord Texan

Handy Man Reindeer!

One of the many Christmas trees

Housewife Reindeer!

Gingerbread cowboy on the outside of the life size gingerbread house

Justin is suuper excited about the gingerbread house


Train Village

View of the lobby from our balcony @ night

So many pretty lights!

ICE: Shrek the Halls

Shrek the Halls!

Shrek & Fionna :)


Christmas for Village Idiots...appropriate?? haha

3 Piggies & Puss in Boots

Justin in Shrek's outhouse - he's trying REAL hard haha

I'm a little more modest :)

Me sliding down the ice

Family ICE picture
Dad ready to catch the Shrek babies
Dragon! She wrapped around the whole room

Pinocchio all tucked in listening to Christmas stories

Final room - Nativity Scene!