Top Ten of 2015

Free time should be spent doing one of two things:

1. Maintaining the things you need in order to survive
2. Enjoying the things you need in order to live

Sadly, this blog did not make that list much in 2015. But, in the time that I wasn't searching for the perfect GIF, Breck and I had an exciting year! Here are some of our favorite memories from 2015. 

1. Colorado Trip.
Back in February, my agency paid for a team retreat to Breckenridge, Colorado, for skiing, sledding, and other mountain fun. Although the slopes were a thrill, Breck and I both agree that our day trip to go dog sledding was the highlight of the trip.

2. Breck & the Spurs.
You might think this minor in the scheme of a year, but I don't think I'll ever get over this picture of my four favorite guys hanging out. 

3. Handlettering. 
This year I rediscovered my love of hand lettering. Although my drive for daily posts has dropped off in the later part of the year, in the spring I was being sponsored by one of my favorite brands, featured by the hand lettering community (yes, that exists) and successfully selling my prints online. It fell off my list of priorities when we moved, but recently I had the opportunity to help design a piece for a magazine in California. The design that was originally meant for a quarter page advertisement was moved to the cover. Whoop!

4. Graduating UTD/Getting into Law school.
Breck has been the ultimate trooper - throughout dating & marriage he has transferred colleges four times just to follow me around. This year he graduated from UTD and then was accepted to 6 law schools across the country from Seattle to New York! 2015 was the year that we could finally get a peek into what our future together might look like.

5. Maine Trip.
My feisty Grandma Jane passed away this year and as one of her parting gifts, she arranged for the whole family to travel to Maine to celebrate her life and enjoy a family reunion. We all stayed in a cabin by a lake and spent the week exploring the stunning coast of Maine and eating Lobster everyday.

6. Moving to DC.
After accepting an offer to Catholic University, Breck and I (with the help of many family and friends) made the move from Dallas to DC. Although I still get homesick for our friends and my job, there is no denying that this place is our jam. Best of all, the move brought us within 2 hours driving distance of all three of of my brothers which has already quadrupled the amount of face time I get with my nieces and nephews. Win win win.

7. Michigan Game. 
For his graduation present, I got Breck and his dad tickets to see their favorite football team, the Michigan Wolverines, play in Maryland. Breck's dad drove 16 hours to come watch the game - and then had a burger from Burger King and got massively ill before the game. Huge. Bummer. I filled in, and although I care about football as much as Rita Skeeter cares about journalistic ethics, it was really fun to see Breck root for his team! And the crab pretzel wasn't half bad.

8. Breck turning 30.
I don't know if it made his top ten... but it's too big of a milestone to keep off the list! Breck's first final for law school happened to be on his 30th birthday! Yikes. We had to keep the celebrating to a minimum, but family and friends pitched in to make it a really special day. I asked 30 people to send in memories, inside jokes, and well wishes and then blew up each message and wall papered the apartment. We all know Breck isn't a super emotional guy- but it's been a month and he still hasn't let me take them down!

9. Fourth Anniversary.
Every December is a rat race in our family. Between finals, rush season at work, the holidays, and Breck's birthday, it can be hard to remember to properly celebrate our anniversary. This year, we ixnayed any gifts or fancy dinners and decided to do a staycation in downtown DC. We left all our stress and computers at home and just ate junk food and watched movies and laughed until housekeeping kicked us out the next morning. I officially vote that this becomes a yearly tradition!

10. Christmas in Arkansas. 
We are fresh back from a 32 hour roundtrip road trip to Arkansas for Christmas. We love going to Arkansas to hang out with the Story Family, even if we always gain 5-10 pounds when we visit!

Two new members of the family! Meet handsome Jackson and lovely Isla:

Here's to 2015 & cheers to the new year.