Holiday Wrap Up

New Year's Eve...dang! I can't believe that 2012 is coming to a close and that we're about to welcome in 2013! Well all I have to say is BRING IT ON, because I have a feeling that 2013 is going to be awesome.

2012 was a year of extreme growth for me. I feel like it was a big transition year. I learned a lot about myself & about my loved ones. I was put to the test and sometimes I failed, but I can truly say that I learned more about life this year than I ever have in the past years.

In 2012 I:
- Graduated from college
- Moved closer to my family
- Started an internship in the event industry
- Stopped blogging for a little while then realized how much I love it so came back to it
- Went to my first country concert
- Completed the Color Run
- Put my hair in a top knot...yay hair growth
- Went on my first plane ride
- Got a tattoo (detailed post to come)
- Met my blog BFF in real life
- Spent some time apart from Adam but found our way back together
- Grew much closer to family

Blogging has really pushed me look back and reflect on life. Not just the "big" things but the daily details, too. I love going through my archives and seeing how far I've come. It's so encouraging and reminds me that I'll make it through whatever comes at me. I'm so excited to tell y'all that my passion for blogging has been relit and I am SO excited about continuing. I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head, and with the help of my new camera I'm hoping to make those ideas come to life :)

I'm not a fan of making New Year's resolutions, but I do plan on being present in every moment possible in 2013. I won't let people or circumstances get the best of me. I will stay strong in who I am and what I believe in. I will take what comes at me and handle it as tactfully as possible.


And here is a little look into my family's Christmas Eve dinner!

 A series of pictures of Adam & I trying to take a good picture. Apparently I had something in my teeth and, well yeah...

 The infamous Toy & my Granddad

 Mom & Dad

 Baby (yeah he totally looks it right?) Brother

 Brother's girlfriend, Shelby

Dress // Target
Wedges // DSW

We're having a Christmas tree bonfire to ring in the New Year :) I hope y'all have something fun planned to welcome 2013!



  1. Your explanation why your pictures were so candid cracked me up. Ron and I are like that too. LOL


  2. you are just the cutest thing ever. I love the pictures of you & Adam. They're so cute!!! :) love that dress. it looks beautiful on you, of course!! I hope you have a wonderful New Year's celebration. I'm a bit envious that it's warm enough to bonfire there... it's a nice 27º here. a bonfire isn't in our cards this year ;)
    love you!

  3. Happy NYE, darlin' dear!

    One of the best things about blogging is having so many memories and milestones documented. It keeps the memories alive (and easier to reflect on). The other great thing is the relationships built. I'm so happy to have met you, Jess!

    Love you dearly! Have fun tonight!

  4. Okay, this will sound creepy...but I totally knew you & Adam took a break even though you never divulged any info on your blog, I could just tell. ;) Glad to see that you guys found your way back together though =)

    Happy New Year!

  5. I LOVE love love that green dress on you - so pretty! Happy New Year...hope it's even better than the last :)

    The Other Side of Gray

  6. Loooove that dress!! Happy new year!

  7. Love your dress - you look beautiful!! happy new year!

  8. What a year! 2013 is gonna be good....I just know it too. :)

  9. I'm glad your love of blogging has been re-lit because I would miss you! Looks like a great year! Love your new design too. Happy NYE!

  10. I ususally don't respond to your blogs even though I'm an avid reader, but today I felt compeled to say how proud I am of the young lady you have become this year..you are my life and I love you more than life...may 2013 be your year....always remember I love you forever....Grandma "TOY"

  11. Love the pictures, looks like you had a great time! Happy New Year! :)

  12. How did you do on your 52 in 52 weeks? We never saw an update about it! Happy new year!

  13. How did you do on your 52 in 52 weeks? We never saw an update about it! Happy new year!

  14. you two make the sweetest looking couple!! I feel the love... fo reals!!

    and your dress... LOVE!!!! Work it gooooooorl!

  15. you are so small and tiny - I just want to squeeze you :)


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