Jan 8, 2017

2016, a review, Part I

Well, 2016 was a year, that's for sure!  It was bad for the majority of the world and there were definitely lows for us as well, but there were also the highest of highs.  2016 was the year that we became husband & wife. It was the year I spent countless hours designing a wedding dress with my mom.  It was the year of so many wonderful memories made with friends and family.  I will always look back on 2016 as one of the best for us.

After drafting up this annual review, I realized it was very long, so decided to break it up into a series of 4 posts. There was a lot that I never wrote anywhere before and I wanted to be sure that I captured all of the main events, so it got longer than I initially expected. A vast majority of 2016 was consumed with wedding-related activities so there will be a lot of that in these posts.


January started in Ohio, fresh on the heels of Bill surprising me on my parent's porch on New Year's Eve with an engagement ring! More on the proposal(s) later! We celebrated New Year's Day with my family and mom's friends.  We ate sauerkraut for luck, went bowling and then to dinner at Wings n Rings. Mom, Abbie, Michelle, Shelby and Amy went to try on bridesmaids dresses and even one wedding dress in Dayton! Bill & I moved fast on the wedding, as we knew we wanted it to happen by the end of the year.  We selected a date, our venue, caterer and photographer and bought some of the initial fabric for my dress. We slaved over our guest list and asked our bridesmaids and groomsmen to stand with us in September.

Bill turned 33! We celebrated by getting dinner and drinks with Johnny at El Centro.

A new coworker started at work this month.  I found out that she was also getting married in the fall so we instantly became friends.  Little did I know she would later become my work bestie and eventual office-mate!

I started a new role at work. It was a pretty overwhelming for the first few months, as I took on entirely new responsibilities. At the end of the month, I headed back to Ohio for a week-long work training. During that time, I tagged my Man of Honor, Kyle, along to meet with our wedding photographer in Dayton and then we went out for dinner and drinks.  I grabbed dinner with Amy and we exchanged late Christmas gifts! I headed back to my parent's house at the end of the week where I worked with Mom on the wedding dress and took my little brother to our initial meeting with the caterer. I reunited with a childhood friend who is now an amazing baker for a cake tasting. I met with 2 florists. At the end of the trip, Mom and I went to the one and only Bridal Expo I attended. It was actually really fun.


We started out the month by going to a Muse concert.  At the time, I only knew a few of the songs, but Bill is a huge fan. It was a really fantastic show.

I took a bus up and back to NYC in the same day to buy the lace for my dress.  It was such a cool experience

We watched my college team make it to the tournament.

I went to a painting and wine party for a coworker's birthday.

Bill and I went shopping one day at the mall and I skated at the little ice rink behind the mall.  It had been years since the last time I skated.  It was a little nerve-wracking at first, but I had a blast.

We celebrated Valentine's Day by going to brunch at Slash Run and getting a heart-shaped pizza for dinner. 

Junior League started to ramp up around this time, as I had a lot of year-end commitments to fulfill as a new member. Lots of volunteering, lots of meetings.  This pretty much continued on like this until the end of May.


In March, I traveled to Ohio to surprise my grandma at her 80th birthday party! She was so happy to see me and I am so glad that I made the trip.  Bill wasn't able to join, but he was there in spirit!

I also did a lot more Junior League (JLW) volunteering including a cool event in Arlington.  I served as a room monitor for the NoVa Teen Book Festival.  I got to hear a lot of YA authors speak about their craft and answers questions from the kids.  It was one of the highlights of the JLW year for me.

Bill and I went to our first baby shower together for our friends Hannah & Olivier.  It was the first time I had been to a shower for both the mom & dad and I really enjoyed it!  We had good drinks, saw old friends and showered their baby with presents! We bought them a little lamb that plays music for the crib.

I also took a short foray back into dog-sitting for a cute little pug.  I had a good experience and sat for this dog once more, but ultimately decided to stop sitting again after I had a bad meeting with a potential dog-sitting client.  The dog turned out to be vicious towards me and it just didn't work out.  Since then, I haven't tried to sit again. 

The election really ramped up this month and it was exciting (and terrifying) to see the results roll in.


This was one of the worst months of the year, even though it also included lots of fun. 

The first day of April started out with my first Honor Flight of the year! It was a cold but great day and I met some great Americans.

We took our engagement pictures!

Kyle came to visit but one day into his trip, we got the word that my grandpa on my mom's side had been killed in a car accident.  It was a really hard time.  We went to Pennsylvania for the funeral and the days and weeks that followed were just a fog of grief and confusion.

It wasn't all bad after that, though! When Kyle was in town, we were able to celebrate his 30th birthday at La Boum.  My bestie and Matron of Honor, Amy & her husband (and college friend!) Neil came to visit. We went to lunch, dinner and out for drinks at the W.  That same week, I went to a panel at the Smithsonian with the cast of Scandal.

We went to brunch with "the gang," my group of friends from law school.  We went mushroom hunting (more on this later, I'm sure, but it's a family tradition to look for morels in the spring) and babysat for an old friend.

Well, that's it for the first quarter of the year!  Tomorrow we'll see what summer brought us!

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