Blog challenge.

Recently a dear friend of mine informed me she was doing a December blog challenge- to blog every single day! She informed me my best version would be blogging once a week.  Love real friends.

I am a #sporadicblogger, but maybe someday it will stick?

What’s been up lately?  I like recaps best when they’re by photos.  Instagram is more my speed and something I can typically keep up with.  [Also, does anyone even remotely like facebook anymore or is it just me annoyed with what it has become lately?]

Here’s what I feel lately: grateful.  This is a crazy fun season of life.  Friends getting engaged, friends getting married, buying houses, having babies.  I am so happy for all of the joyful announcements and celebrations all around.  God is good and faithful, and He answers our prayers.  For a long time, I thought I could settle for less than God’s best and be happy anyway.  I don’t think so anymore.  Mostly I just thank Him that He has brought me to where I am today.  It makes me want to cry how undeserving I am but how loving and gracious He is in spite of my weakness.                                                                  Enough with the watery eyes, let’s photo bomb!

August.

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Fallin in love in the sweet heart of summer.

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On a date at the Oregon State Fair.  This day was so fun, and Jake Owen put on a great show.  It is my personal belief that you cannot go to the fair without ending the night on the ferris wheel.  Turns out I found someone who agrees with me.

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September brought 1 last boat day and then all of the fun of football season!

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On to October.

Image                      My childhood bestfriend got married. So happy for her.Image                              Fun at the Pumpkin Patch #rainy

Image                                    Jasons first Beaver game ever. He is a good sport.

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Sometimes I think he is so cute I have to sneak a picture of him.

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November brought this boy’s birthday!!! We went to the beach with his family for the weekend.Image

I love #datenight.  The best thing about living in different places is how excited we still get for every Friday night!Image

Another place I have been spending a good amount of time in the last month: the gym.  I joined my Mom’s bootcamp class after attending on a whim and a 2 week free trial.  I have never felt so sore/strong/hurts so good.  If you’ve seen me in the last couple weeks, it’s quite likely I’ve made you feel my bicep.  #normal  I really am enjoying it though, and the fruits that come with the labor ; )

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This might be my new favorite picture of us…except for how classy that dusty mirror is.  Oops.  This was our pre-Thanksgiving date night.  I decided to dress up for fun, and unbeknownst to me, Jason did too.  He wanted to keep it a surprise where we were going and Homeboy hit a homerun when he took me to Rudy’s.  We had the best time!

ImageMy cousin’s sweet baby in the jam jams I got him at Thanksgiving.  I love getting together with all of our family.  It goes too fast, but is such a sweet day.

December so far ; )

This weekend we went to the Zoolights (thank you, Boeing!) with Jason’s roommates and their girlfriends.  It was a cold and rainy night, but we had hot cocoa and an umbrella.  Afterward, Jason took me to Portland City Grill for dinner.  Such a fun night!

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This month is off to a VERY wonderful start, and I cannot wait for all of the great times ahead with family and friends for Christmas!! Christmas, you are my favorite!!!!

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Long time no blog.

hmmm. It doesn’t really even make sense to try to summarize the months of May and June because it wouldn’t do them justice.  There was lots of fun to be had!

There were many dates.  Lots of ice cream eaten.  And some days on the boat.

This was my very favorite weekend:

[Memorial Day]

At the Civil War game in Corvallis.  Let’s put it this way: only one of us could be very pleased with the outcome of this game and that was me.  Beautiful day for baseball : )

I took this photo from our dinner table on the Seattle Waterfront. I love food, don’t get me wrong, but I am a total sucker for good atmosphere. And this one was pretty amazing.

Also:  I experienced this place for the very first time.

http://www.papahaydn.com/

I told Jason that night that I thought I could die happy 🙂

Dessert might be the way to my heart.

 
June was very full too.  More of the same with dates and dessert, but some very special additions too!

There was some running happening: (in the rain no less)

I got to meet a just-born baby (and then I cried like one, naturally):

Then a very very special thing happened: Two of the dearest and sweetest tied the knot.  God could not be more honored by their love and relationship.  The wedding was a beautiful, sacred, holy day that many have prayed for for a long time.  (Some people get tears in their eyes just blogging about it, ahem)

God is so good and faithful.  Sometimes I feel like we rejoice even more knowing the long road that led to this moment.

 

I was very honored to play a tiny role in their special day.  This was so much fun.  There were a lot of precious practice sessions with the sweet bride leading up to her big day. Loved that.

 

We had a lot of fun at their beautiful rehearsal dinner at the Wild Pear.

I felt it entirely appropriate that “the camo dress” make a reappearance in honor of its previous debut at a VanDyk Family event. ; )

 

 

Finally, the 30th was also this little lady’s birthday!

 

Happy Birthday, Mama!