Today I am sharing some fun family photos that we were able to take while in California last week. I also thought it would be super fun to share the answers from all three of our generations when asked about 2017 goals.
In honor of throwback Thursday and finally feeling like I am getting it together from being on vacation mode for almost 2 weeks, I am sharing some of our 2015 highlights. As many of us have big plans for this year it is always nice to reflect on the things we have already been blessed with!!
Let’s start with January 2015. I started on full time with a new company in Supply Chain Management. As I was in the retail corporate world for over 8 years it was definitely a big and AMAZING change for me. My work/life balance is, well…it actually exists now 🙂
Celebrated our 1 year wedding anniversary in Chicago and it was snowing! OMG, it just felt magical. And although, the Mr. planned an amazing trip can I just give myself some credit here and mention I surprised him with a bad a$$ Armani watch? Okay, thanks. 🙂
Celebrated our 1 year anniversary (yes again LOL) in the Canary Islands with some of our best friends who were actually celebrating their 10 year! Also, I can’t forget there was a quick stop in London! Goodness, this may need to be a whole separate post, haha! In a nutshell, this vacation was amazing! We stayed in a beautiful 3 bedroom with a botanical garden in the master bath. I’m pretty sure someone ended up in it one night. We ate yummy food, drank yummy drinks, face timed family/friends at who knows what hours of the U.S. day and Danielle and I became Flamenco dancers. We had so many fun filled days and made amazing memories.
I also came back with bruised ribs and a sprained wrist. Long story short we went on a quad safari adventure and as were driving up this MOUNTAIN in a line of other riders we hit a huge rock and flipped our quad. We both flew off and I when I awoke, which seemed like forever but was really only 2 minutes from what Brandon says, everyone was standing around and a sweet girl who happened to be nurse was already pouring water on my scrapes. Okay, I know that sounds a little scary and maybe at the time it was but goodness I am so BLESSED that we can joke about it now. Those scars were not pretty, but that didn’t keep from laying out on those beautiful beaches everyday. Thank you to my hubby and friends for not judging a girl in a two piece with shining Neosporin and bandages all over her back and arm! I knew I should have purchased a GoPro before that trip! LOL
First Avon 39 Walk Against Breast Cancer with one of my besties. Raised over $2,000 for the organization. It rained and it poured, but completing that 39 miles felt so good AND it was all for a good cause. My sweet mom is a survivor so I love participating in events such as this.
Worked my first election poll. I can’t lie and say it was exactly voluntary because Brandon has been an election judge for the past years and he was in dire need on one more person. Yes, he let me take a long lunch LOL but at the end of the day I felt really good about doing it. Something I typically would not do. This was also the day I realized who I married and that I would probably be doing this every year! So remember to VOTE friends and come see me at the polls.
Made it to California just in time to watch our little nephew graduate high school! Proud auntie moment for sure!
New York, Canada, Pennsylvania & Cleveland! Oh my!
**My favorite pic was at the Christmas Story house : )
Got to fly my nephew here to Houston as part of his graduation gift! Spent over a week spoiling him with Houston food and fun!
Launched my blog!!! O…M…Geee this was a long time coming and so happy I finally did it!!
Fiji! I got to celebrate my first Feast of Tabernacles under the beautiful Fijian sun and beautiful Fijian breathen. I seriously have never ever felt so close to my faith as I did during this trip. I plan on continuing and growing that in 2016. **More pics from this trip can be found under Travel!
Celebrated my birthday with the hubby, best friends and the Presley’s in Memphis. Okay, maybe not the Presley’s but we did visit Graceland, same thing LOL. **More pics from this trip can be found under Travel!
New York City with my number 1 and my first at home JETS game!
Voted Best Newcomer Blog via Houston Fashion Bloggers Organization and YOU! Omg, thank you, thank you, thank YOU again!
Best of all I ended the beautiful year and started the new one with my amazing husband and family in California.
#sorrynotsorry for all the family selfies LOL
I feel very blessed guys. I mean just thanking God for another day to be here and then he blesses me with kind people that make everyday the best day.
Thanks for letting me share pieces of my life with you! Thank you to my family and friends for reading/sharing. Thank you so much to new blogger friends for the support/collaborations! You all ROCK!
Thank you for stopping by!! Happy Friday eve!!
Happy New Year loves!
This is my first blog post for 2016 so what perfect time to write about what is most important to me, my SQUAD, also known as my family. 🙂
I consider myself very blessed. It’s not about the things you have but about the people you have around you. My family is everything to me and I could not have asked for a better one. As I grew up as the youngest and only girl in the family I have to say it was almost like growing up with 2 sets of parents. My brothers were always protective. When I say protective I mean like boys calling my house at 5pm and my oldest brother answering and saying it was past my curfew LOL. Of course then I didn’t understand it, but now I have come to appreciate it. Each individual in my family is very special to me and for each a different reason. Although, we all have similarities, there are strengths in everyone that I deeply admire and try to emulate. My Dad, selfless and hard working, my Mom, social butterfly and easy going, my oldest brother, determined and giving, my second oldest brother, kind and funny. Having role models such as these 4 in my life has really been amazing and any success I have had in my life I have to give all the credit to them. Literally, my day ones. Yes, we may not always agree on everything but at the end of the day we always end up on the same side, you know?
Above is my sister in law Noemi with my 5 nephews and niece. Little Manny (yes, he is taller than everyone and we still call him little Manny), Iliana, Jordan, Jonathan, Bryant and Jerald.
Above is my sister in law Crystal with my other 2 nephews and 2 nieces. 🙂 Sierra, Cienna, Kristopher Jr. and Urijah.
And of course a post about my squad wouldn’t be complete without talking about this guy! 😉 Growing up with 3 loving, respectful and caring men I didn’t know if I would find someone that would live up to that but I did!
Although I like to think I work hard at emulating what my family is; selfless, loving, caring, etc. I know in reality I have days where I am hard to deal with, emotional, frankly just a brat. But this guy right here…my best friend and biggest supporter deals with me and always knows how to make the worse day the BEST day!
So happy Brandon and I got to spend both Christmas and New Years with my family in California. We typically are only there for Christmas so it was really nice to spend extra time with them this past week and a half! If that doesn’t start off the year right, I don’t know what will! 🙂
Cheers to 2016!! Last year was good to us, but with my squad by my side it only gets better from here! Surround yourself with a good tribe. Positive vibes are contagious!
Thank you so much for stopping by babes! I truly appreciate each and everyone of you! Looking forward to lots of collabs, giveaways and love this upcoming year!
SPRINKLE KINDNESS AROUND LIKE CONFETTI!