Friday, December 31, 2010

2010: A Year In Review

Bryan and I moved across the country... got a dog..... were married...... travelled to 5 countries and 15 states.
All in 1 year.
WOW - what a year 2010 has been!
We kicked off the year at a Chargers game with my good friend from high school, Sara, and her boyfriend (who's now her fiance)
Celebrated Bryan's birthday in Fullerton... with his brother and his best buddies.
Then we celebrated his birthday some more with his parents.
FebruaryMy mom and Bryan's mom through me a gorgeous bridal shower
We spent a lot of time in Laguna with Abby
Bryan took me on a picnic in LaJolla for Valentine's Day (San Diego)
Then he took me out to dinner on Coronado Island that night (San Diego)
We went to Aspen, CO for work...
and managed Cliquot in the Snow at The Viceroy and Ritz... the celeb guests were Bill and Guliana Rancic, who were amazingly nice and in love
We moved to Charlotte and celebrated my birthday downtown
We got a dog... and named her Cali (after California)... this is the day we got her and our 1st family photo
We began to make friends in North Carolina
We took Cali on her 1st trip to California after having her for just 2 weeks.
She loved Laguna!
While back in California, we went to Buca with our families
We went to Wicked with my dad in Durham
Bryan and I found ourselves on a sunset sail with our parents in St. Thomas...
which is where we were married a few days later in a beautiful 1800's Catholic cathedral
and our reception site, which was the house we stayed in for the week, is the White House of the US Virgin Islands (it's where the US Presidents stay when in the Caribbean)
After the wedding we took a ferry to Jost Van Dyke, a British Virgin Island, and stayed there for several days to relax and unwind
We went to Croatia
Athens, Greece
Turkey More time in Greece
We backpacked through Italy
and spent a few days in Rome touring places like the Colliseum and The Vatican

then we took a train to Pisa
And we celebrated our 1 month of marriage in the romantic city of Florence
I don't know why I didn't upload a picture, but we also spent several days in Venice
We went to the Brooks and Dunn "Last Rodeo" tour with Jason Aldean as the opener
We spent a lot of our summer on Lake Norman
and BBQed on the 4th of July with friends and then watched the fireworks from their boat
We went out to dinner at the Ritz Carlton during Charlotte's restaurant weekAugust
Cali and I drove to Pennsylvania to see relatives. Bryan flew in from work and met us there.
We went to Steelers training camp!
Bryan and I embarked on the 2011 Ford Explorer tour that took us around the country...
and got caught in a huge rain storm
I suprised my mom and flew back to Orange County for her 60th birthday party
We did media and PR events in many different cities nationwide.
I tried my 1st fried Oreo
My parents came to visit us in Chicago
We spent 5 weeks straight in Florida... and rented this awesome condo on the beach!
We worked in 15 states and lived out of 1 suitcase for 13 weeks straight, without going home in between
Cali came to work with us one day in Florida
My dear lil sissy, Abby, passed away
We went up to Connecticut to run the TRON:Legacy and Coke Zero screening... in our free time we went to NYC and ice skated at Rockefeller Center
We went home to Orange County for Christmas and closed out our year right where we began it, in California
I'm exhausted just looking back on our year.
Sometimes I can't believe the life we lead.
Other times I can.
Other than the fact that Bryan and I got married, this year is no different than years in the past.
We have always lived a fast-paced, adventurous life filled with much travel and little time at home.
I'm secretly hoping that 2011 brings us some stability, tranquility and boredom.
I think we're ready for our life to settle down a bit and to travel a little less.
By the looks of things though, 2011 will be much like 2010 and I will not complain about it!
Our job is really unique and gives us so much freedom in the present and is setting us up nicely for our future.
Every year, life just keeps getting better and better.
I'm always waiting for the ball to drop, but it never does... at least it hasn't yet.
We are oh-so blessed!
Cheers to 2010, you've been life-changing, memorable and just so much fun!

A Suprise Visit in San Diego

These girls suprised me and showed up to where Bryan and I were working.
I was SO happy to get some extra time with Molly and getting to see Jinna was just icing on the cake! Oh brother, I'm missing California already and I haven't even left... more than California, I'm missing the amazing people I have in my life who live here!
I know Bryan feels the same.
He played golf with his dad and friends the other morning and then went to a movie and lunch with his brother and friend from high school.
We know that moving to North Carolina was the right decision, but man... everytime we come back to California we miss it more and more.
But like I said, we miss the people in our lives who live here the most!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Oh San Diego, how I've missed you!

Bryan and I hopped on the 5 and escaped south for a couple of days.
We had to work in San Diego, but I was also able to squeeze in some time with 2 of my best girlfriends, Molly and Sara.
I miss these girls SO insanely much!
I am desperate to make, cultivate and have friendships like the ones I with with these girls in Charlotte.
But because I'm never there, I'm just finding it so hard.
My day will come, and I will have an always-there-for-you... I-can-laugh-at-everything.... I-can-just-be-myself... fun and easy friendship in North Carolina.
In the meantime, I'm more than grateful for the wonderful friends I have on the west coast and for the few news ones that I've made on the east coast!
For laughs, here are 2 picks of me with my girls back when I lived in San Diego, we were all single and going out every weekend!