Looking at all the photos reminded me of what a blessed life I have. Through the ups and downs of 2008 I had amazing friends that I could call on. You have all made 2008 great!
UNI vs Drake. I have a group of friends that gets together for UNI events in Des Moines. I didn't know any of them at UNI, but we have managed to bond over our love of the Panthers, and are overwhelming awesomeness as people. Allyson is one of my UNI buddies, and she's also one of the people I call if I need to talk. You can bet I count her when I count my blessings.
Waller had a Super Bowl party. Nate & Waller played Edward 40 hands. I was in charge of the tape. I am sad that I don't talk to these guys anymore. I suppose that means I should call them. Hopefully they will show up at my kick ass huge graduation party in May (date to be announced, as a blog reader you are invited).
I took a big vacation through the South West this march. I saw the Cubs at spring training and checked out the amazing scenery. It was a lot of fun, yet the most awkward vacation I've ever taken. Oh well.
In April I didn't do anything that warranted taking pictures. I tried to use that as an excuse to use two pictures for May. After some reflection I decided that the one picture I had from April really summed it all up.
My life started to bloom in April. It's not like I had a tragic life or anything. I've always been blessed with family and friends that love me, and I have a really good life. For some reason things just got even better in April.
Holy cow May was a good month. The most fun I had in May (which says a lot, as May was so awesome) was at the fund raiser for Stage West. Sarah and I made so many friends, and as this photo shows, were able to stage some amazing photos.
In June Tim had his horsey party. Stimmel & I headed out and had some fancy appetizers and drank wine in the cleanest barn I've ever seen. It's also when I realized that if you wear a shirt and unzipped hoodie of the same color you look ginormous in photos.
In July Todd and I started biking to Cumming. It's about a 30 mi round trip from our street. Stimmel would meet us there, as Todd and I are not as fast as him. It's not that Todd and I are slow, it's that we have so much to talk about that we can't ride fast. The three of us would meet at the Cumming Tap and have some beers. After this winter, I can't wait to get out riding with them again.
I was pretty sure I was in love with him when he ate six corndogs at the state fair. Seriously, isn't there something obscurely hot about that?
If you have a sister, I have to tell you that the best way to celebrate her birthday is by buying wigs together, getting your makeup done, and going out in Chicago (watch out Kathleen, I have looked up all of the wig shops in the greater Des Moines area).
Megan and Mark got married. It was a beautiful wedding. I spent a lot of the reception talking to Nate. He is a wonderful guy, and we tell each other everything. I am so lucky to have such wonderful cousins (of the Runchey & McCarty persuasion).
In November Tim and I went to go see Dolly. I could talk about Thanksgiving and all sorts of wonderful things....but seriously....is it possible to top Dolly?
This Christmas we got a special gift - Bill & family were visiting from Australia. I rarely get to see my aunt, uncle, and cousins, but every time we do see each other we get along great. I wish we could see them more often, even if I do feel like a little person next to them.
In conclusion....2008 was an amazing year for me. I can only hope that 2009 is half as good. I do have to say, after such a big year, I am pretty tired. I think this picture from New Years Eve sums it up best.
Here's to you in 2009. May you have a year as amazing as my 2008.