Kara + Tom

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Let me start out by saying SUMMER 2016 is gonna rock.my.world.

A few weeks ago my phone was blowing up and I looked and I had a group message between myself and my two besties. Kara had shared a picture of her left hand with a pretty diamond on her finger. Kara and Tom got engaged! KARA AND TOM GOT ENGAGED!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m so glad that I have been able to get to know Tom throughout this season when he has entered Kara’s life. I’m also so glad that this couple really likes the Midwest 🙂

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Kara and Tom, you two make a fantastic couple. I can see how happy you make each other and I’m so happy for you! Congratulations to the newest engaged couple on the block!

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Katie & Sean Are Engaged!

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My adorable best friend Katie got engaged to the wonderful and talented Sean this weekend! I am so excited for the happy couple as they make plans for their wedding, and for life together.

Oh the joy!

So much joy & excitement & cute-ness!

I got to celebrate with Katie and Sean the day after their engagement, and we even had time to take a few pictures.

Such a happy season to celebrate!

Such a happy season to celebrate!

2014: Ringing It In Right

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Going “Up North” is something that’s been in my family for a very long time. My mom’s grandma bought a place in northern Wisconsin on a tiny lake several years ago; five generations have now understood what it means to drive through the pine trees, breathe the freshest of air, and REALLY see stars.

Usually most of my cousins, aunts and uncles come up to ring in the new year. Traditionally we’ve had awards, themes, costumes, and Auntie’s Punch. We had a very small crew this year, but we still did our best to have fun. We had a casino night featuring Texas Hold ‘Em and Oceans 13.

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I got second place in poker! Unfortunately for me, it was Winner Takes All. I’ll leave that loss in 2013 😉

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Raspberry is my new favorite flavor of Wood Chucks. Cheers to gluten-free cider!

Speaking of RINGing in the new year, I was so excited that my former roommate and very good friend Victoria came up to celebrate the new year with me and my family! Victoria got engaged right after Christmas, so I loved sharing the new excitement in her life (and shamelessly browsing Pinterest and other wedding sites to our hearts’ content).

My feeling for 2014 is ever-increasingly good. Great things are in store!

Hot 10 Summer Countdown

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Without even trying to have a perfect number I conveniently came up with ten highlights of summer 2013:

1: Annie’s Bachelorette Party. I loved hanging out with all the ladies and having a really fun time just being together. Planning the bash with my BFF Kate was fun, too. And of course the “Bride In The Middle!” pictures.

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2. Annie and Travis Getting Married. I loved the wedding, and the reception was exceptionally fun, too. What a beautiful day and a great couple!

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3. Going Up North. Of course if we have to get specific, going up north for the Fourth is the best, but in reality I loved each visit to the northern woods.

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4. Megan and Ben’s Wedding. July 13 was a long anticipated day, and there were so many special elements to the whole wedding weekend. Standing up for the couple was a true honor, being able to visit with most of my close friends was great, and flying by myself was a new experience! Image

5. Florida Georgia Line for cheap at a county fair. Somebody in our group discovered a freakishly short line to get in, too, which was clutch.

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6. Ten Years of Jilli And The Overheads. Our “band” happened just a few weeks ago, but I loved seeing some good friends and creating lots of memories throughout the week.Image

 

7. Establishing the Cteve Hut. Have I mentioned that our apartment adviser/coordinator is my new best friend? Yeah we talk… #kiddingnotkidding ha. Anyway Cteve Hut is great and it breaks my heart a little that I can’t just be there.

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8. Seeing Danielle punctually after her engagement. I am glad it worked to meet up with Danielle. Fun fact- she’s my only college friend I have visited every summer 🙂

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9. I Hope It Rains video with Lauren & Jilli. I love when the two sets of sisters get together, and though our locations and schedules disagreed for most of this summer, we are hopeful to begin regular hangout times again in the future.

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10. Girl Trip to Florida. I hardly know what to even say about this one. We did a lot of shopping, sun-time…and the eight of us drove everywhere in a seven passenger SUV. Honestly, the trip was perfect.

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I just know there are memories to be made for the rest of 2013; I’m so excited to discover whatever may come my way!