Friday, December 31, 2010

our lives are made in these small hours.

the firsts for week 19? my first time making peanut butter fudge and first attempt at a zumba class which turned out to be a lot o' fun.
the firsts for this week, week 20? my first try at stenciling. on a wall in my room. and my first craft failure. i've covered the stencil-age up now with 20 different squares of colored paper and a quote that reads, "a sea of flowers won't bloom without the rain." i feel like 2011 will be full of crafts.

here's the second half of my 100 favorite songs of the year. i wanted to post it before the end of the year, so i guess it's now or never :)

51. “Airplanes” B.o.B. and Hayley Williams (It's just a catchy song)
52. “Two” Ryan Adams (One of those songs i literally couldn't stop listening to)
53. “White Horse” Taylor Swift
54. “Brick By Brick” Train
55. “Marry Me” Train (Beautiful one)
56. “Liar (It Takes One to Know One)” Taking Back Sunday (Another new band for me this year)
57. “Summer, Man” Taking Back Sunday
58. “I’m Amazed” My Morning Jacket
59. "Radioactive" (So happy for new Kings of Leon)
60. “Pyro” Kings of Leon
61. "Gravity" John Mayer (A favorite of mom's)

62. "Three” Britney Spears (Don't laugh. I heard it a lot this year at the gym)
63. "Back Down South” Kings of Leon (Love this one)
64. “Mockingbird” Rob Thomas

65. "Ever the Same” Rob Thomas (A favorite of dad's)

66. "Anna Begins” Counting Crows (My all-time favorite of theirs. Oddly enough, I heard it today, and I have a feeling it will be a part of my life for many years to come)

67. "Heartbreak Warfare” John Mayer (Reminds me of the concert earlier this year)

68. “Say Hey (I Love You)” Michael Franti (The opening act at the Mayer concert. Interesting fella)

69. “Dogs Day are Over” Florence and the Machine (Thanks to the previews of "Eat, Pray, Love," I found this song)

70. "Oh!" Eric Hutchinson

71. "I Could Not Ask for More” Edwin McCain

72. "Please Don’t Leave Me” Pink (Another find thanks to our gym classes)

73. “Little Wonders” Rob Thomas ("Let it slide. Let your troubles fall behind you. Let it shine until you feel it all around you")

74. "Who Knew” Pink

75. "High Life” Counting Crows ("A sea of flowers won't bloom without the rain")

76. "Haven’t Met You Yet” Michael Buble (This song always makes me smile)

77. "Gonna Get Over You” Sara Bareilles (Her newest album is.. well.. amazing. Beautiful lyrics, too)

78. “The Light” Sara Bareilles

79. "Basket Case” Sara Bareilles (My favorite off the new album)

80. “Not Alone” Sara Bareilles

81. “Breathe Again” Sara Bareilles

82. “3 AM” Matchbox 20 (Reminds me of watching Soundstage with the family)

83. “Real World” Matchbox 20 (Heard a very neat version of this during the Soundstage special)

84. "Last Christmas" Glee

85. "We Three Kings” (My favorite Christmas song)

86. “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”

87. “The Trouble With Love Is” Kelly Clarkson

88. “Raise Your Glass” Pink ("Don't be fancy, just get dancey." Classic)

89. "Marry You” Bruno Mars (Also featured on Glee one week)

90. "Unwell” Matchbox 20

91. "If You’re Gone” Matchbox 20 (My all-time favorite of theirs)

92. “St. Patrick’s Day” John Mayer (Even more beautiful to listen to when it's cold outside)

93. “Stuck Like Glue” Sugarland

94. “Seasons of Love” Rent (Loved watching it again during the holidays)

95. "Another Day" Rent ("Forget regret or life is yours to miss")

96. “Out Tonight” Rent

97. “I Should Tell You” Rent

98. “All I Want for Christmas is You “Mariah Carey (Dad and I worked out a little choreography for this one while getting things ready for Christmas)

99. "Shake it Up" Train (A fun little Christmas song)

100. “The Difference” Matchbox 20 ("Feel the sun warming up your second-hand heart")

and, finally, i've been thinking about resolutions lately. i have a bucket list i've started, and i'm always eager to check things off that list. but resolutions are a little different. so far, this is what i've got.. run at least three times a week, drink more water (ha.. this one never lasts), do more crafts (i swear.. it's on the list), volunteer (starting in february with the alzheimer's association. so excited for that), read a new book every month, try to make at least one new recipe a month, and begin reading the bible regularly.

get a tattoo, make my own pie crust, make a mosaic, finish writing my book. these are a few things i picked off my bucket list that i'd like to do in and throughout 2011.

"I rang in the New Year, 2010, without you for the second year in a row, surrounded by mostly strangers and no one to kiss at midnight. With my friend Melissa beside me, I clinked glasses once the ball had dropped and we blew our noisemakers and exclaimed, “Happy New Year!” along with the rest of the crowd. The new year I was waiting for was finally here, just like that, and for the first time in my life, I could actually feel a new start beginning.."

i wrote that at the beginning of 2010, and at that point, i was more than ready to put 2009 behind me and start anew. something told me it would be different, it would be better, but i never imagined 2010 would be so full. 2010 was a new beginning, a year for trying new things, meeting new people, building upon the relationships i've had for years and putting the pieces of me back together again; 2011, is a time to breathe into it all, letting the peace and fullness i feel at the end of this year carry me through the next ("let it shine until you feel it all around you").

Monday, December 20, 2010

and hearts will be glowing when loved ones are near.

my first for week 18? using my trusty stand mixer to make christmas cookies this year - instead of mixing them by hand. i'm not sure what i was thinking the last few years not using the mixer. anyway. the white chocolate-cranberry-walnut cookies came out very well. they just need a name. i also managed to keep up the running-one-mile-three-times-a-week and writing-a-little-every-day goals this week. and below you'll find my first first for week 19 - the first time i've shared a part of my book on the blog. crazy, right? i'm pretty excited to share, so here goes -

Snow fell on a cloudy Sunday afternoon in early December of 2010, the lit-before-dark lights of the season twinkling through the falling snow, coloring each flake in blues and greens and reds. I spent the afternoon writing, our newly decorated Christmas tree at my side, and helping make dinner for my family and grandparents. Sunday’s snow had left its mark until early in the week, the perfect backdrop for a home beginning to fill with the holiday spirit.

It felt like Christmas coming in. Something I hadn’t felt in a couple years. It found its way back in again, thanks to my surrounding family and friends and the faith that had carried me through it all. Something about cooking - cooking butter- and cream-filled dishes - and sitting around a table full of my family, as holiday cards began to inundate the mantel, made it feel, actually feel, like Christmas.

I don’t know where the feeling went the last two Christmases. A hint of it still lingered from December to December. But being out of place in 2008, and then still feeling out of place a year later, seemed to keep Christmas farther away than usual, just out of my reach. I wanted to feel it, and I tried. But it never quite sunk in. And, for whatever reason, trying to feel it and not being able to felt almost more sad that never feeling it at all. I wanted Christmas back, and I blamed my losing it, in part, on him. Mostly, though, I blamed myself for letting him take it away.

This year, though, with no hint of him around, I knew I’d get my Christmas. I had no desire to call him, either, which seemed unusual to me. Every other holiday that passed, I felt the need to get in touch, to wish him a Happy Birthday or a Happy Thanksgiving, and catch up for a while. Now, though, nearing Christmas, that want, that need, was no longer there. I knew I could wish him well in my heart, and that was enough for me now. “I hate to break it to you, babe, but I’m not drowning,” I heard the Sara Bareilles' lyric stream through my head. I knew his absence was the main reason the Christmas feeling had found its way back to me - that and the progress I felt I had made the past year. 2010 had been a full year, the fullest yet, and I knew, I felt, Christmas would be just as satiated.

Every year, we add several new ornaments to our tree, my family and I do. Some that are musical, some that talk, some that sparkle thanks to the glow of encouraging white Christmas lights. There are those classic ornaments also featured on the tree that seem to have their own place, their own branch, and their own spot in our hearts. And then, there are some older, weathered ornaments kept in the box, as we save room for the newer and more special embellishments. But the tree is always, always full. I suppose in a way that’s how 2010 was for me. I had met and made new friends who seemed to now be a part of my everyday; I had chosen to keep others in shoeboxes and in memory, knowing they were better left behind; and my family and friends who I had known and shared with for years, well, they were there through it all, as always, with their own special places in my life and heart and in the sound of my laughter - just as those classic ornaments that are an essential part of our Christmas tree each year.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

something in the way that blue lights on a black night can make you feel more.

well, it has been a while since my last entry, so i guess i have some catching up to do.

a look back at the last six weeks, and the firsts of weeks 12 through 17.

week 12.. my first time making a cheesy, beefy skillet dinner.

week 13.. subbing for the first time at my dad's school in seventh grade. i was a little nervous about sub-age in middle school. but, as it turns out, those "big kids" aren't so scary, and i've really been enjoying it. also, conan premiered this week :)

week 14.. the first? a new macaroni and cheese recipe that seems to be a big hit. it's full of butter, sour cream and five different cheeses. perfect for this time of year.

week 15.. while celebrating mom and dad's birthdays with mom, dad and my brother, i had my first dumpling and first fried banana dessert. both very.. interesting. then, my first hard cider, which was a tasty seasonal treat.

week 16.. subbing for the first time in elementary school. two-digit addition, spelling words, math bingo. it was a fun couple days. yes, second graders can be a little whack, but honestly, they aren't much different than seventh graders. the only difference? second graders make you very sweet christmas cards.

week 17.. my goal? run three times this week, a mile each time. i did it, and i noticed something.. my hate of running seems to be fading (finally). my other goal this particular week? write a little in the "book" every day. i did that as well. i find, the more i write, the easier it gets and the more i have to write. i'm planning to continue these goals in the weeks to come.

["i was doing something i had never done before. and what will i be able to do tomorrow that i cannot yet do today?" - eat, pray, love]

and here we are, at the beginning of week 18. the christmas tree is up and decorated (i love writing by the christmas tree).. the jets are made.. and my family and i have started watching our favorite christmas and holiday movies ("the family stone," "love actually" and "rent"). "elf," "the preacher's wife," "christmas vacation," "the holiday," and "the santa claus" still to come.

though this time of year has always been special and has always just felt like christmas, this is the first year that it has really felt like christmas again in a couple years. it's a very good feeling, and i have my family, friends and faith to thank for it.

["we should live in this time now and have every minute of it" - a moveable feast]

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

give a little heart and soul.

weeks 10 and 11 of my 26th year and their firsts.

my first time trying hummus.

my first banana margarita.

my first time carving a pumpkin with bo.
(even with the dance breaks,
random high-fiving and
all-around goofiness, we managed to
carve a punk'n)

and my first time starting a favorite songs of the year list. i have 78 songs so far. i would like to have 100 by the end of the year. here are 50 i came up with, in no particular order at all.

1. "meet you there" by augustana. i was introduced to this band this year at a counting crows concert with my bruder in july. my favorite new band of the year.

2. "from yesterday" by 30 seconds to mars. also another new favorite band this year.

3. "give a little" by hanson. so catchy. you can't help but dance to it. in fact, i'm declaring it the catchiest song of 2010. "give a little heart and soul."

4. "half of my heart" by john mayer and taylor swift. love this one.

5. "poison and wine" by the civil wars. this song continues to follow me and get to me.

6. "king of anything" by sara bareilles. "who cares if you disagree? you are not me. who made you king of anything? so you dare tell me who to be. who died and made you king of anything? let me hold your crown." kind of my anthem for the past year or so.

7. "edge of desire" by john mayer. there is always one slow song on all of mayer's albums that really hits me. this is definitely one of them, along with "slow dancing in a burning room" and "come back to bed."

8. "let it ride" by ryan adams. the beach anthem this year! a favorite of my dad's. a favorite of mine as well.

9. "fearless" by taylor swift. this one reminds me of a special car ride i took with mom and dad earlier in the year.

10. "hey, soul sister" by train. "so gangster. i'm so thug." crazy lyrics. catchy tune. and it's everywhere!

11. "lucky" by jason mraz and colbie caillat. "lucky i'm in love with my best friend" :)

12. "ragoo" by kings of leon. an older song but new to me this year.

13. "kiss me when you come home" by hanson. this song reminds me of my and bo's trip to cincinnati and the car dancing and singing.

14. "up all night" by the counting crows. one of my all-time favorite songs of theirs, and i got to hear it at the concert in july with bruder.

15. "a little less sixteen candles.." by fall out boy. another new discovery this year band-wise.

16. "mayfield" by augustana.

17. "funny the way it is" by the dave matthews band. off of the album "big whiskey and the groogrux king." the best album by dmb, according to my brother and me, in a while.

18. "perfectly lonely" by john mayer. this song reminds me of the mayer concert this year, with my dad, bruder and katie.

19. "waiting for this" by hanson. their new album, released in june this year, is probably my favorite album of theirs. ever.

20. "catch my disease" by ben lee. i heard this a lot at the end of pump class at the gym this year. always makes me dance.

21. "i'm yours" by jason mraz. dad's song of the year and a favorite of mine.

22. "fans" by kings of leon. again, an older song of theirs, but a new one for me in 2010.
23. "misery" by maroon 5.

24. "question" by the old 97s. a new band for me this year as well, care of bo. "he took her by the hand. walked her back home. they took the long way."

25. "breathe" by taylor swift. beautiful song. also reminds me of that certain car ride with mom and dad in the spring.

26. "closer to the edge" by 30 seconds to mars. "i will never forget. i will never regret. i will live my life."

27. "you're the reason i come home" by ron pope. i first heard this song on "so you think you can dance" and downloaded the album on itunes. good stuff. good new stuff.

28. "if it's love" by train. i love train and have for many years.

29. "she's my winona" by fall out boy.

30. "hanging around" by the counting crows. also played during july's concert.

31. "i still ain't over you" by augustana. yep. definitely my top favorite band this year.

32. "a beautiful mess" by jason mraz. a beautiful mess. a beautiful song.

33. "tiny light" by grace potter and the nocturnals. yet another new discovery in 2010. "i see a tiny light, like a flashbulb sparkle in the night."

34. "'til summer comes around" by keith urban.

the next four songs are all bo-and-jennifer-dancing-in-the-car-acting-like-big-goofs songs.

35. "in the ayer" by flo rida.

36. "dynamite" by taio cruz.

37. "nothing on you" by b.o.b. he's like the hugh jackman of music.

38. "just the way you are" by bruno mars. my personal favorite car dancing song. there's choreography. seriously.

39. "need you now" by lady antebellum.

40. "apologies" by grace potter and the nocturnals.

41. "twenty dollar nose bleed" by fall out boy.

42. "a real fine place to start" by sara evans. i always thought the part that goes, "shooting down lights" was.. well.. neat.

43. "shelter" by ray lamontagne.

44. "dance all night" by ryan adams. very catchy. i think i've listened to this song about 800 times this year.

45. "glitter in the air" by pink. "have you ever wished for an endless night? lassoed the moon and the stars and pulled that rope tight."

46. "jars" by chevelle. yep. also another new band o' 2010.

47. "kings and queens" by 30 seconds to mars. my second new favorite band of the year. "these lessons that we've learned here have only just begun."

48. "i never told you" by colbie caillat. beautiful, beautiful song.

49. "3x5" by john mayer. definitely not a new song, but after hearing it recently, i got on a "3x5" kick. one of my and dad's favorite mayer songs. plus, it's a "fall song" to me.

50. "thinking 'bout something" by hanson. the first single off their new album "shout in out" this year, and a favorite of mom's, dad's and mine.

stay tuned..

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

i'm writing you to catch you up on places i've been.

the firsts of weeks eight and nine.

monday night of week eight, i had my first mexican sweet corn cake or pudding. i'm honestly not entirely sure what it was, but it was a tasty (surprise) treat.. served alongside my dinner at alejandro's. very fall festive. haha.

first christmas songs of the season this week o' eight. yes, i realize it's only october, but i can't help it. i was looking up songs on you tube earlier in the week, and there was a link on the homepage for a version of "last christmas" by the cast of glee. that was just the beginning. then, i listened to this about eight times in a row. my favorite christmas song? "we three kings.." why? because i think the part that goes, "star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright.. westward leading, still proceeding.. guide us to thy perfect light" is beautiful. "all i want for christmas is you" by mariah carey is another christmas classic. okay, i'll stop with the christmas. for now.

week eight's thursday involved a not-so-fun first. after a little over a month of studying, i took the praxis test (a requirement for soon-to-be-grad-school-students and future teachers). still waiting for the official scores, so we shall see.

i also got to see a no-hitter for the first time during week eight.. the reds vs. the phillies. pretty neat stuff, even though the reds lost. that was also the night of our first "baseball party".. the family, bo and me, enjoying a messy dinner from the new yorker and the game.

the eighth week of my 26th year included another first.. the introduction of "cliche love song lyrics tuesdays." a silly idea i had. sharing lyrics back and forth with bo. you know, things like, "have i told you lately that i love you?" i told you it was silly.

at the end of week eight? another first. my first dinner out with mom, dad and bo all together. that was a hilarious night. "it will be dark." "i'll need a laser!" and we got to "jam" on john mayer's "3x5".. one of my and dad's all-time favorite mayer songs.. as it played in the restaurant.

sunday the 10th marked the beginning of week nine and included another first for me.. my first time having london broil at dinner with bo and his family. that was tasty. then, this past weekend, bo and i made a trip to the corn maze and pumpkin patch. definitely my first time in a corn maze. and, yes, we got lost. several times. after finally finding the maze exit, we made our way to the pumpkin patch and picked out our first pumpkin together.. a lovely nine-pound punk'n, minus one stem. hehe. a very fun afternoon.. minus the miniature horse (tiny pony) who kept getting whipped. disturbing.

(we later found out the mexican sweet corn cake or pudding is called corn tamalito, according to the new menu at alejandro's that includes definitions of their new side dishes).

week ten is under way. looking forward to the firsts ahead.

Monday, October 4, 2010

all that i'm after is a life full of laughter.

this past week, week seven of year 26, didn't involve a lot of firsts. in fact, i can only think of one first from week seven - a medieval festival with bo last sunday. it was a rainy afternoon (it was a rainy week, actually, and i loved it), and we walked around under a broken umbrella looking at the costumes, swords and handmade gifts.

though there weren't many firsts this past week, it's comforting to know that some things are always around and always stay the same. and, while my 26th year is about trying new things, it's also about what i feel my life has always been about.. recognizing, enjoying and being thankful for the forever-present people and things all around me.

thanks to my family and friends, i am forever surrounded by ever-growing love and endless laughter.. the kind of encouragement and support that makes anything seem within reach, and the certainty that ensures everything will be okay.. the belief that happiness is the most important thing..

Sunday, September 26, 2010

in the middle of it all.

week six. part two.

i took my first cycling class at the gym tuesday evening with mel. though i love our usual classes - step and pump - cycling was a fun change. i also like the fact that they turn off the lights during the cycling classes. that way, you can cycle like an idiot without anyone seeing. we were encouraged at one point during the class to close our eyes. i guess the point was to get you focused. after the instructor assured us we would not fall off our bikes, i closed my eyes and kept cycling. kind of a neat experience. on another note, i'd like to get back into yoga and pilates.

wednesday evening, i cooked for my family and bo. fixing dinner on wednesdays has become a new tradition. this week? my first attempt at a baked enchilada casserole. it seemed to be a hit. soon, it will be time for pumpkin pies and christmas cookies. okay, getting a little ahead of myself on that one, but i love christmas. and fall. over the past few years, fall has become my favorite season. perfect for cooking and baking. also, my cardigans are justified in the fall. it's a season of warmth.

my mom, my dad, bo and i took part in the memory walk for the alzheimer's association this saturday. this was not my first time walking in the memory walk, but it's special event for my family and me, and i wanted to mention it. our first walk was last october, and it's something we hope to do every year, raising money and awareness for the association and a very special cause.

i am forever surrounded by love and laughter.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

i get the feeling she won't forget.

week six of my 26th year. part one.

i've never had thai food before. that is, until this week. first first for the week?
thai food and drink.
monday night, bo and i ventured to a thai restaurant downtown for dinner. i had no idea what to order, so i went with pad thai. clear rice noodles, scallions, bean sprouts with chicken and peanut sauce. delicious. seriously. before our meal, though, came an interesting drink and an interesting first - thai iced tea. at first, the tea was black, orange and white. after being instructed by the waiter to "mix it up!" (after i had already taken a sip before mixing it up properly), i had a cup full o' orange beverage. halloween in a glass, basically, and very fall festive (ha). i'm not sure how to describe it other than to say it was extremely sweet. there was a distinctive tea taste, but mostly, all i could concentrate on was the extreme sweetness. i got about halfway through it before giving up. this coming from someone who downs at least one mcdonald's sweet tea a day. later that night, i looked up thai iced tea recipes online. most recipes include water, thai tea, sugar (at least one cup of sugar to six to eight glasses of water) and condensed milk. and what do you get? sweeeeet tea.

side note.. i think take-out boxes are very cute.

more firsts from week six to come..

Saturday, September 18, 2010

leap and the net will appear.

before i turned 26 in august this year, i told myself that 26 would be the year for firsts. i made a deal with myself that each week, i would try something new, something for the first time.. whether it be a new recipe, a new food, a new experience, a new band/album..

while i took a little break from the blogging there for a while, i think it's time to start writing here again. and the "firsts of my 26th year" seems to be, to me at least, a theme worth writing about.

week one: my first time making a carrot pineapple cake for my parent's 30th wedding anniversary. baking is not a new thing for me. i love doing it. this cake, however, was definitely a first. a yummy first. it's basically a carrot cake (one of my favorites) with a twist.. pineapples and pineapple juice.

week two: my first trip to cincinnati with bo. my first major league baseball games (so much fun. i love baseball). my first cincinnati reds hat and t-shirt. and my first trip to white castle for mini burgers. all very special firsts.

week three: the first? a trip to paint bank, virginia with bo (doesn't saying "paint bank" make you smile?) where i had my first buffalo burger and then saw my first live buffalo. afterward, another first.. my first time shooting a gun and wearing camo. scary in the beginning but then, just a lot of fun.

week four: this week, i was given my first virginia tech t-shirt from bo. don't worry. i cheer equally for uva and tech. this was also the week i got my grad school application finished and sent in. another first. so excited to be going back to school. a new recipe i tried out this week? garlic basil shrimp pasta. delightful. and, finally, the last first of the week.. my first virginia tech football game in blacksburg with bo. it rained. it rained a lot. but, still, a great, great afternoon.

week five: another new recipe and first.. penne with shrimp and sun-dried tomato pesto for bo and my family. friday night was ladies night at glazed bisque-it, where melissa and i tried a new technique, another first, for painting our pottery. one word.. tape. the picture below is the only picture i can post right now, because our pottery pieces are surprises this go 'round. the rest will be up later on facebook.

and here we are. at the end of week five.

at the risk of sounding cheesy and mushy, there is one first this year that stands out the most. my first boyfriend is now, almost ten years later, my boyfriend again. another very special first in this year filled with new beginnings.

it's not about who i was anymore, or why i am the way i am now because of my past. from now on, it's about the here and now, the firsts and the new, and all that is to come.

"accept the life that is waiting for you.."

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

i can't remember all the times i tried to tell myself to hold on to these moments as they pass.

in a little over a month, i'll be turning 26 (eek). my 25th year was amazing and so full, and i thought i'd share some of it with you all. start at the bottom and work your way up.

the end :)

torch run in june.

ellen and may.

silliness all around.
pottery in may with the moms :)

great times with great friends.

all smiles.

my friends are so gangster.
the chicas.

more pottery. april painting.

the "after-party" (haha).

walks are so much better than runs.

walk, silly!


march of dimes walk in april with al, megan and mel.

pretty car.

blue, of course.

and yay for my first new car.

yay (again) for new friends (and old friends, of course).

holly and jess. and a sammich.
jess, me and megan.

i love painting. seriously.

more pottery in april. a new monthly tradition.

running and i have had a love/hate relationship this past year.

don't mess with us.

the shamrock run in march.
the silly boys. yay for new friends.

february snow. i love my snow.

at pottery in january.
merry christmas!

we're not right. but we have fun.
our christmas (in january).

melmay :)

since diapers ;)

our first 5K together!

my sisters.

gangster jess, ready for the jingle bell run.

my favorite time (and night) of the year.

christmas eve with the family.

seriously. i've laughed all year long.

custard chief! (haha).

busy in the kitchen!

christmas baking and cooking.

thanksgiving at the grandparent's.

memory walk september 2009 for the alzheimer's association.


bruder and me on the beach.

the night of the doughnut hats. so silly always.

buckets up!

myrtle beach with the family.

peace and happy birthday!
i have literally laughed all year and i love it.

the sillies.

my 25th surprise birthday party. the amazing year begins with family and friends.

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