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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Riversong & The Wedding Wager

I just realized I forgot to write a blog post for the last two books I read this year.


Title: Riversong
Author: Tess Thompson
What's it About: A young lady who finally gets out of her hometown, she falls in love and gets married. They have a great life, until one day he kills himself. This leaves her with a huge unpayable debt to pay and a pregnancy that he never knew about. She goes back to her hometown and learns to fall in love with it all over again as she fights the demons from her past, falls in love again, and makes a life for herself and her baby.
My Rating out of 5 stars: 4 stars, just because sometimes I am stingy with that last star! :)
As always the picture is a link to Amazon if you want to purchase it.



Title: The Wedding Wager
Author: Regina Duke
What's it About: A man who has to find a wife in order to save his family from his greedy father. His mother inherited a lot of money from her family but the way the trust fund works is it goes to the oldest male heir if he is married by his 25th birthday. This is a story of love that comes from a business agreement. The girl in the story gets out of the hospital and has no job and no money and she answers the add in the newspaper for a Personal Assistant. The rest goes from there.
My Rating out of 5 stars: 4 stars, just because sometimes I am stingy with that last star! :)


As always the picture is a link to Amazon if you want to purchase it.

These two books made my 2013 total 13 books. That isn't nearly as many as I planned on reading but with as busy as I have been it isn't too bad. So unless I finish the one I am reading today, this is it for 2013!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Look Back at 2013

January
  2013 came in with a lot of promises. 2012 was so crazy and had so many new beginnings that 2013 seemed to be the year for things to calm down.....or so I thought.


I got a couch! Finally.



February
Nicole came and helped me with my first lock in with my kids. We decided to dress a little 80s since we were staying up all night...we wanted to be comfy.
 The next day we stayed awake by killing time at the Cosmosphere. Then we went to bed and slept very well.




Autumn, Nicole, and I waitressed another Red Hat dinner. It was a lot of fun. It was western themed, we love any reason to wear boots and jeans!



I went sledding for the first time with Jessica and her kids. That was a lot of fun. There was a lot of snow in February. My car got snowed in for a couple of days, it was interesting.


March
I made my first t-shirt quilt out of my Camp Horizon staff shirts. It was hard to shut that door but it is my favorite blanket.
 The back is the cross, the front are the shirts.


Nicole and I went on vacation just the two of us to St. Louis. That was a blast.


My 24 birthday was a great time as well
Birthdays are always a family affair!

April
 Did April happen? Nothing stands out....I'm gonna have to go through pictures to see what I did that month.....
Well there is not a single picture of me in my mother's April album on Facebook....I must not have gone home any....

I know I started running in March and April so I must have done that some...but the weather and my schedule interfered a lot. 
I found this picture of ice....I forgot we had snow and ice in April. I think that is about all that happened. I think I was at work a lot!

May
I ran my first 5K with Nicole, I had to walk part of it because of the humidity, my lack of training, and my shin splints but I finished. Nicole has become a running rock star. I did really well at being healthy for a few months and lost 15 pounds. I haven't gained more than 2 of it back but I need to get myself back in the healthier eating that I was doing so well at.

I'm just glad I was actually running when they snapped that picture. 
And I'm glad we don't look like death after the race! 

June
June was a rough month. It started with the death of Scott MacLaughlin my college theatre director. My car died, and I bought a new one. That event had mixed feelings.
I really love my new car. Thanks Ford of Augusta



Home Time!

Performing Arts Camp "Alice in Wonderland" Cast

Family Reunion Fun Time


July

Had some sister time with Autumn

I got new boots for Daric's wedding.
And I taught these two swimming lessons!

August

 Rascal Flatts Concert with Nicole & Tasha!!!


Table Rock Lake Vacation with some awesome friends


Catching up with college friends at a wedding!

Autumn and I got "matching" sister haircuts for our 7th anniversary!


September

 Eli Young Band Concert at the fair with Paula & Nicole

 Renaissance Festival fun with Autumn

I got a fish tank!!!!


October

My little brother Daric married Shayna! Aren't they cute!!!

I love any excuse to dance with my grandpa, weddings are a good one!


 And I especially love a Father/Daughter Dance!

Photo booth fun with my sisters

 
It only seemed fitting that I carry my knife at my brother's country wedding. I didn't have pockets.

More photo booth fun with Adam. Little did we know a few hours later we would go from being wedding dates to more. I love that my brother's wedding, and this picture is where our relationship begins, even though we have known each other for years!


Girls Night out with Sabrina at The Not Wedding Event


Dancing with my daddy at my cousin Jarin's wedding


Autumn turned 16


Family time


Took Autumn Homecoming dress shopping


Arkalalah fun


Halloween 


Our Halloween costumes this year. The Stick Manns!


November

Adam helped me take some kids to camp. It was our first time to be back there since we started dating, it was a lot of fun. Since Camp Horizon is where we met, it will always be special to us.


We went to see The Wizard of Oz at Mulvane High School. Three of our Performing Arts campers were in the show. I need to get my hands on my picture with Dorothy.....


 Thanksgiving with the Mann family!



Some baby time at Reid's 1st birthday party. Somehow I managed to hold every baby but Mr. Reid himself!

December


I got to hang out with Miss Quinn. She is such a cutie. And of course I got to hang out with her Momma!


Night out with Camp friends!

Finding crazy costumes in the Christmas stuff

Adam helped me put up my tree this year!



Obviously there was a lot more that happened this year, but it's hard to include everything. So these are just the highlights. Thank you to everyone that helped make this year special, everyone who took care of me, and everyone who put up with me this year! :)