Monday, January 14, 2013

A Year in Review

So this is later than I would have liked, but I like to think being present and engaged in the life going on around you rather than the one happening via technology all the time is a good thing :) Here is 2012 in a nutshell. It's been one exciting year!


I wrapped up a life-changing four years in color guard at the annual stockshow parade and attended my last band formal with Amanda and Cristi. I stepped out of my comfort zone and joined the ranks of general chemistry teaching assistants. Other January highlights included my first stockshow/rodeo with Lauren and Emily!


I celebrated Valentines day with our annual color guard single ladies dinner + movie + baked goods with my roomies. This tradition has become such a staple in my Valentines Day celebration. February also included my second try at father-daughter skeet shooting. It was freezing but unlike the previous year I actually hit some targets!



In March I played lots of Bingo, saw the musical "Rent" for the hundreth time with Emily, Lauren, and Erika, and went on a beach/rainforest adventure in Galveston for spring break. I watched my last round of TCU tulips bloom, participated in my last LEAPS with Alpha Phi Omega, and  played entirely too much "Pop-5" with my roommates.


April started off with me and Cristi dominating at the APO Easter egg hunt. I was given my first speeding ticket, and my roommates set our counter on fire. On my mom's birthday, Emily and I attacked her therapy room and filled it with lots of balloons -- one for every year old she is. Despite Emily's inability to blow up balloons, the surprise worked out great. I presented my honors thesis project at the student research symposium, went to my first Ranger's game and last Black Diamond, and finished the Warrior Dash! Also, this happened:



I graduated from TCU, cum laude and having completed my honors thesis :) I was so blessed to have both friends and family in the audience to support me! What a thrilling but bittersweet end to a fantastic four years at TCU. I couldn't have dreamed of a better college experience. Go Frogs! Leading up to this momentus occasion, I attended my last APO semiformal, had fun with the Chemistry kids, and went on a full day adventure with Cristi and Amanda to the Fort Worth Zoo, the Water Gardens, and then into Frog Fountain.

Also, this happened:


We vacationed in Florida as a family, and it was a blast! Also, I attended my last of many Harry Potter midnight showings with my awesome sister. My dad and I headed to Chicago to tour UIC and find me an apartment.


I spent a lot of my summer working at my parents' clinic and helping out with one of the families that gets services there. We also watched the McKinney fireworks like we always do :)


After spending a jam-packed few weeks with my friends and family and helping a little bit with ADPi recruitment, I moved to Chicago and started my first semester as a graduate student in Occupational Therapy! Woah!


According to my lack of pictures taken in September, nothing exciting happened at all. Go figure. 


I had the honor of being a bridesmaid for my best friend/college roommate/sorority sister, Pamela and her now-husband Daniel! It was seriously a joy to see two of my friends take this next step in their relationship and I had so much fun celebrating their marriage with many Texas friends who I missed dearly while at school.

Oh yea, and this happened:


The highlight of my November was getting to spend time with many of my Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins in Bloomington


My first semester of graduate school came to an end with a raging Tacky Christmas Sweater party, complete with matching Good Will tacky sweaters. I spent several precious weeks at home in Texas for the holidays catching up with friends and family. We even had a white Christmas!

Whew. That was a beast of a post. Better late than never no? It's been a great year, if 2013 has even just a fraction of the fun, excitement and growth as 2012, I'll be set :)


  1. Im honored that you put our pic up!! The offer still stands........ to be my wife :P

  2. Hope you are doing well. We miss you around here.

    1. Miss you guys too! Chicago has been quite an excellent adventure. I think I am still a Texas gal at heart though :) I hope you are doing well also and not spending too much time in the Chem department haha