Big Moments of 2013

I have to say, I typically hate New Year’s Eve. The expectations are just too high! Everyone hopes for a romantic, sparkly, epic party to go to, and more often than not it’s a disappointment leading to a hangover.

One of the things I love about this time of the year, though, is the time for reflection. While I look forward to 2014 and all it will bring (weddings! puppies! honeymoons!), I’m realizing what a transformative year 2013 was for me, my friends, and my family.

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Here are some of the bigger moments of 2013:

  1. I went full time in my job, and set more of a focus on my career.
  2. I said goodbye to my Grandpa.
  3. I watched my little brother get married!
  4. It snowed! …very little.
  5. I watched Kyle finish his first (and potentially last?) Olympic-Length Triathlon.
  6. Perhaps less exciting than a triathlon, but I got a bike!
  7. My family completed the Pole Pedal Paddle in Bend!
  8. I took part in the Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races.
  9. I hit 4 years of blogging with WordPress
  10. I finally hiked Dog Mountain and made more of an effort to get outside this summer.
  11. I drew fun chalk things, worked with amazing clients, and further developed my design chops.
  12. And of course one of the biggies, I got engaged to a wonderful guy!

I just keep coming back to how lucky I am, how loved I am, and how much I have to look forward to. Here’s to a great new year, and a wonderful ending to 2013.

Engagement Pictures Part 2

Click here to see Part I

Hello there!

The second change of wardrobe Kyle and I picked for our engagement pictures was a bit more…swanky. We decided that if this isn’t a time to dress fancy and look our finest, we really don’t know when is!

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Photos provided by Joe Tobiason.

These pictures really showed off the beauty of the Kennedy School, and a lot of the quirkiness of their decor – although maybe it just brought out the quirkiness in us!

A very Merry Christmas Eve to you all! I’m ready to cozy up with this guy and celebrate with family.

Manic Monday

(Here’s a little GIF from our engagement session that has had me cracking up!)


Can you believe it’s only one more day until Christmas?

(I have this habit of shortening my countdowns significantly by never counting the day I’m on- it’s basically over, right?)

Because I’m much too excited to do anything but think about the holidays and spending time with family (old and new!), this week’s Manic Monday features only Christmas-related things.

Engagement Pictures Part 1

This week, our wedding photographer Joe Tobiason shared images from our engagement shoot, and we are absolutely thrilled with the results. Read his blog post here.

Because there were so many great shots, we divided them for sharing into the three wardrobe changes we made. Here are some favorites from the first images we took, taken at our house and at the Kennedy School.

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Photos provided by Joe Tobiason.    

I seriously cannot recommend Joe and the work that he does enough. What I really love about his style is how candid these images are. He really has an eye for capturing the real moments that define a couple. We can’t wait to see what he does at our wedding with this photojournalistic approach.

Here’s a funny article about the Olympic Torch.

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So here’s a great article from the NY Times on the Olympic Torch for Russia’s upcoming Winter Olympics. There are many reasons I love this article, both as a lover of the Olympic games, as a former Journalism student, and as a snarky person in general. Here are some of my favorite gems from this article:

But perhaps the low point in what has seemed less like an Olympic torch relay than an exercise in ineptitude and misfortune came earlier this week when one of the runners carrying the torch to the Sochi Games had a fatal heart attack while attempting to walk his allotted distance, about 218 yards.

While the paragraph preceding this quote talks about the seemingly cursed nature of this Olympic torch, in not being able to remain lit, but it’s also been part of a man’s death. THEN, the quote above kind of alludes to the fact that this man couldn’t make it a measly 218 yards to celebrate the athleticism of this world-uniting event. Not especially sensitive to the fact that this 73 year old man, who was a Greco-Roman wrestling coach and athlete in his own right, has now passed away.

...the official line is that it has stopped burning only something like three times so far, Mr. Osin said. And only once, he stressed in an interview, had it been relit by someone’s lighter. “It was just a gust of wind,” he said of the incident, which took place in the Kremlin grounds, on the second leg of the 14,000-leg relay. “The torchbearer who was running was absolutely terrified and didn’t know what to do, and he asked the guard to help him, and the guard” — here he paused — “helped, with the only device he had.”

It is unclear what happened to the guard.

Well now, that’s ominous! Am I the only one who thinks this might be implying that the guard might be sleeping with the fishes now??

Although keeping a torch lit for up to several hours is an easy endeavor, torches tend to do better when they are stationary, at least in domestic situations, said Jennifer Grosshandler, the marketing director for Tiki Torches.

“I would not recommend running with it,” she said.

This is bordering on sounding like The Onion. I love that this is a pretty tongue-in-cheek interview, using the director of a company that creates Tiki Torches as a source for expert opinion.

The Olympic flame is not eternal, but is relit a few months before each Olympics, said Bill Mallon, a former president of the International Society of Olympic Historians. It originates in the temple of Hera in Olympia, Greece, where it is ceremonially lit by “supposedly Greek virgin priestesses,” Mr. Mallon said, using the sun’s rays via a parabolic mirror.

This final tidbit is perhaps my favorite. Not ignoring the judgy part about “Supposedly Greek virgin Priestesses,” I love learning something new every day, and today I learned that the Olympic Torch is lit in a manner very similar to how elementary school children fry ants with magnifying glasses.

Overall, a very funny, very illuminating article from the NY Times.