Well, it's finally the end of the year. I'm currently in Belize and I've scheduled this to post on December 31, so hopefully it worked. Truth be told, I'm pretty sad to see 2009 go...it really was a great year for us!! So many big birhdays and 2 gorgeous weddings. We were SO busy!! Here's a little recap of some of the good times.
January 1, 2009 - We hosted a New Year's Open House for the McCarty family. It was like a "Welcome to the Family" party for me and Christine. I think we passed.
February 27-March 1, 2009 - While Ryan is fishing in Arkansas, I travel to Naples, Florida for some sunshine (and a little fishing of my own) and a nice visit with Mike and Erica. Mike arranged for my first ever helicopter ride over the city and up and down the coast. It was so amazing! And, this was the first time I had stone crab...I cannot wait to go back!
April 5, 2009 - My great friend Brooke threw me my very first bridal shower! I loved every single second of it! I'm pretty sure I cried when I left (I did have a lot of champagne).
April 11, 2009 - Mally turned 8 years old. And we celebrated the 30th birthday of my amazing friend Kirsten in Columbia with a pub crawl. So much fun!
April 18, 2009 - We celebrated Ryan's 29th birthday with a mexican fiesta! Margaritas, nachos, and a taco bar. It was a blast. And even though I wasn't feeling well (I threw my back out doing something...and cried), we still had a fun night.
April 21, 2009 - We mailed out the invitations to our wedding! It was a pretty exciting day at our house. Until 1 day later when we hear that they were crushed in the mail and arrived in pieces in people's mailboxes. More crying.
April 30, 2009 - Ryan was inducted into the MICDS Hall of Fame for being the most bad-ass water polo player in the history of the world. You know you're jealous.
May 30 - June 2, 2009 - Ryan and I vacation in Location X. Not a lot of tarpon luck this year, but fun in the sun nonetheless.
June 6, 2009 - Celebrated Stuart's 30th birthday aboard the Pamela.
June 16, 2009 - We get a surprise visit from Ryan's college roommate Nick and his wife Anna. They're driving across the country (from Connecticut to New Mexico, to Alaska and back). We took them to a Cardinals game.
June 26-28, 2009 - The girls travel to the Lake of the Ozarks to celebrate Jacquie, Alison and Heather's birthdays! We rented a condo with a pool and hot-tub.
July 11, 2009 - Ryan and I got married. Yay! This was defiinitely the biggest hightlight of the year. We got married in the mountains, surrounded by 60 of our closest friends and family members. Talk about blessed. Tears of joy.
July 18, 2009 - Had to say goodbye to good friends Amanda and Greg as they began a new adventure in San Antonio, Texas. More tears.
August 22, 2009 - Spent the evening with the crew at Fast Eddie's Bon Aire, celebrating Kasey's 30th birthday (a little early).
November 7, 2009 - MU v. Baylor football game.
December 12, 2009 - Attended my MIL's surprise 60th birthday party! Dinner that evening with family and friends.
December 19, 2009 - Celebrated Christmas early with the family.
December 23, 2009 - Left for our honeymoon in Belize!!