The 26 Best

As I'm now a professional at being a 27-year-old (two days in and no mistakes so far!) I wanted to look back at the year of 26. Anna always does cute posts like this around her birthday and I wanted to join in and do the same type of post she did. A post about the 26 best things that happened in my 26th year:

1. Spent my 26th birthday in DisneyWorld.

2. Met Robin while in DisneyWorld

3. I became an Aunt for the first time ever to the most precious baby girl in the world :)

4. Caleb and Kayla got married and Jared and I both got to celebrate with them and be a part of their bridal party!!

5. Jared and I celebrated 2 whole years of wedded bliss on May 28th.

6. Sallie & Perkins got introduced on the blog and we really got the ball rolling on our debt. It's amazing to see how far we've come since then! 

7. Got tickets to see Game 6 of the Pacers v. Heat playoffs. Definitely an awesome game that I'll never forget!

8. Visited the state of Arkansas for the first time ever and spent a long weekend with Jared's family.

9. Watched Jared tear it up in his work's softball tournament. I love watching my man play sports!

10. Attended a fun (and cheap!) local festival with Jared. I also got recognized by a blog reader for the first time ever, which made me feel pretty darn cool ;)

11. Roadtripped to Memphis to see some of our good friends get married.

12. Was gifted tickets and able to attend my first ever Ohio State Buckeyes game!! Talk about an EXPERIENCE! My love for college football grew this day.

13. Attended an AWESOME Cincinnati blate and got to meet tons of awesome gals from the area.

14. Roadtripped to visit my sister, brother-in-law and niece for a short weekend. It a whirlwind trip, but so worth it!

15. Helped throw a surprise birthday party for Jared's brother Caleb; Also discovered my absolute favorite cheeseball recipe that weekend. Clearly, a day worth remembering ;) 

16. Celebrated Jared's birthday with a full day of fun and trying out a fancy restaurant in town. Yummm!

17. Celebrated Jared's official 28th birthday with a simple night at home and realized simple is okay!

18. Hosted our first ever Friendsgiving and hope to make this an annual tradition now!

19. Actually got a Thanksgiving "break" for the first time in 4 years, and celebrated as much as possible.

20. Our house losing power became a semi-regular thing, so Jared & I learned to make the best of it... most of the time ;) 

21. Jared and I got to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and enjoy a Christmas-y date downtown.

22. Picked a theme for the upcoming year and I'm still standing by it. I wanted to challenge myself in the year ahead and so far, so good ;)

23. Rang in 2014 in a way we hadn't before: pajamas, puzzles and on the couch... just Jared and I. It was different and not what we expected to do for NYE, but we loved it just the same.

24. Really started pushing myself to try to "be" a runner... My hip pain has slowed me down a little, but I'm still working on it! 

25. Went to Disney, again! ;) What can I say? It's an easy place to get addicted too! 

26. Took the couples trip of a lifetime with Jared and our BFFs to Punta Cana just a week before my birthday. It's a week I'll cherish forever! 
It's fun to break down a year like that, and see what all I really did in just a year's time. A year really isn't that long in the grand scheme of things, but I feel like I try to pack as much fun into that 365-day-window as I can, each and every year. Looking forward to the adventures and excitement that the year of 27 will be sure to bring me :)


  1. Such a cute pic for your anniversary! Did you guys do anything special? Ours is coming up in a month and a half and we can't decide what to do!

  2. Aww, this is such a cool way to look back at the year! There were definitely plenty of adventures for you guys!

  3. I absolutely lobe when Anna does these posts so I obviously loved to read yours!!! :) love the crap out of you! Can't wait to see what 27 brings to you!!!

  4. What a fun and exciting year for you! I love to look back and see all the great things that the year brought!

  5. Ah, I loved this! What a great year. Happy Belated Birthday! :-)

  6. This was such a fun idea!! What an exciting year you had, big and small! :) And you ARE a runner girl!!!

  7. What a great year! Love this idea!
    And from your previous post, looks like you had a wonderful time celebrating! Happy Birthday again :)

  8. What a wonderful year! I love it! I may have to snag this for my next birthday...but I'll have to come up with a lil more than you. ;)

  9. Such a fun post idea!! SO many amazing things happened in the last year for you! I'm so honored to have made the list!!

  10. You had such an amazing year! I hope 27 is just as great if not better for you!

  11. Looks like an amazing year! WOOP WOOP!

  12. I love the idea of looking back on the year like this. I typically do it the last week of December. It's cool to do it on your birthday!

  13. Creeps McGee Emily over here was like, "I remember that post of Erin's!" or "I remember when she wrote about that!" Thanks for letting all of us follow along on your fun 26th year ;) Happy 27th! I say Disney should happen 3 times in this year for you...

  14. Looks like a great year! I'm sure 27 will be just as great if not better! :)

  15. Oh my goodness, what a cool idea for a post! You had such a busy and fantastic 26th year... Happy birthday and may your 27th be just as fantastic!

  16. UM, 26 is going to be hard to beat. But if anyone can do it, 27 can!

  17. Love this!! Damnit why didnt you post this before now so I could jump on the band wagon. LOL

  18. I HAVE to start doing posts like this! 26 was great to you! Can't wait to see what 27 has in store for you!

  19. Oh my gosh... 26 was a GREAT year for you!! Hoping it's the same for me! I suppose I have no complaints so far ;)

  20. I love this post, what an awesome year!
    I hope 27 is just as great or even better than 26! :)

  21. Let's see you try to top 27 - we thinking Disney again, all inclusive again or heck just going plain out of the country to the other side of the world? ;)

  22. What a fun year you had! Hope 27 is just as fun!

  23. You did so much! I love looking back at a year like this. Here's to another fun one :) Happy (belated) birthday.

  24. Hello so much fun! I would love that cheese ball recipe.. If you would not mind sharing :)


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