Eclectic Living, my year through pictures

Friday, December 30, 2011

I did this last year on my single lady BLOG. It's fun to look back on the great things that happened in the last 365 days of life. So much has changed in mine! I read forty-three books, graduated college, planned a wedding, hung out with my amazing troll friends, married the best guy in the world, burnt like 785 dinners, crafted til my fingers bled, and have learned and grown with Grahm so much! Man, oh man, it was a good year. 

Valentine's Day with Grahm. Yes, my hair is brown. It was an unfortunate phase.

I celebrated my twenty-second birthday on campus corner with great friends. 

Grahm sent me on a scavenger hunt to significant places in our relationship and then popped the question. I think you can tell what my answer was ;) He picked my beautiful ring out all by himself!

A week later, I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Professional Writing degree.

We took engagement pictures in Nashville over the summer in the midst of all the wedding planning. Grahm is the most hilarious person to take pictures with. "Baaaabe, I'm bringin' my best smoulder look over here!"

The majority of my summer was spent wedding planning: sending (Lord only knows how many!) emails, shopping for the perfect dress (how many versions of white are there?!), having lots of fun showers (it's incredibly hard to come up with something witty to say after every gift), getting the dress fit/praying I didn't gain 100 pounds, bachelorette party (yes those are poles in the background), etc. etc. I loved/hated this time. Most days I wanted to pull my hair out, but by some miracle (my mom) it all got done.


I quit my job as the Editorial Assistant at the OU Press and moved out of my college house with my favorite room trolls before the wedding. Best roommates ever!

I married my best friend on September 4 in Tulsa, OK. It was the perfect day. So many people helped make it so memorable, but none so much as our parents. The Lord truly blessed us that day, and every day since!

We went to Hawaii for the Honeymoon. I think the above picture is from our second day there, and as you can tell, we're already burnt. Turns out I'm the worst paddle surfer in the world. The natives took notice. 

We moved into our spacious one-bedroom in OKC, and it didn't take long to discover its quirks. Gas oven. Gas heater. No closet. It's amazing we're still alive.

We went to a Halloween party dressed as Audery Hepburn and Keith Stone. Classy.

I've learned (and will continue to learn) the ropes as a wife, one burnt dinner at a time.

We found out Grahm got a new engineering job in San Antonio. We took a house hunting trip down there and found a great place to live. It's three times the size of our home now. Umm YES.

We went to Nashville for Thanksgiving, and apparently really struggled with taking a decent picture.


We set off to Tennessee again for Christmas, before we went to see Grahm's folks in TX.

This weekend we will be in Dallas bringing in the New Year with our fabulous friends. It's our last hoorah before the big move next week. So thankful for this incredible year and the amazing people I got to share it with!


Matt and Chelsea said...

Jena! What a fun year!! : ) I love your pictures! Happy New Year!

Sar said...

Yaaaay Texas!

Breanna said...

Looks like you had an amazing year :)

Mariel Torres said...

Darling, God blessed you with one beautiful year. Here is to a happy new year and many many more gorgeous new memories! :)


lauren @ crazy ever after said...

Hey! Loved finding your blog. Thanks for commenting on ours today. It looks like we got married a week apart from each other...and our wedding colors were strikingly similar. Love those brown bridesmaid dresses! All the best to you as you begin this new venture in your life.

Nagehan said...

This is adorable! It's incredible how much things change in a year!

Brooke said...

I love this so much! What a beautiful wedding you had. Holy stunning!

Hey, if you have 30 seconds, I'd love for you to link up this post to my Year in Review linking party. That would be the best!

Thanks! Cheers for the New Year!

Dutch said...

so much fun to see your year!

A party and A HALF said...

Looks like a great year!
I had the same wedding colors as you, brown an orange! Must be a theme for the year.
What Island in Hawaii did you stay at for your honeymoon?

Brooke said...

Thank you for the link-up! I love it :)

Laura said...

I can't believe how much you did in a year!
I got engaged on NYE two years ago, will start planning the wedding next year, and have the wedding in 2013!
Can't believe you went from dating to married in a year !

Holly said...

Looks like you had a great year! Your wedding was gorgeous :)

New reader/follower and getting married 9/1/12 :)

Cute Blog!

Liesl said...

What an amazing and joyful year you had! :-)


abby said...

I'm new to your site and reading your year sounds like you had such an amazing one! I do hope that many more blessings and great things happen for you and your husband this new year :)

Miss Sassy Pants said...

I hope my 2012 is half as good as your 2011, because yours sounded amazing.

And might I say, all the people in your life are so attractive!

Reading your blog and looking at all your pictures makes me feel like I am watching family sitcoms.

Michelle said...

That sounds like a great year. I have to admit I'm a little jealous. =)

Kristen Danielle said...

I love that everyone is doing this year in review post! I especially loved yours! You are my age and I didn't even realize it! You come across older in your blog (not in a bad way). And the picture of hubz on one knee is gorgeous!

Happy New Year!


Christina said...

hey girl! If you are still interested in joining the 21 day challenge can you send me an email at Thanks!!

Annie said...

Looks like an amazing year! Your wedding looks like it was gorgeous...and so are you :)

The Other Side of Gray

L-Kat said...

Sounds like you had a great 2011! Cheers to an even better 2012!

Kate said...

Looks like you've had an amazing year! Happy New Year! Good luck with your move tomorrow!

Faith said...

Thanks for sharing your year:) I love your save the dates. I'm excited for you guys and moving into a bigger house! Me and the hubby are house shopping as well. Happy 2012!

lilmoomoo said...

loved seeing the pics from your wedding!!
it looked beautiful!!

Also- love the engagement photos..
I had fun taking ours too... Our photographer kept telling my husband to tell me dirty jokes to get me to laugh.. HAHA
we definitely ended up with some good photos..



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