Today is my last day of school!!! Actually, it’s a half day 🙂 I am uber psyched! Every time I reach the end of something, I reflect. I reflect to see what I’ve learned, what I could do better next time, and how I’ve grown as a person from the experience.
As I look back, it was a great year for me. I have so much to be thankful for.
Here’s my last year in review…
July 2010: I went from Mindy Mac to Mindy P! I married my best friend July 30th. See pics of that here. We paid a honeymoon visit to Negril, Jamaica.
August 2010: I turned 28, moved into my in law’s house and gained 8 pounds because my mother-in-law is an amazing cook!! Click here for her crockpot chicken & potatoes recipe.
September 2010: We finally closed on our house!!!
October 2011: We moved in!!! Mr.FSL turned 32. His vineyard birthday party is where we snapped this picture…
November 2010: November 1st was the inaugural post (about jalapeno infused tequila no less, lol! See my first post here). I got my wisdom teeth pulled. We hosted our first family holiday at casa FSL! I made my first Thanksgiving turkey!! (Hear about that
mess new experience here)
December 2010: Our first married Christmas in our new home! Instead of a housewarming party, we had a “Bad Christmas Sweater Party” and made a shot-ski! Hear all about that crazy time here.
January 2011: The snowiest winter on record for CT! Actually, there was so much snow, our roof that extended over our beck deck (which extends the entire length of the house) collapsed! Hear about that craziness here. Here’s a shot of my husband and his dad & our borrowed snow blower on the back deck. That lovely metal piece in the background used to be our roof 😦
February 2011: We took a much needed vacation to Salt Lake City, Utah! We went skiing on some of the most beautiful terrain & ate at the oldest saloon in the state! Get the scoop on that trip here, here, and here.
March 2011: We threw our first rager! About 100 people came to our house for a surprise party. We had the pizza truck & a comedian, great time. I got the DIY itch & painted a chalkboard wall in our kitchen & decorated it for the occasion. I drew Yankee Stadium & a pic of the b-day boy on it…
April 2011: My chicken tortilla soup recipe was featured by Oxygen Magazine!! I was sooo excited, it’s my fitness bible (get the recipe for that here)! My husband & I did a photo shoot in a haunted opera house (see those pics & the insane video here) My craigslist desk makeover was “Freshly Pressed” and is still the most popular post on Finding Silver Linings to date. I was stoked and amazed that I was also a “Pop Pressed” featured blogger! Crazy!!!
May 2011: My mom & I had the best Mother’s Day ever! We hit up Manhattan for a spa day, made it on TV, and ate at one of the best restaurants in the country!! (Hear all about it here). I started my vegetable garden!
June 2011: Here we are! Finally feeling settled at our house. Getting the hang of keeping up after laundry, cooking, cleaning, wife-ing, ya know, that whole thing. All in all, what a wonderful year! I can’t wait to see what summer vacation brings! You all know I have a list of stuff to do!!
Sorry for the uber wordy post. I guess I am feeling a bit nostalgic. Looking back does that to me.
Thanks for sticking around 🙂 I love you guys!!!