Thursday, December 29, 2011

On 2011


I spotted this meme over on Rainbowtatt and thought it was a great way to round at the year. I can't believe 2011 is over already. Here is a bit of reflection on my 2011.
  1. What did you do in 2011 that you’d never done before?
    Got married!!! Traveled to Europe. Climbed the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Went to the gym consistently for more than a month (we went really well from when we got home from Europe till the week before the wedding then slacked off).
  2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
    I made a few resolutions and completed a few and failed a few but I plan on doing a post on that soon. Probably not before the end of the year though.
  3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
    We had two new nephews born into the family this year. Two of Corey's sisters gave birth. Krystal gave birth to her fourth in June and Kellie gave birth to her fourth in September. They were named Levi and Braxton.
  4. Did anyone close to you die?
    No family members but a close friend lost his little sister which was devastating.  
  5. What countries/states did you visit?
    Europe - London, Barcelona, Dublin, Rome, Venice, Florence, Munich, Berlin and Paris. Airlie Beach - Queensland for our honeymoon. We are also currently in Copacabana on the Central Coast of New South Wales visiting my aunty and uncle.
  6. What would you like to have in 2012 that you lacked in 2011?
    Time to sew. I didn't get anywhere near as much sewing done this year as I would have liked. Most of my spare time was taken up by wedding preparations. Now that the wedding is over I am hoping 2012 will bring back my sewing mojo.
  7. What dates from 2011 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
    November 12th - our wedding day!
  8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
    Getting married to the love of my life!
  9. What was your biggest failure?
    Allowing myself to get stressed out over wedding preparations.  I really didn't want to be one of those brides.
  10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
    Nothing major.
  11. What was the best thing you bought?
    My wedding dress!
  12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
    All my friends and family who came and help celebrate our wedding day.  Especially all of those who travelled from interstate and overseas to be with us.
  13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
    A certain cousin. That is all I will say on the matter.
  14. Where did most of your money go?
    Our wedding and our Europe trip.
  15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
    Our wedding and our honeymoon.  The best two weeks of my year.
  16. What song will always remind you of 2011?
    Sexy and I Know It by LMFAO. This had a very entertaining moment at our wedding and now I can't stop singing it.
  17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
    a) happier or sadder? happier in some areas and sadder in others.
    b) thinner or fatter? thinner thanks to my gyming efforts.
    c) richer or poorer? richer only because I wasn't working at the end of last year. 
  18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
    Slowing down and appreciating the things that have happened this year.
  19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
    Stressing.
  20. How did you spend Christmas?
    Unwrapping presents with Corey, lunch at Corey's parents house then headed back down to the Coast to see my family. We ended the day curled up on the lounge watching Christmas movies.
  21. Did you fall in love in 2011?
    I began the year in love and finished it even more in love!
  22. How many one-night stands?
    Wow, what a question! Corey and I have been together 8 years this year so those days are far behind me.
  23. What was your favourite TV program?
    Criminal Minds.
  24. Did you make a friend with anyone that you didn’t know this time last year?
    Yes, my new friends from work.
  25. What was the best book you read?
    I really enjoyed the Hunger Games books.  I also read Minxy Vintage which I got for Christmas and loved it. It has inspired me to start customising some vintage!
  26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
    Imelda May. I heard her just before we went to Europe and bought both her cd's in Dublin and have played them over and over again since coming home.
  27. What did you want and get?
    A new house! We were just approved for a new rental property a few days before Christmas. We move at the end of January.
  28. What did you want and not get?
    Um, nothing important. I think we have done pretty well this year.
  29. What was your favourite film of this year?
    Planet of the Apes - I didn't expect to like this movie but I really enjoyed it.
  30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
    I turned 24 this year. On my actual birthday I went to work and was spoilt rotten by my work friends with a decorated desk and baked goodies and loads of presents.  That night we went to my parents for dinner.  One the weekend before my birthday we went ice skating during the day and then out to teppanyaki for dinner with some family and friends.
  31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
    Being able to buy a house instead of moving into another rental.  But such is life and we will keep saving and aim for that next year.
  32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2011?
    Have fun and be true to myself. Stop worrying what other people think of what I wear.
  33. What kept you sane?
    Corey.
  34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
    You can't go past Ryan Gosling.  He was gorgeous in Crazy Stupid Love.
  35. What political issue stirred you the most?
    Same-sex marriage is a big one for me. Especially having gotten married this year it just seemed a lot more important to me that everyone be able to have the chance to experience the joy that I did on my wedding day.
  36. Who did you miss?
    My sister who spent most of the year living in Europe. She came home 10 days before our wedding but is now moving to Melbourne in a matter of days.
  37. Who was the best new person you met?
    Sally and Anna my two office mates from work. They are so much fun and keep me motivated and loving my job.
  38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2011
    Sometimes there are a people in your life that you are better off without and although it might be hard in the long run you will be better off if you just let them go.
  39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year
    Baby it's youYou're the one I loveYou're the one I needYou're the only one I see.Come on baby it's you.
    You're the one that gives your all.You're the one I can always call.When I need you make everything stop.
     Finally you put my love on top!

    Love On Top by Beyonce

No 78 - Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge

It's been a while since I have crossed anything off my 101 in 1001 list which is a bit scary considering my deadline is in August 2012.  Only 8 months to go!!!  Corey has wanted to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge forever so I bought it for him for his birthday (the climb that is not the bridge...lol).  I was a little nervous at first but once you get through the first part where you are climbing on see through walkways it is okay.  The section you climb on is so wide and made of such thick steel that you feel pretty secure.  Here are a few photos we got from the trip.....





Apart from the first one I am pretty impressed with how these photos turned out.  They are actually printed photos that I took photos of with my iphone to be able to load them onto here.  They turned out pretty okay considering!  The originals look great and I am so happy we decided to get them all printed out.  Corey loved his birthday present and I would definitely recommend doing the climb to anyone visiting Sydney.  The view is definitely worth it!!!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Our Wedding - Ceremony

Thanks for the lovely comments on my last wedding post.  We are very happy with how all the photos have turned out.  So I figured the natural progession after the last post would be to show you the photos from the ceremony.  I have chosen a few less than last time.  Here are my favourites...

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I love looking at these photos and seeing how happy everyone was. It truly was a magical day and I am so so happy with how it all turned out.  I probably won't get around to posting more photos for a few days as we are off to visit my family on the Central Coast on Boxing Day.  I hope everyone has a very merry Christmas.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Our Wedding - Pre Ceremony

I am so excited to be able to share our wedding photos with you all! We got the link to our online gallery last night and I spent hours looking over them.  They are amazing!!!  All our photos were done by Michelle Stewart Photography and I can't recommend her enough. She is fantastic! There are over 1000 photos which I am culling down to my favourites to share but there are still heaps so I thought I would break it down over a few different posts.  This first one is all my favourites from before the ceremony.

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Okay in the next post I might try to cut it down to a few less photos. It is just so hard to pic out the favourites. I will hopefully get some more up tomorrow for you all to see.  Enjoy!