2017 Year Rewind!

I have to say of my 24 years on Earth, 2017 will be the one to this point that I will cherish and think back on as one of my favorites forever. Year rewind coming right up!

JANUARY: The year began with a trip to the West Coast for a conference with the American Optometric Student Association in San Diego! I serve as the Trustee (like the liaison) for our school so I have the privilege of meeting up with students from every school in the country twice a year to work on legislative efforts, student involvement, networking and advancing our profession. My first time in California was definitely a dream and I can't wait to go back and drive all the way up the coast! 

FEBRUARY: First full month seeing patients and trying to figure out how to survive clinic. I thank all the people who endured eye exams that lasted hours and some really awkward clinician-patient communication. A lot of school sprinkled with wedding planning throughout (WOO!).

MARCH: I realize after looking back over the past year that about two months into each semester my life must get really boring because I have no pictures. However, I did have the sweetest wedding shower AND Austin graduated from Fire Academy after a long five months!

APRIL: Last minute wedding activities and yearly opto-nerd Eyeball extravaganza :)

MAY: Potentially my favorite month in the history of months. I became a third year optometry student, Austin & I got married & moved into our first house together, and we brought home the fluff ball that is Ella. I won't overload with wedding photos here, but I want to give a HUGE shoutout to our stellar wedding party that made the entire year so enjoyable and relaxed. 

JUNE: Summer semester and school trips to Dallas and Washington D.C. with the American Optometric Student Association. Albeit being in meetings most of the week I was able to visit Arlington, the National Archives, two Smithsonians (while running around in pouring rain!), endless Memorials and attended a sweet headphone music party at the Smithsonian National Zoo with 2,000 optometry students!

JULY: COLORADO. We love this state so, so much. So thankful that it is within such a convenient driving distance so we can take our bikes, fishing gear and everything else we need for a week's adventures anytime we want!

AUGUST: One of my favorite months (because birthday). We had a weekend getaway in OKC for winning the Brides of Oklahoma Looks of Love Contest, a few trips over to Arkansas for hiking and fishing, and began another semester toward becoming an O.D. 

SEPTEMBER: I love September because it is typically when I get in the full swing of things after a new school year begins. It is always when full Fall-mode starts and when the ridiculous Oklahoma humidity starts to take a chill pill for the year. 

OCTOBER: Attended the American Academy of Optometry national CE conference in Chicago. It was the largest city I had been to thus far in my life so driving up to the buildings was impressive. We were able to get out and explore somewhat, however; it definitely made me thankful for the OK fall weather... wind and rain are not my thing. 

NOVEMBER: Beginning the holiday season always gets me in a jolly mood, and a semester lighter on the tests/finals prep and heavier on clinic (YAY THIRD YEAR) made for a happy month. Ella can now sit, lay down, shake and roll over... stay is a work in progress.

DECEMBER: Second favorite month of the year (unless it is 110 degrees and in August, in which I would answer as it being my favorite). We closed out the semester and then headed to Colorado to go skiing at Copper Mountain. 

O Christmas Tree

By now has everyone decked their halls with boughs of holly? I did what I could in our little space (while still trying to keep it puppy-proof), but with Ella being so young and with less than available space, this will be the first year without an official Christmas Tree in my house.... other than a 1.5 foot tree by our TV! So to get my fill, Austin, Ella and I trekked to a nearby Christmas Tree Farm today to meander through and smell some fresh pines, cypress and fir trees. There was quite the crowd out, sawing down their own trees. My family has always used an artificial tree; however, I think when we move into a different home I would like to give a living tree a go! Anyone used both that thinks one is better than the other? For now though, I will enjoy the small pieces we are using to make our house a festive, Christmas-filled home! Have a wonderful first week of December! 



I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving! 75% of mine was spent laying around at Mom and Dad's in sweatpants decorating, gift wrapping, catching up with family... and a little studying thrown in. Yesterday I got ALL of my Christmas shopping finished, but I was cozy & in my PJs while doing it! Mom and I have done the red eye Black Friday shopping before.. and I can attest HOW MUCH MORE RELAXING it is at home. No stress, all the time in the world, and I still got everything on sale. WOO! Here are some things to help make your Saturday morning a little happier! 

1.  Have I mentioned before how much I love Cotton Stem Blog? She is base out of Tulsa (hey, hey Oklahoma girls!) and has the cutest Farmhouse of my dreams. She did this Christmas Wreath DIY that I used to make mom and my wreaths this year!

2. I am not doing an actual Christmas tree this year (crazy puppy, small house, only a few weeks to actually enjoy it), so I am doing a mini christmas tree forest on my dining table instead. Some are homemade, but a few (this and this)  I picked up at Hobby Lobby since most everything Christmas is 50% off this week! 

3. Okay heartwarming video alert, because no one can get enough of babies wearing glasses for the first time. <3

4. Typical, I know, but my favorite boutique, Roolee, is continuing their Black Friday Sale through Cyber Monday with 25% off site wide!! EEP. (P.S. THIS COAT IS SO PRETTY

5. To drive home the Black Friday point, these perfect joggers (that often accompany me to class when I don't have clinic) are 20% off, along with the entire Albion Fit website! 

6. Trying to finish writing our Christmas cards this week. I had Madi by Art by Madi B do them and she killed it. She does the prettiest watercolor art. I am already eyeing her 2018 Calendars!

7. Currently building my Christmas Spotify Playlist that I listen to all of December. What are your favorite Christmas songs/covers to play while you go about your day?

8.  The 25 Days of Christmas Schedule is up and I am looking forward to all the time leading up to finals in which Christmas movies will entice me to step away from finals. 

9. If you are looking for some killer Christmas Wrap, look no further than Joanna Gaines' line at Target, Hearth & Hand. It is so, so good that I already got a start on my gift wrapping.

10.  If you want to see me decorate a few gifts in the aforementioned gift wrap (in super duper speed at that!)... goooooo here!

Have a happy week!!