2014 was a year for the books. Looking back its hard to believe all of this happened in just one year. So here is a little peak at my year from start to finish.
2014 year started off with taking many of my friends to Sharptop Cove in Georgia for the best of weekends. Then, I headed off to Asheville for a Younglife leader weekend with the most wonderful friends and team.
Quite possibly my favorite day in all of college (or at least really high up there on the list) occurred. Snow hit Clemson in February and it was a day filled with sledding, hot chocolate sipping, and all of my closest friends stuck in the White House. There was also fort building, snow ice cream, games, and sock surfing down the hallway that did not end as expected (I took a tumble and knocked a diamond out of my ring…oops). Although it was just a snow day, for some reasons it sticks out more than any of the rest.
Spring break! A group of us headed down to Sarasota for the greatest of weeks. Goodness, I miss that place with the ocean, pies from Yoders, spikeball on the beach, and a whole lot of sun.
The final month at the happiest place on earth. From freshman year to senior these were and are my people. April was for soaking up every last minute with these friends.
May will forever hold a special place in my heart. I graduated from the happiest place on earth.
I spent an entire week in Annapolis with Ben and his family for grad week at celebrations, cookouts, dances, and garden parties. Then, I got to see Ben become a 2nd Lt. in the United States Marine Corps. I’m team Ben, and so proud.
Then came the most joyful of them all. I got to marry my best friend and it was the happiest day. I am constantly wishing I could relive every last moment. The dancing, the mountains, our family and friends from all walks of life, the flowers, the husband. Oh, it was pure bliss. I do love a good party. #happilyeverradford
June, the month of honeymoons, vacations, and making Annapolis our new little home. We indulged ourselves in Mexico with guacamole while we laid in the sun, swam through crystal blue water and rode around Cozumel on our scooter. Honeymooning, what a great idea. I highly recommend it.
Ben and I have been dating for quite some time, yet we have failed to spend a 4th of July together, until this year! Hooray! 4th of July lived up to the hype. We spent the day in our nation’s capital and the evening with friends and fireworks in Annapolis.
Annapolis in and of itself this summer was an adventure.
August was filled with travel. We headed to Dallas to spend the weekend with Ben’s aunt and uncle.
Then we headed down to Atlanta to celebrate my dear friend’s, Liz and Ashton, wedding! Weddings are conveniently the perfect occasions for reunions as well. Any day I get to spend with my roommates is an above average day.
We made the move across the pond! We dropped our bags in our new home and then headed off on an incredible Italy and Greece adventure.
We hiked the five towns of Cinque Terre and continued on to Florence, Sienna, and Rome. Oh the bread, pasta, and pizza! There are (many) days I long to be back!
We took our car around to a few of the many beaches on the island of Crete, swooned over the crystal clear water, and Ben ate more gyros than should be possible (or allowed for that matter).
And then there was Santorini. Oh my stars this place is a good one. The white caves and colorful sunsets are some of my favorite memories.
After arriving back to London we began to see what our new city had to offer.
We spent a weekend in Cambridge visiting friends and punting along the river.
We developed our Sunday market tradition and continued to fall in love with this city.
November started out with a weekend in Munich and a whole lot of time spent in the English Gardens.
A short trip home turned into a long trip home and I got to spend Thanksgiving with these wonderful people and even see most all my roommates from Clemson.
I returned back home and my best friend moved to London! Oh, and the Christmassing commenced!
Ben and I got our very own perfect little Christmas tree and a wreath too! I’m looking forward to every year finding our tree!
We took a holiday trip and went to as many Christmas markets as we could in Prague, Salzburg, Cesky Krumlov, and Obertraun. It’s going to be hard to beat this Christmas in terms of festivities. Ben and I have seen some of the largest trees and consumed many, many Christmas treats.
We had our own little Christmas Eve and Christmas Day with lessons and carols at Westminster Abbey, a feast for dinner, crepes in the morning, and a Monopoly game to end it all.
2014 has been more than kind to me. I honestly am unsure if any year can top this one. It has been a year of friendship, change, marriage, traveling, adventure, new places, and new friends. Looking back at these pictures is a reminder of how truly blessed I am to be living out this little dream. 2014, I will forever love you. 2015, I can’t wait to see what you have to offer!
I hope your year has been the best of the bests!