Mama Mia!

It is a special day for this lady! Today, she has joined me in the 24 club!
And what a fun year it has been knowing this girl and having her as a roomie for the 2nd year in a row!
I love Mia for many, many reasons. As you may recall from last year's post.
But let me just name a few reasons to remind you why this girl rocks my face off....
Mia is a good support system. No boyfriend on February 14th? (or ever) Don't worry, Mia is a good sub. I was lucky enough last year to have Mia as one of my Valentine's. Best Valentines Day ever.
Mia is ALWAYS up for a dance party. Just turn on some good music, blast it wherever you are, and she will always be right beside you dancing away.
Mia is a good friend. She is loved by SO many people. I can totally see why because of her fun personality and tender heart. One of the most caring and giving girls. When I was feeling like I was on my death bed, she was constantly coming to check on me and see if I needed anything. She is someone I know I can count on. She will be there for me on my hardest days just to listen while I sit on her bed and cry/complain. And she will be there for me during the happy moments.
Mia is always up for adventures! On the days where I have felt so spontaneous and random, I can always count on asking Mia if she wants to join in when no one else would. Of course she is always up for it and we end up having a fun time.
Mia loves the outdoors! She has taken up rock climbing as one of her interests and spends a lot of time with that. But with me, when the weather has been nice, you can find her outside soaking in that sun either laying on a blanket attempting to be productive with school or she will be up for bike rides and slurpee runs. We really love those warmer days.
Mia is quite the cook. Even though 90% of the time she makes some sort of chocolate dessert, they must be good based on how many people rave about those treats! And on the occasions she makes something not chocolatey, it taste so good! So all in all, she is one fantastic cook!
Mia is darling! Seriously, who could pull off a beanie and still look awesome?! Only a few certain people can and Mia is definitely one of them. She has great style and always looks so cute! If only I could be just a little bit smaller so I could fit into her clothes. That would be good. Oh well, so much for that.
Mia was part of the roommate situation last year, which I obviously loved. (don't worry current roomies, I still love you all) But she will always hold a special place in my heart from that year. I won't get on my soap box about that one. 
Mia is easy to be around. She isn't difficult, she isn't picky, she just goes with the flow with whatever makes everyone else happy. She has to put up with a lot being my friend. Thanks for being patient with me :)
Mia has a sense of humor. The things this girl says and does will constantly have me laughing. I love her fun personality. 
I'm so glad that Mia and I have grown as close as we have over the year. She has become one of my best friends. I couldn't have survived this past year and a half without this girl in my life! The Lord definitely knows me and my needs and He knew that I needed a friend like Amelia. So blessed.

Happy, Happy Birthday Amelia Bedilia. 
Let's hope our 24th year will be a great one! :) So lucky to have you in my life!
I LOVE YOU (more than all the warm treats, mcflurries, pizza and $1 drinks)



"The person who is thinking of others and doing for others is happy.  Happiness lies in that little kindness we do when we don't expect anything in return."
-Harold B. Lee 

I love this quote I read today. 
Let's all find that happiness. 
There is no reason to not be happy!  

Happy Wednesday :)



I know, I know, I'm late.....
but better late than never right?!
 Hope you celebrated with people (and animals) you love. 
 And made some new year resolutions that you are still keeping up with.
...I'm working on mine. 

you've had a birthday, shout hooray!

HOORAY! I have now turned 24. Wow, I am gettin' olddddd. What's even scarier is to think that I'll be 25 THIS YEAR! what the heck.

But the birthday this year was just great. I am so lucky that I have been able to spend every year with all my family on my birthday. Every other birthday in the fam there are just a few around. 
However, I do wish mis amigos were around to party with as well. But don't worry, I realized just how blessed I am to have AMAZING friends. Want to know why? 
Well first off, I get home and unpack and Nicole had something wrapped up that said I couldn't open until my birthday. So I set it aside for 10 days. Well, the moment I woke up, I found that present and opened it up to find a DVD. Not just any DVD. But one that had about 15-20 of my closest friends who recorded a little video clip to wish me a happy birthday. My Mom comes in my room and sees me crying... don't worry Mom, I just have the greatest friends ever. It was the greatest present I could have ever received. Sneaky Nicole. She is one of the most thoughtful, caring, and loving friends I could have ever hoped for. I watched that DVD at least 5 times that day. It was so tender. Thanks to those who participated in it, it made my birthday just that much better. 
So after watching that, Cal and I went downstairs to eat some yummy blueberry muffins. But Callie was insistent that she served me for everything. Blueberry on a plate, orange juice in my cup, and tucked my napkin into my shirt. She takes care of me. 
After that we relaxed for a little bit (aka- Sister watched my DVD with me) then got ready, picked up the grandparents and went to Zaxby's for lunch (duh, where else would I go?) It was delicious as always. 
Then we headed to downtown Atlanta to go ice skating at Centennial Olympic Park. I hadn't gone ice skating in SO long so I was being super careful cause I HATE falling, but then the kiddos had a lot of fun skating around for about an hour or so. 
The weather was absolutely GORGEOUS. Like low 60's... it was a perfect day in the ATL. 
Later that night, we went to Ichiban Japanese Steak House for dinner. There were a few complications so dinner was longer than we expected, but it all turned out great and we enjoyed a delicious meal and free desserts! :)
Thanks to all my amazing family members and friends who made it a special day! It is one that will go down in the books for sure.
Bring on the 24th year. 
Maybe my wish will come true?


2011 Recap.

2011 has been QUITE the ride! there were lots of fun and exciting things that went on. Engagements, weddings, GRADUATION, trips to Vegas, California, Denver, Chicago, & Atlanta, incredible summer of EFY, attending MANY Braves Games, meeting and growing closer to incredible friends, visitors to the ATL over the summer, and have just had an amazing year!! 
I look back on this past year and feel extremely lucky and blessed for all of the experiences I had that have helped me grow into a stronger and better person. All I can say is that the Lord knows me & my needs and loves me for me. I wouldn't be who I am today without the things I went through this past year. 

So let's have a brief recap through pictures, shall we? (sorry, I am OUT OF CONTROL with pictures... just accept my addiction.)

MARCH 2011:
APRIL 2011:
MAY 2011: 
JUNE 2011: 
JULY 2011:
AUGUST 2011: 

2011 was a pretty great year; I hope this one will be even BETTER :)