Thursday, September 18, 2014

23 was so good to me

We left 22 year old me after my best friend left me. I mean, she went home where she belonged, but I felt like a huge chunk of me was missing. I booked my flight to see her in June before she had even boarded the plane. And then I didn't really do much from Feb-June because, well, my best friend wasn't there. June couldn't come fast enough.

On the first day we went to 'the lake' and had a crazy weekend that I barely remember. It was pretty awesome.



After we got back from the lake we went to dinner with these 2 guys, one of which my friend was now dating. The next day we went to a baseball game and I decided I kinda liked the other guy.



Then we went to Nashville for the CMA fest. The first night we saw our man Dierks again.


The time we were there was probably the highlight of my life so far. I felt like I fit in so much, the country music, my best friend, everything. I loved it so much.


I rocked a romper for probably the only time in my life.


I met some amazing women. They all grew up together and I wished that I could have been a part of that life - they were really the most fun, friendly, gorgeous inside and out women I have ever met. For people who just met we got along like a house on fire. I think we were all determined not to like each other because I was the Australian girl that took my best friend away (false) and they were the Americans who took her back (also false).



I discovered just how much my heart is divided by Australia and America. And I met that guy, remember. He was lovely and sweet and we only spent 5 days (5! days!) together total but I wanted to see him again.

After I got home, we welcomed a new addition to the family. My cousin had her second baby girl.. These two will always hold the most special place in my heart.


I managed to get back to Louisville for a visit in September. I had talked to KC (that guy...) almost every day on facebook and skype and email and I mean it wasn't weird to go visit a guy that you'd only spent 5 days with, right? If it went belly up, I had some friends to stay with.



But we discovered we loved each other and our mutual weirdness.


Back home again, I couldn't wait to go back. Another trip was booked for November. He made me a cowboys fan. Hey, I look good in blue.



My first, and only, marine corps ball. It was special for me to involved in that part of KC's life, even if it was ending when we met.


Our shortest time apart flew by and then we were in London for just over a week. I was really head over heels for this guy, if I would fly 24+ hours (and spend - ugh - a lot of money) to spend a week with him.

But really, it was all worth it. I never believed my life would get better with each year, and I couldn't see how it could possibly top this year. 23 was very good to me indeed.

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47 comments:

  1. Up until this point I'm pretty sure 23 was my favorite year too! I'll be 26 in just over a month & looking at how 26 is going to start...I'm thinking that might end up being my new fave. I love your love story.

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  2. Wow, what an exciting and romantic start to your love story (and it took me a minute to realize that the blonde was you - love the hair!). Honestly, all of my years have been pretty fantastic...it's hard to pinpoint just one favorite!

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  3. It sounds like 23 was such an awesome year for you! I'm not quite sure what my favorite year has been. :)

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  4. I adore that you only knew KC for 5 days but had to continue talking - distance is the worst!

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  5. i still keep thinking it hasn't happened yet! :)

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  6. What a great year, lady! Sounds full of lots and lots of fun! Wooohooo for becoming a Cowboys fan :)!

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  7. I loved reading this and the start of y'alls story. You two are so cute together and just seem to fit.

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  8. 23 sounds awesome and lucky you for deciding to like the other guy!!

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  9. These flashback recaps are such a fun look at your life. You have to keep your blog up forever so that when you're 72 you can show your grandkids how awesome you were. And you have the pics to prove it!!

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  10. I so love these posts!! I love the story of you two, so sweet that after 5 days you two were hooked :)

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  11. I love this!!!! Your hair was so long - I can't even get over it!! Absolutely love how you two met - meant to be!

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  12. Such a cute little love story :) Thanks for sharing!! Love reading about how people get to wear they are in life and what sort of things they've done as a young adult! So fun!!

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  13. What a sweet, special year. CMA fest is on my life list :) You definitely ROCKED that lil romper!

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  14. What a year, what a year!

    This year might be my best year.

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  15. Oh my goshh I was smiling so much reading this up to the point where you went back to see KC for the first time! You guys are so cute! Even in the picture from when you first meant, you can already tell it's meant to be!

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  16. Your year sounds pretty awesome to me! I have to share the feeling and say that my favourite year to date was when I was 23 - moved across the pond, attended St Andrews, met the most amazing people, and met my current boyfriend literally a week before my birthday :)

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  17. What a great year!! I love looking back, but usually it's just to see how far I've come! Is it just me, or does life actually keep getting better?? In 3 years I'll be 30 though, so I guess we should reconvene then and see how we're doing.... LOVE this year recap. You are too much fun for us not to be friends.

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  18. I love this story!! You and KC are too cute and such an awesome couple!

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  19. OMG…what a romantic and sweet story. My bff lives far away too, so I can relate. And thank you for being a Cowboys fan, even though us here in Dallas are a little embarrassed of our team….!! :P

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  20. This is such a cute story :) You certainly had a great 23rd year! I think my favorite year overall was my 17th (kind of a lot of years ago lol). I was finally in a place where I was looking forward to each day that year. The years since then have had their good days, but there've been some crummy things, too (of course). I just turned 27 in July, so I'm hoping this year is a great one :D
    ~ Gianni ~

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  21. this is so sweet that you guys instantly connected!!

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  22. What a sweet love story! Sounds like a wonderful year! I was the same way with Adam, pretty much from the moment we started getting to know each other I was head over heels!

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  23. Ya so it seems like 23 was one awesome year for you! Love that you and KC kept in touch even after 5 days! Sooo sweet!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  24. Awwwwww that first picture I was like...hey...that guy looks familiar!!! :)

    I love getting little snippets of your life!

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  25. That is a really lovely story:)

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  26. Aww love this so much! what a wonderful year! I think my favourite year was 25, it was just full of fun! :)

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  27. What a great year ... So many more "greats" ahead.

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  28. A lot of great things happened in that year. The year I got Seamus was the best year.

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  29. This is such a fun post! I'm new here and I loved learning about you in this post! :)

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  30. AAhhh... it was a good year indeed... friends & love. Doesn't get better then that

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  31. Cutest story ever. Aw girl you were a little wild thing for a minute weren't you? I love it!

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  32. Love reading about how you and KC met and fell in love! What a fun year 23 was for you!

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  33. Really cute story! Sounds like you were meant to be! I did a similar long distance thing with my husband (which is super expensive) but it was all worth it in the end.

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  34. So fun! What a great year! Also is it impossible for you to take a bad picture?!

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  35. Awwww this was so sweet! Loved hearing about how you and KC met and kept in touch! It's hard to pick a favorite year haha, but 18 and 21 were pretty darn good :)

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  36. Damn girl, you lived 23 UP!!!! Idk what my best year was... sometimes I look back and think "the good old days" and then other times I like where I'm at now.

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  37. That is so funny that the first pic I thought looked so similar to your man.... oh wait, I get it - a love story. :) You definitely had some fun. I will admit that if it weren't for pictures I prob wouldn't remember much of when I was 22. I am with Amanda. Sometimes I miss it and most of the times I wouldn't trade it!

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  38. So fun the way y'all met and started dating - and look how well it's worked out!!! Glad you took that trip to hang out with your best friend!!!

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  39. Ohhhh I love hearing about your beginnings with KC! Doesn't he look so handsome in uniform!!

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  40. I'm loving these recaps and hearing about how you and KC met, you can just feel the love coming out of this post.

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  41. I had the same thought as tricia at first -- hey, isn't she married? Why is she talking about meeting a guy that she really likes??? Scandalous. LOL. It's so cute to hear how you met and fell in love! I am jealous of all your photos. My husband and I met and dated in the dark ages before cell phone cameras (1997-2001) and we just don't have that many photos of us together during that time. Hard to take a couple selfies without a front-facing camera! (Actually I'm not even sure I had a cell phone at all until 2001. Crazy!)

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  42. You're amazing! So glad it was a good year for you. I don't know if I could pick one...it'd take a lot of deep thought and I tend to avoid that if at all possible lol

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  43. So cute! Similar to how Joey and I got together - I met him when I came to Guam for vacay. We only hung out for a couple days before I had to go back home. He flew to Hawaii to visit me, then I flew back to Guam to stay. Such a great story! Can't wait to hear about your life at 24!

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  44. what a great story; thanks for sharing! i'd say 28/29 was the best years for me...and then it just gets better as you get older :)

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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