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2014 BNP Year in Review

Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s hard to believe that 2014 is coming to an end. It has been a crazy, challenging, amazing year. I started Brown is the New Pink (BNP) back in late April, and I love being able to look back on everything that’s happened this year. For my final post of 2014 I am reviewing all of the major events of the year. Cheers to 2015!


January 

  • Celebrated the New Year in Kentucky
  • Took engagement pictures

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  • Started my last semester of graduate school
  • Found our townhouse and signed the lease for me and Derek’s first home together

February

  • Celebrated my 24th birthday
  • Pole danced and celebrated with friends at my bachelorette party 🙂

March (Holy cow, March was crazy.)

  • Moved into our townhouse
  • Married the love of my life!!! (Wedding Recap Part 1, Part 2, Part 3)

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  • Gave a big presentation at my internship at the VA
  • Interviewed for my first “real” full-time job
  • Accepted my first “real” job offer!

April

May

  • Graduated with my Master’s of Social Work

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June

  • Started my first job!
  • Derek took the USMLE Step 1 (HUGE test for medical students)

July

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August 

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September

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October

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November

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December

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  • Hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party

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What. A. Year. Wishing you health and happiness in 2015!!

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I’m Baaaaaaccckk {Christmas Recap}

Hello friends! I’m back on the blogging wagon after a couple much-needed weeks off. Derek and I are in Lexington, Kentucky at my parents’ house for a couple more days before we head back to North Carolina and reality. It’s been a great vacation for all of us, and I wanted to share a series of pictures as a Christmas recap.

Before we left town, we hosted our Second Annual Tacky Sweater Party.

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Love these people. Photo credit goes to our friend Deepak and his fancy camera. 🙂

We had a blast and stayed up until 3am playing Catchphrase. It was great fun!

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The adorable version of our group tacky sweater picture.

After the party, Derek headed to his family’s house in Wilkesboro for a few days to spend time with his family while I finished up work. I drove to Wilkes on the morning of Christmas Eve to pick up Derek on the way to Kentucky. Fortunately, we were able to eat breakfast and exchange presents with his family before heading out.

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After an easy 8 hour drive, we made it to Lexington!

We got to Kentucky just in time for the candlelit Christmas Eve church service, my favorite of the year. After church we watched some of our Christmas movie favorites: Elf and Christmas Vacation.

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We spent Christmas morning relaxing and getting ready for our big lunch. I, of course, partook in the family tradition of drinking a Bloody Mary.

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Scooter wanted to be part of the action.

On Saturday my grandpa came over to watch the University of Kentucky vs. University of Louisville basketball game. My mom, dad, brother, and grandpa all went to UK and are huge Wildcat fans.

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Derek couldn’t bear to wear UK blue and had to rock some Carolina gear.

One morning Derek whipped up some Norwegian pancakes, one of his family’s traditions. One of the things I love about being married is blending our family traditions. You get the best of both families!

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Delicious Norwegian pancakes.

We also went bowling.

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My mom always demands “shoe pics.” Haha!

My mom and I went shopping yesterday, and we’re planning on going to a movie later today. Derek and I will spend New Year’s Eve with my family before heading back to Durham on New Year’s Days. Then it’s back to work for me on Friday. Yay for a one-day work week!

I’m so thankful for the time spent with friends and family. I was definitely getting burnt out at work, and this break is exactly what I needed. Hope your holidays were great, too!

90th Birthday Celebrations {Weekend Recap}

Hope you had a great weekend! Mine was absolutely wonderful. I flew into Lexington on Thursday night to spend a long weekend with my family.

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I spent Thursday night talking and catching up with my parents. After all of the chatting and a glass of wine,  I was exhausted and went to bed early. After a restorative, glorious 8 hours of sleep, I woke up and went for a 4 mile run through the neighborhood.

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I enjoyed running in the morning. It was a lot cooler, and I liked being done with the workout early in the day. Maybe I should try running before work?

I spent most of Friday relaxing and helping my parents get ready for hosting my grandpa’s birthday dinner. (Friday was his actual birthday.) Some of his nieces and nephews (my mom’s cousins) flew in from Colorado to surprise him at the dinner. He was so shocked and excited when he saw them. It was a great way to kick off the birthday celebrations. 🙂

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We celebrated with some delicious food and drinks.

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It’s not a Friday in the Brown household without vodka tonics. Cheers!

We started out with snacks: olives, veggies, ranch dip, beer cheese, and crackers. If you haven’t had beer cheese yet, you need it in your life. It’s one of my Kentucky favorites.

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For dinner we had pork and chicken barbecue, slaw with apples, green beans, baked beans, and potato salad. I was lurking in the kitchen while my dad cooked, getting tips on how he made everything.

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I forgot to get a picture, but we had chocolate silk pie and banana pudding for dessert. I’m not usually a big dessert person, but holy cow the desserts were awesome.

On Saturday morning I went on a 3 mile walk around the neighborhood with my parents and then ran a few errands with them.

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I love driving around Lexington because of views like this.

We spent the afternoon watching the UK vs. Ohio University football game. Scooter and I took a nap during the first half.

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That evening we watched movies and rested up for the big party on Sunday.

I started off Sunday morning with a 7 mile run. The weather was perfect. It was in the low- to mid-60s, cloudy, and breezy. I felt fantastic, and the views on the run were beautiful.

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Oh hey horses.

It was the best long run I’ve had since I started training for my half-marathon.

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Still smiling after 7 miles! It was a good run.

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Excuse the blurriness. I guess I fogged up my phone camera during the run.

After the run, my dad had another gourmet breakfast waiting for me. Can you believe he makes breakfasts like this everyday? I am spoiled.

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Small omelet with apple chicken sausage and oat bran pancakes with blue berries and whipped cream.

I showered and got ready for my grandpa’s big party. We headed over a couple of hours early to set everything up at his house.

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Ready to party.

Some friends from church catered, and Ms. Kim, who also made my wedding cake, made a delicious lemon-flavored birthday cake. I’m sad I forgot to get a picture of it!

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Over 90 people showed up to celebrate my grandpa. It was amazing to see how many lives he has touched in his 90 years. I can only hope that I will be as healthy and as loved when I’m 90.

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Left to right: my dad, grandpa, mom, and brother.

I’m sad to leave my family, but it was a fantastic weekend and celebration. Happy 90th birthday, Pop-Pop!

Have You Seen Your Cat? {Fun Friday}

This Fun Friday post is brought to you from Lexington, Kentucky! I’m spending a long weekend at my parents’ house to celebrate my grandpa’s 90th birthday. It is SO great to be home. I haven’t seen my family since I graduated back in May, and I am excited to spend time with everyone, especially for such a happy occasion.

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Happy 90th birthday, Pop-Pop!

On to some pictures, videos, and stories that made me smile or laugh this week .  . .

I was laughing out loud when I saw this spider dog video on Good Morning America today.

Those poor, poor people.

Tina over at Carrots ‘n’ Cake (one of my favorite blogs) shared this awkward parenting story by Glennon Melton on her post today. I found the description of an Uno game gone wrong hilarious. You’ll appreciate it even more if you’re a fan of Breaking Bad.

Since I already included a video of a dog pranking people, I think we need a video of people pranking dogs.

I love all the different reactions. The beagle puppy just doesn’t care.

With all the dog videos this week, I’ll wrap things up with a cat picture.

Happy Friday! Enjoy the weekend!

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