Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Favorites of 2014

Aside from the year that I got married and moved to Nashville, I'd say this year was the best one yet. Chris and I did a lot this year- making it one to remember. Here are a few of my favorites from 2014!

Favorite memory: Spending an afternoon walking along the beach hunting seashells with Chris. I know this seems so small and insignificant, but looking back, it is a memory that just sticks out in my mind. I remember being so happy. We had a blast- just walking, laughing, and looking in the sand. We found a lot of cool shells, and I have them placed around the house in different little bowls. Every time I look at them, it reminds me of that day- and how something so simple can leave such a lasting imprint. 

Favorite picture: I purchased my first "real camera" this year and have been playing around with different settings and lenses since I got it. I am still learning about photography and love when I get that perfect shot. This picture was taken in Florida while watching a sunset with my family on our annual family vacation. I love the electric colors I was able to capture. There is something magical about beach sunsets- especially when you're with loved ones. Isn't our God a beautiful artist? 

Favorite moment: There are so many moments from the year that I remember and love, but arriving in Jumby Bay is definitely at the top of the list. I remember the moment we stepped off the ferry on to this private island. We were greeted by the staff with a cocktail and saw this amazing view of the beach. There is no feeling like "the beginning of a vacation" feeling when you know that the next few days to come are all about comfort and relaxation. 

Favorite trip: We took a lot of trips this year, and while all of them were great…there is always a favorite. Hands down, exploring Italy with my love, gets the nod. We spent 11 days in Italy (Venice, Florence, and Rome), and it was the trip of a lifetime. We saw some amazing things, ate wonderful food, and sipped the best wine. This shot was taken in Florence at the top of the Duomo. How gorgeous is this view?! 

Favorite new recipe: I love to cook and love trying new recipes. This one was definitely a hit and will be on repeat in my kitchen. Not only did it taste delicious, but I love the presentation- and the presentation is just as important, right? Or is that just me? Either way…this is yummy and you need to try it! 

Favorite of the year: You didn't think I would do a favorites post without mentioning Louie, did you? No way! Of all the awesome things that happened this year, my MOST favorite has to be adding this little one to our family. If you have been following my blog or instagram for any time, then you know that I am quite obsessed with my pup. We got him in April and he will be one next month. He has brought so much joy into our home, and now I can't remember what it was like before we got him! Louie definitely takes the award for favorite of the year. 

And that's a wrap, 2014! I love having this little space of mine to write and share -so thank you for reading and being a part of it! What are your favorites from 2014? I am looking forward to having another great year filled with lots of favorites.