Thanks, 2010! (January – July Part 1)

A blessed, prosperous and peaceful New Year to all!

Another year is behind us, and life is still going.  2010 was a pretty great year for me, and I couldn’t be more grateful or relieved for that.  I can’t say that I’ve made any resolutions this new year because I never seem to keep up with them for more than a week or two.  Instead, I’ve decided to gradually progress into improving parts of my life that I’d like to enhance or change at my own pace so that I don’t set myself up for disappointment and self-loathing like I have in the past.  I’m another year older, another year wiser and a bit more patient when it comes to myself and the things I’d like to accomplish.

But before I delve further into my plans for 2011, I’d like to look back at 2010 and all the lovely things it brought to me…


I became (more) obsessed with all things Conan O’Brien (aka Coco) due to the infamous Tonight Show late night war between him and the Chin (Jay LeNO).  I became one of those fan art geeks…

I Designed an "I'm with Coco" decal. Sold a few too!

Yay for my mad Photoshop Skillz


I turned 26 this year (February 6), and I got to see one of my favorite musicals, Miss Saigon, with many of my favorite people.  Many thanks to my cousin Celina for planning this wonderful get together in Houston!

After the show

Celina, me, and Melissa after the show



This was a BUSY month since I played the role as one of my best friend’s maids of honor. We went on a fantastic voyage to Galveston with some wonderful ladies to celebrate Krystal’s last hurrah as a single woman!  I got to become better friends with these girls at this fun-filled weekend getaway at the gorgeous historic home of the the lovely Lacy B. (the other Maid of Honor)’s family.  ‘Twas fun times!

Shoppin' on the Strand

I don’t want to forget to mention the bridal showers for Krystal as well!  I can’t believe this was almost a year ago already!  We were all so stressed out, and it’s all just a memory now!

Beaumont Bridal Shower

Winnie Bridal Shower


Krystal and her now husband, Ross, tied the not on April 10, 2010.  These were truly some of the best memories I’ve had in my life!

Rehearsal Dinner/Crawfish & Shrimp Boil in Winnie

April 10, 2010

(Their photographer, Allen Ayers of Bellafotographica, did a GREAT job.  He’s a super nice guy and I highly recommend him!)



May was pretty freaking awesome too!  My friend Christi had an AWESOME wedding at the Museum of Natural Science in Houston on the 1st.  The ceremony was in the butterfly dome, cocktail hour was in the gemology hall, and the reception was with the DINOSAURS!!  Such a UNIQUE venue for a truly UNIQUE couple!!

Travis + Robyn, Nick + Me, Eric + Christi & Brad - Cocktail Hour with the Gems

Christi & me during cocktail hour

Nick & Me at the reception with the Triceratops Skull!

Later in May, I got to go to Austin to see THE Conan Christopher O’Brien LIVE and in person on his Legally Prohibited from Being Funny on Television Tour!!!  His show was at the Austin Music Hall on May 14, 2010.  I got to touch his arm!!  I SO would’ve gotten his autograph too if some stupid lady hadn’t jumped in front of me and asked him to sign her chest.  🙁  He decided to stop signing after that.

I Was THIS close!!

Sadly, on the way home from that fun-filled trip to Austin to see Coco, my good ol’ 2001 Camry broke down….


So in JUNE, I got this….

2010 Nissan Cube

And just 2 weeks later, Nick, his dad and I flew off to New York for his nephew’s wedding!  We got to celebrate Nick’s 24th birthday (on June 24th) in Manhattan as well!  It was SO wonderful to get to meet more of Nick’s family.  They’re all such hospitable and friendly people, and I TRULY enjoyed my time staying with them for a short, but eventful week.

We got to see Nick’s Aunt Sara, cousin Michael and Uncle Alan in New Jersey…

Uncle Alan & Aunt Sara - Oops!! HAHA

I got to meet Michael’s lady friend, Tina!

For Nick’s 25th birthday, his nephew Matt brought us ALL around Manhattan to see whatever Nick wanted!  We toured the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), we had lunch at one of the Ray’s Pizzas in Times Square, where we also shopped briefly, and then we took the subway to the Museum of Natural History.  Let’s just say that I was EXHAUSTED by the end of that day, but the aching feet were SO worth it to see Nick have a great birthday.  Note to self:  next time, wear more comfortable shoes…

Bagels on the Staten Island Ferry w/ Nick & his nephew, & our tour guide extraordinaire, Matt (left)

Nick's 25th at the MOMA with Pollock

Nick's 25th in Times Square

The Russo-Vikos Family @ Robert & Christina's wedding

Standing are Nick’s nephew, Robert and his new “niece-in-law” Christina with Nick’s half-brother George, Jr. and other nephew Matt; seated are Nick’s dad, Mr. George and Nick’s sister-in-law, Cecilia

Nick with his dad & brothers

Nick, Mark, Mr. George (their dad) and George, Jr.

Nick & me at Addison Park in New Jersey

This is one of my favorite photos of us.  The reception was AMAZING — unlike ANYTHING either of us have ever seen!  We needed a break from the booming music at the reception, so we took a stroll outside by this beautiful fountain.  The DJ actually SANG, and there was a live percussionist who played along to the beat of the music too!  It was GREAT getting to go to an Italian wedding because they all sang along to the Italian songs during a delicious 4 course dinner.  The entire evening consisted of a LAVISH cocktail hour, an enormous 4 course dinner, and an incredible Venetian hour!  I’ll NEVER forget this wedding or my time spent in New York and New Jersey that month.  I hope to go back soon!

Obviously, I left out a TON of photos from that trip, so if you’d like to see more, go here:


This wonderful summer month was a bit of a whirlwind for me too.  I applied to work at the Lamar Institute of Technology as their new Graphics & Publications Specialist, and I GOT THE JOB!! Hello, full-blown benefits, awesome vacation schedule, groovy new boss, new office and the privilege to work almost strictly in beautiful page layout!  I didn’t start working until August 16th, but I found out I got the job in July.  🙂

July was also chocked full of weddings.  My dear friends Robyn & Travis got married on the 24th of July and my other dear friends, Nicole & Wes were wed on the 31st!

Robyn & Travis had a LOVELY vintage 1940's inspired wedding!

Travis & Robyn Lovett 7/24/10

Robyn & Travis had a WONDERFUL 1940’s vintage inspired wedding.  Robyn is a MAJOR history buff, and there were fantastic wedding photos of both of their relatives going back a few generations posted on the walls.  There were also great album covers and magazine covers from the 40’s on the reception tables too!  These 2 are some of the NICEST, funnest and most talented people you’ll ever meet.  I am angry at myself for not having more photos from their wedding.  =(

Wes & Nicole Renner 7/31/10

I have known Nicole since KINDERGARTEN.  A week after Robyn & Travis’s wedding, we got to see her and her new husband, Wes, get married at her mom’s lovely home in Winnie.  It was a heartfelt, humble and HOT outdoor ceremony (July in Southeast Texas = HOT) and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to share their special day.  I got to design their wedding invitations as a gift for them as well!  I’m so glad I have been able to stay friends with Nicole for so long!  I can actually say that I’ve been friends with her for over 20 years!!  Ok, maybe I shouldn’t be shouting that from the rooftops, but it’s still very impressive indeed.


Invitation Design I Created for Nicole & Wes


Amy, Nicole, Jud and me

Sooo Amy was one of Nicole’s bridesmaids, and SHE caught the bouquet!  Little did we know that SHE’D be getting engaged VERY SOON too!  Her (then boyfriend) Jimmy proposed to her not too long after Nicole & Wes’s wedding!  Nicole set them up…what a great matchmaker she is!

Alright, well I should REALLY get to sleep!  I got a bit carried away with the reminiscing tonight.  I shall finish this post tomorrow (I hope).  Goodnight for now!

August – December (Part 2) still to come…

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