2018 Favorite Memories

Hey, hello, hiya welcome back to the blog! With us nearing the end of 2018 I wanted to share my favorite memories from every month of the year. I thought this would be a fun way to reflect on the year that I can’t believe is almost over. I swear just yesterday we were ringing in 2018 and now we are at the end. 2018 has definitely been a year of ups and downs for me, but it has made me a lot stronger as a person.

January, wow in some ways it seems like yesterday and in other ways it feels like a lifetime ago. My favorite memory from January was my nana’s birthday. To many this doesn’t seem like anything special but in our family its a big deal. In 2015 my nana had a bone marrow transplant, so every birthday is another blessing for us. I love you nana, MORE!

February, man was it chilly here in Northern Indiana! Valentines day is always a good memory, but my favorite memory was this local restaurant Justin and I went to. It’s called ‘Yesterdays’ and its inside of an old house. They have some of the most unique decorations, and amazing food. Oh yeah don’t forget about all of their homemade desserts either!!

MARCH, my birthday month. Yes, I do celebrate my birthday for the entire month. Every year I swear I spend more and more spoiling myself! OOPS! This year was no different except I spent wayyyy more than normal. This year I turned 21 so you think that would where my money went right? Wrong. I BOUGHT A NEW CAR!! I am beyond thankful that I even had the opportunity to do this (even if my mom was a little mad) on my own. I bought a 2015 Chevy Malibu 2LT (sunroof, leather seats, automatic start, the whole shebang) from Justin’s best friend Ronnie. He special ordered my car (that I hand picked out) and had it delivered to his car lot for me. So yeah, March was a good month for me.

April showers bring May flowers. April was pretty fun for me! My mom, Justin, his mom, and I went to Chicago for a weekend as a belated birthday trip. We had so much fun shopping in the city together! That night we ate dinner at the Cheesecake Factory, not that I really remember it all too well because of how kind our bartender was. While we were waiting for our table we hung out in the bar and all had a couple drinks. Well Justin and I got pretty buddy, buddy with the bartender and I promise he added wayyyy more alcohol to our drinks (I’m not complaining, this was awesome) because of how well we were tipping him. Also in April I created my baby, my blog!! Crazy right? I love having a blog and although towards the end of this year I was slacking, I have so much planned for next year. So just you wait ladies and gents

Oh HEY May, I see you! May wasn’t too exciting for me, but my bestie Nicole and I did manage to make it to the beach! Have you ever been to a beach with really big dune hills? Well being the silly people we are, Nicole and I decided to climb one for our workout that day! Dumb move. I was so hot and sweaty and by the time I got half way up my feet were on fire. Once we made it to the top it was as breathtaking as always! My biggest complaint is how fast you can get down the dune opposed to getting up it! That’s unfair, lol!

June, baseball season is upon us and in full swing! Get it, because they swing the bat, lol?! Anyways, this year my mom, papa, Justin, and I all went to Wrigleyville, one of the happiest places on earth to watch the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburg Pirates 3-1. We all had so much fun together! We drank beer, margaritas, some bloody-marys, and ate our weight in hotdogs and peanuts!! This was such a special memory because one of the first dates Justin and I ever had was to Wrigleyville for game 3 of the 2016 World Series with my mom and papa. So it was very special to be back!

July, America’s birthday, and the best time to go pick some fruit! My mom and I went and picked strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and black raspberries at our favorite orchard. We go there every year to pick apples and pumpkins but had never been there when the fruit was in season. Let’s just say we found a new tradition!

Oh August, you and I had one hell of a month together! This was right after Justin and I split up for a little bit and my friends and Family got me out of the house. There were countless girls nights out and trips to the casino to loose all of my mommas money on Love Boats,(pinnacle vodka, blue curacao, and pineapple juice) and trips to Chicago (my favorite city) with my favorite girls! I probably had some nights where I drank too much (like the night before we went to Chicago) or days I had too much junk food this month, but I’m okay with that. All in all August you were pretty darn fun, so thank you!

September is calling, they want more money. The amount of money I spent this month… damn. September was probably crazier than August, which is saying something! September first and I was already loosing my money. I went tailgating with a group of friends for the Notre Dame vs. Michigan game! My Irish whooped some Wolverine butt that day, sorry if you’re a Michigan fan. Then that night we all decided to go to the bar in celebration, that night was something else. Let’s just leave it at that. The following week I was back on Notre Dame’s campus with my mom and our neighbors to watch Notre Dame vs. Ballstate, don’t worry we did win. A week later I found myself on a girls trip to Kansas City for a bachelorette party! If you ever make it there, you HAVE to go to the power and lights district, its party central! Nicole and I played mom that night with the bride-to-be, but it was a blast! A week later I was in Chicago celebrating the miracle of life. My nana had her annual Bone Marrow Tansplant Celebration of Survivorship picnic, and every year I cry. It’s truly amazing to see this huge group of men and woman that have beaten the odds, and that’s breathtaking. Finally the last week in September my mom, nana, and I continued our tradition of apple and pumpkin picking at our favorite orchard. So damn, September was BUSY.

October, the month of love? I watched two woman say “I Do” to the men of their dreams. Both of them looked absolutely stunning in their dresses, and yes they both managed to make me cry! Jordyn, Dani I am so happy for the two of you and I love you both! Finally Nicole and I went to a local pumpkin patch and had some fun taking pictures together!

November, another month of love and being thankful. Justin’s bestfriend (Justin was the best man) got married to an amazing woman that helps keep him in line. They are perfect for each other and I feel so lucky to get to be apart of their life. Have you ever heard of Blackout Wednesday? Apparently it is this huge drinking day the night before Thanksgiving! I just learned about it this year, lol! Nicole (her boyfriend Jordan), Jordyn, and I went out to the bars to dance our butts off to prepare for stuffing our face the next morning.  Thanksgiving, the day to give thanks (although in my mind we should do this everyday) was good this year. Justin and I spent the morning half with his family and then spent the afternoon with mine before going home to watch some Thanksgiving Day football. One of Justin’s favorite traditions was always watching the games with his grandpa, who left us this year to join his wife in heaven. So now it will become something we will look forward to together.

December, the last month of 2018, and I am still trying to figure out how we got here. It’s true the older you get the faster the year goes. This month is easy because it’s Christmas. I still have a few days before then, but I love it. I love the traditions we have in our family. I love opening stocking Christmas morning with my mom while eating fresh cinnamon rolls and drinking a hot cup of coffee. BUT, there is another reason I am so excited this month… MY SISTER IS FINALLY HOME (my childhood bestfriend) and for 3 weeks!! You guys this is a HUGE deal for me! I haven’t seen Hannah in over a year, and I know as soon as I see her I will be crying!

2018 you were full of ups and downs and surprises but we made. I am still here, and I will make the most of the last few days of the year.

So what were some of your favorite memories this year? I would love to hear them, let me know by leaving a comment.

I will see you guys in my next blog post.

Love always, Chloé Danielle