Year 24

In memory of my last day as a 24 year old… I’m going to look back. In teacher education they make you reflect till you are unable to reflect anymore. So, I reflected- it’s my teacher nature…. Without further adieu: The top Β of the top of year 24.

Watching my nephew grow into a little boy.

Probably the most awkward picture ever. This picture makes me smile because well, look at that kid. It is from June, at least I think it was June. He has orneriness oozing out of every single pore in his body. I love watching him grow up and the happiest day was when he learned that I am “Oulie” and listening to him say “mom and Oulie” Β and then smile, it made my heart melt. My favorite words are “mommy” and “my mommy”. I love when he looks into his mom’s eyes are says those beautiful words.

Spending time with kids everyday.

3rd grade teacher

First day of 3rd grade. πŸ™‚

I can’t even lie, being a first year teacher for 4ish years in a row is taking a toll on me. It is hard. I still love being around kids. They are the light of my life. Truly. Even when I complain, I love them. Kids are the future, I’m glad I can educate them to make their future a bright one.

Β Starting Spinach and Sprinkles

I started Spinach and Sprinkles in my 24th year and made some amazing friends. *cough* *cough* I’m talking to you! *cough* *cough* ….I have learned so much about myself and gotten feedback that has supported me though some tough times. This community is the best! THANK YOU!

Celebrating my first year of marriage

Julie, the husband, Kiee, and Bear

The husband and I got to celebrate our first year of marriage. This has been an amazing year of togetherness. I feel so bless to love this man. I feel so blessed that he loves me back. I can be a pain sometimes, I know this must be a huge surprise πŸ˜‰ I have been known to turn up the thermostat and run the blender at 5:45 AM while the amazing husband is in bed. He still loves me. I am a lucky girl. This was taken on our first anniversary via photo timing. We got the cats to look! πŸ™‚ Β Our family!Β 

My sister giving birth to the angel in my life- my niece.

Being an Aunt is the BEST!


In September, my sister gave me another amazing gift- my niece. I love this little girl with my whole heart. I am so excited to watch her grow into a beautiful woman and make her momma proud, I know she will. My heart tells me God has big plans for this little angel. I got to hold her for about 4 hours straight last weekend. Time stood sill. The clouds parted. I was in heaven, except for that I couldn’t hold the niece and nephew at the same time. I guess I need to see them more so I can be in heaven all the time.Β 

Going to California with the husband!

Husband & Julie in front of the Painted Ladies

In front of the painted ladies.... again, sorry husband. But, you made the trip. ❀

The husband and I on "ride the duck" in SF
A moment frozen on film…. I’m thankful for that.

We had the time of our lives on our β™₯Honeymoon Re-doβ™₯ to California! I am so glad that we went!

Year 24 has definitly had its ups and downs. I find that every.single.up. is due to “someone”. It is the people in life that matter. I will go into my 25th year trying to be the best Julie that I can be for the people I love.

Have a wonderful day! We are closer to Friday than we were yesterday!

QUESTION: What was a highlight of your past year?


41 responses to “Year 24

  1. Happy Birthday a day early! πŸ™‚ The highlight of my past year was definitely getting married!

  2. Happy almost Birthday! You have had a HUGE year! I think it is so awesome that each of your highlights were all about PEOPLE! Mine our, too! I think growing closer in all of my relationships have been the best part of this year!

  3. you are so flippin’ adorable!!!

    the highlight of my past year was making a significant career change and having faith in myself to make it work. πŸ™‚ also, running a sub-2 hr. half marathon. πŸ™‚

  4. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance

    Happy early birthday, Julie! It looks like you had a fantastic year, and I’m so glad you ended up starting Spinach & Sprinkles and making those amazing friends *cough* πŸ˜‰ Your blog was one of the first that I discovered and I’ve loved following along with your life. Here’s to another great year!

  5. I know this may seem like a silly question…but do your cats scratch on your furniture?? From the photo of your husband and you and the kitties, I noticed you have the same type of furniture I have. I cannot for the life of me get my cat to STOP scratching.

  6. Wonderful post!! You have had such a great year, glad you decided to start the blog πŸ˜€ Happy Almost Birthday!! ❀

  7. What a great year! Happy Early Birthday!

  8. Great Post! Happy Birthday Girl! I’m glad to be back – reading blogs and getting back to normal! I wish you nothing but the most amazing birthday ever! I think it’s time to break out the bubbly & those govino flutes! CHEERS! Another Skype date soon must go on the agenda!
    xoxo from Trinidad

  9. awesome post! Sounds like you had a great year!

  10. Happy early birthday! What a great year and I’m happy to have been able to follow it for almost 6 months!

    The greatest thing in the past year has been moving and settling into my house πŸ™‚

  11. Ahh the Full House scene – fun! I went to college in the bay area my freshman year and love visiting the area so much – fabulous memories. I hope you have a great birthday tomorrow – I bet your kiddos are stoked to celebrate with you! Hmmm highlight of my past year would have to be running my first half-marathon. It is something I NEVER pictured myself doing and am so proud of myself for completing.

  12. What a fabulous year!! I know what you mean about loving being with the kids, but them taking a toll on you. I was so exhausted while I was doing it the past 3 years, but now that I’m subjected to office work – I MISS IT SO MUCH!!!

    The best part of my year was def getting married, but we’ve had some good times since moving to Denver too!! I’m getting a niece this spring!!

  13. Happy birthday!! I hope your 25th year is the best of your life. πŸ™‚ I met my husband the day after I turned 25, so that was definitely a great year for me!!

  14. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Hope you have a great day and awesome year πŸ™‚

  15. Aww this is a really cute post! Happy Birthday!
    I would say the best thing for me over the past year was getting engaged!

  16. Happy birthday!! I hope you are having a great day–you deserve it!

  17. What a fun and amazing year! I love love love the whole teacher reflection part! It is so true…I feel like that is all I did in college! Have a great deserve it! πŸ™‚

  18. Happy Birthday!!! What a great recap, and it’s so nice that you honored all of the special people in your life and your memories with them!

  19. happy birthday!!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ I hope you had a WONDERFUL day, and celebrate some more this weekend! Looks like you had an amazing year… and maybe this year will be even more amazing πŸ™‚

  20. Thank you! I can’t believe that year 25 is upon me!

  21. Happy Birthday! You look fantstic and so full of life. I am so happy I found your blog this past year! I have very much enjoyed reading your adventures! Have a wonderful 25th year!!! πŸ™‚

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