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December 28, 2012 / JustinKays Porter


This has been a very big year for us… I probably should have started blogging early, but oh well. Instead, here's a quick recap of all the exciting, life-changing events that happened in 2012.

In January, Justin proposed on a weekend mini-adventure to San Diego. The weekend getaway turned into much more than a mini-adventure when diamonds became involved! Either way, it was a great weekend and the next few months of life were consumed with wedding planning details. For some reason, we were slightly delusional and decided to get married in September. And let me just tell you, planning a wedding in less than a year is a feat. Planning a wedding at a venue that doesn't really exist yet without a planner is close to a miracle! Quick side note: a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us get the Station (and us) wedding-ready! We could not have done that without the support of our amazing family and friends.

Post-engagement, we settled into engaged life and started making decisions. A dress was bought, a color theme chosen, suits ordered, grass planted, lots and lots of concrete poured and flowers and trees planted. In this mist of wedding insanity, we became an auntie and an uncle: Aspen was born! And we instantly both fell in love with our amazing niece. And then we went back to planning!

Other weekend warrior adventures of note happened during wedding planning season, including a great (sunny!) weekend in Seattle, 4th of July on the houseboat, a long weekend backpacking in Yosemite, girls-only and boys-only trips to Vegas, and lots of work weekends at the Station (see pouring concrete and planting notes above…). In short, we've had a very busy, very fun year!

Then in September, we got married. And it really was the best day ever; I can honestly say that we wouldn't have changed anything, except maybe buy more whiskey for our very thirsty guests. But that's another story! The day was beautiful, everyone looked amazing, and I'm pretty sure everyone had a great time. Or I was too busy enjoying myself and my new husband to notice if that wasn't the case. We had loved ones come from all over the U.S. and Europe to celebrate with us, and we felt so very lucky and so very loved. The best part? I married my best friend, and now he's stuck with me forever 🙂

After the wedding, we thought life was going to slow down. We settled into married life, planned our honeymoon trip to Argentina and Uruguay, and then we stumbled across an amazing opportunity. And we started the process of buying our first home! This is still in process, so I can't say that we got engaged, married, and purchased our first home in less than a year, but we got pretty close. I guess when the Porters decide to have a big year, we go all out!

And now, after Christmas festivities with both the Porters and the Perrys, we are off on our honeymoon. Finally! We will end the year in Argentina; married, so lucky, and so happy.

2012 has definitely been one of the best years ever. We can't wait to see what all of the years to come have in store for us!


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