A year of weddings, travel, renovations, and some random statistics!

Wow!  I can’t believe there is only a few days left of 2010!  This year has been an exciting one for me, as we finished our basement renovations, attended many weddings of family/friends, got a great promotion at work, and oh yea… I started this BLOG and ETSY SHOP this year too, minor detail really.  πŸ˜‰  I had a lot of fun capturing all my life’s events with you all this year and hope to do so for many more years!  Your comments, emails, tweets, always put a SMILE on my face!! πŸ™‚  So start off this recap, I just wanted to share some of my most memorable trips taken this year in month by month/picture form…


I began the year by helping prepare for my nephew, Evan’s, 1st Birthday Party, where I made Cake Pops for the first time! (Los Angeles, CA)


Our first of many weddings of the year was Robert and Roxanna’s Vegas Wedding Part 1 and Part 2 (Las Vegas, NV)



I attended my dear friend, Melissa and Chris’s baby shower (Canton, MI)


My brother-in-law and blog domain owner/designer got married! (Columbus, OH)


I attended my ex-roomies Navy and Peach wedding (San Francisco, CA)

Where I also happened to do my boudoir session with Bllew Photography too!


My brother, SIL and nephew flew out to visit us to surprise my husband for his 30th birthday!  It also happened to be my nephew’s very first trip to the states of Missouri AND Kansas!

Then we headed off to Pennsylvania for my friend’s beautiful wedding where I got to play bridesmaid (Doylestown, PA)


Melissa and Chris had a delicious Chinese wedding reception where I got to catch up with lots of college friends!! (Little Falls, NJ)

And later that month, we flew to Seattle for a sweet yellow and grey wedding! (Seattle, WA)


My brother got me and my sis-in-law last minute tickets to be in the audience (2nd row) of the Modern Family episode of Oprah! Did you see us on TV?? (Chicago, IL)


My husband’s cousin got married this month and it was a fun weekend spent with his family! (Stamford, CT)

And later that month, I met up with a bunch of bloggers and attended the wedding of the friend who introduced me and Marvin to each other!  And it was my first second shooting opportunity thanks to Anna Wu Photography! (Los Angeles, CA)


We spent our second Thanksgiving as a married couple in my husband’s hometown.  And we went to our first Michigan – OSU game ever (those are our alma maters), don’t ask me about the game please.  πŸ™  (Columbus, OH)


And finally, we ended the year with a cruise vacation in the Southern Caribbean (full picture recap to come next week):

There’s a recap of all the fun trips anyways… besides that, I did also make some trips out to the following locations for business purposes (some where I got to meet bloggers too!):

Cleveland, OH (multiple trips)
Orlando, FL (multiple trips)
Nashville, TN
Hamilton, MT
Ottawa, Canada

In between my busy travel schedule, my husband and I finished renovating our basement!!  As in… we began with wood paneling and water seeping through the walls in July 2009…

to foundation repairs, sump pump added, putting up drywall…

taping+mudding, sanding, priming, painting…

installing new light fixtures, new flooring+ carpet… and finally finished in August 2010!

Basically every weekend that was not spent traveling, was spent in our  basement, FUN!

And finally, some random statistics for year 2010:

Number of Times OSU has beat Michigan in Football since my husband and I have been together: 5
Number of Giveaways on Sandy a la Mode: 31
Number of Plane Rides: 46 (not including layovers)
Number of Blog Posts: 266 (including tomorrow’s post, the last one of the year)
Number of Blog Followers (via Google Friend Connect): 417
Number of Twitter Followers: 1069
Number of Tweets: 10,215+
Number of Comments: 10,350+
Number of Calories Consumed: 758,000 (estimate based on a 2000 calorie/day diet to maintain weight + weight gained LOL)

What is your best memory of 2010?


  1. December 28, 2010 / 9:44 pm

    Wow! Looks like you had a great year! All those weddings looked beautiful and I think that picture of you doing some renovating is adorable! My favorite memory of the year was my trip to Italy, but really, all in all, 2010 was pretty great over-all!

  2. December 28, 2010 / 9:47 pm

    sandy (^-^)…

    what a wonderful post and such lovely pictures of your cute nephew, weddings and trips. i wish you all these joys in 2011. thanks so much for sharing a bit of your world with us. always fun and loving and inspiring.


  3. December 28, 2010 / 9:54 pm

    your nephew’s suit! i am dying from cuteness over here!!!! ahhh! where did they find that adorable suit for him?!

  4. Nani
    December 28, 2010 / 9:58 pm

    haha I cannot believe it. I remember I first found you via Jenny because Evan’s birthday was beautiful. Best boy birthday ever.
    Your year has had some major awesome going on! Let’s hope next year is just as awesome.

  5. December 28, 2010 / 10:14 pm

    Wow! You had a great year of great photography and memories! Hope 2011 is even bigger!

  6. December 28, 2010 / 10:18 pm

    Such an exciting year! I would love to travel as much as you do πŸ™‚
    My favorite part of this year was graduating from college! Very exciting.

  7. December 28, 2010 / 10:28 pm

    So many weddings!!! These photos are all so gorgeous!

  8. December 28, 2010 / 10:56 pm

    I remember all of your posts recounted here! Can you believe it’s been a whole year already? It all went by so fast! Yours has definitely been eventful πŸ˜‰

  9. December 28, 2010 / 11:01 pm

    awww these flashbacks are so nice. looks like a fruitful year.

  10. December 28, 2010 / 11:02 pm

    Oooh…I missed your post about the boudoir session. You look beautiful in that lying down photo! The MAC lady did a fabulous job on your makeup!

  11. December 28, 2010 / 11:07 pm

    WOW! you have been to sooooo many weddings this year! holy cow!

    I’m doing a post like this very soon, too!

    xoxo, dear!

  12. December 28, 2010 / 11:41 pm

    what a good year, friend!!! lots of traveling for you for sure!!!!

    best memory of 2010: hmmmm lots to think through but def. a topper, getting engaged to my best friend!!!!

  13. December 28, 2010 / 11:43 pm

    I love your year round up post! looks like one amazing year πŸ™‚ Love your blog and look forward to all that is to come from sandy a la mode in the coming year πŸ™‚

  14. December 29, 2010 / 1:24 am

    wow! you are quite the jet setter! I am so happy that your blog and Etsy have been doing so well since you started!!! It’s great getting to know you and keep up with you through it all! Have a beautiful New Year!

  15. December 29, 2010 / 1:38 am

    Can I just say, that first random statistic is pretty disturbing!?! πŸ˜› What a fun year with all of those weddings and travels! I think my favorite memory this year was opening my etsy shop πŸ™‚

  16. Thomas Gantz
    December 29, 2010 / 3:32 am

    The most interesting end-of-year summary post I’ve seen so far. Thanks. πŸ™‚

  17. December 29, 2010 / 5:24 am

    Wowie lady, you had such an eventful year to say the least and did a crap load of traveling. I love your statistics at the bottom so fun. I can’t wait to see what you do in 2011, have a great New year girl!!

  18. December 29, 2010 / 7:29 am

    whew, busy year for you! lemme know next time you’re in cleveland! we must meet up!

  19. December 29, 2010 / 7:49 am

    Sandy, I just simply adore you! I love that you included Statistics! Haha. The statistic about OSU beating Michigan is my favorite… for obvious reasons of course πŸ™‚ You certainly had a fun and busy year!! Cheers to a new year and hope its a blessed one <333

  20. December 29, 2010 / 7:55 am

    what a fun year!

  21. December 29, 2010 / 8:10 am

    The birth of my second son was my best moment this year.

  22. December 29, 2010 / 8:13 am

    This is such a fun way to recap the year! I love the stats part- you are so fun!

  23. December 29, 2010 / 8:55 am

    Wowee! Your 2010 was packed with fun ventures and a whole lotta weddings!! The most I’ve seen in one year! Wishing you yet another exciting New Year to come!

  24. December 29, 2010 / 9:08 am

    Awww, what a lovely 2010 remembrance post!! πŸ™‚ Looks like it was a great year, huh, Sandy? πŸ™‚ So many weddings, so many trips, so many blogger meet-ups…yay for this past year πŸ™‚
    And 2011 will be a great year too!! I can tell πŸ˜‰
    Cheers to a happy new year!! πŸ™‚

  25. December 29, 2010 / 9:15 am

    Whew lots of beautiful weddings! Such a busy year! Watching my little family grow (including our son we shall soon meet) has been the best thing about 2010.

  26. December 29, 2010 / 9:17 am

    super cute post Sandy. I love the pictures from boudoir photo session , you’re so photogenic!

  27. December 29, 2010 / 9:51 am

    l. o. l. What a wonderful post my dear!!!
    Looks like you were pretty busy in 2010!!! πŸ™‚
    I love all the beautiful photos and your basement looks AMAZING!!!
    Happy New year lovely!!

  28. December 29, 2010 / 10:14 am

    looks like you had a busy year! hope 2011 treats you well!! xoxo

  29. December 29, 2010 / 10:20 am

    What a great year!! So many weddings attended πŸ™‚

  30. December 29, 2010 / 12:15 pm

    looove this idea of the recap πŸ™‚ what a fun year

  31. December 29, 2010 / 12:56 pm

    what a great year-end recap…busy and productive i must say! the year has flown by so fast that i haven’t even had a chance to think about the highlights. guess that’s what i’ll try to do in the next day or so! thanks for sharing.

  32. December 29, 2010 / 1:08 pm

    Wow! So many beautiful weddings and so many lovely pictures! Looks like you had an amazing year! Hope 2011 brings you lots more happiness & love pretty lady! πŸ™‚

  33. December 29, 2010 / 1:11 pm

    the best memory of 2010 was by far my best friends wedding in august. and I would have to add, moving into our very own apartment in the city. I would also have to say that being laid off was a total blessing for my 2010 year. and I can’t wait for 2011! Wedding year, here we come!

  34. December 29, 2010 / 1:11 pm

    Oh what a wedding filled year you had!! Lovely post.

  35. December 29, 2010 / 1:19 pm

    Wow, what a great year for you two! Seriously this recap post makes me feel like I did absolutely nothing this year, lol. Thanks πŸ˜‰ just kidding.

  36. December 29, 2010 / 2:15 pm

    Lucky you! You get to go on a lot of fun trips throughout the year!! Your flight mileage must be soaring!!! Haha. That is a really pretty photo of you too (same one you used on your twitter photo profile). Your nephew, I can’t say enough, is too adorable!

  37. December 29, 2010 / 2:46 pm

    Love your year’s round up and one of my resolutions really has to be to take more photos to document all the fun! Did I tell you that you are just adorable? You must be one of the most photogenic people ever! Wishing you and your family all happiness in the coming year!

    xo Mary Jo

  38. December 29, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    Looks like you were a very busy lady, Sandy! I hope 2011 is just as exciting for you as 2010. πŸ™‚

    love },

  39. December 29, 2010 / 2:51 pm

    Wow – I knew you were travelling a lot but until you put it all like that, sheesh! You must be exhausted LOL!

    Happy new year to you and yours πŸ™‚

  40. alely
    December 29, 2010 / 3:55 pm

    stopping by on all of my favorite blogs! sorry i’ve been M.I.A. these past few months! miss you friend and all of my bloggy friends!

  41. December 29, 2010 / 4:24 pm

    haha, loved the random statistics and the way you captured the year through pictures. brilliant! best of luck in 2011!! wooohoo!

  42. Chrissy
    December 29, 2010 / 5:28 pm

    Wow, what an a mazing year! And so many weddings!!
    Especially love the pic of you on the doc!!

  43. December 29, 2010 / 7:17 pm

    How cute is EVAN? Wishing you all the best for 2011, hope its as good to you as 2010 clearly was!

  44. December 29, 2010 / 8:02 pm

    Goodness, that is a lot of weddings! I’m sure they were lots of fun to dress up for though! πŸ˜€

    I def. envy your travels!

    Looks like a good year to me! Hope 2011 tops it!

  45. December 29, 2010 / 8:09 pm

    What a busy year for you!! And you saw the Oprah show? You lucky duck!! I love Oprah and I love Modern Family!!

    Happy Wednesday Darling! xo

    Oh, and I’m doing a perfume giveaway right now if you’re interested!

  46. December 29, 2010 / 8:27 pm

    Have I told you how absolutely adorable your nephew is?? Just checking.

  47. December 29, 2010 / 9:06 pm

    Happy Holidays, Sandy! πŸ™‚ What a fun stroll down memory lane! Here’s to a fantastic New Year!

  48. December 29, 2010 / 9:18 pm

    WHAT A LOVELY POST! I’m going to have to do one just the same!

  49. December 29, 2010 / 9:22 pm

    your blog is adorable! i love the timeline…

  50. December 29, 2010 / 10:11 pm

    Wow! Sounds like you had a great year πŸ™‚

  51. December 29, 2010 / 10:24 pm

    ahhh what a glorious and fun post luv;) i adore the photo of you and hubs about to duke it out over the football game:) that is classic! i also want to comment on each picture-you are gorgeous, the wedding photos are magnificent, your year looks like lots of fun, and your bows are just well too cute!

  52. Cherie
    December 30, 2010 / 1:19 am

    I love those stats!! Looks like it’s been a great year πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful 2011!!!!

  53. December 30, 2010 / 9:39 am

    Wow. I love this post! I love that little kid in the picture up top. πŸ™‚

    Great things that you picked out. lol Everything I hear twitter gives a huge readership. I don’t have internet on my phone so it seems pointless for me though.**-/

  54. December 30, 2010 / 10:21 am

    Wow! You had a lot weddings this year and they were all gorgeous! I love your blog and so glad I found you through Sweet Shot Tuesday.

  55. December 30, 2010 / 10:56 am

    My goodness! You traveled a lot this year…I’m envious of you…it looks like you had a lot of fun too! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and here’s wishing you a wonderful New Year! I look forward to the inspiration you provide me on your blog and I also look forward to get to know you better. xoxo, K

  56. December 30, 2010 / 11:40 am

    WOW, great year review, oh my! those boudoir shots are **Gorgeous** i wish i lived in the area and could go too. and i love your party ideas, i want some of those stuffed mushrooms right now. happy holidays and soon to be new year!!

  57. December 30, 2010 / 3:24 pm

    Sounds like you had an eventful year full of weddings! All the best to you in 2011.

  58. December 30, 2010 / 5:45 pm

    HOLY COW! i don’t think you could have fit one more wedding into this year if you wanted to!

    your boudior (i know i spelled that SO wrong) session is amazing!

  59. December 30, 2010 / 8:02 pm

    Okay, I have a feeling this is going to be a long comment… haha!

    I’m SO glad that I stumbled upon your blog, however it was that I found it! I can’t really remember. Haha. But that doesn’t matter. I’m just glad I did! You’re such an awesome and inspiring girl, I’m so glad that I “know” you! (If you ever take a trip to Toronto, we’ll have to meet up!!)

    The cake pops you made look so cute! (But not as cute as your nephew. He is ADORABLE!! Ahhh!) I made cake pops for my sister’s birthday in November, but I divided it into 5 and used neon food colouring to colour them all. They looked like play-doh. (And that reminds me, I still need to post about that on my blog!)

    You went to SO many weddings this year! I love it. Next year I have (at least) two weddings to go to… one of them I’m going to be in! I’m so excited. The last time I was in a wedding I was about… 8? Haha. (And, somehow I can still fit into the dress I wore!! It’s very short though, ha.) I love weddings! Especially now, the way so many people are making their own decorations and everything. So much more personal! I’m excited to help my boyfriend’s sister make tons of decorations for hers! So pumped. πŸ™‚

    All of the wedding photos yuo posted are gorgeous (and making me really excited, ha!).

    I remember when I wrote your birthday post, and mentioned that you were on an episode of Oprah, my mom was like, “You mean she was interviewed for something?” hehe. I don’t explain things well enough!! πŸ˜‰

    I looove the photo of you and Martin “fighting”!! So cute, haha.

    Annnnnnnnnd, have I mentioned how jealous I am of your trip? I think next year (my fingers are crossed!) I’m going to be going to Hawaii, or on a Mediterranean cruise. I HOPE. We’ll see… πŸ™‚

    Love the random stats!! And maaaaaaan do you ever fly a lot!!!

  60. December 30, 2010 / 10:03 pm

    what a fabulous year for you & marv!!! seems like you’ve been everywhere in the world and online! =) you’re amazing~ how do you have the energy/time to blog/twitter/fb so much?! i can barely even keep up one little blog without any fbing or twittering. there are so many new posts on your blog i can’t even find the skype one~ lol!

  61. December 30, 2010 / 11:49 pm

    Thanks for the follow back! And could the pics on your blog be any better? No, I don’t think so!

  62. aliao
    January 5, 2011 / 10:22 pm

    i think your energy reserves increase as we age. haha.
    glad i got to see you a couple times in 2010.
    happy 2011! hope to see you soon!

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