Wednesday, December 16, 2009

2009 in Review- Part 1 of 3- Image heavy!

What a year...I would say that 2009 was a year of personal growth for me. I know I'll always be evolving and changing, but this year was the year where I finally felt like I came into "my own" - I'm exactly who I want to be at this point in my life, and that's awesome! This year was also a busy year in terms of family, both good and bad. I had successes, I had points where I felt incredibly sad, I fell so much more in love with Hank, and I got closer with my family and figured out life a little more! 2009 was great for me. With that said, I'd like to take a journey through this past year, month by month, via my flickr.

Because I take so many photos, I am going to break this up into three different segments. I'll do the second later this week, and the third next week.

Here's Part One! I tried to include a little bit of everything, but even doing that I'm still leaving out a lot of things. If you're so inclined, you can always visit my Flickr account if you'd like to see every little bit!

January 2009

I rang in the New Year with some of my closest friends in Tucson, AZ. I am not really a fan of Tucson by any means, but Hank's band played a house show down there so south we went to the desert. I love going to shows, but these kind of shows- where it's kind of a wild free for all and I know it's not even safe to wear cute clothes- is not my type of fun whatsoever. I'm talking the kind of show at a punk house with beer flying everywhere (RIP pink Canon Powershot), firecrackers going off indoors, and sweaty people all over the place. Seriously my own personal nightmare. I like to have fun just as much as the next person, but this is not fun to me! But, we made the best of it and ended up having a decent night.

Adie, Amber and me in our hotel

at the show- what's up Thirst Buster cups?
happy new year!

my main squeeze and me- he is post-set and sweaty. I am post-beer being thrown everywhere and icky.
tired, tired us

outside by the bonfire

My sister also turned 24 in January, and I planned a little dinner party for her and our friends at Olive and Ivy in Scottsdale, and than a little night on the town. It was a lot of fun!

at dinner

the whole table
dinner at olive and ivy

heading downtown

all of us

end of the night

In January we also moved into a new place-and here is a photo I took while totally annoyed with packing.
moving is the pits.

Our old house during an insane snowstorm in January


hank in the snow

In January my dad unfortunately had a horrible heart attack and was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital. He was revived twice, but was in a coma for awhile, and the doctors warned us he probably wouldn't make it, and if he did, he'd be extremely brain damaged. I'm happy to say that today he has made a full recovery, after having a quadruple bypass. Here's a photo of my dad, pre-surgery. He was in the hospital for weeks prior to this, and that cut on his head was from the massive fall he took during the attack. I am so grateful he is alive!
my mom with my dad before his (successful) triple bypass

February 2009

February was a much better month- my Dad was feeling better so that made everything so much brighter. I also love Valentine's Day!

i love you!

impromptu cupcakes for hank

getting ready for two birthday celebrations tonight!

We celebrated my dear friend Erin's birthday with a barbeque at her house, complete with yummy veggie dogs and boardgames. So fun.


this game was intense

love them

the birthday girl!
the birthday girl!

We also marched in a "Save Our Schools" rally that my friend Robyn organized during the beginning of the educational budget cuts.
heading around the square

kelli, me, cici


marching for education

March 2009

In March Hank and I did a bit of traveling and visited California to stay with our best friends Autumn, Jason, and their daughter (and my god-daughter) Chloe. They live in downtown Long Beach, right on the beach, and we always have the best time whenever we visit them. We also went to LA first to visit Adie and the KAWS exhibit at Honor-Fraser.

KAWS- this painting was so sick

the lentil burger, yum

at california vegan

ca vegan

my goddaughter chloe and me

my love

Uncle Hank teaching Chloe important stuff ;)

Hanky and Autumn

i love you

downtown with hank

yogurtland! so good.

long beach


beautiful day today

We also went to Disneyland, one of my most favorite places in the world! We always have such a great time whenever we go- I think it's a really cutesty, romantic place and Hank and I could literally spend a week there. And we actually have before, thanks to his Mom!

leaving the disney railroad


castle photo

thunder mountain

our ears

I'm too small to see! hah
hank is priceless here, you can kind of see me!

I saw Mirah with some of my girlfriends-

mirah at the modified- phoenix, az

zoe, elisa, me

Later that week we also celebrated Zoe's birthday! (and Nick's too) :)
happy birthday nick and zoe!

This month I visited my parents' even more than usually do to all the vacation time, and did a lot of relaxing!

i loove phoenix in the spring!

mom and laur at breakfast

While back in Phoenix I hung out with friends, baked, went to shows...

blueberry muffins


sarah's new band, ready resist

mug shot one

yogurberry's new black cherry flavor, mmm

spring time dress

andrea and tom


April 2009

Suki came to visit us for the millionth time- she is the best friend!
at sweettart for brunch

She helped me chaperone Prom!

prom looked like a rave...?

sarah, me, jenn, derk


looking all teacher-y

I spent Easter at my parents' house- it was really fun! Unfortunately Hank was on tour but it was still a great weekend!
happy easter!

the "hawthorne" girls

my whole, entire world! minus hanky


it was sunny, and perfect romper weather!
all i wear in the summer

it was rainy...and perfect weather for frozen yogurt!
rainy-day umbrella-covered-yogurt

I got on a huge Kashi Go Lean cereal kick.
good morning monday!

Hank and I spent a lot of time outdoors.
enjoying the weather on our back porch

my adorable hubby

us <3

maddie baby

heading to lunch

so good

breakfast picnic at the square

for emily! thumbs up for today!

making a certain someone a special gift!

driving down to phoenix to get tattooed

I watched my friend Jenn take off on a bike race!
jenn this morning at the start of her bike race downtown!

I got another tattoo by Cory :)this hurt more than i expected

a little closer

As always, wonderful friends came into town!
serious brett, sweet hank

at sundances

tired sunday morning faces

heading to brunch

Phew! That was a lot of work, haha. The next installment will be May-August which were insane travel months for us! This is really fun and is bringing back some fantastic memories.

If anyone would like to do this with me, please do! I'd love to read all about your 2009!


  1. I loved all of these pictures--you always look so darn cute!!

  2. you have the most adorable outfits!

  3. This was a great post! I will definately be joining in on your review of 2009. I just need to go back through all my photos and figure out the order for the year. Looking forward to seeing your next installment.

  4. It's and Hank are the most beautiful couple ever.
    All the women in your family have all the exact same facial features!
    I'm planning a recap of 2009 as well but my year hasn't been nearly as great as 2008 was. But it's had it's moments.

  5. i started reading your blog in the summer, after emily made a post on hers about you, so i missed a lot of your year. wow, i'm glad your dad is okay, that is a lot for him to overcome.

    i love the photo of your husband looking at the menu... kinda reminds me of patrick dempsey in "can't buy me love" <3

    and i'm glad to hear that you love disneyland too. i LOVE it so much, not a lot of people i know share the same feelings as i do. it makes me feel like a kid again, it's such a magical place! we went there for the 5th time in october, we stayed 6 days, and everyone thought i was insane for spending so much time there. i think i could live there, and i would still find new fun things that i had missed before.

    anyway, sorry for this long comment. i loved this post. you are adorable, and i love peeking into your lives <3

  6. you seriously are too stinkin cute!

  7. wowza! that IS photo heavy! i love your year in review... i'm inspired to write my own. :)

  8. you Are living the dream! you look so happy all the time, so cool! Good luck in 2010!

  9. I loved this, I can't wait to see the rest. You're so pretty and it looks like you had a lovely year :)

  10. your romper is to dieeee for. I love it. Cheers to your year!

  11. It looks like you have had such a wonderful year. I am so glad your dad recovered from such an awful incident!

    Love your blog! You and Hank are adorable.

  12. eeeee,love reading about your year!so glad to hear your dad is feeling tons better<3 can't wait to read the rest of your 2009 review!x

  13. Such a good idea - I'm inspired to do the same now! Thanks :)

  14. i love that you put so much effort into your blogs :) thanks for being so blog-happy! i need to take more pictures, I don't think I could recap my year if I tried. (but i definitely will...)

  15. Great Post!! Loved all the photos. Is that Cory from Immaculate Tattoo?? It looks just like him.

  16. I loved the blurb about your father. That is just incredible. You must feel so lucky.

  17. That is totally amazing that your dad made a fully recovery. Also that first picture of you and hank in feb is perfect!

  18. darling, danielle!
    love your blog, as always, and feel inspired by you...
    i like the way you live your life.

  19. Awesome, awesome, awesome year-end review!!! Looks like you had a wonderful year.

    My boyfriend - who's from IN - is suddenly smitten with Prescott from some of your photos, so a day trip is in order! Prescott is beautiful.

  20. you are such a cutie. i LOvED looking at all your photos. your clothes is adorable.
    i'm glad your dad is doing better.
    Merry Christmas!

  21. That was so much fun to read through. Also, you've totally inspired me to take more photos in my life. I need to remember the good times with some photo-love! :)

    Hope you have a great time finishing out this year and ringing in the next.

    SaraKate (


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