Twenty-Fourth Year

In a little less than three hours, I will be a quarter of a century old. To begin the celebration of a year older, let’s discuss what made my twenty-fourth year so special.

Twenty-four was a roller coaster. Between my fluctuating job situation and planning a wedding, I was all over the place. Emotionally, financially, and mentally.

For my birthday, I decided it was time to upgrade my ride. I had been driving a Dodge Neon and hated every moment of it. Shortly before turning 24, the battery decided to crap out and the minor fix was the excuse I needed to trade my wheels in. The new ride? A shiny, new Chevy Cruze.  Happy birthday to me!

During the Fall, I took advantage of every opportunity handed to me.

In October, Chris and I traveled to Europe. This marked my first time on an airplane and my first time out of the country. We spent time in Spain, France, and Italy.

I also went skydiving. (Sorry no pic of me falling through the air !)

I rode a mechanical bull in the middle of the street of Savannah.

During the winter, things calmed down for a bit. But once the weather warmed up life picked right back up again.

Spring brought on big changes.

Photographer: Korie Lynn Photography

During the month of March, Chris and I moved in together, I started a new job, and I got married. It was a slightly chaotic month.

I went to Costa Rica in April where I saw sloths, toucans, and the Pacific ocean.

I also went to Sweet Life Festival.

In May, I met the band Fun.

And I went to my first professional baseball game.

The start of the summer in June was met with jam-packed weekends. First a trip to Pittsburg to see Girl Talk.

And then a ride in a hot air balloon.

And then Modest Mouse two nights in a row.

The first week in July, I ran my first 5K race. And I met my time goal.

I’d definitely say it was a BUSY year . Honestly, I enjoyed every moment of it. All of the uncertainty, all of the new experiences, and all of the blessings. I wouldn’t change a thing.

Here is hoping that twenty-five will bring an equally amazing year.

How did you celebrate your twenty-fifth birthday? Was twenty-four a good year for you? What happened? What would you have changed? Let’s discuss! 

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Up She Goes!

Shortly after sunrise on Friday morning Chris and I took an hour-long flight in a hot air balloon! Definitely one of the coolest things we’ve ever done.

Until October of last year, I had never been on anything that could fly. Including airplanes. Yes, I said it. It wasn’t that I was afraid or didn’t want to travel that way, I had just never been anywhere before that it was necessary to take one. So this hot air balloon ride was a pretty big deal.

I was all set to go. Bright and early. Very early.

Since it was at sunrise, we had to arrive relatively early. For me, waking up at 4:30am is never an option. But, everything has an exception and this was one of them.

The crew was pretty hilarious, especially considering its about 5:30am at this point and everyone is sleepy. They were all really excited because this was the maiden voyage of their newest balloon — Gracie II.

Gracie is the name of the owner’s puppy.

Once they were all set to go and everyone boarded, we we’re off!

Some shots from the air. We only went about 1500 – 2000 ft.

It was really lovely to see the rolling hills and mountains of Pennsylvania and I imagine in the Fall it will be even more magical. I thought it was hilarious to wave to people as we passed.

Shadow of the balloon on the ground. Pilot said we measured about 9 stories tall.

We actually ended up landing in someones backyard. All of a sudden a bunch of kids under the age of seven ran out excitedly. They could hardly believe that this thing was in front of them.

Once we arrived back to our meeting spot, we popped open a bottle of champagne and discussed the history of hot air ballooning. The folklore behind the champagne says that back in the 1800s people on the ground thought the ballooners were demons/aliens (flight hadn’t taken off yet! *cue drum noise*) so pilots brought champagne to show proof they were civilized since there was a possibility of a language barrier and people understood alcoholic labels.

If you ever have an opportunity to take a hot air balloon flight, DO it! Seriously! I was shocked at how gentle landing is and just how it really felt like you were floating through the air. Hot air balloon rides are offered all around the world, imagine the various types of scenery you can take in and how unique each experience would be. Take flight!

Have you ever hot air ballooned? If so, where? If you havent, would you consider doing it? Let’s discuss!