Monday, February 18, 2013

How Time Flies...

Oh how time flies, friends! I can't believe that we're already to the midway mark of February and this is my FIRST post of 2013.

So, what have I been up to?

I went to Qatar--holy cow, what an amazing trip! 

Day one- working away in the media center

My official United Nations accreditation badge 

Speaking on an United Nations Environmental Programme pannel on behalf of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization

Doing a few warmups before getting started on the pannel! 

Reuniting with old friends in Qatar

Sitting in on a panel with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

Channeling my mother circa 1983 while finishing up a piece 

Trying out the United States negotiating seat!

Gorgeous chandeliers in the main negotiating hall. Each cost one million dollars...
I'll let you all do the math! 

Doha skyline

Spices in the Souk Waqif (market) in Doha 

FANAR Qatar Islamic Cultural Center

 Attending an amazing UN Non-Governmental party at the inland sea

Lights in the Souk Waqif 

Dinner at a delicious Turkish restaurant in the Souk Waqif

Outside of the gorgeous Museum of Islamic Art in Doha 

Museum of Islamic Art- Doha, Qatar

Inside the Museum of Islamic Art. This museum is a must visit!

A special thanks to Katherine, Becky, Lindsey, Katie & Lindsey, & Jen for fabulous guest posts while I was away!

I hosted a baby shower for L and Baby B

Mommy and Baby B

Holding my nephew for the first time!

L and I with our mom's. We took the same photo on the first day of Kindergarden!

I hosted a baby shower for N and Baby Z

For N's birthday we usually have an ugly sweater we mixed things up a bit this year and made it an ugly sweater baby shower. It served as a fun birthday/baby celebration!

I celebrated the Christmas with my family

Christmas with Grandma & Grandpa

First holiday with the boy!

My cousin asked me to be Maid of Honor in her wedding!

With the lovely bride-to-be

I took the GRE..yuck. This isn't very exciting but it was torture, so it had to be mentioned 

I tried a new hair style

After slowly trimming it away, I finally took the plunge. I'm definitely missing my long hair, but am loving the new look!

I experienced a tough loss

My family lost our sweet boy, just one week shy of his 16th birthday.
I'm so thankful for all of the years I had with my friend..

I visited L and Baby B

Isn't he the cutest?!

He experienced his first shopping trip with his mom and auntie--he was such a good boy!

I started a new job that I'm oh-so excited about and absolutely love

Lovely flowers from my mom and dad on the first day!

I met baby Z!

Holding a baby that is only a few hours old is probably one of the most touching things I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing

Finally, I celebrated Valentine's Day with one great Valentine 

And that brings us to today-- Which also happens to be my last day of my 24th year...Tomorrow I'm going to wake up and welcome whatever a quater of a century brings me! Much like the begining of a new year, I think that your year is what you make of it, but I can't help but shake the feeling that year 25 is going to be a great one for me! Have a wonderful Monday!


  1. Holly, this post made me smile and miss you dearly! I think we need a reunion soon :)

  2. Girl you have been so busy! I loved seeing photos from your trip and all the other tidbits from the last couple months! Isn't it crazy exciting to be an aunt? I have two nephews with a third on the way in April! It looks like you had a fantastic Christmas with your fam and I'm loving your new hair! Definitely missed your blog - so glad you're back!

    xo jen