2008 Recap

    After reading both Cath's and Susan's blogs, I was inspired to do my own recap of 2008 in the form of a little list of memorable events:

1. In February, I went to Washington, D.C. to visit Laura, who was studying there for a semester. We went to the Smithsonian, the White House, and took a trip to Georgetown so that I could shop around in Paper Source!


2. On April 23rd, Sarah, Mallory, and I skipped our afternoon classes to celebrate Mallory's birthday. We soaked up the sun and ate cupcakes on Deg lawn 🙂 Later that day, I found out I'd received an internship at Paper Crafts magazine! It was definitely the best day of the semester.

Mal's bday

3. My new club, SU Paper Crafts held its first ever class – decorating SU-themed picture frames. It was a huge success!

SU Paper Crafts 2

4. I went to Washington D.C. yet again in the beginning of April when my Art History class took a field trip there. 2008 was the year of DC for me – I went 3 times in all! My favorite part of the field trip was getting to see some Mark Rothko originals in the National Gallery.

Blue rothko and me

5. I danced in my 2nd SU Dance Corps showcase. I performed 2 lyrical dances, a modern dance and a hip hop dance.

Live and let die 1

Lyrical 2

Modern 2 

Hip hop 2

6. I saw Third Eye Blind in concert for the first time and had one of the best times at a concert in my life. (And I've been to quite a few concerts in my day) There's something about seeing one of my favorite artists in concert that makes me feel so alive and in the moment. Every minute was great. Unfortunately, I couldn't take my camera in the show, so no picture for this one.

7. In May, I was spoiled yet again with seeing another one of my favorite artists in concert – Hanson! I've loved their music since I was 10 and I've been to 3 of their shows and as I've grown up, their music has evolved and changed right along with me. I also got to go with one of my best friends, Rachel who has also been a dedicated fan since 1997. 🙂 The show was unforgettable – I even caught Isaac's guitar pick!


8. A few days after the Hanson show, I left for Utah to start my amazing internship at Paper Crafts Magazine! I also started this blog! 🙂

PC team

9. In June, I started my new life as a published designer! After a rigorous submissions judging at Paper Crafts, 3 of my cards made it into the Card Creations: Quick & Easy Vol. 2 issue! This not only counts as a highlight of 2008, but a highlight of my LIFE!

Ccqe cover

10. Only July 27th, I celebrated my 21st birthday with a long table surrounded by my closest friends and a delicious Olive Garden dinner!


11. Mom and I enjoyed a sunny week in Ocean City, NJ in August.


12. I had a really fun girls' weekend in September when my fellow bridesmaids and I celebrated Rachel's upcoming wedding in Philadelphia. The fondue dessert was a highlight in itself.

Group photo

13. This fall, I took my second-ever drawing class and learned so much!
I even experienced figure drawing – during which we drew a nude model
for several weeks. It was unusual at first, but it was definitely an
artistic experience that taught me a lot.


14. On October 4th, I walked down the aisle as a bridesmaid in Rachel's wedding. I've known Rachel since 7th grade and it was unbelievable to watch her get married and realize how much we've grown…and yet how silly we've stayed 🙂

Silly wedding 

15. Laura and I celebrated Christmas a little early at our college apartment with a classy party! 🙂

Laura and me tree 

16. And my final favorite memory of 2008 is simply the fact that I survived a semester with 18 credits (5 classes) and actually got a 4.0!

    2008 has been an amazing year full of adventures and I can only hope that my 2009 recap will be filled with many more happy memories. Here's to last year!



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  • Reply
    Brandy J.
    January 4, 2009 at 7:13 pm

    I didn’t know you were a dancer — that is so cool. I danced from the time I was three until I was 17 and I made a lot of great memories in the process. This recap is fabulous and I’m thrilled that I even made a cameo! Happy 2009.

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    susan opel
    January 5, 2009 at 11:05 am

    Awww, Kalyn! I miss you! This was so great, and I am glad that Cath and I gave you recap inspiration. And what a year it was! 🙂 I’m glad that I was a (brief) part of your 2008.

  • Reply
    January 6, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    definitely agree about the scrapbooking date. because we both know we don’t get anything done at the meetings…. so that sounds awesome.

  • Reply
    January 6, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    Miss Kalyn Kepner, I adore youuu!

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