And those miles have not been in vain. I have loved having Ellie and Olivia as my little travel buddies. They are great sports on road trips, and they're always excited about "a-wen-tures." And, of course, Steve is an excellent travel companion, too. We both have the travel bug as of late, and it's fun to always be thinking of the next place we want to go together. Plus, I'd like to thank his employer, Moss Adams, for sponsoring many of our trips. For an accountant, Steve has a pretty cool lifestyle, if I do say so myself. And it has been wonderful to reunite with friends both near and far many times over the year. It's not very fun when all your friends move away. But it is fun when you get to go visit them in places like Austin, Baton Rouge and San Francisco.
It's always difficult for me to figure out how to recap an entire year. Chronologically? Categorically? Photographically? Linkilly (that's when I repost links, obviously)? So I went with Instagramically this year. Because I like that Instragrams sort of capture our everyday life... the regular stuff, as it were. With two squirmy kids I don't always feel like I can bring along my expensive camera, so I'm grateful for the relatively good quality provided by my iPhone 4S's camera. I think it does pretty nicely. Plus, I enjoy the fact that Ellie and Olivia really like to look back through all my pictures and remember the fun times with me.
So if you're ready for the longest, most Instagram-filled post ever, may I present a little recap of our year.
We saw a lot of pretty skylines:
|Main Street, Disneyland, California|
|La Jolla, California|
|San Francisco, California|
|Downtown San Francisco|
We spent a lot of time in the car or on an airplane and sleeping on the go:
|Powell Street, San Francisco, California|
|Winter Wonderland on the road to Bend, Oregon|
|My Father's Place, McCall, Idaho|
|My Grandparents' Lake House in Donnelly, Idaho|
|Brynn came back from Peru for a month before she moved to Santa Fe|
|Mallory, Jo, Cara and me in San Francisco|
|Me, Jo, Mallory and Cara at Crater Lake, Oregon|
|Me and my sisters reunited for Georgia's Sweet 16|
|Cara, Me, Kaycie and Mallory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Mallory, Georgia, my mom, Cara, Me and Olivia in Portland for Olivia's first birthday and|
the Hunger Games premier
|Jumping on the bed with the girls and Steph. Steph was actually here in Portland the whole year, |
but she more than deserves a shout out!
|My mom got married and we got a whole new side of the family in August|
|My brother and sisters: Chad, Candace, Jaci and Georgia in their best duds for the wedding|
|Whenever the girls were reunited with their friend Addie (Mallory's niece) it was a good time|
|Our sister-in-law, Annette, came up from North Carolina for the wedding of Steve's brother, Kevin|
|Crazy Fillers reunited for Jaci and Georgia's birthday|
We crossed some things off our bucket list:
|Crater Lake, Oregon|
|Wizard's Island, Crater Lake, Oregon|
|Mariah Carey hair in the subway courtesy of BART|
We bought a house in our favorite neighborhood:
We took our oldest daughter to her first day of preschool:
We saw a lot of beautiful architecture:
|Old Capitol Building, Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Ghirardelli Square Clock Tower, San Francisco, California|
|United Nations Building, San Francisco, California|
|Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, California|
|Capitol Building, Austin, Texas|
|Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Lake Travis, outside of Austin, Texas|
|Blue Lake, Portland, Oregon|
|Pacific Coast, La Jolla, California|
And ate some pretty unforgettable meals:
|Pizza and ice cream on Diamond Lake, Oregon with Mallory and Cara|
|Cinnamon Rolls and Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate for our first meal in our new house|
|Peppermint bark milkshake on the beach in Hawaii|
|Wood Fire Pizza from our favorite little spot in North Portland|
|Tea Party at Minnie's House in Disneyland with Grandma|
|Crepes from the Aroma Cafe, La Jolla, California|
|Cake for Breakfast with Mallory, Steph and Jo|
|Best Bite of 2012: Carmelba Crepe from Crepes of Brittany, Monterrey Bay, California|
and had some fun birthday parties
Basically, it was the best year ever.
I don't think I could pick a favorite moment if I had to. There were just so many good ones.
We laughed a lot and spent a lot of time with good friends. We took our daughters to McCall, Idaho, the place where many of my favorite childhood memories were made. We bought our first house. We ate a lot of good food and found out 2013 will bring us a baby boy! (That may be why there is a whole section of pictures dedicated to good food. I've been in hot pursuit as of late.)
I crossed some things off my bucket list, like going to see Crater Lake, and getting Mariah Carey hair courtesy of the underground BART tunnel in San Francisco. I'm hoping next year we'll get to have even more adventures.
But even the times we are home are pretty wonderful. I love spending time with my little family in our new home. We have a quite a lot of fun.
How was your 2012? What are you looking forward to most in 2013?