How is it that life gets better as the years go on? I honestly consider myself extremely lucky and blessed to be able to say that for me…it really seems to be the case! I’ve spent the last day organizing, filing and printing photos from 2013 and can’t believe how much happened in just one short, fast, year.
So, here we go, some of my best highlights to share.
A trip to Colorado in January to visit our dear friends that live outside of Boulder. We had an absolute incredible time!
Another fun trip, this time to Charleston, South Carolina for a friend’s wedding. What a blast! Five days at a beach house and downtown fun. The only bummer was the weather…and also having to ‘fake drink’ the whole time. I found out the day before we flew out that I was pregnant!
I was fortunate to enjoy a lot of really great shows on stage. Those included; Beauty and the Beast, Legally Blonde, and Rock of Ages.
I had the pleasure of being the ‘Host’ for my niece as she competed for Junior Miss Iowa, and, she won! It’s unreal how fast all my nieces and nephews are growing up.
Another amazing summer passed and I was able to enjoy some wonderful time at Spirit Lake/Okoboji. Here I am, with my first purchase from an Ice Cream Man truck, ever! It just goes to show you, there is always a new adventure, no matter how small, around the corner.
We had some great time with family over the summer months (and all year really!). Here I am with my in-laws (and my fellow preggo!) at a local baseball game.
An epic night at the Delaware County Fair with my family for the Beach Boys concert celebrating my Mom’s birthday. So.Much.Fun!!
Enjoying some ‘simple days’ of wandering downtown with a dear friend, kicking our feet up, and enjoying some frozen yogurt. This photo reminds me how much I enjoyed being pregnant and how lucky I was to have an easy-going with it from start to finish.
Reconnecting with some wonderful ladies for our monthly date. We all got a little too busy to be an actual ‘book club’, so we decided to ditch the book and just get together to do something fun together. Gatherings have included; wine bar, DQ for Miracle Treat Day, Apple Orchard with our families, DISH night (making freezer meals), and a Cookie Exchange.
Jimmy Buffett in Alpine Valley. This will be a yearly highlight as long as we keep going! 🙂 This year was extra fun because my hubs and I brought along many ‘JB Virgins’ with us. And, of course, the show did not disappoint for them!
I was lucky enough to be included for a road trip to Nashville for my dear friend’s 30th birthday celebration. It was super hot. But so much fun. My highlight was the Grand Ole Opry concert and seeing Steven Tyler walk right in front of me!
My husband, and his best friend, turned 30. What more of an excuse do you need to have a party than that!? And a party it was. I’m so lucky to have been welcomed in to such an amazing group of friends. I’m in constant Awe of how much these boys stay in touch between their email list-serve and marathon text message chains. But nothing compares to seeing them all together in the flesh.
And speaking of parties….my Dad’s retirement party. I’m so incredibly proud of his hard work and dedication to Alliant Energy. It’s also been great seeing him enjoy life after work the last couple months of the year.
Having all of these lovely ladies in my life is such a blessing. Whether they are a friend since kindergarten, high school, college or through my husband, each lovely lady means so very much to me. I love having events like a baby shower for the selfish excuse of getting them all together!!
My team at work is so wonderful. Some of our male colleagues participated in No-Shave November, so us ladies wanted in on the fun. So here we are with our ‘stashes’. All our off-sitters are there in spirit!! 🙂
The birth of our first son goes without saying, doesn’t it? The year started off as a continuation of trying to get pregnant, then we found out mid-March that I was, next I spent 40.25 weeks pregnant, and boom….it’s all done. Yet, truly, it’s just beginning.
And we ended the year with another holiday season. A little stressful with a tiny newborn, but becoming a family of three was the best present I could have ever received.
Cheers to you and yours as we say good-bye to 2013. To 2014, I welcome you with open arms!!