Friday, December 30, 2011

a year in review

New Year's Day is a holiday I can get behind. I love the idea of starting fresh, making new goals and reflecting on everything accomplished (or not accomplished) in the past 365 days. I feel so lucky to have a very full and happy life with Anders. So, here we go, the year of the Golden Rabbit (yup, I googled it) in review.

This fish market closed down for construction for the entire month of January, which means a lot of vacations for Anders and I! We crossed the border into Canada and spent the weekend with friends in Vancouver, BC. We also took a road trip from Decatur, IL all the way home to Seattle via Minneapolis, Bismark, Philipsburg, MT and Coeur d'Alene, ID. 

Anders got sinus surgery at the end of January and spent the first few weeks of February recovering! Luckily, it went smoothly, and he now breathes easier (Maggie was allowed on the couch for recovery purposes only). Also, we celebrated Valentine's Day with homemade sushi by Anders-san!

March was a busy month! We celebrated Anders' birthday where he got to meet one of his childhood idols, Sean Kemp! Plus, we had our annual snowshoeing adventure, and then we said said goodbye to cold and gloomy Seattle and off to Costa Rica we went.

With March being so busy, we settled in for a quiet April. We went to a few Mariners games, but we also did a lot of yard work. We re-grassed our entire backyard!

We went wine tasting with friends and then headed to Whistler, BC for a rainy weekend in the mountains. I also turned 29, but decidedly left that undocumented!

Our first camping trip of the season! We headed to our property at Big Bottom, and the boys built a new fire pit. We also started playing in a Pike Place market softball league.

Back to Big Bottom for the Fourth of July and, also, down to Oregon for my first ever Country Fair! We also celebrated our two year wedding anniversary.

Once again to Big Bottom this time for our buddy's 50th birthday party. It was a Dr. Seuss themed party!

We had to squeeze in as much as we could during these last few months of nice weather. We partied on an electric boat for Labor Day, went wine tasting (and attempted to build a human pyramid) and kicked off the Seahawk's football season!

What a great month! We ran in the Hell Run (and got a free cape!), Anders was on the Today show (EEP!), our good friends Jake and Dina got married, we celebrated the month with a pumpkin themed night, I started this blog and did one of my first posts about Halloween!

Off to Decatur, IL I went! I spent the Thanksgiving holiday at (my old) home with family while Anders ate his weight in mashed potatoes

Anders and I headed to the coast before his work schedule got crazy. We also celebrated the holiday by making festive treats and spending time with friends and family.

Phew! What a year. I'm sure there were some dentist appointments in there as well, but you get the idea! Can't wait to start making 2012 memories!

Happy New Year!

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