Sunday, January 5, 2014

The Obligatory New Year Post...Happy 2014

wow, 2014 already.  I cannot even believe it. I am shaking my head, wondering where the year went.
2013...I hardly knew ye.

What a GREAT year I had. Seriously.
I really was careful with my vacation time at work, and was able to have some really great adventures with my family.  

We went to the Ashboro zoo.

Boys and hubby went to the beach in Nags Head

I got to go work at the center in Birmingham Alabama. While I was there I got to go to a Book Signing at Books a Million. It was for the very last Robert Jordan book. It was written by Brandon Sanderson. So I stood in line for 3 hours to meet him and get his signatures in the books.  Also in attendance was Harriet, (who was robert jordans widow...and his editor).  So that was quite an interesting adventure.  I felt like Penny on the big bang theory, being surrounded by a bunch of Leonards and Sheldons and Amy's. I had no idea what they were all talking about.  I was just there as a gift for my husband and picked one up for my brother in law.

Then this summer we went on a truly EPIC vacation.
2 weeks.
2400 miles
4 states. (Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado)
7 National Parks (capitol Reef UT, Bryce Canyon UT, Grand Canyon AZ ,Petrified forest AZ , Mesa Verde CO, Arches UT and Canyonlands UT)
1 State Park (Dead Horse Point State Park in Moab UT)
4 National Monuments/reserves  (Lake Powell UT/AZ, Walnut Canyon AZ, Four corners and Grand Staircase Escalante)
5National forests (Dixie National Forest, Fishlake National forest, Kaibab NF, Coconino NF, and Uinta NF)
1 Truly spectacular tour of Upper Antelope Canyon in Page AZ
1 car stuck in the sand.(Thanks Lake Powell...)
2 truly awesome mexican restaurants(Gallup NM and Green River UT)
1 truly TERRIBLE "Chinese" dinner (richfield UT)
1 or 2 tourist trap type things, just for fun
3 days with 60+ people for the McBride family reunion-Minute to win it, games, talent show, lots of little babies to snuggle...
1600 Photos on my memory Card
Countless oohs and aahs and ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!
Am I ready to go back. Absolutely.  The desert and Canyons call to my soul.

what else what else???
Oh yeah...

Finn Played Flag Football this year

He was in a play at school (end of 4th grade)

They went swimming...a lot.

Went apple picking:

Participated in the Pinewood Derby:

Got a new cat named Joseph Blue:

Went to the Renaissance festival:

and then did homemade Duck Dynasty Costumes for Halloween.  They were AWESOME (If I do say so myself)

what else??
Oh yeah:

we went to the charlotte Knights baseball game and fireworks skyshow extravaganza

look at these seats!!  Thanks to a super awesome client who got us these tix!!

hmmm, I know there was more.

Oh yeah, I got a new camera. And I LOVE IT! 

It takes pictures like THIS (this is just the normal 200x zoom)

 I know there was more... 
Hubby and I played a lot of Discgolf this year:

I took up drawing. Trying to develop my artistic talent. (Or re-develop)

 How can I forget?? Panthers made it to the playoffs!  Division Champs baby! Im pretty sure it's because of me.

Oh yeah. and I lost 58 pounds this year. 

Dont know how 2014 is going to be able to top this amazing year.
but here's looking ahead to wonderful things!!

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