Looking Back at 2013

31 Dec

2013 has turned out to be my best year yet. My lucky number 13 feels even luckier as I look back and reflect on the past year. Below are my top 10 highlights of 2013:

1). Getting engaged. On January 25th, Dave proposed and it was perfect. I chronicled the weekend here. Six months later we had our engagement photos done by our awesome photographer Josh Elliott.

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2). Picking our venue and diving into all the wedding planning. I’m glad Dave and I started early and hit the ground running. I think I have officially overdosed on wedding magazines and wedding Pinterest boards. In April, we chose Terranea as our wedding venue and with each visit, it’s never lost on me how lucky we are to have our wedding there. While I am a city gal, I will always have a love for the ocean.

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3) Weekend getaway to Seattle. We got to take in Seattle which I especially fell in love with during this trip. We also got to catch up with our pals Christina H. and Kelly A.

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4). Dave moved in. Having never lived with significant others before, this was a first for the both of us. So far so good 🙂

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5) Summer vacation at Lake Coeur d’Alene. I look forward to this weeklong vacation every year. It’s so nice to escape city living and hang out on a lake for a week with Dave’s family.

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6). Attending the wedding of Amy and Ian. It was so surreal to see two of our good friends getting married. We had a ball celebrating with them in Healdsburg.

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7) Completing the Standard Process Cleanse and Turkey Trot. I surprised myself. I completed the cleanse successfully thanks to the support of my acupuncturist and my gal Christine W. who joined me and did the cleanse with me. A couple months later I ran and completed the Turkey Trot 5k with Chris and Alix. I never thought I could do it but thanks to a bet/monetary incentive and the encouragement of Chris, I did it and walked away with $40 and more self-confidence.

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8).  Baby Claire was born! My future sister-in-law creates the cutest babies so I couldn’t be more thrilled about the arrival of sweet baby Claire.

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9). Mom’s birthday in SF. I always look forward to my mom’s trips to SF which usually involve staying at our beloved Huntington Hotel. This trip we did the SF Ballet’s Nutcracker, Top of the Mark, Big 4, Bistro Central Parc, The Fairmont, my first dress fitting, and mom’s favorite burger (The Tejano) at Roam Burger.

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10). Disneyland with Dave at Christmas Time. I hadn’t been to Disneyland since high school and every time I brought it up to Dave, he looked as though it was the last thing he wanted to do. He surprised me though and got us tickets to the park a few days before Christmas. Highlights included Space Mountain, Nightmare Before Christmas-themed Haunted Mansion, Pirates of the Carribean, and spinning around in the Teacups while the Christmas parade went on right next to us. I think I may have converted him into a Disneyland-going guy.

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I hope everyone has a Happy New Year’s and I’ll see you next year! XOXO

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One Response to “Looking Back at 2013”

  1. Barbara Miehls December 31, 2013 at 6:23 pm #

    Happy New Year! May 2014 be blessed for you two.

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