Happy New Year 2013!

At the beginning of 2012, I vowed to myself to make this a year to remember, to live large and celebrate life.  Heck, for all we knew in January 2012, the World was coming to an end in less than 12 months. The following is a recap of the year:
In a last minute decision, the day before President's Day weekend, we decided to utilize a "Travelzoo" deal and we went to Las Vegas with our friends Arica and Taylor Mathie.  It was my first time going to Vegas and it was an AWESOME time!

MARCH 2012:

Our friends from Jonathan's law school days, Tyne and Dave, came to visit us in March.  We spent the first day skiing at Snowbird and the rest of the trip we went to Moab Utah and went hiking and camping.  One of the things that I love most about Utah is the opportunity to have so many fun outdoor activities. I am so glad that they came and visited us!

Panorama view of our campsite in Moab as the sun rose
House Projects 2012: 
Jonathan started working on our newest house projects.  Currently we only have one bathroom in our house, which is, well to put it lightly, horrible.  So Jonathan has spent numerous nights and weekends working to add a bathroom in our basement.  In addition, our laundry room was unfinished so we have been working to finish this project as well. Unfortunately we still have quite a bit of work to do, but hopefully at the end of 2013, I can say this is a finished project!
This is the before picture (see caption below)
After Picture: We re-painted our house.  I hated the cream trim and the mint green siding so we painted the trim black, and the siding a light grey.  I feel as if these pictures don't really do justice to the drastic difference, but we are happy with the final product :)
Oh yeah, and I stained the front door black.  
MAY 2012:

In May we went on a delightfully fun vacation to Cancun, Mexico with some of our close friends.  Cancun is so beautiful, and the beaches are simply gorgeous. Now we have to decide whether or not we will go to Costa Rica with the same group of friends this year. Tempting...
Jonathan sold his Jeep and bought a new Acura MDX.  I was sad to see this car go. This car took us to and from Vermont a few times.  Needless to say, we shared a lot of memories and put a lot of miles on this car. 
JUNE 2012:

On June 2nd, 2012, we celebrated our five year anniversary! Five years of happiness! I can't wait to see what the years to come have in store for us.

In June, we went to Sun Valley, Idaho and took a day trip to Red Fish Lake.  I must say, this Lake was absolutely gorgeous! I have never seen more beautiful crystal clear water and amazing scenery.  I really want to go camping there in 2013.


For Labor Day weekend, we went to Dillon, Montana with our good friends Jo and Randy. Like the past few years, we had an amazing time fishing, four-wheeling, golfing and of course enjoying the Rodeo.
My dear friend Julia got married to Trevor Rametta in September.  This was a gorgeous wedding for a gorgeous bride!

For Christmas this year, Jonathan and I gave each other ski passes to Park City.  Here is to learning to be a better skier in 2013!
In December we went to St. Maarten with my brother Jared and his wife Liz. This was the most amazing and relaxing trip.  I am still having a hard time getting myself out of vacation mode and motivated to work.
After our trip to St. Maarten we were able to spend a few days in Chicago with family and friends. I simply love Chicago!
We celebrated New Year's Eve with my friend Joni as she married the love of her life, Alex Koncar.  Another beautiful wedding and an amazing celebration!
And lastly I wanted to add a few pictures of our house lately.  I realized that I blogged a lot of the house as it was a work in progress, but I never added pictures of the final product. 
Our kitchen nook
I have been so happy with the way our kitchen turned out! I absolutely love it! If only I could discover a sealant that would make marble invincible to all stains!
Happy New Year! I hope everyone has had a memorable year!  Maybe my New Year's resolution will be to update my blog more often in 2013 ;)


Liz Smith said...

LOVE this post! 2012 really was such a great year. you guys really took some amazing trips. here's to 2013 being even better! love you guys! oh, and you guys DEF need to go to costa rica. there you go, i made the decision for you. ;)

p.s. your hotness is not fair. :P

Kelli and Jonathan said...

You are too nice! I really did love 2012! You guys did a pretty dang good job of living it up in 2012 as well. More importantly, I am glad that you have already made a great decision for the future of 2013 - COSTA RICA, here we come! (maybe)

Cheryl Anne said...

Love the recap of the year! :)