2013 will be here tomorrow & I couldn't be more excited! This new year is going to bring some exciting things into my life. We're going to San Francisco in January, New Orleans in February & Mexico in June! We've got some awesome house projects in the works... think new backyard, new deck, new countertops in the kitchen (eeek!). Plus, half-way through the year Luke & I will become husband & wife - which is hands down going to be the best part of this new year! Before we enter the new year, I wanted to share what happened in 2012, because my goodness, it ended up being a great year :)
January: I lost my job & temporarily settled into a "stay-at-home-puppy-mom" role. I spent many hours working on house projects & applying for LOTS of new jobs.
February: We got out of the house & went to Nostrana for a date night. I vented about my frustrations with being unemployed. I didn't know it at the time (obviously, ha) but a few days later things were about to change for me.
March: After many applications, a very painful rejection & a handful of interviews, I landed a pretty darn good job with an amazing company. I'm no longer unemployed! We also travelled to Vegas with some good friends to celebrate Luke's 30th birthday!
April: I turned 30! My friends came to visit from Phoenix & we had a super fun backyard birthday BBQ followed by a scavenger hunt bar crawl.
May: We went to the Oregon Coast with a group of friends where we enjoyed waking up to the sound of the ocean & having bonfires on the beach at night. We took Gracie on the "Doggie Dash" & she loved it!
June: I created a Summer Bucket List, we hosted a few backyard BBQ's & I planted a few peony bushes - that have since died, sad.
July: Hands down, this was the best month of the year. I travelled to Chicago for work & then Luke met up with me & proposed in the city! We decided on a date & a location: June 15, 2013 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
August: My mom & sister threw us an Engagement Party! I was blown away with all the work they did in the planning - it turned out fantastic! We had so many friends that showed up - it was the best to celebrate with everyone! I shared our wedding invitations & I found THE dress. That was quick!
September: We took Gracie on her first camping trip! I also created a Fall Bucket List.
October: We participated in the Color Run & had the best time! We also travelled to Vancouver BC with a few of our friends for a long weekend & to watch the Timbers v. Whitecaps match. I can't forgot to mention that we went to the Trail Blazers' Opening Night & watched them beat the Lakers - it was a good way to start off the season!
November: Big month in our house with the Election. I also shared a sneak peak of our engagement photos - which we're absolutely in love with!
December: We got a small Christmas tree & celebrated the holidays with my parents & then Luke's aunt & uncle. We counted our blessings & realized how thankful we are to have the family, friends & freedoms that we do.