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Goodbye, 2012!

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2012 highlights

January– I visited my sister for a mini ski vacation.

Vail in Jan

Vail in Jan

February– Went to Rob’s cousin wedding. It was another excuse to purchase a new dress!

Wedding in Feb

Wedding in Feb

March-We became Godparents!.

Godparents in March

Godparents in March

April– Rob went to visit my sister and learned to ski, in Vail—while I stayed at home and worked.

Skiing/working in April

Skiing/working in April

May– 10.5” of my hair was donated to Locks of Love and I became a “pixie”—my ballet production team performed their last time to Hoppipolla, a 4 minute ballet I choreographed, of which I’m really proud of!

Ballerinas

Ballerinas

Hoppipolla Ballet   (I’m working on getting this video so you can see)

June– Ran a ½ marathon in Milwaukee with my buddy, Maria! Celebrated 2 years of marriage in Door County, WI. Had a great visit from some of my MI friends.

half marathon

half marathon

anniversary

anniversary

July– Packed up the house, danced at Jenny’s wedding, and celebrated in Chicago for Kristen’s Bachelorette party.

Party

Party

August– We moved me and our stuff to Ithaca, NY…

moving!

moving!

September– Rob became Dr. Rob and joined me in NY and my parents visited!

Rob's Defense!

Rob’s Defense!

parents visit!

parents visit!

October– I stood up in my friend, Kristen and Ryan’s wedding and was able to dance the night away with my sister and her surprise (to me) attendance at the wedding.

Oct. Wedding

Oct. Wedding

mac and me dancing

mac and me dancing

November-Hosted our first Thanksgiving, even with a broken oven!

thanksgiving

thanksgiving

December– Celebrated a super wonderful Christmas in the Pacific Northwest with lots of smiles.

PNW Christmas

PNW Christmas

2012 brought us many adventures of which, we were able to spend time with loved ones and create new relationships to cultivate in 2013.  We’re ready for the next 365 days to see what brings smiles our way.

Flexible Turkey

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Flexibility. It’s something my hamstrings and brain are working on. Thanksgiving day proved to be another day where I explored both forms.

Cousin Katie and I started our Turkey day with several twists, forward folds, and chaturangas at Mighty Yoga.  The class was a donation based class where all the proceeds went to the local Loaves and Fishes.  It was great to get our bodies moving for the feast we had planned later that day.  Once we arrived back at the house, we started chopping, peeling, and dicing for the side dishes to pair with Rob’s Butterball Turkey.

Around 1pm, when checking/basting the turkey, we noticed it wasn’t very hot.  After  fussing with the oven (which is only 5 years old) we determined it wasn’t working.  Rob immediately got on the phone with our landlord while I took a moment to take a breath wondering how we were going to finish cooking everything we had planned on the menu.  Rob came back in, told me we can use the neighbors oven.  He took the turkey over, created a nice list explaining the oven timing for the turkey/stuffing/rolls/acorn squash/etc.  GOOOOO ROB! He also made a nice nest in the backseat of the car for all things to lay on so they wouldn’t tip or burn the seats.  After several trips back and forth with new items to be cooked Rob, saved the day.

That’s the thing with being flexible.  We were unable to cook a majority of the yumminess in our own oven, but everything turned out to be just fine.  I have been known to over react or break down in situations like this, so I just took a step back and decided to make the best of it! We had family with us, a warm house, and were making fun memories…who cares about where we cooked the turkey.

Green Beans, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Salad

Green Beans, Acorn Squash, Butternut Squash, Salad

Thanksgiving Photos

Thanksgiving Photos

It was a yummy, fun, and memorable first time hosting Thanksgiving! Don’t you like Rob’s turkey hat?

Colorful Table

Colorful Table

Smile!

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On Thursday, my family and Robbie are headed out west, to Colorado.  Our agenda? Ski, sleep, eat, relax, and enjoy the holiday season with friends and family.  I’m sure a little Guitar Hero will be played, too.  All of which make me one happy girl!  I hear the snow is happy we’re coming, it’s got a smile on.

 

happy snow

happy snow