A little trip down memory lane to re-visit the highlights of my year on the blog and stay organized….
February kicked off with a bang, as we made an offer on a house & started packing before leaving for 2 weeks in amazing New Zealand. We celebrated Valentine’s day with a special dinner at Cova , after check out a new wine bar- Max’s Wine Dive.
We spent our 3rd anniversary at Mia’s CGC puppy class- barely passing! I discovered Sugar Pie dinners & became a cooking queen.
March was a light blogging month as life was in warp mode- we returned to our perfect house from NZ on the 7th, closed on our new home on the 12th, moved all our junk a few blocks on the 20th and started a remodel project on the 22nd!
Unfortunately I didn’t have too much time to get out with the dogs & they needed to stay calm during the mess, so they picked up some new habits and a new game, monkey in middle. I took a blog break while going through a few thousand photos & trying to unpack, but my brother Hunter turned 16! We finished out March with a sushi party with our friends at Liz’s house.
June was a recovery month where we tried (unsuccessfully) to lay low, but still manged to paint my office so Pretty in Pink.
H had a work trip to Ohio, where he visited the Great American ballpark in Cincinnati, and I had a work trip that took me across Washington State from Spokane to Seattle- where I made an extended vacation to stay with family (Waterfalls of Spokane, Wenachtee Riverfront, Riverfront Park, Flying around Seattle, Beautiful drive, Visitor’s Center, Christine Falls, Nisqually River, Mount Rainier National Park, UW-Tacoma, Glass Museum, Downtown Tacoma, Point Defiance Park, Ferry Ride Across the Harbor, flying over Mt Rainier).
We spent the 4th of July holiday in Pennsylvania- first Pittsburgh (Heniz History Center, Downtown, The Strip District, Part 2, SouthSide Works Walk, Station Square, Monongahela Incline, Pirates Baseball Game, PNC Park, Driving to Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Hall & Love Park, walked down Ben Franklin Parkway before the 4th of July Festivities, walking around Downtown, the Historic District, Independence Hall & the Liberty Bell, cruising the rest of Philly & a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park.)
It was another month of hanging out with friends- this time at an Empanadas dinner party & to see the Broadway show Wicked, and found time to hang out at a few wine bars, D’Vine wine & Cru Woodlands. The kidz participated in VBS at the church & H got his first Smoker . Of course- more of the dogs playing and swimming (Good thing, so fast, silly squid, , toy time, hang time). We checked out a new wine bar, Crescent moon and took some madly in love shots at another wine bar downtown.
We traveled to Downtown Columbia, South Carolina for Adam’s Wedding, including the Rehearsal, Rehearsal Dinner, & Adam’s Reception. The wedding theme continued as we hosted a Bridal Shower for Pam & then we hung out more with the friends at Lake Conroe on the Jet skis & at an Astro’s game at Minute Maid Park.
I started a 5 month adventure in blog make-overs by switched from blogger to WordPress with a new blog.
Haley started off her 15th year with a fun party & her eyes fixed on a super-Sweet 16 in 2011.
Getting ready for the big wedding involved lots of celebrating- a bachelorette party for Pam & Mark’s last birthday as a single man. The last blast of summer included a Pool Party over Labor Day weekend.
We started off a very busy November with lots of fun stuff, including the Sarah McLachlan concert at Verizon, Feast with the Beast fundraiser at the Houston Zoo. Continued volunteering at GED on Monday & Wednesday nights.
We celebrated Thanksgiving with our family & I visited my grandparents for their thanksgiving. I flew to Philadelphia to run the Philly Marathon (second half & finish, pro[sucker]pics ) with my beautiful best friend Stephanie & her dog Ginger, where we also toured Independence Hall & explored the rest of Philly.
We enjoyed Thanksgiving with family before heading out to Fredericksburg for a long weekend to visit wineries, starting with a visiting to The Saltlick BBQ (Duchman Family Winery, Driftwood Vineyard, Wildseed Farms & Luckenbach, Sister Creek Vineyards, Bending Branch Winery, Singing Water Vineyards & Grape Creek Vineyards) and staying at the luxurious Paradise Loft B&B. Dogs sleeping situation & Mia’s helicopter tail.
I hopped on the once in a lifetime opportunity to go to New York City for New Years Eve; I started my trip with with a Run through Central Park, checked out Grand Central Station, views from the top of the Rockefeller Center, Walking Cross Town, Times Square at Night, Lower Manhattan, Chinatown & Little Italy, Time’s Square New Years Eve & New York the Day After.