Oh, 2013.

The feelings I have for you are so very conflicted. You were hard and stressful and exciting and wonderful.

You were bittersweet.

The end of a year is always time for reflection. So let’s get our reflect on, eh?

Top 13 Moments from 2013

13. The time I took myself on a date in Arizona. I gave myself a day to shop and enjoy a warm AZ day in March. I bought a turquoise bracelet that I wear all.the.time and a cactus yard ornament that is now prominently displayed in our backyard.

12. Becoming a stay-at-home mom.

11. Saying goodbye to Arizona. Bitter-bitter-bittersweet.

10. Passing the “Welcome to Pennsylvania” sign after landing in our new state.

9. The time my brother drove through Bethlehem and met me for lunch. It was the first I saw someone from my family after we moved.

8. Mike landing a job.

Family shot before we headed out for a celebratory dinner in honor of full-time employment.

Heading out for a celebratory dinner in honor of full-time employment. Does Mike look relieved or what?

7. Experiencing so many “big boy” milestones. Sleeping in a twin bed, potty training, and starting preschool.

This happened less than a week after arriving in Pennsylvania. Never underestimate the adaptability of kids.

This happened less than a week after arriving in Pennsylvania. Never underestimate the adaptability of kids.

6. Visiting my family in Ohio three times this year instead of just once. None of my nieces need to be reminded who we are when we arrive. When we hug them goodbye after a trip, they say “Ok, we’ll see you next time you have vacation days!

Me and my three favorite girls.

Me and my three favorite girls.

5. Closing on our new home.

The night we got the keys.

The night we got the keys. (Again, does Mike look relieved or what?)

4. Reuniting with old friends.

Crab Feast with the Penn State guys/wives.

Crab Feast with the Penn State guys and wives (half of whom were pregnant).

3. Family vaca at Ocean City, MD.

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2. Throwing a huge dinosaur-themed third birthday party for Ryan.

1. Our first holiday season on the East Coast, which kicked off when Ryan dressed up like a devil, er, dragon for Halloween.

Plus, snow!

Plus, snow!

May the new year bring us challenges to help us grow, lessons to help us learn and joyful moments to remind us what life is all about.

Happy New Year!

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It’s fun to relive the past! Here are some wrap-up posts from years past:

Wrapping up 2012.

A 2011 blog “Year In Review.”

Looking back on 2010.

3 Responses to Top 13 Moments from 2013.

  1. Kami says:

    What a year you guys had! I wish nothing but the best for you and your family in 2014 xoxo

  2. Jennie says:

    Looks like a great year! =)I’m doing a giveaway today and would love for you to check it out! Happy New Year!
    http://thediaryofarealhousewife.blogspot.com

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