2013, What a year!

2013 is on its way out the door and 2014 is right around the corner. What an amazingly fantastic year this was. Seriously. It will go into the record books as one of the best years, ever. Here are my 2013 highlights.

January: We traveled to San Francisco to visit our good friends Mike and David.

February: We traveled to New Orleans with some really good friends. Luke and I embarked on a healthy eating & fitness journey with Myfitnesspal & really got our butts kicked into shape!

March: We celebrated Luke’s birthday with a quiet dinner out, just the two of us.

April: I finally experienced a meal at Screen Door! We celebrated my birthday with some close friends at an old favorite of ours, Nostrana. I got asked to photograph my first wedding, next year in Mexico! I had the most lovely bridal shower hosted by my aunt & cousin.

May: We dined on the most delicious dinner at OX. My bridesmaids and friends blew me away with the most amazing bachelorette party in Hood River. Luke also had his bachelor party during this month.

June: We saw Kenny Chesney in Seattle for the 3rd time. We went to three Seattle Mariners games in a row. We got married TWICE (1, 2)! We had the most amazing time in Cabo with our family and friends. I decided that when I travel, I always want it to be with friends now. We attended the Organic Brewers Festival and the Portland Brewers Festival. I also shared my summer bucket list.

July: We sifted through some awesome wedding photos. We thoroughly enjoyed every nice summer day that Portland provided us with. We floated the Clackamas River with cousin Abby.

August: Tried a few new great Portland restaurants (Grain and Gristle and Luc Lac). I busted out my Pentax 1000 and rekindled my love affair with film cameras.

September: We visited Gina in Bend for the Bend Brewfest. Dined at Tasty n Alder and loved every minute of it. We purchased our plane tickets for our friends wedding in Mexico next year!

October: I had my first green juice and soon became obsessed with buying a juicer for our house. I took some family photos for a sweet family. We visited my first pumpkin patch – it was everything that I had hoped for. We tailgated at a Beavers game. We had happy hour with a big group of friends to celebrate my cousin James being in town from Philly for a bit.

November: This was our long month of traveling. We traveled to Arizona for my good friend Erin’s wedding. I then traveled to San Diego for my good friend Katie’s bachelorette party. It was nice to have so much sunny weather and palm trees in November; a rarity for this Oregon girl. We ended the month with Thanksgiving at my parents house in Gig Harbor, WA and a rather chilly visit to Vancouver B.C., our favorite relatively close International city.

December: We are one step closer to the installation of the built-in shelves in our living room! We had some of Luke’s good friends from college visit for a long weekend. I shared our 2013 holiday card and holiday photos. We celebrated Paul & Katie’s wedding at Edgefield & it was a blast. Luke traveled to LA with his family for Christmas, while I stayed at home – our first married Christmas apart.

All in all, it was a very fantastic year for us; probably our best yet. Each year seems to keep getting better & better so I can’t even imagine what this new year is going to bring us. Cheers to ending a great year & welcoming an even better one.

San Diego shenanigans

Last month I went to San Diego for my dear friend Katie’s Bachelorette Party. It was the absolute most perfect location for eleven girls to get together and celebrate Katie’s final days of freedom (I joke!) before her wedding next weekend! Our San Diego weekend was packed full with a lot of laughing, lots of drinking, a crazy night out on the town, gorgeous sunsets, a roller coaster ride and one giant ice cream cone – plus a few other unmentionables. It was quite the weekend and looking through these photos make me want to hop on a plane back to blue skies and sunshine!
^ Our Mission Beach accommodations ^
^Clear skies, sun and palm trees all weekend! ^
 ^Karen, Traci, Kacie, Brandi, Megan ^
Katie (the Bachelorette!), Jenny, Audra, Abby, Kara and I
^ Had to! ^

Our (kind of coastal) Holiday Photos

I had asked my sister to take some “holiday photos” of Luke and I when we ventured up north to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with the family. When we woke up Thursday morning it was seriously so beautiful. Clear and sunny skies; a rarity this time of year! So we ventured down to the Gig Harbor waterfront & she snapped these photos of us. I love how they turned out.

This was our holiday card photo winner!
Thanks again, Heather! 🙂

Our 2013 Holiday Cards

We ordered our holiday cards from Minted last year and loved them SO MUCH that we used Minted again this year! We got the “holiday postcards” and there’s actually a little extra surprise on the back of them. But I don’t want to spoil it for all our friends and family that will be receiving them! Let’s just say the doggie makes a fun little appearance on them.

I cannot recommend Minted enough! I wasn’t paid for this, I just genuinely love the quality and service. Check out our Minted cards from last year here

Our first Airbnb experience…

We drove up to Vancouver B.C. after spending Thanksgiving with my parents in Gig Harbor last weekend. We’d been planning this trip for quite some time and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out Airbnb. We ended up staying in the most amazing condo in Yaletown; one of our favorite parts of the city. The place was just too perfect not to take advantage of. Our host was very quick with all of his responses beforehand, and ended up being super friendly and very accommodating. We really couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Plus, the apartment was on the 27th floor of a high-rise building and had floor to ceiling windows, showing off Vancouver’s amazing city views. If you plan on visiting Vancouver and are looking for a great place, great location and great price… e-mail me and I’ll give you all the details.

– Photos © Holly Copeland –