Reflections on 2014

As I look back on 2014 I can’t help but smile. It was probably the busiest, craziest year so far but also one full of friends, family and lots of travel. I realize that not all years are going to be so great so I just want to take a look back on the glory that was this past year and appreciate the adventure that is our life right now.

In 2014…

We rang in the new year at my parents’ local pub in London with an 80’s cover band, a man in a kilt and a girl in flannel pajamas.

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Travis bought the cutest bull, we named him Eddie and we spent lots of time at the ranch (especially Travis).

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We celebrated many wonderful friends with weddings…

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engagement parties…

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bachelorette weekends,

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bachelor party weekends away,

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and lots of showers at our house (and a few that weren’t).

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My sweet girlfriends threw me (and my mom) a surprise party for our birthdays.

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I wrapped up my fourth year teaching and (tearfully) said goodbye to my students and co-workers.

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We packed up and sold our first house.

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We said goodbye to friends that are more like family.

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We got on three planes and traveled over 24 hours to our new home .

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We had our first visitor… one week later (more here).

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We settled in to our new home- a two bedroom loft on the Brisbane River (more here).

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We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in our new hometown (more here).

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I traveled back across the world and stood next to my best friend on top of a mountain in Aspen, Colorado as she got married. (more here)

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I conquered one of my many fears and went white water rafting.

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We ran our first 10k (more here)

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We went scuba diving and snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef (more here)

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and spent the day on Australia’s most beautiful beach (more here).

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I spent time with an old high school friend in Melbourne (more here).

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Travis went to Denver for work, saw his first ice hockey game and met the future governor of Texas at the airport on the way home.

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We saw a play at the Sydney Opera House and spent the weekend falling in love with the city (more here).

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We visited my parents and sister in London and pretended we were Harry Potter at Platform 9 3/4 (more here).

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We wandered the historic streets of Brugge and got in the Christmas spirit (more here).

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Travis completed his open water scuba certification and is already planning out future dive trips (more here).

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We spent Christmas in paradise (more to come).

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Cheers to 2104! I can’t wait to see what the next year brings.

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10 thoughts on “Reflections on 2014

  1. Hello! I found your blog through the Travel Tuesday link-up! Looks like you had quite a year with a huge move. So nice you were able to see lots of friends and family at events before you left. I went to Bruges in December too this year – isn’t it so gorgeous, especially all decorated?! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

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