Saturday, January 4, 2014

2013 in review

2013 was crazy. Like, super crazy. When I look back on where we were a year ago and where we are now, it's hard to believe everything that has happened. So let's review, shall we?

In January I dragged André to a married people ball on campus--oh the things we do for free food. We told the world we were pregnant and enjoyed life in our little frozen tundra. It was also the month of new things--new church callings, intermural sports, exercise classes, and all upper level stats classes for André. Oh boy.

In February we celebrated my birthday with a surprise dinner and decadent chocolate cake. We ate delicious Thai food for an early Valentines Day and avoided getting swallowed up by snowplows on our way home. We took a chilly trip to Colorado for some temple, family, and law school time.

March started with news of our baby boy. We went to my first MLS game and enjoyed the most perfect relaxing weekend in St. George where we ate our weight in frozen custard and frolicked through the red rocks. 

André graduated in April and we ate hamburgers for a week straight. We loved having family in town to celebrate. The month kicked off with the Great Ant Battle (we reclaimed the kitchen) and ended with our renewed attempts at getting good at tennis (we played in our socks).

May started off as a  crazy month—André took spring classes and work was busy for me. I went on a business trip to Texas and André went to Colorado for his birthday with family. We welcomed summer with opening day at Seven Peaks where I got a horrible sunburn and André stepped on a bee, so that was fun. We experienced Ensign Peak and Bruges Waffles and Fries for the first time and our lives became much better for it.

In June André finished his last college class and officially became a BYU grad. He celebrated by growing a beard. We loved summertime, festivals, nighttime walks, good food, and lots and lots of mini-golf.

July was baby month. We had a low-key 4th of July, André started selling himself with plasma, and we rocked the freebies. Baby boy decided to take his time, so we tried just about everything to get him out. Rhett Toby Kaiser was finally born on July 25 with Pioneer Day fireworks in the distance. We celebrated our 2nd anniversary early with some fabulous ethnic food. It's a good thing, too, because the actual day was our first full day home and we napped and napped.

August started with our big move to Colorado and leaving behind our first married apartment. We moved in with the Kaisers, adjusted to life in Colorado and with a newborn, André started law school, and I got used to being a stay-at-home mom. Note to self: doing every possible major life change within a few weeks on each other is not recommended for sanity.

In September we got more into a groove and took some time to explore Colorado. We blessed Rhett and showed some sights to my parents. It flooded and flooded so André got a few unexpected days off school and we didn’t complain. I started freelance writing and we both got two new church callings each.

October was a beautiful fall month. I felt like a real mom when I stayed up late sewing Rhett’s gnome Halloween costume, even if he was too chunky to wear it. We went to the pumpkin patch and enjoyed as much time together and outside as we could.

We stayed in Colorado for November and had a fun and low-key Thanksgiving. Rhett took his first trip to the zoo and was amazed by the sea anenomees.

December was cold. We tried to get into the Christmas spirit, but it was kind of squashed by two weeks of law school finals. We celebrated André’s eventual freedom and 1/6 of being a lawyer and flew to Washington for the Christmas of surprises with the entire Treasure clan.

Whew. What a year. 2013 was definitely interesting and pushed us in new ways. We are so blessed and can’t wait to see what 2014 has in store!

For posterity, here is a look back at 2012 and 2011.

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