Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 in review

what a year! here's a recap of some of our favorite moments.

We started the year with a bang in Washington and a polar bear plunge into freezing cold Pine Lake (we're still recovering). Back in Colorado, we were back in the swing of things but still squeezed in fun with some local adventures. Rhett started eating solids and he hasn't stopped since.
I hit a quarter-life crisis when I turned 25, but we celebrated with a week of birthday freebies to lessen the blow. Sleep training was rough, but we consoled ourselves by becoming obsessed with the Olympics and making heart-shaped pizzas.
I became a master cupcake decorator (and haven't used my skills since) and we celebrated the onset of spring by spending as much time outside as possible. And we realized the wonder that is spring break with a fabulous trip back to see our favorite people and eat our favorite foods (Ritas! Cafe Rio! Swig!) in Utah. We hit our peak when we got on the jumbotron at a Nuggets game for our 10 seconds of fame.

André was swamped with school and scholarship and job applications, Rhett started "teething" (or so we thought), and I started new work projects. And Rhett was super confused by the concept of Easter. A highlight? Getting hamburgers and a soda for 25 cents. Because that's just what kind of month it was.
André joined the 25 club, which meant another week of birthday freebies and a trip to see the Lego Movie because apparently we're 14-year-old boys at heart. We celebrated the end of 1L life and my first Mother's Day, went to American Ninja Warrior in the middle of the night, and got all the freebies at the Bolder Boulder (where, oh yeah, André ran a 10k).

André started his internship at the state Medicaid office and got really good at putting together business casual outfits. We ate our weight in cheesesteaks. We took a fabulous daytrip to Garden of the Gods, where we got in touch with our inner Olympians and realized cheap salad buffets are a lot better in your head than they are in real life. Rhett and I spent a fabulous week in Washington and he learned what green nature and water are.
Summer hit with BBQs, park days, baby dates, swim lessons, and lots of games of Kubb in the backyard. We got really good at curb-ball, but we may have scared a few neighbors in the process. We watched an amazing fireworks show on the field of Mile High Stadium and later "accidentally" scored 6 free meals to the new Cafe Rio. Rhett turned one (!!!), went to his first Rockies game, and ate that cake like it was his job.
André and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary with a stay-cation complete with a temple trip, copious amounts of gravy fries (thanks Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives), and a trip to the amusement park to ride all of the rides. Rhett got his first tooth and André and I went on a fabulous paddle-boating date. We fell in love with Michigan and learned that sunburns are no laughing matter (I still have intense tan lines).

September was back to the grind with school starting again. I started a new job and spent a few days in DC eating my way through the city, getting nostalgic, and visiting family (oh, and training for work, too). We enjoyed the gorgeous fall weather with as many hikes and outside exploring as we could. Rhett entered a clown contest, because why not?
In the Month of the Park, Rhett and I checked out nearly every park within a 10-mile radius of our house. We loved it. School was crazy for André and work was crazy for me, but we slipped in a few trips to the pumpkin patch. Rhett was the cutest monkey (he even makes "ahahah" monkey sounds, but got a little shy doing it around strangers) and totally got the hang of trick or treating, while André and I won "best couples costume" and deservedly so (I sewed a dress, people!)
André got in touch with his Indian heritage with a weekend on the Res for school. Frigid weather kept us inside and we got an early onset case of cabin fever. Chelsea came home from her mission and Rhett scored a roommate. Toby and Sharon came to town for Thanksgiving and we painted the town red (at a relaxed, leisurely pace).
This month started with Rhett's surgery and recovery, André studying all day and all night for finals and crazy amounts of work and other activities for me. It ended with great Christmas celebrations, lots of time to spend just the three of us and with the entire family (a highlight was a trip to ZooLights where Rhett thought the gingerbread men were monkeys--we didn't correct him because it was too cute), and chances to reflect on how blessed we are. The best news came when my dad got a clean bill of health about a difficult year of cancer treatments. We are relieved/blessed/grateful/all of the emotions.

keep on digging, folks. Past years in review: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

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