Having a Doctor Who marathon on the second of January 2013. It seems fitting to look back at 2012 and see where we’ve come in these last 12 months. In so many ways, I feel like so many things have changed. And again, not anything at all.
January found us blissfully living in our little condo, unaware of the real estate havoc that was about to engulf our lives. We went to see Cirque de Soleil’s OVO for my mom’s birthday, and “partied” with a friend who happened to own the entire series of Big Bang Theory (oh yeah people, we party hard.)
February held hiking, biking, and the bank appraisal that sent us reeling. Our condo was officially so far underwater that we could tell you stories about Atlantis. This is when we kicked our butt into high gear and took life by the horns. The rest of the month was spent house hunting and generally trying not to stress too much. We went to the Ritz Carlton in Huntington Beach for our 2 year anniversary and watched it pour buckets in the sunniest city in SoCal. It was incredibly fitting. We also stopped to play with some dolphins, and they put on a fantastic show.
On March 12, 2012, we accepted the counter offer on our house. The rest of the month was full of paperwork, inspections, and organizing our lives.
On April 1 we helped our best friends move into THEIR new house and by April 27 we moved into ours. In-between, we celebrated my parents’ 30th anniversary, my uncle came down to LA and performed with a blues band, and spent a lot of time with friends and family.
May was relatively quiet, spent unpacking, fixing things (and when I say that I mean fixing the cripple walls and the surprise exploded sewer) and celebrating E’s bday.
June left me alone for a weekend while N went to Zion – things were a little layoff-y at work and I couldn’t get any time off. Luckily I made it through the cuts and was able to keep my job. We hiked, biked, and celebrated the first birthday of our newest family member, baby M!
July was Zion trip #2, and thankfully I was able to make it to this one. I brought along an old coworker who absolutely loved it. It was a glorious adventure, and I love that I was able to share my passion with someone who is so open and kind. Later in the month we went to a trampoline park for B’s birthday, and that was nauseating but certainly an experience. We also took a quick trip to see the family up north, it’s scary how quickly children grow.
August, as always, was the month of birthdays. I wanted something low key this year and N organized a surprise pancake breakfast complete with a brand new outdoor dining table. Unfortunately it was 110 degrees so we didn’t use it. Next time. We went to my high school reunion, which was surprisingly fun, if awkward as expected. We fixed more house problems (mold this time), celebrated BBQ style for my Dad’s bday, and went to Lake Isabella for N’s birthday of canyoneering and mountain biking.
September passed without too much trouble, recovering from the busy summer and stresses of new home ownership.
For L’s birthday in October we went to Greystone Manor and spent the day wandering around the beautiful property. I had no idea it was there! We got in one last camping trip at Mt. Pinos, and despite there being a bit of snow on the ground, ended up having a wonderful time. I think that will forever be one of my favorite mountain biking trails.
November we went to the cabin and were pleasantly accompanied by baby M! It’s crazy to see her at the cabin, since I have so many childhood memories up there as well. When did we all grow up? We had a crazy-per-usual Thanksgiving with my family, and were able to officially sell the condo. A huge relief. We took the extra property tax money that we had been saving for that place and bought a new couch with it for the house. A last parting gift from our old home.
December proved to come quickly and fly by. We did some canyoneering at Fall Creek, attended our respective company holiday parties, and generally tried to stay calm for the holidays. We drove to Tracy for Christmas where there was children induced chaos, drove to Vegas for the break and crawled through a CAVE (yes, my new excitement) and then spent new years with friends in their warm and happy home.
It’s been a heck of a year, and all I can say is that I wouldn’t have it any other way. Because the people I am lucky enough to spend my life with are the most incredible, loving people any girl could ask for. Here’s hoping 2013 will be more of the same.