Most years I am ready to say good riddance to the current year and by midnight all of the Christmas decorations and tree are packed up and I am looking forward to starting the year off fresh. This year I am not ready to let go. It has been a good year, there have been some bumps and some relationships are not where I want them to be, but we have had many great adventures.
We went hiking a lot, in cold weather, in warm weather, in fog, in the heat.
|In the fall|
|In the winter|
|We went hiking in the clouds.|
|In the summer|
Now that the kids are older we went camping quite a few times.
|Now that the kids are older we went camping several times.|
|Camping at the beach wasn't too bad, we made it 3 days and 2 nights|
|a snowy walk in the woods|
We then went to Topsail Island for a week of sun and fun for the 4th of July.
|the kids loved playing in the surf, they are getting more adventurous every year|
|We enjoyed the fireworks in downtown Wilmington|
Since 1 week wasn't enough we went a week later to Virginia Beach though this was a very different beach experience.
We went east to Virginia Beach, south to Topsail and our next summer adventure took us North to New Jersey and New York City. I have been wanting to visit for years and I am thankful we were able to take a trip to the Big Apple with a pit stop at the Jersey Shore.
|The Jersey Shore was a very different experience where you have to pay to go on the beach.|
|NYC, amazing, can't wait to go back.|
|We finally made it to NYC!|
|Adventures at the Columbus Zoo.|
|We got lucky and saw Star Wars exhibit in Indianapolis.|
|We finally made it to Indiana to visit family.|
Michigan was a bit cold, but we had fun on the lake despite the cool weather.
|My kids got to try tubing and jet skiing despite the chilly temperatures|
We even had some adventures at home. We survived the 17 year cicada invasion. The kids couldn't play outside for several weeks without being swarmed by these guys.
|Watching them molt was quite amazing.|
We celebrated Jeff turning 40 as well as Lily turning 5, my kids are growing up so fast.
|My baby girl turned 5|
|My boy turned 7|
|The 1st day of school.|
We traveled, we explored, we grew up, we learned, we laughed, we cried, sometimes hysterically, but it was good and I will miss 2013. I am little worried, we have high expectations for 2014, how can you beat this year, then again, after 3-4 rough years it is about time things look up.
So good-bye 2013, I am grateful for all of your adventures and experiences, we did a lot and we were blessed with good health and opportunities. May 2014 be good to us too.
I really only have one New Year's Resolution: to be grateful. 2014 will be a year of gratitude, it is our goal, our mission. Even though we live in a microscopic house and don't always have much money, we have so much to be thankful for and I want to focus on that in 2014.