Friday, January 3, 2014

2013 Year in Review

New Year's Eve Russ & I were half-hardheartedly joking that 2013 wasn't as exciting as 2012.  It would have been hard to top 2012 with as many milestones we reached that year.  So while 2013 wasn't as exciting as 2012, we still had a wonderful year.  We started making memories in our new home and get more settled into our jobs.  We were able to spend a lot of time with family and finally got used to not having to say goodbye - we can easily see them again with just a short drive (this took forever for me to get used to)!  We spent more evenings and weekends working on our house than I would like to was a lot, and while I'm proud of all the work that was done I have to be honest, I really hope there are less full-working weekends in 2013.  
+ spent a lot of time playing in the snow

+ we played in more snow - Missouri got an unusual amount of snowfall and we took full advantage!
+ experienced our first dinner train with Mom & Larry

+ Larry, Josh and a few helpers repaved our driveway
+ Visited Nicole & PJ in Texas (Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)

+ Russ & I threw a surprise retirement party for my Dad - we got him good! 
+ The March of Dimes team I was a member of held a fundraiser and bake sale
+ We continued to take advantage of nice days outside and worked on projects outside 

+ We participated in the Columbia, MO March of Dimes Walk with our team
+ Went to our first professional soccer game with our friends Chelsea & Andy in St. Louis
+ Took an amazing vacation to California with my Mom and Larry, Nicole, and Josh and his family. It was amazing and I cannot wait to go back to explore even more!  (There are still a few more pictures coming that I wanted to share! - I KNOW, I'm late) See posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

+ Russ & I celebrated our 1 Year Anniversary

+ Pickled my first batch of pickles (yum!) and made homemade bagels for the first time
+ Spent free weekends water skiing
+ More house projects took up our weekends including adding blocks off our porch, building up a concrete retaining wall, adding a few small retaining walls, and fixing water draining issues (which were 6 feet underground, go figure)

+ I turned 27 
+ We went to our second professional soccer game with our friends Andy & Chelsea
+ I took my cousin Annaliese with me to see Taylor Swift in concert and I developed major girl crush

+ Russ & I ran our first race - a 10K at the Roots n Blues n BBQ Fesitval
+ We returned from a short trip to Italy (Nicole & PJ got to go, too!) - Posts: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

+ Went to a MU Football game
+ Our family welcomed another little boy, Cruze, into the mix

+ Took our DIY Christmas Card photos (coming soon!)
+ I attended Hunter's 2nd Bday - the boy is growing up so fast!
+ Finished up work on the porch - finally!
+ We went the Glasgow Christmas Parade 

+ We traveled to Cleveland to visit Brooke, Freeland and their kids
+ We took the month off from projects and focused on spending time with family and getting into the Christmas spirit

Some unique-to-us 2013 stats:
+ Russ was awarded the Best Junior Resident Award which was decided by votes from his superiors (and included both first and second year residents!) - a HUGE honor!  We were so proud of him and I'm so proud of how hard he's worked and that is was recognized.  I'm amazed and thankful with how happy and motivated he is at his profession - and to hear that his co-workers and superiors also see how great at his job he is makes me so proud. (Sorry, I just had to brag. #proudwife)
+ We ran our first race, a 10K - we are now considering signing up for more races in the future!
+ One 30 mile bike-ride (winery pit-stop included)

2012 Year Recap
2011 Year Recap
2010 Year Recap
2009 Year Recap

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Chelsea Swentik said...

Congrats to Russ! Such a great accomplishment- hard work pays off and it proves that he chose the right profession! {And he's lucky to have a great wife that brags on him}

What a year for the Carpenters! Honored to be part of your 2013- can't wait to make more memories with you guys in 2014!

Kasey Lynne said...

You guys had such a great and eventful year! Plus, we met each other which is another bonus!! I still can't get over the fact that our wedding anniversaries are just two weeks apart! We were meant to be bb's!! :)