December 18, 2013

2013 - A Recap

Woof.  I can't believe this past year.  It's been my favorite year ever (although I say that every year).  I'm a little concerned the length of this recap.  I don't want it to take me the remaining 14 days of 2013 to get it all out, so I'm going to try and stick to a few different things.

13 Things from 2013:

The Big Move - We are 1100 miles away from our friends and family and 6 months ago, had no idea that this was even a possibility.  It is still pretty new and we are figuring it out, but this has definitely been a game changer for us.  We love being on the East Coast.

2.  Justin's 30th birthday party on the Pedal Pub was an absolute blast.  Plus, I pulled off a surprise.  Go me.  Have you ever heard of a Top Gun party?  Pictures here.

3.  Sawyer Daniel - Our a brand new nephew :)  He joined the family in October and we love him to pieces.

4.  Big Sky, Montana - That place stole my heart.  We went on a friends ski trip in January and I absolutely fell in love with everything about it.  I learned all about the mountain life and how to snow diveskiied at Moonlight Basinsaw naked skiers at the Big Sky Resort and had a lot of backyard fun.

5.  Florida in February - Disney World was a dream come true.  I had never been until this year and I can't wait to go back.  We met my brother and his girlfriend down there and had a blast.  We visited the fountain of youth in St. Augustine before heading to Orlando where we hit all the major parks.  My favorites were Epcot and Animal Kingdom.  

6.  A weekend in Chi-town - We had an amazing long weekend in Chicago in April and had my first Wrigley Field experience.

7.  California for our 5 year wedding anniversary - This trip included Tahoe, Napa Valley, Sacramento and San Francisco.  It came at the perfect time as we were preparing to share the news of our move with friends and family, but we got to celebrate privately first.

8.  My exciting purchases/finds of the year - (yes chocolate is one of them… so is beer):

My favorite things

9.  This Blog - I have been extremely lucky and grateful for this blog and everything it's brought me this year.  I've been writing here for a while, but it wasn't until 2013 that I actually had a clue of what I was doing.  I love it.

10.  More books this year - I have not read my 35 book goal, but I did read a few good ones this year and have made it part of my weekly routine - which I LOVE.

11.  Gratitude - I have done #dailygratitude everyday in 2013 on Instagram (you can follow me @stephgregerson).  It has been one of the best parts of my day.

12.  Netflix - I have completely fell in love all over again with the little red icon on my TV.  We still even get the DVD's.  It has saved us hundreds of dollars because we used to just buy movies all the time and then never watch them again.  Plus, I can binge watch all the best TV shows (although I would like them to stream Seinfeld).

13.  Spotify - I love paying each month to have Spotify on my phone, my computer and my iPad.  I can listen to it in the car, while I'm working out (when that happens) and at my house.  Here are some of my favorite songs from 2013.

And that's the longest post ever.  This year was pretty freaking exciting.  Even though I didn't really embrace the selfie or teach myself how to twerk (I'm still trying to figure out how to Dougie), I feel like we did pretty good.  Cheers to 2014.

That's What She ReadHelene in Between


  1. Oh my gosh that pedal pub seems like so much fun! Jealous. :) Stopping by from Helene's link up!

  2. Wow! What a great (and busy) year its been for you guys! Love that picture of the moutains in MT and so jealous of your view in the first one! I've really enjoyed following along on your gratitude postings and blog, too!

  3. Motown Philly holler!

    You've had a colossal year.

    And you've renewed my desire to get to Big Sky country.

    Thanks for linking up!

  4. you had a great year! may 2014 be just as awesome if not more.

    i need to get on this spotify bidness!

    Vodka and Soda

  5. lots of great trips!! my kind of year!

  6. I'm with SMD, Motown Philly HOLLER!!! That was the first thing to catch my eye on the Spotify list.

    You had so many amazing trips, makes me realize how much of the country I haven't seen.
    So glad this big move has been wonderful thus far, and I imagine 2014 will bring even more adventures for you!

  7. Look at all those awesome trips! I've never been to Disney World and it looks like so much fun. Ok, I know it is. I can't wait to go! Great year for you lady.

  8. what a fabulous year!!! i love you song picks as some of those are on my list too!!!

  9. Aw lots of good things :) Love that photo from Justin's 30th, too cute!

  10. my goodness gracious you had one exciting year! So happy for you and all that you've done, gone and seen! I'm jealous! :) Hope this next year is filled with just as much fun and excitement! You are so wonderful!

  11. I've got to check out this Polyvore thing. I'm dying for a MacBook.

  12. Glad you had a great 2013! Here's to an even greater 2014 :)

  13. I just went through and read ALL of the Big Sky posts! OMG did we have an amazing time or WHAT?! :) XOXOXO

  14. Love the music choices! Lana Del Ray has definitely been a favorite of mine this year!

  15. You had yourself a good year little lady! :) I like how made this 13 in '13... cute idea! Ans I love that you put blogging on the list! :)

  16. I want to see Chicago! I have never seen a great lake! Welcome to the east coast.

  17. I have never heard of Pedal Pub, but I need that in my life. Awesome!!

  18. What an amazing year! I'm jealous of all your traveling!

    Stopping by (a little late) from the link-up. :)


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