Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Let's take a look: 2012

2012 was an interesting year. I have to admit, looking back- I am much more excited for what 2013 will bring than what 2012 brought. It wasn't a horrible year- I mean, some pretty great things happened.  But we went through some pretty big trials. It is nice looking back now though, and seeing how much we went through and how hard it was at the time- and how much more knowledge I have now. I am grateful for the things 2012 taught us, and what it brought- but I ever look forward to 2013!


-My sister came home from serving her mission for our church in Arizona.
-While we were home for Christmas, my family & Joe's were able to meet Sariah (mostly, my dad, sisters and brother, and Joe's brother).
-Sariah went to the beach for her first time.
-I started my LAST semester of my BA degree.



Sorry. Horrible phone picture.

-Penny turned 12 (That old geezer)
-Scout was born! (Little did we know at the time)
-I turned 22!
-Enjoyed being in the mountains of Idaho with our Yukon and friends.
-Get a Bike trailer

Yes. The look on her face is, "Get away or I will eat you".

My birthday present- we were excited to start biking as a family!


- One year since Napoleon left us.
- Celebrated Alamo Days
-And St. Patricks Day
-More time outside in the mountains.
-Start worrying about our future plans when we graduate.

She has changed SO much!!

Alamo days are from Feb 23-March 6th.


- We get Scout
- We move and leave Rexburg and move home to Ca while we work out our plans.
- Celebrate our 2 year anniversary.
-Joe starts his last semester of his BS.

Saying goodbye to so many good friends. And yes, Sariah loves Christmas, don't mock her pajamas

Little itty bitty Scout.

Reunited with the beach at last!


Always hanging out near each other.

-Sucked. Kinda
-We struggled to figure out what to do, so Joe applied to job after job, and Grad school.
-Sariah and Scout become BFF's.
- We learned to appreciate being home and the beautiful things only California has.
-Celebrate my FIRST official mothers day.
-Joe gets various job offers, and starts working for the State.

View of any typical day.

Happy Mothers day to me!


Don't you LOVE the farm cake I made him? With my moms help too. =]

-Joe turns 27!
- Start looking seriously into Grad school.
- We have lots of BBQ's, bonfires and hikes.
-Head to the Drive-inns with Sariah, and she goes on a swing! Lots of firsts.

Learning to eat, all by herself.


- We celebrate 4th of July with lots of family.
-Visit our friends from Idaho who moved to central California.
- Joe get's accepted to University of Nebraska- Lincoln for his Masters degree!
- Still spend time at the beach, lots of walks, BBQ's and fires.
- Pack up, leave California and move to Nebraska!
-Joe finishes his BS and graduates. =]

The journey to Grad school was long and frustrating. But, we made it!

The ride out here. Longest ride ever- NEVER again.

Exploring our new home. =]


The pretty birthday girl!

- We live in Nebraska for a month until school starts school, getting to know the city.
-Sariah turns ONE!
- Joe starts school!
-We survive the heat. Barely.

His advisors. It is just so official.

The heat is exhausting.

We seem to be surrounded by train tracks.

-We enjoy lots of trips to the park
-Explore more of Lincoln, and already feel acquainted with the city.
-Check out the zoo.


- Sariah learns how amazing Corn boxes are.
-Sariah learns how amazing massaging heat pads are.
-Go on lots of walks
-Celebrate Halloween


Lots of walks with lots of leaves.


- Family photos
-Soup month (Made soup for dinner ALL month long).
-Worked hard to reduce our driving (well done, too).
-Celebrate Thanksgiving with family in Iowa.
-Walk everywhere.

- Baked lots.
- Celebrated Christmas, first time just us!.
-Finally had snow in Lincoln.
- Celebrated New Years with a bang.
-Learn to cope with trials and struggles and try to be happy no matter what.

It has been quite the year. With so many firsts with Sariah like crawling, walking and eating real food.
Joe and I have changed so much, and been through a lot. 
Thanks 2012 for teaching us a lot of good stuff. 

The End.


  1. What a wonderful look back at an eventful year!! I love all the photos. It's such a nice insight to get to know you as a blogger. Must be awesome to see how much Sariah has grown!!

    I hope you're having a great week and a Happy New Year!

    Thank you so much for linking up to last week's Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I'm following you.

    If you have time, we'd love to have you come and link up to the Aloha Friday Blog Hop if you haven't already! (Thank you so very much if you've already linked up, I truly appreciate it!!)

    Come and link up, enter the giveaway (if you haven't yet) and celebrate the coming weekend with us!


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    1. Thanks! It is so amazing to see how she has grown, I can't believe it! I always forget until I look at pictures, it is fun.
      Thanks for being so interested! I have loved joining the blog hop and all the people I meet!

  2. You forgot the birth of your niece Abigail June 25th. But that's ok, I'm glad that wasn't important to you.

    1. Sorry. I forgot about that. I will make a notable mention for her. =]

  3. Your family is adorable & I love all your dogs! They're so beautiful!

    Thank you for linking up to The Great Blog Train! We loved having you! And you helped us have a successful first run down the tracks!

    1. Thanks! I am pretty fond of them all. =] Thanks for letting me know about the blog hop! I am really looking forward to it!

    2. Awesome! And you're welcome!!!

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  4. Well done Mary! Many good memories.

    1. Why thank you mom! They were good memories. =]

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