2013! What a year. There were highs and lows. There were new lessons learned and old lessons remembered. And, with only a few hours to go until 2013 is forever gone, I have to say I am thankful for every experience.
This was my 2013.
A corporate merger brought a new boss, job title, office, and (the best part of the deal) new co-workers. Our family took the opportunity to make new friends.
There was lots of running in 2013. A total of 1,282 miles equaling around 191 hours on the road. 3 hours and 44 mins spent on the Country Music Marathon in April: a cold and thrilling day. A pulled calf muscle was suffered; a runner’s knee was endured; plantar fasciitis was earned.
July of 2013 marked 10 years of marriage to my best friend. We celebrated with a trip to Asheville, NC, leaving the kids with the grandparents. It was the perfect time to fall in love again. Wine, chocolate, and the Biltmore…
We became a homeschool family in 2013. Our 8 year old jumped ahead a few reading levels. Our 4 year can now point out the Tigris and Euphrates and tell you all about Sargon. 2013 was a special year of education.
Our family travels took us to the Appalachian, Ozark, and Rocky Mountains, the gulf coast of Florida, and the plains of Oklahoma City. We hung with some dolphins, felt the wind off the wings of hawks and owls, and we took a fly fishing lesson. We attended an OKC Thunder game. We saw some dinosaur bones.
The family also took some time to explore our city of Nashville. We loved on our favorite spots of Percy Warner, Ellington, and Radner. We saw some art at the Frist and Cheekwood. We paid our respects to history with first time visits to Traveler’s Rest and the Belmont Mansion. We found a new favorite pizza spot (Two Boots). We attended our first Belmont University basketball game.
Speaking of Belmont, I returned to my alma mater as an adjunct instructor.
Having been a gluten free family in 2012, we started to dabble with gluten again with no negative side effects. Yay!
The family celebrated the amazing wedding of my sister-in-law in Banner Elk, NC. We welcomed a new Andrade baby to the family in Austin, TX.
Acivii, Katy Perry, the Luminteers, Capitol Kings, Imagine Dragons, Daft Punk, and TobyMac were overplayed in our house. The kids were educated with Elvis, Led Zeppelin, Brooks and Dunn, and Johnny Cash.
2013 was a maintenance year: both expected and unexpected. Our cars were lovingly repaired. The kitchen was remodeled. The garage was turned into a bonus room. And, specifically for the house, the remodeling projects will spill over into 2014. Yay!
2013 brought us the flu, asthma attacks, whooping cough, one broken arm, allergy troubles, and a triple bypass. We got to know our health insurance policy and doctors very well this year. And, most gratefully, we are ending the year with rosy cheeks and stronger immune systems.
That pretty much sums up 2013 for me.