Nicholas took and passed his first CPA test in February, so we celebrated that and Valentine's Day with lots of great wine (and food!) tasting in Sonoma. I tried my hand at painting... and I think I did a pretty good job! Oh, and this year was leap year - so we celebrated the extra day with a pub
In March, we hit the slopes in Tahoe with our friends and thankfully didn't break any bones! A walk on the shore of Lake Tahoe was gorgeous after a long day of skiing. We watched my favorite movie of 2012, Like Crazy, and celebrated St. Paddy's Day by drinking green beer in downtown San Jose. I performed an ACL replacement on a cadaver knee at work and we wound down with date night.
party (which made me desperate to move back to Texas!)
In June, Nicholas and I basically just had fun. We visited a Greek festival in town, "swam" in our pool, ate frozen yogurt, and spent time at the beach in Capitola among other fun things! It between all the fun there must have been some studying because my smarty pants husband passed his second CPA exam!
We had a festive Fourth of July in San Francisco, followed by a concert in the vineyard at Robert Mondavi in Napa. We fostered a dog for a couple of weeks, which was so much fun, but in the end we decided it was best not to keep him. After watching the Olympics in London, we booked a trip to England and Scotland for October! I definitely did a happy dance that day!
In August, we went to a speakeasy in San Francisco with our friends from Texas and also spent time planning our trip to the UK. Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A opened in the Bay Area which made me giddy and we wrapped up the month with another trip up to Sonoma! Nicholas passed his 3rd CPA test, too.
September was a super busy month... which is typical for us. We celebrated two years of wedded bliss and went to Austin, Texas to celebrate our anniversary. While in Texas, our friends Krista and Jake got married. Nick's mom and her husband came out to visit us, and later Nick and I drove up to Awesome Ashland, Oregon to spend the weekend with more family. I loved that town!
After a whirlwind trip in October, November was full of resting. I was under the weather for the beginning of the month, but still managed to re-decorate our living room and see Breaking Dawn, Part 2! We had a low key Thanksgiving feast of cornish game hens prepared by yours truly!
And last, but certainly not least, we wrapped the year with a pretty tree, holiday parties and a trip to Omaha for Christmas. Yep, I had a COLD, white Christmas! We went ice-skating and saw a Beatles show and tried a few new restaurants in Omaha. We came back in town just in time for Nicholas to turn 28 as we counted down to the new year with our friends.
If there's anything that I've learned from my look back at the year it's:
1. We drink a lot of wine!
2. We had some of the best time with our friends and family.
3. My husband is very, very handsome.
4. Living in California isn't so bad, afterall. (But I'd still move back to Texas in a heartbeat!)
We have it pretty good, don't we?!
Wishing that everyone's 2013 is the best year yet!!!
Happy New Year.