I feel like I have some catching up to do. It’s been quite a long time since I was blogging regularly and I miss it.
Here goes! Let’s see – in the last year I planned a trip to Paris with my grandmother, went on said trip to Paris over my Spring Break, planned a trip to Barcelona and Madrid with my mom, went on said trip at the beginning of summer break, planned the most amazing wedding with my now husband, Scott, started a new position at my school as Administrative Assistant, traveled to Massachusetts for our most amazing wedding, Mini-Moon-ed in Maine, and moved to a new house! Oh, and I took a French class and a Spanish class at the beginning of the year along with planning said trips. Here are some photos of aforementioned adventures: Our new house is amazing. First of all, it’s an actual house. We don’t share any walls with anyone, we have a front yard and a backyard, and we have our own driveway. It’s definitely bigger than our apartment was, which makes it so that we actually have places for all of our things. A place for everything and everything in its place. (Credit where credit is due if that’s some individual’s quote.) Our kitchen is brilliant. It’s an eat in kitchen with a giant (very heavy) table so there’s room for hanging out and cooking and no one gets in anyone’s way. There’s a beautiful view of the mountains and we can tell that it will be absolutely lovely come spring time. We have at least three dogwoods … I’m so excited!!! And we can hardly wait to see what else pops up. The two bird feeders that hang outside our bay window are quite popular with the birds. We have a lengthy list of birds that we’ve seen from our window! And of course, a few squirrels.
Married life is wonderful. I’ve been adjusting to my new name and I love it. Otherwise it’s business as usual in the Anderson household. We often sit around fondly recalling moments from our wedding – it was the best – and being thankful for our beautiful new home. So here’s to all of the adventures that await in 2015!
Started this year baking cookies and sipping bubbly, at home with my sweetheart enjoying the peace and quiet. The infrequent boom of fireworks barely audible in the distance. There was no big countdown, mostly because we missed it amidst the oven timers and the cork hitting the ceiling mere moments before midnight. Suddenly it was tomorrow and the New Year and there we were, standing in the kitchen with glasses of bubbly, wishing each other Happy New Year and it was peaceful and perfect.
As we yawned and stretched this morning, letting the sunshine bring us into wakefulness, there was a cozy blanket of calm and peace that seemed to envelope our corner of the universe. This year promises to be exciting and challenging, joyous and full of new things. I hope that the sense of peace and calm we felt today carries through this year and that in times of stress and commotion we can be reminded to snuggle up under its cozy blanket.
This sweet goat was snoozing away in the feed bucket amidst all the children and chickens running around on the farm at the Biltmore today.
Carry this peace and calm, tuck it in your heart for always.
My word for 2013: trust.
Because I am a planner. And as an ardent planner I like to be in control. However, I have no idea what this year will bring, and I am working really hard on being okay with that. No, not just “okay.” I want to embrace the possibilities and opportunities and welcome this new year with open arms and an eager outlook!
2012 was a wonderful year! Sharing a home with my sweetheart has been wonderful! Doing life together is awesome. Taking hold of my life and putting myself out there by volunteering at my current school was the best way to get a job I can possibly think of. Traveling to so many fun places to see family and attend weddings this summer was so much fun! We really saw some beautiful parts of the country – some we have seen before, some were new to us! Starting my teaching job in a marvelous little Montessori school here in Asheville has been absolutely the best! It is such an awesome feeling to leave work on Friday afternoon loving my job! And I feel so fortunate to have finished up the year spending time with family and friends. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such magnificent people!
2013 has started off safely. I am grateful for safe travels back home for Scott and myself. I drove back and he flew back yesterday. It feels so good to be home! Yesterday we relaxed and unpacked after arriving home, and today we had a lazy morning followed by a good hike and a bit more laziness with some laundry thrown in.
So far so great!
“A place for everything and everything in its place.” ~ Benjamin Franklin, and some other folks too.
I want this to serve as my reminder this year to trust. To embrace the potential of this new year. To love with all of my heart, to dream with all of my imagination, to leap with faith into the next chapters of life!
“Everything will be all right in the end. So if it is not all right, it is not the end.” ~ Sonny, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel