Yet again we have arrived at the end of another year. It's time to say farewell to 2013 & welcome in 2014. Here's a little post about the year gone with a few of the highlights.
What was the best part of 2013?
This year I've really enjoyed spending time with my little family. It's been such a blessing to get so much work this year so I've really appreciated any of the down time I've had.
What was the worst part of 2013?
Unfortunately we've had a few bad things happen this year. We had a huge storm come through in the new year & lost power for 3 long days. We had our car stolen from our driveway in February & someone attempted to break into our house a few days later. We don't know if the two are related. We also had our little bird Magallen die which was really sad.
What was the biggest surprise of 2013?
The biggest surprise was for Jeff. I surprised Jeff with two days off work & a trip to Sydney to see Josh Groban perform in the Opera House. I also surprised him with tickets to see Josh perform in Brisbane QPAC the following Saturday. It was the best surprise ever & I had the most wonderful time too!!!!
What are you most looking forward in 2014?
Nothing in particular but I do hope we get to have a few trips away during the year.
Is there anything you are not looking forward to in 2014?
I have a 3 week contract booked in for week 2 back at school. I have a feeling it's going to be a tough class so I'm not really that excited about it. But I might be wrong & really enjoy it!!!
Which new years resolutions did you keep in 2013?
I didn't keep any because I didn't make any.
What will be your new years resolutions in 2014?
I'd love to challenge myself in some kind of way. Do something new, see something new... Who knows!!
What will you be doing on new years eve?
We have my brother & sister in-law staying at our place so our plans will be something with them. I've heard Mooloolaba & Noosa ideas so far. Time will tell where we end up.
Who will you be with at new years eve?
My husband for sure & probably some of Jeffs family members.
Who do you want to kiss to see the new year in?
My husband as usual!!! No one else I want to kiss!
What was the best song of 2013?
Anything from Josh Groban's All that Echoes CD
What was the best TV show of 2013?
Still loving The Big Bang a theory. Keeping up with Grey's as well. Also found some old TV shows on YouTube which I enjoyed.
What was the best book you read in 2013?
My bible & I read a lot of cookbooks this year.
What was the best film of 2013?
Now You See Me. I really enjoyed it, especially the twist at the end. Hunger Games 2 was pretty epic & I loved seeing The Christmas Candle just a few days ago with Rachel too.
What change would you like to make to your life in 2014?
I'd like to be braver. Do some of the things I've been putting off because I haven't been brave enough. Nothing in particular just a general thought.
What change would you like to see in the world in 2014?
I'd like to see people embracing happiness a little bit more. Focus on the good in the world & in our lives. Smile more often, laugh more & enjoy life!!
Cue the mass of photos... in no particular order.
Welcoming in the new Year at Uncle Greg and Jeanette's place
Tiger walk with the family
3rd wedding anniversary at Noosa.
We walked 8km through the Noosa national park
Talia's baby blessing
My obsession with Review dresses began when I found this stunning outfit in Chermside!!
We spent a night away at Brisbane Marriott
We had a view of the story bridge from our room
Tillie was dedicated to God
Lior had his first birthday
I photographed and reviewed most of my coffees during 2013 on facebook
Kathryn and Justin got married
It was a beautiful wedding
In the new year we had a huge storm/cyclone hit the coast and were flooded in and lost power/phone lines and reception for 3 days
We used esky's for fridges but in the end we threw everything away because 3 days is too long to keep things cold on ice.
We lived by candle light for 3 nights
We watched Misty's puppies grown and said goodbye to them as they found their homes.
We celebrated lots of birthdays
Snuggles was the star of our birthday cards
A basket of puppies
We celebrate Chinese New Year with Jeff's boss and his wife. It was lots of fun
Valentine's Day was spent having dinner on our deck
Snuggles stayed well and healthy
I had lots of teaching work
Our car was stolen and found written off :(
We bought a new car
With Jeff's Mum we travelled to Sydney
To help Laree with her dance concert
We visited the harbour
And Max Brenners
Walked around Centrepoint tower
Stayed at Darling Harbour for the night
Discovered my favourite cafe - Guylian Chocolate Cafe
We drove out to Toowoomba for Easterfest
Getting ready to watch Relient K at mainstage
Mainstage was amazing
It rained on the last day and created a mud pit
We kept dry
I flew to Canberra with my parents and the Buchanan's to see Chris. We visited parliament house
And the Australian Institute for Sport
We took the dogs to the beach
We flew to Sydney for Jeff's birthday surprise
And ate Guylian chocolate waffles after the show.
I gave Jeff another surprise over breakfast... at Guylain cafe again!!
Tickets to see Josh Groban again in the Brisbane QPAC Concert Hall
We saw an amazing sunset at Brett and Kate's place at the end of December
Shared Christmas lunch with the Gadenne's at our house
And Christmas dinner with my family in the evening
Some Christmas day highlights
Jeff played Santa at the Lodge
We went to the Christmas carols at the nursing home with Nana
Jeff lit our house up again
We visited New Earth Cafe at Coolum for their opening
Our Christmas card photo
Magallen inside our Christmas card
Our Christmas tree
We got a bird named Magallen but he sadly died
We bought 2 new birds Bella and Georgie.
I saw the biggest hail stones of my life at Sunshine Plaza
Andrew and Carly got engaged
We celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary at Noosa Sheridan Resort
Jeff people watching over breakfast
Relaxing at our room
Happy snaps in Noosa
Flowers from Snuggles on our anniversary
I started a veggie garden
I flew back to Canberra with Mum, Dad, Nana and Poppy to visit Chris
We went on the Segways
I was especially impressed with this photo i took at the flower festival in Canberra
Father's Day with Jeff's Dad
Father's Day with my Dad
I worked on my Sweet as Pie Baking Challenge
And took lots of photos of my baking
We went to the Ekka with Mum and Dad
I sampled the ice creams
I did a little drawing but not well
We caught up with the cousins and went bowling
We went for a drive out to Kingaroy with Jeff's Dad to visit Simon and Jan
I practised my photography skills
Lots of Jeff photos
I tried my first Macaroon and loved it!
The uni girls went to the strawberry farm with these two cuties
We helped Rhonda run a cent auction
And helped her run another a few months later
We ate chips and drank coffee on the rocks at the beach
Spent Mother's Day night in Noosa
And had Mother's Day lunch at Mum and Dads
We kept cool in an inflatable pool in the last few days of 2013
Had Gadenne family photos taken
Had Owen family photos taken
Dad and Jeff drove V8 racecars
They loved every minute of it
I had to remind myself of this many time during teaching this year!!!