Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Year in Review

Well, 2014 was an amazing year, and the best of my life so far ...

We did some traveling to Denver, Mexico, Montreal (yum), Denver again, and then Vegas ... in addition to about 12 road trips.  We went to many concerts, seeing Black Sabbath, Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Death Cab, Canned Heat, Bonobo, The Black Keys, Jake Bugg, Arch Enemy, etc., etc..

We developed many new, fun recipes, including a favourite of ours, Thai Yum Yum Bowl.

We celebrated so many times, and so many things, and had many themed weekends of eating.  We spent more time in our backyard than ever before.  My blog grew with my first four paid writing gigs, being a featured blogger on Gourmandize, and Food Bloggers of Canada, my TV debut on Pizza Wars: Regina, and a five year blog birthday.

We had one really sad time at the start of this year, when my grandma passed away.  She was an amazing woman, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  We all miss her so much.

Some exciting moments of the year included milestone birthdays ... Christopher turned 30, his mom turned 60, and his dad turned 70.

We went and played Laser Quest for our nephew's seventh birthday (I don't know how he's seven already), and had some bonding time when Christopher taught him to make sushi.  His mom, my sister, celebrates her birthday today - Happy birthday Leah!  

We got to meet and snuggle the cutest kitten I've ever seen, Finn.

The Screaming Daisies played a lot of gigs, recorded, and released their second full-length album!  It is really, really impressive!

We had our first family dinner out in Indian Head at the church that Victoria and William are converting into a house.  Some friends got married, and a couple are expecting ...

But, the happiest time of the year was when our niece, and goddaughter Charlotte was born.  She has brought so much joy into our lives in these first few months. 

We feel pretty lucky to have both a niece and a nephew now - one of each is great!  We're not planning on having kids, so we hope to have a lifetime of bonding with the two most important little people in our lives.

In one surprisingly popular post, I wrote about Happiness ... what I think it is, and how I have reached in 2014, at 32 years old, the happiest I've ever been.

2014 has been an amazing year.

What are your highlights of 2014?


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Wow, when you list it all out like that, 2014 was an amazing year for you guys! I'm glad that it was such a kickass year! Mine was great as well, my highlights were moving home, traveling to San Francisco, and traveling to Jamaica!

Amber said...

Sounds like a really great year! Congratulations on all the awesome blog opportunities you had. You definitely deserve it!

Nicole | Culinary Cool said...

You had an awesome year! I can't wait to see all the awesome places you go, and food you and Chris will eat in 2015!