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Christmas, New Year’s, and More!

Can you believe it’s been almost a month since Christmas? Robby and I have been SUPER busy since my last post. Between the holidays, a week-long trip to Mississippi, trying to get over a nasty cold that took us both down, going back to work, celebrating our anniversary, and tackling about 10 different home organization and craft projects, the time has just flown by. I hope to be back with updates on the home projects soon (we’re in the middle of several!), but for now, here’s a photo-log of the last month.

Hope your New Year has gotten off to a great start. Ours has–I’m looking forward to what 2013 brings!

Sayonara, 2011; Hello, 2012!

First, can I just brag about the fact that it was 75° today in Pasadena?! I love that. :) Robby and I started our New Year’s Day at church, and then we spent the afternoon kicking around Manhattan Beach. Tomorrow morning, we’re planning on walking 3 blocks down to Colorado Blvd. to catch the Rose Parade before heading back to work on Tuesday…sigh.

New Year’s always makes me reflective, and 2011 gave me a lot to reflect on. In a lot of ways, it was a hard year. I had some medical struggles (including surgery); we learned that it will be extremely difficult (if not impossible) for us to have biological children; we lost a dear friend much too young; Robby and I had far too many stressful work projects; and I took on the burden of returning to school while working full-time. When I think about those things, I’m tempted to say “good riddance” to a bad year!

We did have quite a few good times mixed in there, though. Highlights from 2011 include our epic kitchen remodel; the birth of our adorable new nephew Hudson; two great trips to the Hollywood Bowl; a birthday weekend at Disneyland; getting an article published in a journal; surviving an epic windstorm in Pasadena; receiving a new iPhone 4S for Christmas; getting to preview a Rose Parade float; and taking several great trips:

  • Our anniversary trip to Santa Barbara
  • My work trip to Philadelphia and Washington, DC (Robby came with me)
  • Our trip to Orlando and Miami (in an attempt to witness the penultimate shuttle launch, which was unfortunately scrubbed 2 hours beforehand)
  • My work trip to Dayton, Ohio (Robby wasn’t able to come with me)
  • Robby’s trip to Orlando, where he was able to fulfill his lifelong dream by watching the last-ever shuttle launch!
  • A trip to Atlanta for Robby’s cousin’s wedding and then on to Panama City Beach for a week with Robby’s family
  • Our Thanksgiving trip to Knoxville, Gatlinburg, and Birmingham

I have mixed feelings about 2011. Mostly, I’m just happy to have reached the end of it with a wonderful husband by my side, and I’m hopeful that 2012 will be a good year for us. Heck, 2012 already has two things going for it–we’re planning a trip to Italy and England in the spring, and I’ll finish my MBA in June! I’m already counting down the days (literally–see the sidebar over there on the right??) until I have more time to knit, bake, decorate, and plan our next remodeling project–maybe overhauling our 80s-style bathrooms? :)

I hope that 2012 is filled with blessings for you (and us)! I’ll leave you with this huge photo-retrospective of some of our 2011 highlights:


Four years ago today a handsome man asked me to dance, and my life hasn’t been the same since.

My adorable goofball husband

Thank you, Robby, for making the past four years the best ever. I can’t wait for the next forty. :)

Love, love, love,

Your Special K

Anniversary Weekend, in Pictures

Robby and I just returned from a wonderful and relaxing anniversary weekend in Santa Barbara. My wonderful husband planned the whole thing as a surprise for me, and he did a great job!

On Friday afternoon, we took this…

Amtrak Surfliner

…from Burbank to Santa Barbara. Riding the train was a thrill for Robby, and way more relaxing for me than driving. :)

Riding the train!

It's too bad airplanes don't have this much legroom.

Once we got to Santa Barbara, we checked in here…

Harbor View Inn, Santa Barbara.

…then had dinner and wandered around State Street.

Our Saturday began with this…

Walking along the pier.

…which led to a bit of this:

Watching sea lions.

After a walk, I visited the spa for one of these…

Massage! (No, that's not me...)

…and then we hit the town for lunch and a bit of shopping. That evening, we went out for a fancy dinner, then fell asleep to the sound of the ocean outside our window.

Sunday morning began with a walk here…

Cabrillo Blvd.

Santa Barbara harbor.

…and then some of this…


…before a trip here…

Kalyra Winery tasting room.

…for a bit of wine tasting. We really enjoyed the delicious dessert wines!

Finally, we boarded the train and headed back home. Thank you to my brilliant, handsome, and thoughtful husband Robby for planning such a great weekend!

Anniversary trip

For our first anniversary, Robby surprised me by planning a trip to the Blue Lantern Inn in Dana Point, CA. It was pretty much the perfect weekend! We rode bikes down to the harbor, watched the surfers at the beach, and relaxed. I had a fantastic massage at the spa, and Robby thoroughly enjoyed the inn’s free wine and cheese hour on Saturday afternoon. :)

Here are some pictures from our weekend getaway: