A Year in Review: 2013

31 Dec

Happy New Years Eve! We cannot believe another year is already over. Today we decided to share some of our favorite moments from the past twelve months.

Let’s start with January.

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Birthday celebrations are always fun. We kept our 20th birthday celebration low key with a sushi lunch date and homemade carrot cake by Dashing Dish. Even though it was low key it definitely did not disappoint. That carrot cake recipe is to die for.

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February was filled with lots of love for our new blender.

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and only fueled our addiction to green smoothies even more.

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Isn’t it just absolutely beautiful?

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In the beginning of February, we also received 8am bids to Phi Sigma Sigma, the sorority we wanted to be a part of since our transfer to LVC last year.

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On March 15th, we became sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma and gained lots of sisters for life. It was definitely one of the happiest days of our lives.

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In April we welcomed this fur ball into our home. She lights up our lives, even when she occasionally gets sprayed by a skunk and makes the whole house stink.
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In April our mom also became an official Phi Sigma Sigma mother. If you as us though, we think she looks more like our sister than our mom.

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In May we also discovered our love for Vietnamese food. We have become addicted to shrimp pho and summer rolls from our local Vietnamese restaurant.

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We also planted our first garden, with the help of our cousin, Kate, and our Aunt Dawn.

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They spent the weekend with us and helped perfect our cute little garden in our backyard.

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Complete with kale, lettuce, mint leaf, grape tomatoes, eggplant, and regular tomatoes.

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In June, we decided it was necessary to remake our extra bedroom into a yoga and exercise room. This is a great space for us to stretch out, do at home workout videos, and keep our weights in.

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We also decided to check out our college’s summer fitness classes, and instantly fell in love with the Les Mills body pump at 5:50 am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

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We also caught up with friends over 1/2 price smoothie dates.

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And picked lots and lots of strawberries at our favorite local orchard. One for me, one for the pint.

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In July, we celebrated the 4th with our dad’s side of the family.

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It was always his favorite holiday, and was focused around his hunting cabin and his love for his family. Although it’s not the same without him, we know he loves that we keep the tradition going anyways.

In July, we also had the opportunity to have a photo shoot with one of our great friends, Rebecca, who is also a fabulous photographer. She wanted to get some more practice, and we volunteered to be her models.

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Talk about a fun shoot.

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Complete with just a few outfit changes.

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July was a busy month for us. We also took a road trip down to visit our friends from college, and made sure to make a pit stop at the bakery we couldn’t stop googling over these past few months.

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GREAT HARVEST!

July was also filled with sad goodbyes, as we counted down the days until Kayla left for Australia.

We shared many photographs and lunch dates before the big day arrived.

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When it finally did, we tried to all stay strong, but knew the next 130 days would be some of the hardest, but most rewarding days ahead.

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While Kayla traveled the world in July-November, she got to explore a LOT.

Meanwhile, in August, Devon took a trip to Erie, PA with her mom and step dad’s family where they visited the lake, explored the town, and had dinner at a haunted train station.

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She also picked peaches at a local orchard that were comparable to the size of baseballs!

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In September, Devon took a weekend trip to the beach to celebrate our step dad’s birthday.

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After the beach, she celebrated the end of the summer at our parents yearly end of summer party!

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And had lots of skype sessions with Kayla.

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When October rolled around, Devon was busy with our sorority sisters.

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Trying to send a package to Kayla (but failing, because it cost over $100 to send a package to Australia!!!)

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and discovered that Twin Oaks Tofu is sold at a local grocery store! WIN!

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October also marked the start of the kitchen remodel.

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and a trip to Utah to celebrate her best friend’s wedding!

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While in Utah, she pretended to be a tourist and stopped to take photographs with the beautiful mountains.

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and the beautiful bride!

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Meanwhile, Kayla was on a spring break trip, visiting Cairns, the Whitsunday’s, and Brisbane with a few of her best friends.

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She got to hold koalas

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Jump out of a plane at 14,000 feet

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Lay on the beach

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And even go to check out some local breweries!

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After finals, Kayla took a trip to Bali, and enjoyed some much needed relaxation.

In addition to riding and feeding elephants!

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Exploring rice fields.

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and eating and drinking lots of really great food. 

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Then in early November she took a quick weekend trip to Sydney to see the famous Sydney Harbor Bridge and Opera House.

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November seemed to fly by, as the days got closer to Kayla’s arrival home.

The time was passed being spend with two of our favorite girls,  Alyssa and Nicole!IMG_7990

The best day of the year was definitely November 23rd, when we were reunited after five month apart.

And December flew by, with finals, the holidays, and catching up!

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And had a wonderful Christmas, that we were both very thankful for.

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So when looking back on the year 2013, we can say it was filled with adventures, tears, joy, happiness, and lots of love for our friends and family. Although we spent a few months apart, those months helped to strengthen our relationship even more. Here’s to hoping that 2014 fills our lives with even more joy than the years before.

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