Friday, January 03, 2014

Top 10 Highlights from 2013

With the craziness of moving right before Christmas, we had no time to create and mail our traditional Christmas card. We intend to send an actual card next year. In the meantime, we hope you had a wonderful Christmas, celebrating with those you love and that 2014 is a joyous year. 

Our Top 10 Highlights from 2013
10. We took Jack camping for the first time (at 17 months). It only took an hour of him lying on our heads before he fell asleep. Other than that, he loved the tent… and our headlamps.
 9. At the end of June, Daniel was relocated for work and we spent the last half of the year living in Chattanooga, TN during the work week and Hollywood, AL on the weekend. We never thought we would have a more difficult living experience than when we lived in a 30-foot camper for three months, but it turns out that living in a hotel with a toddler and a dog trumps living in a camper! 
8. We are thankful that we will be living permanently in Chattanooga in 2014 (as far as we know).
7. We are still in shock that we sold our house in less than a week! During the Thanksgiving holidays no less.
6. Date nights currently happen about a four times a year in our household, typically around the holidays when we have access to plenty of sitters.
5. In 2013 we did manage to do our first overnight trip away from Jack to attend a couple’s retreat. We needed that! We also had some much needed fun canoeing with friends this summer.
4. We visited two high points in the United States this year – Cheaha Mountain in Alabama and Lakewood Park in Florida. Jack has now been to 3 of the 50 highest points in the US. 
3. We introduced Jack to riding bikes and he is a huge fan. Our longest ride to date (as a family of three) was 13 miles. Jack likes to go fast and humors our long rides (especially if they involve lunch at Chick-fil-a afterwards).
2. Speaking of firsts, Jack got to take his first trip by plane. He was a little pro and traveled like he had been doing it all his life. Jack also had the opportunity to be the ring bearer in his Grandpa Moore’s wedding. At 18 months, we weren’t sure how he would do, but he marched right down that aisle, smiling and waving at everyone.
1. In the coming weeks we are hoping to buy a new house in Chattanooga and we are looking forward to getting settled and into our new sense of normal. We hope that the coming year is a blessing to each of you!
If you are interested, here are our Top 10 List from Years Past
2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | We skipped 2007 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011
| 2012

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