What have we experienced and accomplished this year? Now I'm realizing: A LOT!
1) Settled into the lower part of the house David's parents are renting sooner than we thought because our house flooded on Christmas Day-not a fun thing to come home to.
I started a little home business called Gourmet Girls.
Celebrated our first married Valentine's Day by going to a mutual activity since David had to chaperone as Young Men's President!
David turned 27 and we celebrated with friends and family at Yamazato of Japan and trifle.
David and his brother Brian built an addition onto the former bishop of Crestline ward's house. It was his first job by himself and he did an amazing job!
We splurged on a new mattress- it was much needed and probably the best investment we've ever made. Thanks Simmons!
We visited Brian in Arizona and David helped him build a barbeque. Yum, Cafe Rio!
David finally started the building part of a spec house he and his dad decided to build.
I turned 21 on the 26th and we celebrated by going to San Diego for the weekend!
Three days later Blake came home from his mission in Brazil! Let's just say it had been a long two years for David. He was so happy to have his best friend home!! I was happy to have him home too.
We celebrated the 4th of July at the dock on Lake Arrowhead and my family even came up to celebrate with us. It was a hot day!
We went to Lake Powell for nearly a week and had a blast. David misses his morning swims and I miss my tan!
We went to Cedar City, Utah for the Shakespeare Festival. David's mom's side of the family (the Campbells) go every year and it was a neat experience for me. We saw a play, ate good food and got in plenty of Chloe time (and other family time).
On the 15th we moved into a new rental house since David's parent's house had gotten a little crowded for us.
We celebrated our first anniversary on the 19th. The year flew by! David surprised me by taking me to the Huntington Library in Pasadena and we went to Houston's for dinner. Yum!
We decided to move to Provo-a bittersweet decision but we're excited to start something new.
We went to Mexico and stayed in the same hotel we had stayed in for our honeymoon for David's mom's birthday.
We kind of randomly decided to go to Europe. This has been a dream of ours for a long time and we NEVER thought we'd be able to go so soon. We went from the 1st to the 18th and visited London (our favorite), Paris, Venice, Rome and Florence (where we spent time with Dresden who was studying abroad). It was unreal!
Chloe turned 1 and we celebrated with the family in Oak Park. Her first year flew!
We were evacuated from our home because of the fires. We stayed at my parents house in Corona for nearly a week.
We had Thanksgiving at David's Aunt and Uncle's house up here. It was fun to have Blake and Ryan down visiting.
We took a trip to Provo for me to check out since I'd never really been there. We had a lot of fun visiting the Conference Center and hanging out with family since Zac and Kara live in Salt Lake as does Amanda now, and Blake and Ryan are in Provo and Dresden will be soon. We also go to see David's friend Jon who got home from his mission earlier this year and we hadn't gotten to see him since then.
We celebrated Christmas all day long!
New year's eve we had everyone up at our house-Dresden, Brian, Keith & Nathan Birkett, and Dustin, Chelsea & Chloe came.