2014: The Play by Play

Well, here we are, a good two months after my last post. I told myself, "Eh, I don't have anything to post today," and then today turned into "this weekend," which unintentionally turned into "the holidays" and I realized how long it had been. Here are a few things that have happened since October 25th:

  • Halloween (though we didn't dress up or anything, so no news there)
  • Thanksgiving (we went to Seattle! It was fun!)
  • Christmas (we went to Vermont! It was also fun!)
  • Numerous other things that were not holidays

All of those things probably merit posts of their own, but instead of doing that I figured I'd do something entirely unique (sarcasm) and review 2014.

It was a good year for the still-rather-new Woodstock family. In a way, I feel a tiny shred of trepidation when considering the thought of next year because this one was so good, overall. Here are some highlights!

In January, we had a gathering of the college friends in Freeport, Maine. It was just for an afternoon, but it was so very nice to catch up, walk around a cute town, do some shopping, and eat doughnuts.

 Lauren bought her yellow shirt while there and liked it so much that she put it on right away. Good choice, Lauren!

Lauren bought her yellow shirt while there and liked it so much that she put it on right away. Good choice, Lauren!

In February, I turned another year older, and Chaz took me to Newburyport to celebrate. We ate at a diner right in the center of town. We talked over our sandwiches about the wedding and how excited we were.

In March, Chaz turned a year older as well! Somehow I don't have any pictures of that, but if I remember correctly, we had Mexican for dinner with friends and enjoyed ourselves. My wedding dress also came in, so I got to try it on for the first time!

April was a quieter month. I had gotten Chaz a beer-making kit for his birthday, so we took an afternoon and mixed it up. That all happened while the Catholic church down the road was holding Mass, so we were really hoping that the smell of hops didn't carry over that far...

 The instructions stressed the importance of sanitizing like nothing else.

The instructions stressed the importance of sanitizing like nothing else.

In May, my mom and a friend from home organized a beautiful bridal shower. I was so blessed to have such a wonderful celebration with all the ladies from church in Vermont, and several people (including some bridesmaids!) traveled from afar to be there.

 My friends are the best!

My friends are the best!

June brought Beth's wedding! She was a beautiful bride, and her wedding was chock full of joy and lots of laughter. Plus, it was a gorgeous day, which is always appreciated for a wedding!

 Wedding selfie!

Wedding selfie!

I was also lucky enough to get to go to Amsterdam for work, and it was really fun to explore a new European city.

 

 I am the orange spot posing somewhat awkwardly while wearing an Amsterdam soccer jersey over my work clothes. #trendsetter?

I am the orange spot posing somewhat awkwardly while wearing an Amsterdam soccer jersey over my work clothes. #trendsetter?

July was the highlight of the year, thanks to the fact that we got married. You've already see wedding pictures, so here's a picture from our honeymoon instead!

August is always a busy month at work, and it means taking more trips to train schools how to use our software. So August found me in Seattle, this time with my mom! Seeing as I've now been to Seattle quite a few times, it was really fun to show her around and see all the sights with fresh eyes!

September brought another wedding, because 2014 was evidently the Year of Weddings. This time, it was Sara getting married up in Vermont! Her wedding also took place on a gorgeous day, and the service was lovely. It was followed by a reception in a beautiful barn.

 

In October, another business trip took me and my friend/coworker Steph to NYC. It was only the second time there for me, which meant that there was lots of ground to cover in the two evenings that we had free!

 

November contained Thanksgiving, of course. This year, Thanksgiving meant another trip out to Seattle! This time, though, no business was involved, which was a nice change.

 The Woodstock brethren displaying their gratefulness for technology

The Woodstock brethren displaying their gratefulness for technology

And finally, December held Christmas in Vermont as well as an opportunity to take my brother's senior picture.

 

 A picture where everyone looks just a little bit funny!

A picture where everyone looks just a little bit funny!

 Green grass! In Vermont! In December!

Green grass! In Vermont! In December!

Clearly, that list represents what has happened over the past twelve months for us. What it doesn't represent is how much that we've been able to savor all the goodness that God has blessed us with this year. I can safely speak for both of us when saying that we feel so grateful for this past year, and we're looking forward to what 2015 has to offer.

Happy 2015 to you and yours from us and ours!