2013 is over! Can you even believe it?
I went through my personal photos of the year and I found (a lot of) highlights to share. Most are from instagram, because, well, instagram is my digital memory book. Oh and, this post took me 4 hours. Yiiiikes.
M O N T H B Y M O N T H
J A N U A R Y:
Steve was on a roll with home projects! We bought a brand new track house in 2011 and quickly realized that’s just not our style. You know, nice, new, flawless. haha! So this is Steve ripping off the fireplace tile. He made it so nice and pretty for us.
We also bought a Honda CR-V!
And got SUPER into playing Ticket To Ride. We still play on our phones all the time.
F E B R U A R Y :
Steve’s birthday is the day after Valentines day! THE BIG 3-0!
I threw him a surprise Call of Duty themed birthday party. It was really fun!
And then we went to Santa Barbara to photograph one of my best friends engagement shoot! So special for us.
Steve and I stayed at The Lemon Tree Inn and it was SO mid century CUTE. The restaurant was nasty, but, hey. Can’t win ‘em all!
M A R C H :
My cousin moved to Tennessee in November 2012 and we talked on the phone every single day (pretty much). We also face timed the most mundane situations, but i liked it. This call was on her birthday and she was cooking dinner and I was working on my laptop from the couch. FASCINATING STUFF, PEOPLE. But it helped keep us close.
We went to WPPI in Vegas (for the 3rd year in a row) and my iced americano ended up smiling at me before we left.
Such a fun view from the MGM
I met Amelia + Justin in 2011 at WPPI and we’ve met up (or at least hugged) each year! I love them.
We also met Braedon Flynn at our first WPPI in 2011 and we have bumped into him every year too! It’s our tradition now. He’s the most down to earth rad photographer dude ever.
A big surprise was getting to sit in on an interview with Tec Petaja. That guy is THEE bomb and his wife is charming and sweet and I purchased a custom home address stamp from her before WPPI and we got to talk about that…. so that was cool.
The day after we got home we threw a going away party for our sweet Kate + Jared friends. Waaaaah. We miss them but are so happy they are loving Texas!
A couple days after the party we went to our churches marriage retreat up in the mountains. Gosh that was so fun! We stayed in a huge cabin and got to focus on each other all weekend… with no cell service! It was awesome.
The week after the retreat I cut probably 8 inches from my hair and it felt GOOD. I love change.
A P R I L :
I TURNED 25 ON APRIL 3RD! Big number, in my opinion. I’m so happy Steve let me throw my own party. Haha. I love putting together parties and planning fun games to entertain my friends. We ate mexican food and played bingo. That’s right. BINGO.
A few days after my party we met our “nephew” Joshua! Steve’s best friend Derek had his first baby and we are so happy Derek + Amanda consider us family. They want Joshua to call us Tia Sara and Uncle Steve. Haha!
And then Steve gave my office polka dots!!!!! They keep me happy and inspired.
Our friends Katie + Jesse decided to elope with a super sweet and intimate chapel ceremony. It was our first wedding of the year!
The next weekend we shot Matt + Alanna’s wedding! It was my first time shooting a “first prayer” and boy did I cry my eyes out! It was incredibly sweet!
2 weeks later I shot Tereneh + Ryan’s wedding solo on what felt like the hottest but most beautiful day of the year. AND NOW THEY ARE EXCEPTING A BABY GIRL!
M A Y :
Cinco de mayo weekend I drove 3 hours south to San Diego for Juliann’s bridal / bachelorette weekend! Liana (the fab MOH front and center) and I planned the whole weekend and had so much fun doing it. We rented to social cycle to cruise downtown San Diego and it was hilarious!!! It’s a 16 person bicycle. I lost one of my flats in a busy intersection and sweet Juli had to hop off and get it. My legs didn’t quite reach the petals (short stuff over here) and I had to sit in the caboose. LOL!
When I came home Steve and I started mapping out what we wanted to do in our backyard. I’m the thinker he is the doer. AND LOOK AT HIM GO!
We did our best but buying a model home means A COMPLETELY EMPTY SLATE! It was really hard to plan! We had no idea what we were doing.
On the last day of April Steve and I decided we wanted to adopt our first child! HUGE! But we didn’t want to tell the wold until we attended our first orientation on May 15th. So when Mother’s Day rolled around on the 12th my heartstrings were a’tugging!!
That week we were able to announce that we were in fact ADOPTING!!!! That journey has been bumpy but so beautiful. Read all about it at www.andthatmakesthree.com and follow us daily on instagram @andthatmakesthree
2 weeks later we drove up the mountain to Lake Arrowhead for Travis + Tamera’s wedding! LOOK at how stunning she is. WOW.
too bad after the wedding Steve and I got lost on the mountain for 2 hours. Worst night of 2013, I think. HAHA!
J U N E:
June was our crazy busy wedding month with our crazy awesome clients! I shot 5 weddings!
The first weekend in June I 2nd shot (the only time in 2013 haha) for the lovely Kristin Rogers. She is so wonderful and left me wanting to hang out with her all the time! Miss you Kristin friend!
And then the nesting bug hit. We shot weddings all weekend and worked on the nursery all week. If you didn’t see in June now you know why.
Also, I don’t wish a 62 step ikea picture booklet to ANYONE.
Awww and then we shot Cameron + Dave’s vegan wedding the next weekend. They are the coolest couple.
One of my happiest moments in 2013 is when MY COUSIN MOVED BACK!!! Nashville is cool and all, but I like having her back in California! We threw her a welcome back BBQ on a tuesday in June in our backyard. Ahhhh it was so fun. Food, friends, kites, and charades.
We shot our first “double header” wedding weekend June 14-15.
Sorry for the super huge photo below but I just LOVED these sweet girls at Hannah + Kyle’s wedding!
The next day we shot Jessica + Daniel’s modern rooftop wedding! They were so sweet and I’m happy they chose awesome vendors that I’ve always wanted to work with. Shout out In The Now + Sweet and Saucy Shop!
The next weekend Steve and I drove 5 hours to Atascadero, CA for Juli + Stephen’s much anticipated “total california” wedding!! I mean, just look at that. So gorgeous. I got to celebrate Juliann a lot in 2013!
J U L Y :
Steve went to Hume Lake Christian Camp as a counselor for a week and I was soooooo sad to be without him but I love his heart to serve and to love students.
We decided to move! So we put our 1st home up for sale and TWO DAYS LATER we accepted an offer. What a whirlwind!!
We celebrated by spending 3 days in Palm Springs. We love The Parker so much and can’t wait to stay there again. Ahhh relaxation at it’s finest.
Then we got to celebrate the most generous girl in the world at her tribal chic birthday party! Collette threw her own party and you know I love that. A girl after my own heart!
We welcomed the last weekend in July with a move and our new view. Thank you Jesus for that spectacular view! A constant reminder of God’s goodness when we look out our windows.
A U G U S T :
On August 5 we celebrated 2 years of marriage! We’ve done so much in these past 2 years that I sort of feel like we’ve been married for 5! But then I remember we were only dating for 9 months before we got married and then I’m like, oh, yeah. Definitely not 5 years. But anyway. We love each other and stuff
The best part about our anniversary is when Steve put this box of my favorite See’s candies on my driver seat while I was out shopping. He was at work the 1st half of the day and made this wrapping paper by printing out a striped image and then used post-it’s to seal it because that’s all he had. HILARIOUS. That’s the stuff love is made of, people. Cute stuff like that.
We spent the night at an Embassy Suites and flew to Philadelphia the next day! LAX-PHL!
Oh and I love our luggage. So much.
Steve wanted a picture of me by this giant domino because it had polka dots. Isn’t that the cutest? But now I just saw those creepy hand smears at the top and I sort of don’t like the photo anymore. YIKES. haha!
This frozen yogurt shop was within a 3 minute walk from our hotel. I loved the little sidewalk scene. Oh and it was right across from the pathway Ben Franklin used to walk to and from work.
This LOVE photo made it onto our christmas card this year! I know the big yellow bag is a little tacky, but it housed a $2,100 lens that we rented so I was not about to let Steve set it down. Haha!
My best memory of the trip was our Philly Cheesesteak experience. The building in the background is Independence Hall and we felt like that was a perfect place to eat some food truck food. Steve was SO excited to have his Philly cheesesteak. Can you blame him? So we grabbed our subs and found a bench in the park right by a group of actors performing a colonial sketch. I couldn’t have asked for a better location to grub. We pull our food from the bag and before we can even unwrap it it begins to sprinkle.. then drizzle (in my mind that means rain a little harder).. then rain. So we huddled under a tree for a minute but realized that just wasn’t cutting it anymore because it started to POUR!! I’m talking torrential downpour, folks. I giggled my head off as we followed others’ lead and ran across the park to a giant building that had better shelter. We then enjoyed our philly cheesesteaks as soaking wet as you can be and it was perfect. I love moments like that with complete strangers.
We made the trip to Philadelphia to shoot Chris + Lauren’s wedding! Unfortunately my camera broke the day before the wedding and then it rained that same torrential rain on their wedding day. Crazy. SO crazy. But we were able to buy a new camera and the rain stopped after the ceremony, so all was well!
Okay, actually all was REALLY well! Look at those 2 love birds!!! I still can’t believe they let us photograph their amazing wedding day. And it was our first destination wedding!
When we got home from Philly it was time to start working on our adoption to-do lists! Our first aid training was done and it was time to get finger printed. All for baby Lucero!
S E P T E M B E R :
We kind of got to catch our breath from the summer in September. I love this photo of Steve, Danskers (Danny), and Neko enjoying some fresh air and iPhone games!
More adoption work! Hospitals make me queazy so getting a physical and TB test was a labor of love.
We joined our very first small group! At this first meeting me, Heather, and Sarah were the only girls… but now we have 3 more awesome couples! So fun doing life with these guys.
We shot Florence + Seng’s BEAUTIFULLLLLLL wedding on September 21. Omg that day just kept getting prettier and prettier. Such a fun and easy going day.
The next weekend we left for OREGON!!! Our 2nd destination wedding!
Oregon stole our hearts and we weren’t expecting that. We stayed at Five Pine Lodge in Sister’s Oregon and Channy + Jesse’s wedding took place steps away from our cabin. It was the most relaxing weekend AND wedding. Channy + Jesse are beautiful, in love, and super down to earth. And I think I could shoot weddings there every weekend and be completely happy. Such a gorgeous place. STAY THERE IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE, OK?
Channy recommended a breakfast place in Bend called “Fork” and we are thankful for that! It was the cutest little place in a reconstructed house. These pictures below Steve took across the table and I was too giddy to get a decent smile.
O C T O B E R :
Would you believe me if I told you the week after Oregon we flew to Denver Colorado? Well we did! We were starting to get pretty tired but when your step sister asks you to photograph her senior photos you do it!
There was a cute coffee shop half a mile from our hotel called “backstage coffee” (behind an Opera House) that we loved. Believe it or not it was my first time drinking a latte in a coffee shop out of a real cup. Haha! It was a fun experience for me. It’s the little things, after all. We tried going back the next night but we got in a fight while we were walking there and it ruined the coffee. REAL LIFE, folks. Real life.
My 3 main men.
PUMPKIN PATCH!! So fun being festive and doing little things like that.
By this point our home had been in escrow for 3 months and we were expecting a close in 2-3 weeks. We were renting our house to the buyers and we were renting a house for ourselves. It’s very confusing. Well, we got word that escrow couldn’t close for many more months. We had to seek wisdom as we made a lot of big decisions that month! We still don’t know if we made the right decision and only time will tell, but we are trusting God 100% in this situation!
We opened our home for Brier Rose Design’s Glitter & Spice workshop later that month. She is so creative and talented! Look at those adorable succulent pumpkins we made!
We shot a lot of engagements in 2013 but this was the only one with a horse!
My cousin is a talented crafter and costume maker and opened up a business this year! (Follow @chizboombaa on instagram!) Look at these awesome costumes she made for her boys. Disney’s Hitchhiking Ghosts!
Steve and I went as tourists. Pretty fitting, right? We enjoyed passing out candy at our new house! The community we live in goes all out for Halloween and families from surrounding neighborhoods drive there. So fun! We passed out candy, tattoos, vampire teeth, yo-yo’s, and little toys.
N O V E M B E R :
Collette and I were featured in a Natural Child World Magazine!!! They spelt my name wrong, but after 25 years of seeing that extra “h” I have gotten used to it. I still think it’s funny tho!
November 9th we shot Amy + Brandon’s gorgeous fall wedding. This wedding was incredibly fun because their friends are DANCERS and know how to get the party going!
Oh yeah, and then we decorated for Christmas on November 10. That’s a record for us!
My sweet Martha friend (and Justin and baby Owen) visited California! So good seeing them. Why does Texas steal all of our friends?
Martha and Justin are expecting their 2nd baby!!! I did an impromptu maternity shoot for them during their family session. Martha makes darling accessories for the baby folk over at @mamaowllove! Follow her on insta.
A few days later on November 15th we shot Justin’s little brother’s wedding. Jon + Alyssa are a beautiful couple and we are so happy to see them enjoying life as newlyweds! Their wedding was bomb and i loved their wedding style!
We shot our very first PROPOSAL!!!! It was freezing but INCREDIBLE.
Chad had 10,000 lights helping him propose. We are excited for their summer 2014 wedding!
Oh yeah and then Ron Swanson took a selfie.
On black friday we hosted our 3rd annual white elephant christmas party!! This years theme was christmas plaid. Can you tell?
D E C E M B E R :
And Steve got a new guitar!!
And Steve put Danskers to work! We love those little helper boys.
Decorating for Christmas never stopped. We just kept adding and adding. This house is laid out completely different than our 1st house, so it took some time figuring out what worked.
On December 14th we shot our last wedding of the year!!! Sara + Aaron are so rad and after their morning wedding we went to starbucks and then out to the desert for more photos. That was fun. Blog post coming later!
Our church (High Desert Church) hosted one heck of a Christmas Eve service! That’s KO from Pentatonix on the left center and Steve is drumming to his left. So so so cool.
And then I bought a bike. I haven’t ridden one in about 5 years, so I was super giddy.
Steve surprised me by pulling out his old roller blades that I didn’t even know he still had. HILARIOUS PHOTO. Photo of the year.
Our Christmas card that came 2 days before Christmas. Booooo!
And yesterday! New Years eve! We celebrated with a couples game night and s’mores from our new Chiminea (from my folks)!
WHAT A YEAR!!!! I can’t wait to see what God has planned for 2014.
Praying for children, more traveling, and reversing my PCOS.
Let’s do this thang!!