Monday, January 10, 2011

Here comes 2011

Welcome to a new year! As is tradition, here is a little round up of what has happened in our lives, and our hopes and goals for the next 12 months. One year ago, this is what we thought 2010 would look like. We are usually pretty off in our predictions, but last year was relatively calm. We swapped out one dream vacation for another, and there are always unexpected twists and turns, but things basically went as planned. And now I give you the highlights from 2010, and our hopes for 2011:

In 2010 we:
  • Caught the DIY bug. We created a beautiful chair, a bookshelf, a new kitchen shelf, repainted our entire kitchen, did several DI furniture makeovers, and generally had fun with spray paint and wood scraps.
  • Kylie learned to sew. Our house has now been taken over by fabric and supplies.
  • Landon graduated in April. There was much rejoicing.
  • Accepted the offer from BYU for Landon to attend grad school, and committed ourselves to another 2-year stint in Provo. So far? Loving it.
  • Planted our first garden. It was mostly a success. We also found out we love spinach.
  • Survived a shooting inside Smith's grocery store here in Provo. Not a pleasant memory, but one we'll never forget.
  • Went to Switzerland! And celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary in Lausanne.
  • Bid Miles a fond farewell as he left to serve a mission in Nicaragua. Then proceeded to have a blast inundating him with same-day packages to the MTC.
  • Finally made a long-planned trek to Zion National Park. We're already planning to head back in the spring.
  • Bought sports passes to BYU and attended several football games together. Kylie's a bigger fan than Landon is.
  • Finally got new family pictures.
  • Said goodbye to Grandpa Jack.
  • Said hello to our new "Jack Wagon" - a 1996 Ford Taurus that belonged to Grandpa Jack and has already served us well.
  • Antarctica. Landon went, Kylie stayed home -- it was a valuable and once-in-a-lifetime experience that we really don't care to repeat. 
I guess we had quite the year!

In 2011 we think we'll:
  • Hang out together constantly to make up for lost time.
  • Celebrate 25th and 26th birthdays.
  • Go to a few BYU basketball games.
  • Visit Idaho more often (and possibly drag my brother along with us).
  • Apply for some summer internships and see where that road takes us this time around.
  • See the Grand Canyon.
  • Start Landon's second (and last here at BYU) year of grad school.
  • Go to Cherry Hill with the Sanders clan.
  • Spend Christmas on the same continent. Sounds crazy, but we're really excited about this one. We're not even picky about which continent it happens to be.
We're looking forward to this year. For the first time in our marriage, there are no major life-altering decisions looming over us. We know basically where we will be at the end of 2011 (still in Provo, finishing up Lando's masters degree). We have some amazing things to anticipate, and lots of changes coming our way, but at the moment, the waters are calm. It's a good feeling.

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