2013 Wrap up

I love to look back over the past year at New Years and see all the blessings that have unfolded during that year. I can never just pick one highlight of each month so sorry there are multiple pictures for some months!

January- we started 2013 at the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl. It was so much fun and something we will always remember! We also went to Kauai with the Warrens!

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February-we added sweet little Leo to our family! He makes us smile and laugh every day.

ImageMarch- Rachel got her Mission call to Spain! Mark and I celebrated our 24th birthdays and lots of other family birthdays.

ImageImageApril- we got to go to the temple with Rachel, it was a great experience. I love my family 🙂

ImageMay- we got to meet our newest niece Coraline! Taylor turned sweet 16!

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June- our family said goodbye to middle school and went to Courtney’s promotion.

ImageJuly- this was a busy month for our family. My mom, Rachel and me went to southern California for my cousin Natasha’s wedding. While we were there we hit up Disneyland. It was a blast! We then said goodbye to Rachel for 18 months and our family headed to Utah for a Barker family reunion. It was great to be with family and especially my 99 year old great-grandfather! While there I got to catch up with my favorite roommates and their husbands! It was definitely a highlight of the year.

ImageImageImageAugust- Mark and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary with a getaway to beautiful Jenner, CA. Mark is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I’m so blessed to share my life with this cute boy.

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September- I went shooting with my little sister Courtney.

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October- We were very fortunate to get to go to Hawaii for a 2nd time this year! This time we went to Oahu. I got to check paddle boarding off my bucket list, I loved it! We also threw a Murder Mystery Halloween party.

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November- we celebrated my wonderful dad’s 50th birthday!

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December- it has been a very busy month for us, per usual. We started the month off by going down to southern California for our niece Belle’s baptism. We obviously couldn’t pass up an opportunity to go Disneyland and see the Christmas Decorations. It was the BEST!

We also got to spend LOTS of time with family.

My dad took us to the Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park to watch BYU & Washington State. We love going and especially love the perks of my dad’s job! Thanks Dad!

December was a tough month for our little kitty. He turned 1 this month! We had to take him to the vet a couple of times and also thought we were going to have to put him down a couple of time. It was emotionally exhausting but we are happy we get to have him longer. Hopefully 2014 is a little easier on him.

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2013 was a good year, we were so blessed to have the opportunity to go to Hawaii twice, adopt Leo, send off the cutest little missionary, and spend lots of time with family and friends. I’m so grateful for everyone in my life. I’m excited to see what 2014 holds! Happy New Year!

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Happy 50th Dad!

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My dad hit the big 5-0 on November 8th. My mom had been trying to think of something great to do for at least a year now! AND after all that brainstorming and planning, it is safe to say it was a success!

On his actual birthday my mom took him up the coast toward Bodega Bay/Jenner. They went to the Charley Brown museum in Santa Rosa, my dad introduced all of us to Charley Brown when we were little, we always watch the holiday episodes.

My mom also threw my dad a surprise party this past weekend! She did a great job and tried her hardest to hide it from him, but my dad is pretty sneaky and knew something was going on. We threw it at my clubhouse, it was the first useful thing about paying HOA fees… So many of his friends came and I know he really enjoyed seeing everyone. My mom had Chipotle cater it, which was awesome! She hired a dealer for a Texas Holdem Tournament, the dealer wasn’t very good (Mark told me she was stinky and she probably lives out of her car, sad!) but everyone had a blast playing nonetheless.

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It was a great party! It was fun to be able to be there, I’m so grateful for all my parents friends and the support they have provided each other, I know raising us 4 girls isn’t easy 🙂

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Good work Mom, your party was a hit! And happy birthday Dad! I hope you had a wonderful birthday and know that we love you so much! You are the best!

Shout out to Chipotle, such an easy catering experience! It was great!
how cute are they?!

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