2017: A year in review
It’s the end of December, which means it’s time to reflect on the year and express our gratitude for all our great memories. Normally I don’t like to share too many photos of ourselves because I want to inspire our readers and make the story about the place and less about our vacation. Here are some of our more personal memories that happened along the way this year.
Our 2017 most Cherished Memories
These daytime naps and playful morning cuddles are what we live for.
When we said goodbye to San Francisco this year.
This is Zero embracing our new life in Pleasant Hill.
We spent our summer in the backyard, having BBQs and doing silly dances.
One morning we woke up early to see the sunrise over Mt. Diablo and it was magnificent.
This whole year, Jeremy slipped in handwritten notes into my lunches. These notes were just small gestures that kept me smiling throughout the day.
We hiked some of the most demanding terrains this year. Our hike in Bergen, Norway was so challenging and yet so stunning. It felt like such an accomplishment to complete it.
The beauty of Flam, Norway was completely eclipsed by the memory of playing baby goats. It’s small, and unexpected things like this that remind us to be spontaneous and lean in to opportunities to climb in the goat pen and let them climb all over you.
While we cherish our grand adventures, sometimes we love the simple things like playing cards at the table on a camping trip. I remember watching the light flutter as it passed through the trees, leaving dots all over the table and thinking that this moment was just perfect.
We celebrated Jeremy’s birthday in the Presidio, with a picnic playing bags on the grass and eating good food truck food. It was a typical sunny San Francisco day and the best part was spending it with friends.
Our road trip through Colorado wasn’t complete without drinking beer and playing bags with old college friends.
Every time I thought I had seen it all, Colorado would surprise me the next day with something even more beautiful. I stood there looking out into the canyon of Mesa Verde, admiring its beauty and trying my best to remember every detail.
It was such a gratifying feeling when we finally got to the top of the tent rocks trail ridge and saw this view.
We’ve been taking a family photo on a Thanksgiving day hike since 2012 and it has become our annual family tradition, one that we look forward to every year.
We are excited to be going to Japan later in 2018. We’ve been researching and taking Japanese lessons, so we can immerse ourselves in the culture. Loretta plans to take a long weekend with her oldest friend to celebrate their 30th birthday and 20 years of friendship in New York City. We hope your 2018 is full of happiness, adventure, and new experiences. Happy New year!