Thursday, January 1, 2015

Best of 2014

New Year's is a bittersweet time for us - a time of new beginnings and also a time when we say goodbye again and mourn our losses, especially the passing of Steve's mom on New Year's Eve 2011. We tend to get a little wistful around New Year's.

2014 was a great year for us. A year of further rebuilding our family and really enjoying our time together. A year with a lot of camping, a lot of cycling, and a lot of skiing (our three favorite activities!). A year of transitions with WanYing starting kindergarten, Ben starting middle school, and me starting work at Qualtrics. It was a blessed year.

To celebrate the new year, we each chose our favorite picture of ourselves from 2014. Here they are!

Steve: Dinner at Sundance at the Bearclaw Supper Club.

Amazing food. Amazing hike up. Amazing views. Amazing company (if I do say so myself).

Jamie: Riding in the MS 150.

I had a great early cycling season and this ride was a highlight. There were 20+ of us riding for Team C4C and it was a time of great camaraderie and strong riding.

A few weeks after this picture tore the membrane between my tib and fib mountain biking and spent most of the summer trying to repair. It was a super lame injury and even now 6 months later it still swells up and hurts after an active day. Groan. It's a good reminder to be grateful for healthy riding days!

Sam: Skiing on Christmas Day

Nothing says Merry Christmas like 7" of powder on Christmas Day!

Ben: Drinking Icing

Our Picky Pizza Posters pizza reviews have been a simultaneous highlight and lowlight of 2014. Hungry Howie's was not on the highlight side of that spectrum. I can only imagine Ben chose this picture to punish the rest of us for allowing him to dine with us.

Sasha: Yurttastic

We celebrated Sasha's 5th Gotcha Day by camping for 2 nights in a yurt in the wilds of Utah. It was a fantastic family adventure.

WanYing: Bouncing at Snowbird

This summer we enjoyed a mini staycation at Snowbird, volunteering for the Tour of Utah and playing endlessly on the bouncy, spinny, roller-coastery toys. WanYing was thrilled by how high she was able to bounce and flip and spin on the trampolines and chose this as her favorite picture of 2014.

We had a fast and fun 2014 and hope that 2015 finds you happy and well and just the right amount of busy doing all of your favorite things with your very favorite people. Happy New Year!

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