A Look Back at 2014

This has been quite a year!  Here’s my photo recap…

 

Evening walk in the cultural district with Husband.  A common occurrence this year.  :)

Evening walk in the cultural district with Husband—a common occurrence this year. 🙂

Volunteering with Compassion International!  We did this twice this year.

Volunteering with Compassion International! We did this twice this year and loved it.  Getting kids sponsored feels great!

We got snow during our visit with my Grammy and Aunt Barbara in Lubbock in February.

We got snow during our visit with my Grammy and Aunt Barbara in Lubbock in February.

Celebrating Valentine's Day with a double date out on the town—love these two!

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with a double date out on the town—love these two!

Another evening walk with Husband—my favorite way of getting to know our new city :)

Another evening walk with Husband—my favorite way of getting to know our new city 🙂

Here we are celebrating Dad's St. Patty's Day birthday.  He's just a bit excited.

Here we are celebrating Dad’s St. Patty’s Day birthday. He’s just a bit excited about the strawberry cake we made for him.

This is a shot I snapped of the Kimbell in the springtime.  I worked here for a season before grad school.

This is a shot I snapped of the Kimbell in the springtime. I worked here for a season before grad school.

In April, I got to visit Bryan at work for the first time!  So much technology is happening down there.

In April, I got to visit Bryan at work for the first time! So much technology is happening down there.

This was my first bike ride in many moons.  (…if you don't count the time a big group surprised our friend Derek and rode through downtown Abilene together, and I fell down and ripped my jeans.)  This time I didn't fall once.

This was my first bike ride in many moons. (…if you don’t count the time a big group surprised our friend Derek and rode through downtown Abilene together, and I fell down and ripped my jeans.) This time I didn’t fall once.

We celebrated Easter with my adorable cousin and the rest of the fam.

We celebrated Easter with my adorable cousin and the rest of the fam.

At the end of April, I started a new job.  Not a bad view at all.  :)

At the end of April, I started a new job. Not a bad view at all. 🙂

Summer in the city

Summer in the city

Costa Rica enjoyed great success in the World Cup this summer, and we loved every minute of it!  Vamos Ticos!!

Costa Rica enjoyed great success in the World Cup this summer, and we loved every minute of it! Vamos Ticos!!

As regular readers of this blog may remember, I got to watch one of my best friends get married in Siciliy in June.  Isn't she beautiful?!

As regular readers of this blog may remember, I got to watch one of my best friends get married in Siciliy in June. Isn’t she beautiful?!

My handsome wedding date

My handsome wedding date

Then we got to explore Italy!  This is Piazza San Marco in Venice.

Then we got to explore Italy! This is Piazza San Marco in Venice.

Beautiful Florence

Beautiful Florence

Sorrento, on the Amalfi Coast—it was breathtaking!  I haven't blogged about this part of the trip yet.

Sorrento, on the Amalfi Coast—it was breathtaking! I haven’t blogged about this part of the trip yet.

It was such a memorable trip for us.  I'm so thankful.  :)

It was such a memorable trip for us. I’m so thankful. 🙂

I got to hear my brother preach at Camp Deer Run in July.  Such a proud big sister moment.  :)

I got to hear my brother preach at Camp Deer Run in July. Such a proud big sister moment. 🙂

In 2014, my cooking experiments have continued.  This is Irish Soda Bread with raisins.  Yummmm.

In 2014, my cooking experiments have continued. This is Irish Soda Bread with raisins. Yummmm.

In August, I celebrated my 30TH birthday with some wonderful friends.  :)

In August, I celebrated my 30TH birthday with some of our dearest friends visiting. 🙂

Then was the long-awaited reunion with my college girlfriends at Andrea's Texas reception.  It was such a blessing to have some time with these ladies, even if it was too short.

Then was the long-awaited reunion with my college girlfriends at Andrea’s Texas reception. It was such a blessing to have some time with these ladies, even if it was too short.

In September, we announced that Baby Rodriguez is on the way!

In September, we announced that Baby Rodriguez is on the way!

The bump on Oct. 10th

The bump on Oct. 10th

It's a boy!  The ultrasound confirmed it on October 29th, but I had a feeling all along.  :)

It’s a boy! The ultrasound confirmed it on October 29th, but I had a feeling all along. 🙂

We enjoyed a beautiful fall.  This is my favorite tree at my parents' house.

We enjoyed a beautiful fall. This is my favorite tree at my parents’ house.

 

Thanksgiving was with my Mom's side of the family.  I love this picture!

Thanksgiving was with my Mom’s side of the family. I love this picture!

Bryan surprised me with tickets to see the Nutcracker at the Bass Hall for our anniversary!  :)  Pure Christmas magic.

Bryan surprised me with tickets to see the Nutcracker at the Bass Hall for our anniversary! 🙂 Pure Christmas magic.

Bryan's mom and sister came to spend Christmas with us!  It was so good to have some time with them.

Bryan’s mom and sister came to spend Christmas with us! It was so good to have some time with them.

Enjoying beautiful Sundance Square

Enjoying beautiful Sundance Square

 

We spent Christmas with my Dad's side of the family in Lubbock.  Look at these cuties.

We spent Christmas with my Dad’s side of the family in Lubbock. Look at these cuties.

 We're so thankful for our early baby presents from the Costa Rican familia!  :)  Getting ready for Baby is so surreal!

We’re so thankful for our early baby presents from the Costa Rican familia! 🙂 Getting ready for Baby is so surreal!

 

It’s been an amazing year.  This exercise of looking back through pictures has reminded me again how grateful I am.  2015 promises to be full of adventure, and I’m ready to welcome it.  Happy New Year and Feliz Año Nuevo to each one of you, dear friends and family!!

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