Welcome to the end of 2015, friends. Each year seems to go by faster and faster, doesn’t it? Chris and I had a heck of a 365 days, including a move halfway across the country, new jobs and lots of states crossed off our bucket list. So without further adieu, here’s a bit of what we got up to this year:
Jan. started with a bang when Chris and I loaded up our Toyota Matrix with Penny and Nugget and hit the road to travel from New York to Colorado, and our new life. We made stops in Columbus, St. Louis and Kansas City along the way, and blogged about the adventure here.
The month of Feb. was spent hosting our first guests out in Denver, as well as getting settled in our new place, checking out Denver a bit more, hitting the mountains as often as possible and hanging out with family that came to town.
In March I headed back to the East coast for a surprise visit with my family in honor of my nephew’s 2nd birthday. (It didn’t hurt to be able to check back in with friends and former colleagues in Manhattan, either.)
What a jam-packed month, May was. Chris and I checked out Colorado Springs and Garden of the Gods for the first time, my mom and stepdad came for a visit and we toured them all around, and we spent the most amazing Memorial Day weekend camping in Moab, Utah.
In early July I headed back to the East coast (Again. There is a theme to this year, friends, you’ll see …) to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday, for two weddings and to get the ball rolling on stuff for my sister’s bridal shower. My sister and I also spent one particularly gorgeous day exploring Lake Minnewaska, which I would highly recommend. When I was back, Chris and I took a day to check out the Coors Brewery tour and Golden, which was a lot of fun. We also headed to Aspen to check out the Maroon Bells on our way to Glenwood Springs to hike the Hanging Lake trail.
August saw us heading to Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as taking in our first Rockies game and trying out some great new restaurants.
September was pretty fun, friends. For starters, we were invited out to Jackson, Wyoming, to try out a tiny cabin near the Grand Tetons. We took advantage of the invite to check out Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park, as well as Yellowstone, which is now one of our all-time favorite places. (Not for nothing, but our first-ever Red Rocks concert was in September, as well!)
Oh, October — how busy were thee. We ended September and started early October with a visit from some of Chris’s Aussie friends before I headed back to the East coast (yes, again!), this time for pretty much the entire month. We celebrated my sister’s bachelorette weekend in gorgeous upstate Ithaca, I attended a cousin’s wedding in Long Island, made it back into the city for a couple days to visit friends and attend a press event, I visited the Poconos and did a gorgeous hike with my bestie … oh and, you know, my sister got married! Plus my dad took the in-laws for a little tour of West Point the Sunday after the wedding … hangovers and all ;)
November was jam packed as well, friends. After my sister’s wedding, Chris’s parents flew back with us to Denver and we hit the road for a little trip out to South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore. Later in the month Chris and I took a sneaky little trip out to New Orleans (blogged about here, here and here), and the end of November saw Chris being a sneak again, when he was in cohoots with my sister and brother-in-law for them to fly out to Denver to spend Thanksgiving with us here.
Chris & I packed up the car and drove up to the mountains to spend the holidays. We rented an amazing condo in the woods with gorgeous mountain views, made lots of fires, watched a lot of movies and ate until we couldn’t eat anymore. Oh, and spent a lot of time facetiming with our families, of course ;)
And that, as they say, is that, my friends — 2015 in a nutshell. On tap for 2016 will be a trip back East in February for my Grandma’s birthday and for me to take a class in the city, and then we’ll head to Tokyo at the end of the month so that Chris can complete his sixth and final World Marathon in the series. After that … the future is ours to plan, friends.
Bis bald to you all, and I wish you a happy and healthy New Year!