Sunday, November 10, 2013

35 Favorites From The Past Year

Today is my birthday and yes I am old! In honor of my special day, I thought I’d share some of my favorite events and things from this past year.

1. Completing the half-marathon on my birthday one year ago.


2. Hanging out at Epcot after the half-marathon.


3. Thanksgiving with our family in New Jersey.


4. Going to the top of the Empire State Building with my family.


5. Gecaching at Shawnee Mission Park.


6. Best movie seen this year – Les Miserables.

7. When Dave surprised me for our anniversary and took me to see the Cirque du Soleil show Quidam.

8. My first House Party Game Night.


9. That time when I ran a sub-10 minute mile and broke my 5K time (on the treadmill).

10. Favorite crafts of the year – Simon’s Shadow Box


11. …and my window pane art.


12. Favorite school event for Zachary – his Melaveh Malkah.


13. The day we flew our kites at the arboretum.


14. Gabbie’s awesome 8th birthday party.


15. Favorite blog series – A Mom a Minute.


16. Not looking pregnant anymore after my surgery.

17. The time I got to try out Old Navy white jeans for free.


18. Favorite school event for Gabbie – International Fair.


19. When we got to watch baby birds hatch in our backyard.


20. Touring the Weather Channel with my brother.


21. Getting to spend 3 weeks in Florida in June – including a week in Disney World

22. …and a week visiting my parents.


23. Finally getting to see the fireworks on July 4th.


24. Getting to spend time at Schlitterbahn – and Zachary losing a tooth there!


25. Having a successful summer with “Mommy Camp.”


26. Simon’s third birthday party and first haircut.


27. Taking our annual pumpkin pictures.


28. Having 3 potty trained kids.

(not a picture from this year, but oh well!)

29. Our day at the KC Pumpkin Patch.


30. Doing my best on my 35 Things List.

31. Favorite TV Shows this year: Grey’s Anatomy, Once Upon a Time, Downton Abbey, and Scandal (newly watching this one!)

32. Favorite books read this year: Blackberry Winter, Still Missing, 11/22/63, What Alice Forgot, Firefly Lane, and Before I Fall (links go to my reviews of each).

33. Favorite gifts to myself this year: Coach bag and Erin Condren Life Planner.

34. Favorite personal blog posts this year: Why I Can’t Hear Your Birth Story and On Best Friends.

35. And lastly, my favorite people – my real life friends and my blog friends, my family, my kids!

While some of the things that happened this year weren’t amazing, the good seems to outweigh the bad. I hope for more of that in this coming year!


Janine Huldie said...

Was definitely a great year and just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy Birthday today before I go to soccer with the kids this morning and just all around get a bit to busy to be online. Hope you have the best day today and Happy, Happy Birthday Dara!! :)

Steph said...

I am in love with that shadow box. Sounds like you've had an amazing year!

tamarsb said...

What a fun and special year you had!! Happy birthday!!

Dara said...

thanks so much!

Dara said...

it was a good one!

Dara said...

thank you!

mail4rosey said...

You do have a lot of great features here. Big happy birthday wishes to you!

Dara said...

thank you!

Tamara Bowman said...

What a nice idea to spotlight so many wonderful times that happened in one year! I'm looking forward to reading some of them from before I "knew" you. I watch Once Upon a Time too and I'm actually caught up for once, which never happens.

Holly Higgins said...

Happy Birthday Dara! I hope that you had a wonderful day today!

Dara said...

thanks! I hope you do go back and read some of them. I am actually not caught up on once upon a time because I didn't watch tonight's yet!

Dara said...

thank you!

Annie @ Annie One Can Cook! said...

What a wonderful year full of fabulous memories--I'm totally jealous of all of the traveling y'all got to do! Happy, happy birthday, friend!

Dara said...

thank you!

April @ 100lbcountdown said...

I'm so jealous... well, I don't know if I should be, I have a full six months before I turn 35! I'm going to have to catch up! I love this post. Thanks for sharing with us. Happy Happy HAPPY Birthday!

Dara said...

I'm glad to hear you aren't 10 years younger than me like most bloggers seem to be! lol. thanks!

Pamela said...

Happy belated birthday Dara! You had such a fun year! Super jealous on all the traveling too.

Dara said...

thank you!