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12 in 2017 (x2)

I always love to take this look back on the previous year. And I never can pick just one photo. Two was hard enough. 😉 Thanks for hosting, Bobbi!


We started the year with a very full month — our annual trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium, Evey’s first time ice skating, many park days between rainstorms, and a Raffi concert. We also got a light dusting of snow at the beginning of the month and I finished it off painting our bedroom a beautiful sage green.



Stephen and I took a trip to San Francisco sans kids for our anniversary where we were able to enjoy a High Tea and nighttime drinks at a Speakeasy. Snow, so much snow which meant lots of skiing and snowmen building. We played tourists in our home town. And a second trip to SF at the end of the month with Grandma to choose a dress for Uncle Johnny’s wedding.


Work began in earnest in the garden. With plentiful rain this year, lots of green started popping up right away. We enjoyed the annual Bouquets to Art at the De Young Museum where we got to see beautiful arrangements in imitation of the art work. Steve and I enjoyed a date night out on St. Patrick’s Day, stopping in at the Fox & Goose for merriment and the cathedral for Adoration and Confession. Down south for Uncle Johnny and Aunt Krista’s wedding on the feast of the Annunciation.


Lots of planting in the garden this month, where I dedicated half to cut flowers. And snow in the mountains — did I mention snow? We headed up even higher to High Camp at Squaw Valley to truly freeze in the {still} winter weather. Celebrated Easter at Aunt Lindy and Uncle Eric’s new place. Ended the month going to the Celtic Festival in Woodland. {Highlights of April here!}



Running off to San Francisco again. This time to see a special exhibit of Monet’s early works. We stayed at a hostel in the Marin Headlands together which allowed for hiking and beach walking the next day. Took Grandma with Evey to Maple Rock Gardens for a little walk around there. Much gardening this month and already harvesting some of those quick veggies.


We had some fun with lavender this month. Picked a bushelful at Maple Rock Gardens and began making lavender wands and drying the rest for sachets later. Headed down south again — this time for Uncle Caleb’s graduation from CalPoly’s Engineering program. Visited with friends in Morro Bay where we had a picnic and much time running back and forth to the water on the beach. My flower harvest really began taking off! And Lucie celebrated her birthday walking across the Golden Gate Bridge.


Half of July was spent at the cabin celebrating, fishing, and hiking. We stopped by the Truckee Air Show to see some cool planes on the ground and stunt planes in the sky. We heard Daniel Tiger was going to be at the Children’s Museum in Sausalito so we made a trip there with cousins. I went with my mom down to San Luis Obispo for a homeschool soiree at the end of the month to get inspired for teaching this year. We also stopped at the incredible Hearst Castle on the way home.


More cabin time. We brought my parents up for the first time and enjoyed a quiet weekend with them. Lucie kissed a frog in the forest. I painted a canvas of my flowers. We spotted the solar eclipse. And spent ample time in the backyard playing.


We were back to school the beginning of September — Evelyn in Kindergarten, Lucie in Preschool. I finished knitting my first sweater — the Sunday Sweater — for Evey, and started many more knitting projects. Took an autumn trip to Apple Hill and the girls rode on the ponys at High Hill for the first time. {There are pictures of me doing this as a child too.} Still flowers in the garden. Uncle Johnny and Aunt Krista visited to celebrate and reveal that they are having a BOY in the springtime, and to say farewell to Johnny who was leaving for a 9-month Navy tour.

A few extra:


Where do I begin?? I think we may have been home this month for a total of about 5 days. My 10 year college reunion, catching up with dear friends. A wonderful, much-anticipated trip to Paris {through Iceland, where we had to run in the rain to get to the terminal from the plane so technically we’ve been there?}. Uncle Gabe and Aunt Kathleen’s wedding in Mendocino where the girls were flower girls. And a fun Halloween with homemade costumes {don’t know how I fit that in!}.


San Francisco again{!} to the Color Factory and a luncheon at Neiman Marcus {the girls favorite place to dine}. A celebration of Evelyn turning 5 years old with a unicorn party. Advent preparations in full swing. And a lovely Thanksgiving dinner at my in-laws.


A lovely first Sunday of Advent at the cathedral in Sacramento with Bishop Soto presiding. The Christkindlmarkt at the Turn Verein. Visiting Gram at her concert for the seniors at St. Teresa’s. Lots of cookie baking, praying, knitting, and cuddles. The Nutcracker. And Christmas, of course.

2 Thoughts on “12 in 2017 (x2)

  1. What a beautiful recap! Looks like your year was full of exciting things. Wishing you more of that in 2018! 🙂

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