Good Riddance, 2013

If you’ve been following the blog this past year, you’ll know that 2013 has been a doozy for us and one we are thrilled to be finished with. Every year, I recap the year with a blog countdown. This year has been so overwhelming that I hardly have any material to recap. BUT, this is a blog for documentation, so I’m going to do my best to accurately reflect the haps and mishaps around the house on Penny Lane.

 

10 In January, we finished our Kitchen Improvement baby steps and recapped it here.

 
 

A bad taste was left in our mouths in February when a slab leak flooded our HVAC ducts.

 
 

8 In March, we continued to clean up the slab leak mess with cleaning and sealing our ducts.

 
 

7 On the bright side, our yellow chairs were reupholstered in March.

 
 

A trip to California in March inspired me to work on our Master Bedroom decor in April. I continued working              on the decor in June and September.

 
 

5 In May, I recapped our new front garden bed.

 
 

4 Although it was purchased in February, I finally revealed our healthy and growing Fiddle Leaf Fig in May.

 
 

3 In June, I deemed 2013 the Year of Ugly Money when our 30 year old A/C unit went out. The Year of Ugly               Money was further confirmed later in June, when a fender bender totaled my car. Not Penny Lane related,                but it helps to demonstrate just how excited we are to move on to 2014.

 
 

In November, I hosted my first all-matching place setting Thanksgiving.

2013 Tablescape

 
 

And as we excitedly reached the end of the year…

 

1 I crafted a DIY Advent Calendar for Christmas.

 

In an effort to save you from having that same bitter after-taste in your mouth about 2013, I will say this. While it has by no means been an easy year for us, the mishaps we experienced throughout the year have left us better off (aside from the new loan payments, of course). We have a more efficient heating and cooling system. We are paying significantly less every month to heat and cool the house. We are thankful that we can experience these mishaps and know we can find a solution that won’t devastate us. We especially want to thank our family who has been there to support us this past year. From borrowed cars to borrowed beds, the support has been much appreciated. And as always, we are so incredibly thankful for our family, our friends, their health and ours, and our continued success in our careers.

So how about you? I’d love to hear some stories about how great 2013 was for others!

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