2014 in Pictures

Beautiful, crazy, amazingly full year. I am grateful. I am stronger. I am wiser. I am still evolving and learning and stumbling. I am this one soul, this one heart, this one body. Of the world I exist. And of these 365 days past, these are some of the images that have told a small part of my 2014 story…

JANUARY

We started the year on the Oregon Coast, together!

We started the year on the Oregon Coast, together!

We had the amazing honor of seeing civil rights legend Congressman John Lewis speak.

We had the amazing honor of seeing the amazing civil rights legend Congressman John Lewis as he spoke for Dr. King’s birthday.

My fella made me this table from repurposed wood for my birthday.

My fella made me this coffee table from repurposed wood for my birthday.

I got to play in the snow for my 40th birthday at Lake Tahoe!

I got to play in the snow for my 40th birthday at Lake Tahoe!

Dan got to meet my awesome big brother!

Dan got to meet my awesome big brother!

And, best of all, Dan proposed and I said yes :)

And, best of all, Dan proposed and I said yes 🙂

FEBRUARY

Dan went back to Australia to wait for his visa application to get processed, and the ice arrived!

The week after Dan went back to Australia to wait for his immigration visa application to get processed, winter came in a big, big way!

...but I bought some great boots for the wedding and got some vintage inspiration...

I bought some great boots for the wedding!

And boy did it snow!

And boy did it snow!

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Snowdrops came out no matter what and reminded me of the beauty that was yet to come, even in the cold of winter.

And decided easily that there was no better place than by the sea to say our vows to each other!

We also decided easily that there was no better place than by the sea to get hitched 🙂

 MARCH

And seemingly just like that, Spring arrived.

And seemingly just like that, Spring arrived.

The dilapidated crumbling fence was replaced!

The dilapidated crumbling fence was replaced!

Tomato seeds dug the new grow lights.

Tomato seeds dug the new grow lights…

And my hometown, for a small blip in time, reminded me of the town in Oz where my sweetheart was closing up shop.

And my hometown, for a small blip in time, reminded me with new street art of the town in Oz where my sweetheart was closing up shop.

...and I browsed through fabrics that would never end up turning into the dress I'd been promised...

…and I browsed through gorgeous fabrics that unfortunately would never end up turning into the dress I’d been promised…but good things were to come…

APRIL

Early harvest began with arugula!

Early harvest began with arugula!

Dan's visa was processed in record time and with an April interview date, we realized that my visit in May would be the "pack him up, get him to PDX" trip, and with that, we did our wedding planning over Skype together, creating a day of fun for us at Short Sands Beach to share with our closest friends.

Dan’s visa was processed in record time and with an April interview date scheduled in Sydney, we realized that my visit in May would be the “pack him up, get him to PDX” trip, and with that, we did our wedding planning over Skype and email together, creating a day of fun for us at Short Sands Beach to share with our closest friends.

I tried my hands, literally, in a ceramics class and quickly discovered this was the only shape I could make...it just didn't do anything for me :(

I tried my hands, literally, in a ceramics class and quickly discovered this was the only shape I could make…it just didn’t do anything for me creatively, but I saved these as proof that I tried something I was afraid of and even though it didn’t change my life, I am glad I tried!

Fell in love with new nooks and crannies of the neighborhood as springtime motivated my two legs for longer walks

Fell in love with new nooks and crannies of the neighborhood as springtime motivated my two legs for longer walks 🙂

Got inspired for the ultimate surprise wedding gift for Dan, when I held up the phone for him to hear Shirley Nanette sing his request of "My Funny Valentine"...

Got inspired for the ultimate surprise wedding gift for Dan, when I held up the phone for him to hear Shirley Nanette sing his request of “My Funny Valentine”…

And I watched the beginnings of other beautiful things, like this potato budding out of the soil...

And I watched the beginnings of other beautiful things, like this potato budding out of the soil…

Woo hoo! My fiance getting his "fiance visa" approved and flashing the piece of paper they gave him at the end at the consulate ;)

Woo hoo! My fiance getting his “fiance visa” approved and flashing the piece of paper they gave him at the end at the consulate 😉

MAY

Finished up my first year as a SMART reader, by far one of the most fun and rewarding things I've ever done!

Finished up my 1st year as a SMART reader, one of the most rewarding things I’ve done!

My "beloved" rose began to bloom, a sign of a beautiful month ahead...

My “beloved” rose bloomed, a sign of a beautiful month ahead…

Flew to Melbourne to bring my honey back home, and have an engagement party with our Australia friends and family.

Flew to Melbourne to bring my honey back home, take a few last looks at Melbourne and St Kilda, and enjoy an awesome engagement party with our Australia friends and family.

An amazing coincidence happened of one of Dan's favorite street artists, Mark Fitz, having his final show in St Kilda during this week, so we naturally had to bring this li'l gal home with us.

An amazing coincidence happened of one of Dan’s favorite street artists, Mark Fitz, having his final show a few blocks away from the flat, so we naturally had to bring this li’l gal home with us.

Goodbye St Kilda!

Goodbye St Kilda!

On the plane, goodbye Australia! See you in a few years!

On the plane, goodbye Australia! See you in a few years!

And just like that, he was here in Portland for good, working on the house and cute as ever!

And just like that, my sweetheart was here in Portland, this time for good, working on our house and cute as ever!

How our garden grew :)

How our garden grew 🙂

Oh yes...and we got hitched! The most beautiful of days that started in the forest by the sea...

Oh yes…and we got married! It was the most beautiful of days that started in the forest by the sea…

...and ended with my honey being serenaded by Shirley and everyone there, including me, brought to happy tears :)

…and ended with my honey being serenaded by Shirley with everyone there, including me, brought to happy tears 🙂

JUNE

The month of June included housesitting our favorite neighbor dog, Roxy.

The month of June included housesitting our favorite neighbor dog, Roxy.

Planted our monstrous bed of sweet and hot peppers :)

Planted our monstrous bed of sweet and hot peppers 🙂

...and watched our sunflowers grow once again to epic heights...

…and watched our sunflowers grow once again to epic heights…

Big-ass project: we painted the house blue! I am happy every single time I look at it :)

Big-ass project: we painted the house blue! I am happy every single time I look at it 🙂

We got our wedding pictures back from the photographer, including this, one of my very favorite shots with my best girlfriends!

We got our wedding pictures back from the photographer, including this, one of my very favorite shots with my best girlfriends on the beach just after the ceremony!

JULY

And as fast as Spring came, it turned into Summer! Buck Lake beckoned for a lazy drive up Mt Hood to this quiet spot...

And as fast as Spring came, it was Summer! Buck Lake beckoned us…

We picked a LOT of raspberries at Sauvie Island!

We picked a LOT of raspberries at Sauvie Island!

...and I fully implemented my 'canning station' with my outdoor burners!

…and I fully implemented my ‘canning station’ with my outdoor burners!

Dan began his summer volunteer gig, working at Project Grow :)

Dan began his summer volunteer gig, working at Project Grow 🙂

Getting our hike on at Forest Park...

Getting our hiking on at Forest Park…

And my other favorite time, chillin' in the backyard with my baby in the summertime :)

And my other favorite time, chillin’ in the backyard with my baby in the summertime 🙂

gypsy peppers among many other things growing in the garden, my favorite place on earth...

gypsy peppers among many other vegetables growing in the garden, my favorite place on earth…

My man and his herd.

My man the goat herder

AUGUST

Getting to see the family down in San Francisco was so awesome :)

Getting to see the family down in San Francisco was so awesome 🙂

Yay for dimsum!

Yay for dimsum!

Great street art in Oakland

Great street art in Oakland

Harvest harvest harvest!

Harvest harvest harvest!

Can can can!

Can can can!

...and just stopping to look around while out in the woods...

…and just stopping to look around while out in the woods…

SEPTEMBER

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Dan’s birthday in wine country 🙂

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The first night of our honeymoon at the best hotel of the trip – Cannery Pier in Astoria, Oregon.

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hiking at Silver Falls

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Contemplating at Lake Quinault

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blissing out by bike in Astoria…

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private tour at Lady Hill Winery in St Paul

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Incredulous at the big ass trees in the Quinault Rain Forest of Washington

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Madly in love at Orcas Island

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Awestruck at the orca whales in the San Juans…

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Sentimental at Raymond Carver’s grave in Port Angeles

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Our girl on her first day home, we are so grateful everything worked out and she’s in our lives 🙂

OCTOBER

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a much quieter month which included a solo weekend of yoga and meditation for me at the coast

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finishing up our pepper harvest

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enjoying quiet walks with our new pup

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and just breathing it all in…October brought in my husband’s new full-time job and a big sigh of relief knowing we’ll have affordable healthcare for ourselves and our family as it expands in 2015…

NOVEMBER

We reorganized the garden, added more beds, and found a free resource for wood chips!

We reorganized the garden, added more beds, and found a free resource for wood chips!

I got super jazzed being back in the kitchen to plan my first Thanksgiving at home!

I got super jazzed to plan my first Thanksgiving at home!

and my honey got wholly into this American tradition as well :)

My honey got wholly into this American tradition as well 🙂

Dan's frequent late shifts this month meant lots of lazy mornings to walk to the park with our girl Ruby :)

Dan’s frequent late shifts this month meant lots of lazy mornings to walk to the park with our girl Ruby and laugh at her scampering about 🙂

...and of course, the maddeningly beautiful fall colors...

…and of course, the maddeningly beautiful fall colors…

DECEMBER

While I usually do "weekend" in pictures, my husband's days off are usually during the week, so I tucked in a few photos from our Christmas tree trip to Sauvie Island. He's not had his own tree since he was a kid, and had never cut one down before, so I wanted to give him the full experience.

Cutting down our first Christmas tree

So after much searching online, I found one of my husband's favorite childhood books (long since out of print), The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

Getting baby on the brain…

Ahh, a dog's life, full of walks, treats, and sleep. Not bad :)

Taking long naps…

hiking in nay-cha!

hiking in nay-cha!

After dinner we made an attempt at a family selfie. Ruby of course didn't go for the multiple tries :)

Loving our family we’ve created ❤

One of the best nights out of the year was New Years Eve at Jimmy Mak's, watching our friend Shirley belting it out with Richard Arnold as they paid tribute to Motown.

One of the best nights out of the year was New Years Eve at Jimmy Mak’s, watching our friend Shirley belting it out with Richard Arnold as they paid tribute to Motown.

Most importantly, ringing in 2015 with the man I love and looking forward to the rest of our lives together :)

Most importantly, ringing in 2015 with the man I love and looking forward to the rest of our lives together 🙂

  One thought on “2014 in Pictures

  1. January 4, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Thank you for the 2014 recap! I haven’t stayed in touch with many people this year, the months just flew by, but I have thought of you often. Loved seeing all your beautiful memories from the year. 🙂

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    • January 4, 2015 at 5:48 pm

      thanks heather!!! happy new year to you!!!!!

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