Hard to believe 2013 is already over. My 40th year was a great one!! I worked hard and as a result was able to play hard. The year was not without its challenges, but I've left those behind with 2013. All my good times and wonderful memories have come with me into the new year. Below are some highlights from 2013.
In January I turned 40! My sister threw me a fab party, complete with a PINK party bus.
Eleanor turned 10.
|Jayne, me, Harriette & Nikol|
|Me and the party bus|
February was my first visit to Disney Land in CA. I was there for work but still got to enjoy the park and the warm weather.
|Me and my 'friends' at Disney Land|
March was my annual trip to Key West with some wonderful friends.
|Part of the Key West crew|
In April we added a new member to the family, our little pug, Joy!
I had a wonderful weekend away with some of my favorite ladies; Nikol and Jayne, and we let my mom tag along with us too. The highlight of this girls trip is my wonderful pink tulle dress I picked up at a yard sale for $10.
|Eleanor and Joy|
In May Eleanor and I hit Clearwater Beach. Eleanor's first trip to the ocean. We spent half a day at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium to see Winter the dolphin. The rest of the trip was spent on the beach and jumping into waves in the ocean.
I was also lucky enough to hop a plane with some friends to Milwaukee, WI to see my fave Ed Sheeran in concert.
|Eleanor on Clearwater Beach|
|'Selfie' of me and Eleanor on Clearwater Beach|
|Jayne, me and Stacey in WI|
June was our last days of elementary school. Those five years went by in a flash!
I was able to get away for an extended weekend with my sister, mom and friend Nikol. We went up to Duluth, MN for the annual MN Quilters Guild show. We stayed at my favorite little cabin right on the shores of Lake Superior.
Eleanor and I also got out for a camping trip down to Northfield, MN.
|view from the deck of our cabin|
|Eleanor stoking the fire|
In July Eleanor and I hit the road and traveled 1,600 miles around Lake Superior. Just me, Eleanor and two of the dogs. I'm proud of that accomplishment, and we had a blast!
|Eleanor walking the Michigan shoreline of Lake Superior|
In August my family went to Walker, MN for our annual week long stay at Huddles Resort on Leech Lake.
Eleanor started middle school! Oh my, that was harder than I thought it would be.
I also got my sister and two nephews to go camping with us down at Taylors Falls.
|Me and Eleanor at Huddles|
|Me and Eleanor on the first day of school|
October was the annual girls weekend up in Blackduck, MN at my dearest friends cabin. The cabin that has no running water and only a wood burning stove to keep us warm!
|Three Jen's on girls weekend|
November was a sad one as we said goodbye to our beloved, Gunnar, our 13 year old Norwegian Elkhound. Eleanor doesn't know life without that dog. We miss him terribly!
|Gunnar - 9 months old|
I'm looking forward to an amazing 2014. I wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous new year!