December 31, 2013

it was a very good year...

fair warning...this starts out kind of sappy.

donald had to work new years eve and as he was leaving this afternoon i found myself suddenly emotional as i realized that it would be the last time i saw him this year.  one of my favorite years.  the year we became husband and wife.

for me [and us] it's been a very, very good year.  around me i see a lot of people [family, friends & strangers] giving 2013 a kick in the rear as it heads out the door, and for some that is very fitting.  but for me, i'm kind of sad to see it go.  could i come up with some negatives from the past year?  sure, but are any of them really all that significant?  nope.  

i've done a bit less blogging this year, which is kind of a bummer because it's such a fun way to store memories.  the vast majority of the blame falls squarely on the shoulders of the iphone that entered my life this year and a little app i like to call instagram.  so for the sake of reflection, and for catching up, here are some things that made 2013 so great:

we got married.  obviously top of the list.

i got to live with both kim & donald in the same calendar year


lots of friends have come to visit [and we're hoping for more!]

we've made lots of memories...with the two of us and with our awesome friends

i got a dog.


we celebrated six months of marriage with a half year honeymoon

i went to mexico with my mom [and a fun friend]

our house started becoming our home


we met some big financial goals...and had treats to celebrate!

we've enjoyed quality time with our real families and our church family

and we played more games of star trek catan and ticket to ride than can be counted


so long 2013...thanks for the memories.


December 28, 2013

a very merry bearcat christmas...

this year during the dyer family christmas festivities our niece maddie requested that we all sing the twelve days of christmas together, which when sung correctly is the holiday version of the song that never ends.  during this rousing rendition i recalled another version i penned many years ago entitled 'the twelve days of christmas: sbu style'.

and so without further ado, i give you my entry into the great leslie hall door decorating contest of 1997...


on the twelfth day of christmas c. pat taylor gave to me...

twelve chapel skips
eleven meller's wraps
ten trips to springfield
nine soccer players
eight singing blue headz
seven days vacation
six bolivar drivers
five engagement rings
four football games
three loads of laundry
two parking tickets
and a freezing purple fountain in the forum!

sad to say we didn't take home the prize, but this little gem is a prize all its own.