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Monday, January 2, 2012

Last Year's Story

This past year has been one of the best, but most challenging years I can remember.
From the purchase of the new (old) house in the end of December, 
to Nadav's brother getting married and then having a son,
dealing with the death of two grandparents,
to a trip to Philadelphia and a cruise to Mexico (in the same month),
seeing the people I love the most dealing with health problems,
my best friend having a baby,
and starting this blog and realizing it has brought me so many wonderful things
This year has really truly been a whirlwind.

The house renovation was the most challenging, stressful, and eventually rewarding things we've ever been through. We lived with contractors for months, didn't have a kitchen for even more months, and were walking zombies from December to April. Seriously, I don't even know where the time I went. Looking back, I can't even remember what we did or where we were last Hanukkah, Christmas, or New Year's Eve.

Last January, we started this blog..
and woahhh it has changed A LOT. It went from something we worked on together so we could show our friends and family our home to my personal life & style blog. (I like it much better the way it is now, writing everyday about home renovations and interior design is difficult! hehe). Anyway, we wrote our first blog post in January, and were so busy the next few months that we did not write another post until July.

Seriously.. apparently I was so busy in January that I only took photos on one day. The day that Sprinkles Cupcakes opened in San Diego. It was an incredibly happy day in my life... =P

In February I started to feel a little bit more like myself and took some more photos. A beautiful San Diego sunset, Nadav's sister in laws bridal shower, and a good friend's sweet baby.

In March we made an effort to step away from the house and spend time with our friends, celebrate Nadav's birthday, his brother's wedding, and well just work on our relationship. They say that "if you can get through a renovation together, you can get through anything together". Our renovation was INTENSE.. a whole house of intense, and neither of us had any experience with renovations. (I personally think I aged about 5 years during those 3 crazy months haha.) Anyway, we learned that it's so important to take time for each other during those crazy months and talk about stuff other than the madness.

In April I surprised Nadav with a week long cruise to Mexico. We really, really needed the break and it was wonderful. The cruise took us to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta and we had the best time relaxing and even made some great friends. 

The truth is May and June were tough months for me. A few of the people who I love the most were faced with some serious health problems and one of my grandparents passed away. It was just really, really hard. I tried to keep going, went to work, worked out regularly, celebrated Passover with my family and Nadav's family, but I guess I just wasn't feeling like myself... and it's clear because I didn't take any pictures. at all.

As July approached I started to feel better. Then, I started blogging and found it made me so happy. This blogging thing became a passion, something I just really really love to do. 

July was spent lighting fireworks in front of our house for the 4th of July, celebrating my birthday, walking around the streets of San Diego during the madness that is Comicon, and just having fun with friends.

August was a fun month. I had the month off of work and spend lots and lots and lotsss of time at the beach. We went to the Del Mar Race Track twice, had lots of fun with friends, and even had two house guests... one who has two legs and one who has four.

In September we took a trip to New York and New Jersey, I did yoga at the beach, we survived the great Southern California power outage =P, we had friends over each week for family dinner, and I went to a really fun bachelorette party in Temecula.

November involved lots of time at the beach, visiting my parents, a crazy Halloween with friends, and even a scrapbooking party.

Planning and hosting the SoCal Blogger Meetup in November was one of my favorite memories of the year. Can't wait until the next one on February 4! We celebrated Thanksgiving with my family, moved our furniture around, and I started seeking out my my most favorite Christmas light displays (I'm obsessed)

December was a really great month. Nadav's brother and sister-in-law had a baby, we spent lots and lots of time with family, and I had the last two weeks of the month off of work. Can't complain ;)

Wishing all of you a happy, healthy, and successful year... complete with all the blessings you desire.

I am so thankful for all of you, and I can't begin to explain how much I appreciate your comments, kind words, and emails.

Looking forward to the next year,


Kara said...

Such an eventful year! So happy about all your renovations and family time. Have a wonderful 2012!

Meggan of Lila Grace said...

What a great recap! I agree that 2011 was such a wonderful year and yet so trying at the same time! Definitely excited for 2012! PS - Love it that you took a picture at Sprinkles Cupcakes. Cupcakes are my favorite :)

Jenn :D said...

Aw what a beautiful post!! Here's to a great 2012! :)

Jessica L. said...

Oh my, LOVE this post! It's awesome to get to know people who share the same passions as you! WHERE is that cupcake place?! I am obsessed with cupcakes! I remember that power outage...I had just gotten home from being gone for 8 months and me and the husband had to call a friend with a key to our house to let us in because the garage wouldn't open. Not fun...Love how it made all the neighbors interact with each other though....Hope 2012 is everything you hope it will be and more!-Jessica


Hollie Ann said...

every year has its challenges and hardships whether it's outside events and experiences or our own conversations within ourselves. it sounds like this year was especially eventful. in this day and age i think it's amazing that you and nadav can get through a house renovation! congrats :)

cheers to 2012 may it bring you both a loving and less challenging year!

Jussie De Guida said...

Tammy I'm so glad you had a wonderful 2011! I can't imagine how hard renovating a house must be, it has to take a toll. It shows a lot when a relationship can prosper through this roller coaster of life! PS I love Sprinkles! We don't have them in NJ but I went to Arizona and had a mini freak out of excitement to actually go! So cute!!

Amira said...

I love the way you shared your recap of the year! Sounds like it was stressful AND rewarding (which, I guess, is how life is in general). Thanks for sharing :-)

Sarah said...

Phew! You did have an eventful year!! How exciting that you bought a house and renovated it. I've always thought it would be fun to do. I'm obsessed with Sprinkles cupcakes!! They are so yummy!!

I'm glad you made it through your rough time and started blogging again. I really enjoy reading it! :)

Cara-Mia said...

A whirlwind year indeed! I'm fairly new to your blog, so I feel like this was a great way to catch up.

And it reminded me of things I had forgotten, like the power outage. We were so lucky to get it back before San Diego did! (It's MUCH hotter here in El Centro, so I feel justified. Hah.)

Erin said...

Quite the year girlie! :) I had my first Sprinkles cupcake today.......YUM!! Happy New Year...can't wait to see what 2012 brings you!

Tracy said...

lovely pictures! looks like you had quite a year!


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