For the past few years, New Year's Eve day has been, for me, a time of looking forward to the promise of the New Year but also reflecting on the year past: remembering the good, acknowledging the challenges, and feeling immense gratitude for all that we've been given. 2013 was a fun year! Here are a few of my favorite memories:
Skiing in Utah
We went skiing in Utah with SD's family right after the New Year. Highlights include part skiing/part walking down an Olympic Women's Downhill trail (I thought I might die), learning to ride the Poma lift, and seeing a tiger at the zoo.
Niagara Falls in March
We spent a weekend in Lewiston, NY and took a day trip to Niagara Falls (don't let our smiling faces fool you - it was freeeezing!).
Musical Pairs concert
We organized a concert at church in April called "The Art of Song: Musical Pairs". SD and I performed two settings of "Mondnacht" (Schumann and Brahms) and we invited a few friends of ours to choose, present, and perform a pair of songs that had something in common (composer, text, theme, melodic material). To tie the whole thing together, we played our game of "Musical Memory" (first seen in the 2011 WCMW!). Great fun!
Lilac Festival in May (yes, May)
We attended many of Rochester's festivals this year - the Lilac Festival, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Corn Hill Arts Festival, the Festival on the Green, the Park Ave Summer Arts Festival (on our street!), the Rochester Fringe Festival, and the Hilton Apple Festival (with the largest apple crisp I've ever seen - 5' in diameter!).
Lake Junaluska, NC
We played music together, cooked together, and vacationed together this summer and enjoyed many-a #weekendadventure. One of the highlights was our week at Lake J with dear friends. Here we are cooking dinner on the grill one night (I actually just stepped in for the photo - the boys were the real chefs!). We also enjoyed our share of barbecue, fried green tomatoes, and hush puppies.
The Bean in Chicago
I presented a research poster at the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy outside of Chicago in July - it was my first time in the city!
Dinner at Frog Pond in Rochester
We shared spontaneous dinners out at our favorite places (like the above picture snapped one summer evening at Frog Pond), leisurely strolls through the neighborhood at dusk, and lots of time up on the roof (watching the city fireworks show on the 4th of July was definitely a highlight!).
Apple-picking in Upstate NY
We traveled around New England, ate lobster, saw the horses race at Saratoga Springs, and went apple-picking (followed by an afternoon of pie-baking!).
Handbell choir planning
We became the Interim Handbell Choir directors at church and led a group of seven (ages 9-81!) for a fun six-week session with everything from how to pick up a bell to playing together in worship (read more about our adventures here, here, and here).
"This World Alive" at Nazareth College
My parents came up for a weekend visit in November. We were all thrilled to attend a performance of SD's new wind/film consortium project, "This World Alive"!
Outtake from our Christmas card shoot
Somebody may have turned 30 this year. Just sayin'.
We spent Thanksgiving in CT (SD's parents hosted dinner for the first time this year - we were responsible for the stuffing, cranberry-orange relish, and corn pudding). On Friday, we drove down to NJ to visit my grandparents and spread a little Christmas cheer.
Dinner in NYC
We spent Christmas in VT (including a brief walk through our favorite town - Woodstock) and enjoyed seeing both sides of SD's family. We took a day trip into the big city with SD's parents and brother to see "Once" (amazing!), M&M World, the big tree, and the original P.J. Clarke's (in that order).
Our Christmas card picture
2013 - the year that brought me new professional and teaching opportunities, the year SD received not one but two letters of acceptance from publishers, the year I learned how to make deviled eggs, the year the President stopped and had lunch across the street from our apartment building, and the year I learned (again) that I really am a terrible bowler.
Happy New Year!