Happy 2013, friends and family!
I know, I know, it’s already a month into the new year, but I am extremely behind. Ben and I have been very busy this last month celebrating birthdays and (for Ben) starting school again. Since there is a good amount to cover, I am just going to jump in from where I left off. Back in 2012…
Let’s begin on Christmas Eve. Here are Ben and I at my dad’s for dinner.
On Christmas day, we woke up early and headed back over to my dad’s to open presents. Afterwards, Ben and I came back home and had our own present opening time with Story. Apparently Story was a good girl because she got a lot of new toys to play with. That evening, Ben’s parents came over for Christmas dinner followed by Cory and his girlfriend. We had a beautiful sunset Christmas day.
The day after Christmas, Cory and I drove out to Nevada to visit my mom and Ian. Here are Ian, Cory (who blinked) and I at this really awesome Chocolate Factory where they put up a million lights in their garden.
Here is a picture of some of the lights.
I had a great time visiting, but Story was very happy when I got home.
After Christmas, Ben and I went to visit my niece Gracie. Ben especially had a good time playing with Gracie and got three hugs when it was time to leave. Needless to say, I was a little jealous and demanded the same amount of hugs. I am her aunt for crying out loud!
That brings us to New Years Eve. Ben and I spent the evening with our good friends John and Nicole. Here is a picture of Nicole and I rocking the New Years Eve attire.
Here are Ben and I right after new years. You can tell we’re both a little tired. That’s what we get for being used to a 10pm bedtime.
That brings us to 2013! Woohoo! Well, one of the first things we did in the new year was go to the Santa Ana Art Walk to work the Santanero table. I was the live model for their t-shirt that night.
We’ve been going to Disneyland quite a bit since the beginning of the new year. Our first trip was with our friends Synthia, Nick, Charlene, and Brian. Here we are as the last people to ride Star Tours for the night.
A group shot of all of us.
Everyone said that I look like the crazy Ariel in a display case on Main Street, so they convinced me to take a picture next to her. I hope I don’t come off that crazy most of the time.
The first birthday we celebrated in January was my brother Cory’s. He turned 21, so Ben and I decided to take him and his girlfriend, Jordan, out for dinner and drinks. We thought Trader Sam’s was the perfect place to go.
The next birthday we had to celebrate was Ben’s. We went out to dinner with his family on his birthday and Ben got two of his favorite things, beer and ice cream haha.
The weekend after Ben’s birthday, we spent a nice evening with our friends (mentioned above) plus Jenn (because she was FINALLY back from her Ireland excursion). We made dinner, sat around a fire, and played board games. It was a great night.
Here is Ben with his Tiki inspired cupcakes as we sang “Happy Birthday” to him.
Later that weekend, we went out to dinner with my dad and Jan to celebrate Ben’s birthday. Here we are with the creme brûlée in a classic Ben/Lauren pose.
Because the weather was so beautiful, Ben, Synthia, Jenn, Brian, and I decided to have a beach day. Here we are all set up like pros. This was taken while it was pretty windy which is why they all look kind of cold haha.
Right before my birthday, my friends Hillary, Emily, Megan, and I went to Vegas to celebrate Megan’s upcoming wedding. It was a lot of fun spending the entire weekend with them (my oldest friends). Here are Megan and Emily by the flamingos.
Megan and Chewbacca.
Emily, Hillary and Megan in front of the Bellagio fountains.
The first night we decided to go to my favorite lounge/bar, the Chandelier.
On the last night, we decided to go all-out Bachelorette party style and bought pink wigs. Here are Hillary, Megan, and Emily on the tram looking oh-so-fabulous.
This brings me to my birthday. For my birthday, I went out to a very delicious dinner with my dad and Jan. Ben started school so he was unable to attend. But the following day, Ben, my dad, and I headed to Disneyland. The first ride we went on was Radiator Springs.
Here we are on Space Mountain.
Here I am waiting in line at Haunted Mansion.
And finally, here I am after a long day at Carthay Circle.
A drink was very welcome after a fun but exhausting day.
We had a blast and had an amazing dinner. Seriously, if you get a chance to go to Carthay Circle for dinner, do it. It is too delicious.
Ben and I have been working on quite a few at-home projects lately. Recently, we decided to spruce up our entry-way with paper cranes.
Story wasn’t much help. We had to make her her own crane so she wouldn’t destroy the ones that we made. Poor crane.
After lots of folding and 77+ cranes later, we had our entry-way. Sorry the picture is not so great. It is really hard to capture them all.
Now for everyone’s favorite part: adorable pictures of Story. Here she is “helping” us fold laundry.
And here she is dead asleep in Ben’s chair.
I hope everyone’s year is going well so far!
Lauren (and Ben)