Goodbye 2012. Hello 2013.


Happy New Year! I’m sure our celebration was quite tame in comparison for others but we still managed to end 2012 on a high note. We spent New Years Eve day driving from Wilmington, North Carolina back home to northern Virginia. We didn’t hit traffic until Fredericksburg, which eventually cleared and allowed for a smooth ride into the Washington DC area – no complaints. Once the truck was unpacked and the little guy fed and bathed, we settled in front of the TV to watch our Clemson Tigers beat LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl…what an exciting way to ring in the new year! Being the (lame? responsible? awesome?) people we are, we called it a night soon after the Times Square ball drop because Weston deems 5:30am a perfectly acceptable time to start the day. So goodbye 2012 and hello to 2013!


We had a blast visiting Clay’s family in North Carolina…totally worth the time spent in the truck. As soon as Weston saw the beach, he yelled, “Snow angels!” and proceeded to make snow angels in the sand. This kid needs some snow soon, don’t you think?




Meredith, Harry, and Alaina also arrived on Thursday so we hit up the beach on Friday morning before Martha, Edward, Madison, Luke, and Alex pulled into town.



Clay’s parents graciously offered to take Alaina and Weston back to the house so Meredith, Harry, Clay, and I could go out to lunch in Southport. Our number one choice, Provision Company, was closed so we went next door to Fishy Fishy Cafe instead. We all agreed that the clam chowder was delicious but the rest of our meal was disappointingly underwhelming.


The rest of the crew arrived later that day so Friday afternoon/evening was a whirlwind of present opening, pizza eating, and general cousin craziness.


During our time in North Carolina, Clay and I managed to sneak away for a date night, which consisted of new car browsing, jean shopping, and dinner at Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn. Crazy delicious.


Since it is rare for all thirteen of us to be in one place at once, we seized the opportunity for a family portrait session.

Not too shabby.


And how can you not love this silly picture? It puts a smile on my face every time I see it.


Like any year, 2012 had it’s ups and downs. We started the year in Oklahoma and ended it in Virginia. We bought another house, I traveled with the girls, we experienced loss, we accompanied Clay on a long TDY to Washington DC, we went on a fantastic summer vacation with family, Clay received surprise military orders to Tulsa, Oklahoma only to be changed last-minute to Ft. Belvoir, Virginia, we moved 1700 miles, we spent 5 weeks in temporary lodging, the little guy started preschool, we finally received keys to our townhouse, Weston turned three,  I traveled to the Dominican Republic for my youngest sister’s wedding, we traveled down to Georgia for Thanksgiving, we celebrated 8 years of marriage, and we spent our first Christmas at home. 2012 was a big year for us but I think 2013 will be even bigger. I can’t wait to see what comes our way this year.

Oh, and one more thing…

Desktop43For reading. For taking time out of your day to leave a comment on my tiny blog. And for offering support, advice, and love when I needed it most. I’m excited to see where And Then We Laughed will go in 2013 and it is nothing without (the handful of) readers so thank you, thank you, thank you. Happy New Year!


5 thoughts on “Goodbye 2012. Hello 2013.

  1. Happy New Year! Wishing all of you blessings in this new year! We loved your pictures of the family. Go Clemson! All our love,

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