The past year has been crazy, fun and exciting. Some many wonderful things have happened, and I can’t help but the be thankful for everything that we’ve gotten to do. So here’s a look back – ย in pictures – of all the great times we had in 2013.

Alex and Mike's wedding

angers finals



dinner outside

pennsylvania railroad station


Packer Game 2013

Signature Room

first walk in kokshetau


Now we’re in Thailand soaking up the sun and enjoying our little vacation – really ending the year right. Happy New Year’s to you all!

**After putting together this post, I have come to the realization that I need to take more pictures with my husband. There’s not one good picture of us from the entire year – there were barely even any to choose from. I guess that’s a pretty good goal for 2014.

Last Updated on April 24, 2018 by Melissa Belanger

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  1. Love the new blog! On your other post I think an online book club is a great idea and I’d gladly “join”. But every I set up my camera on a tripod and live view monitor and take a ton of pictures of O and me on our anniversary! It’s amazing how good they can turn out, for being so simple, and you already have a great camera and natural lighting! For christmas I was given this camera extender that screws into the tripod hole on the bottom and lets you take selfies better – hahaha. Dorky but perfect for traveling!

    1. I’m glad you like the book club idea! I’ve wanted to do it forever, so this is the year. I actually just bought a remote for my camera, and we tried using it in Thailand with a little success. I guess we need to practice more. Can you send me a link for your extender thing? I would love one. Does it hold your DSLR because my little mini-tripod that I used to use for my point and shoot doesn’t hold up the DSLR so that would be perfect. I think I’ve seen other people using them before but I didn’t even think about getting one myself.

      1. Can’t wait to see your Thailand photos! The extender thing does hold up the DSLR.. I was worried it wouldn’t (because apparently I spent $50 on a tripod arm that WONT hold it!!) but I tested it out and it worked well. Can’t wait to dork out in Paris with that thing – basically screaming, “Steal my wallet! I won’t notice!” Haha. The link is:

        I got the idea from Photojojo. You should check them out – it’s like nifty little gadgets for photographers. You’d love it!

        1. Well, I just spent an hour looking at Photojojo. Ahh! Thanks a lot ๐Ÿ™‚ They do have lots of cool stuff! The one that you got look way less expensive so if it holds up a DSLR, I’m totally ordering it when I get home. Ever since we switched to the DSLR, I’ve been so bummed that we can’t take good selfies when we’re traveling. This is going to totally fix that. Thanks!

          1. I think I got the exact one from Photojojo but on Amazon. It worked for me – it takes a bit of finagling, but you’re holding a DSLR on a stick after all! I actually take marvelous selfies with the Rebel, which I pride myself on.. haha! All those insecure years of Face the Jury and Myspace really paid off, at least. Oh, and Photojojo is the BEST place for gifts for anyone who cares at all about photography, so.. make sure hubs knows that ๐Ÿ˜€ By the way, have you started the Goldfinch? I’m apparently “2%” in and it’s so weird and awesome and descriptive and crazy and I love it! But it’s a bit too early to tell ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Excited to see that you’ve started a life/travel blog! Just wanted to see how your trip to Thailand went and if you ended up taking the cooking class?! Wishing you all the best in 2014!

    1. Thanks! I’m excited too. Thailand was amazing. It was so cool to be there for NYE. I didn’t end up taking the cooking class, and I’m actually glad I didn’t. We had so little time there. I already want to go back to see the rest of the stuff we didn’t see! Happy New Year to you too ๐Ÿ™‚