Happy New Year!

Behind the Scenes (8 of 9)

It’s that time again. Time to bid another year adieu. Everyone always says that the older you get, the faster time goes. And they are certainly not wrong. When I look back on 2013, I can’t believe all the changes and even more, how they all seemed to happen so seamlessly. It’s almost hard to imagine that life was ever any other way.

Last January I was just getting settled at my job in wine country, making a ridiculously large list of goals, dreaming of what the year might hold, hosting my parents a couple times and watching 4,678 basketball games.

February found me hitting the gym (a month late), watching even more basketball, heading to the mountain to teach my love how to ski and actually being excited about Valentine’s Day for once. Later in the month, we attended an awesome Winter Supper at R.Stuart Tasting Room with some sweet friends, where the idea for Bird is the Word’s first event was born.

Citrus Pavlova (2) (1 of 2)

March was all about planning for my first event, celebrating Taylor’s 27th birthday, cheering my Zags on in the NCAA tournament, hanging out with Kira for our first shoot and a super fun family trip to Eaglecrest.

April kicked off with my very first event, which led to a mad dash to get my business started and ducks in a row (including building a website). We painted the master bedroom in our house, started planning a fundraiser dinner for May and during an unseasonably warm week, put in a backyard (and my first garden!).

Hot Fudge (3) (1 of 1)

May began with a Bird is the Word photoshoot to stock up on content for the website launch. Taylor and I had a day date in Portland, I went wine tasting with my old crew from Paley’s, made Rainy Day Rhubarb muffins, shared the secret to my Grandma’s hot fudge and cooked for a very special Adoption Fundraiser. May ended with a sneak peak of the BW website and a mad dash to finish things up. With a look Behind the Scenes on launch day, the site was finally up and running and I breathed a sign of relief.

Strawberry Cake (5 of 5)

In June, we started our CSA with The Collective, enjoyed the local Farmer’s Market, made Strawberry Cake and stopped at a country church to enjoy the drizzle. I joined in the fun at my future sister-in-law’s bachelorette party, watched Mad Men with my love and celebrated the arrival of summer at the Soter Solstice party. A Birthday Wine Dinner in late June, a luncheon for my alma matter and a great date to Bar Avignon rounded out a busy month perfectly.

We spent the 4th of July with some dear friends cooking for and celebrating their new home. Taylor played in a golf tournament at the university where he works and a BW dinner for six sold at the tournament auction. I spent some quality time with my Dad at a place we both love, we went to the opening of a new local business and I catered a 50th high school reunion for a dear friend. The last day of July I realized my love for fly fishing and took a hairy ride down the Santiam river with Taylor and his uncle. I haven’t stopped dreaming of the river since.

Housewarming (3 of 14)

August was packed between my 27th birthday BBQ, my brother’s wedding, getting our house ready to sell and visiting friends in Wenatchee. I worked a couple events at local wineries and attended my first Kinfolk dinner. Our house sold, then unsold, and we continued to show it throughout the month. Keeping a house clean all the time is not my idea of fun.

PFFarm Shoot- Nakalan (6 of 24)

September, which I thought might allow me to catch my breath, was actually a blur. We went to my boss’ beautiful wedding, I attended my best friend’s baby shower, I worked on a styled wedding shoot with a bunch of super talented ladies and fulfilled my dream of working an event with my Mom. A wine dinner at Willamette Valley Vineyards, a friend’s art opening and a harvest dinner at Soter finished up the month and I practically stumbled into October.

Bend Trip (3 of 24)

October brought a new schedule (part-time!) and finally, time to take a breath and relax. I took off to Hood River with my very best friends, watched my little brother get baptized, celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniversary, sold our house and moved into a cute little apartment in wine country. I also had the pleasure of spending a chilly morning taking photos on the farm with Ashley, Aaron, Kira and Bailey. I know it doesn’t sound like I had a lot of down time, but it was good for my soul. A work party, a trip to Bend with my husband (of 5 years!) and a wine dinner at Cliff Creek were the perfect end to a great month.

November started out a little rough with the loss of Taylor’s sweet grandma. She was such a light in our lives and we miss her every single day. I got to cook for some great friends at a special dinner party and then turn around the next day and cater the first Schoolhouse Electric Schoolhouse School. My best friend had her first baby, Miss Zoey, and I prepped my little heart out for my last event of 2013: the PDX Photog’s Dinner. We celebrated our blessings at Friendsgiving with our very best friends and camped out all day with family in a church gym for the real Thanksgiving.

Marshmallows (6 of 11)

December has flown by. All the plans we spent months making were executed in just a few short weeks time and all of a sudden, here we are and the year is over. This month was all about meetings and planning, blog posting and taking photos. BW has been quiet on the event front, but busy on the planning and dreaming side of things. We attended the slightly anti-climactic town Christmas tree lighting, decorated our own green tannenbaum and took directory photos at our church. I learned how to make wreaths and garlands at a Kinfolk event, we watched a few (a lot of) basketball games and we shared gifts and meals with friends at their holiday parties. Peanut Butter Fudge was made, and Honey Vanilla Marshmallows too; Homemade Gifts were given from me, to all of you. Christmas with the Martins was full of quality niece time, fierce board game competition and delicious food. And Christmas with the Rameys was all about getting spoiled rotten, bonding time with each and every person, and preserving childhood traditions.

Boy are we blessed. I’m so grateful for the magic that was this year and can’t wait to see what the next one holds. Thank you for all your love and support. It’s meant the world to me. Here’s to 2014! Happy New Year and God bless you!

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